| Aug 13, 2014
| 4:53 AM
The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, and subsequent violent protests, highlight a stubborn racial divide in a St Louis suburb that has struggled to build healthy relations between blacks and whites.
| Jul 8, 2014
| 2:48 PM
The schooner Amistad, the replica of the ship that was the scene of a famed slave revolt in 1839, is temporarily back in Connecticut waters.
That's an improvement over the situation last summer, when the tall ship's whereabouts were difficult to...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: The Fourth of July means something different to everyone, but not until I read the words of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony did I realize that the problems that were evident more than 160 years ago are similar to the problems we are...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 4:17 PM
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has agreed to remove replicas of Confederate flags several months after 12 black law students demanded their removal from campus.
The flags in the university's Lee Chapel were replicas of original...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 7:00 AM
"Song of the Shank," Jeffery Renard Allen's epic and brilliant new novel about slavery and musical genius, is not an easy book to read. There is, for starters, the book's odd and sometimes confounding protagonist, based on a real man who is most often...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The...
| Jul 12, 2014
What remarkable lives they led.
The five men, who hailed mostly from the pinnacle of French aristocracy, were liberals who threw off their own privileges to build a more equitable society. Individually, they danced with Marie Antoinette, fled the...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives's play "Venus in Fur" — itself a sort of meta-adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 short novella (whose title is usually translated as "Venus in Furs") — is, among other things, a...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:06 PM
News out of Ferguson, Mo., has been devastating.
After unarmed teenager Michael Brown was killed by a police officer, local police responded to the community's demonstration of outrage with unprecedented force, using military-style weaponry to...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Francis Scott Key is so closely identified with Ft. McHenry that the south Baltimore landmark is considered the go-to place to learn how the 15-starred American flag that flew after the fort's bombardment 200 years ago inspired him to write the poem...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 10:50 AM
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Glendale that sought the removal of a controversial statue installed in a city park to honor women coerced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.