Monday, Brad Paisley, a white man, joined hands with LL Cool J, a black man, and attempted to end racism with a song called "Accidental Racist" (below), wherein Paisley addressed the debilitating dread of being an affluent white male in America and LL panthered around in the background, high-fiving ... More >>
In a victory for First Amendment supporters -- and white supremacists -- a federal judge ruled yesterday that a St. Francois County city cannot prohibit the Ku Klux Klan from distributing leaflets on city streets.
The decision isn't all that surprising. The courts have ruled in favor of the Traditi ... More >>
H.W. Brands' new book The Man Who Saved the Union is not the first book we've encountered about Ulysses S. Grant this year, but it's certainly the most voluminous. Brands, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was in St. Louis yesterday to talk about the book at the Missouri History Muse ... More >>
Last week a federal judge made permanent an injunction prohibiting officials in Cape Girardeau from interfering with the flier campaign of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
In his ruling, Judge John Ross sided with the white-supremacist group based out of Park Hills, Missour ... More >>
Robert E. Lee's 1863 portrait. Residents in several neighborhoods in Sedalia, Missouri, found fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan on Monday morning, which happened to be the observed holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who was born January 15, 1929.But three states - ... More >>
Image via"Dixie" came out of blackface minstrel shows in the mid-19th Century.The song "Dixie" was born from the blackface minstrel shows of the mid-19th century. The lyrics take the perspective, and exaggerated dialect, of a free slave who aches to return to his days of plantation bondage. The f ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerDel Taco: Set to join Noah's Ark and the Parkmoor?We're all abuzz about the possible demolition of the Googie-style Del Taco on Grand, enough to merit Facebook pages and news stories about how outraged -- outraged! -- we are as a city.
Were we equally outraged when these othe ... More >>
image viaThomas Hart Benton, after his dueling years.The most famous duel in American history was the one in Weehawken, New Jersey, in 1804 where Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton. Burr was, at the time, the sitting vice-president of the US of A, which puts Dick Cheney's little hunting acc ... More >>