Historians continue to debate who came up with the formulation 'United States of America' as the name for the new nation. A new discovery could shift the discussion.
Despite the ongoing attempts of House Republicans to kill President Obama's health-care reform law, the history of America's intense debate over ratifying the Constitution should make us optimistic about the law being accepted, improved, and implemented.
In the wake of the Arizona shooting, some lawmakers want to curb political speech. But raucous debate is a hallmark of a healthy democracy. Indeed, it's a safety valve that helps prevent violence, because it allows people to voice their strongly held views in hopes of persuading others.
Voters in California and Florida approved ballot measures to reform redistricting, or the redrawing of congressional districts after each Census. They rejected gerrymandering and oddly shaped districts that reliably favor one party and return incumbents to power.
Let's be real, urges historian Joseph Ellis. America's founders were neither saints nor sinners.