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Black Panthers!

In midst of the Civil Rights Movement, on the eve of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) traveled to Lowndes County, Alabama as part of their Freedom Summer initiative. Lowndes County consisted was 80% African-American but had no African-American registered voters. The scourge of white supremacy violently discouraged African-American participation in the political process, despite the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, which had passed nearly a century earlier. However, the African-American residents of Lowndes County, in spite of the strength of the Klan and other white terrorist groups, told the SNCC activists that they wanted t

The Barbarians of the Barbary Coast

Although the word has a vast majority of meanings and etymologies, in the 16th century, the term barbarian defined the people living in the Barbary coast. However, its negative connotations were still used by Europeans as an insult to societies different from them. The Barbary coast was at the northern tip of Africa, referring primarily to the ports of Rabat, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. The Barbary Coast became well known as a corsair region. Corsairs were people who engaged in piracy in the early modern period. While mostly privateers, corsairs could also be pirates, the difference being that privateers were commissioned by governments and only had the authority to attack certain ships

Peer Review Episode 4 | The Editors on Statehood, Statecraft, and the Sexiest Despots

In this installment of Peer Review, the editors discuss the intricacies (and chaos) of statehood, confusing infrastructure, and the very important subject of historical hotties. Thanks for listening! Credits: Hosted by Aaron Gladstone, Charlotte Racioppo, Clay Capra, David Malamud, and Tahira Ismail Recorded and Edited by Charlotte Racioppo Music by Kevin MacLeod at www.incompetech.com

The Prince: Satire or Realpolitik?

Written in the tumultuous 16th century, Machiavelli’s landmark book, The Prince, constitutes the foundation of modern political science. In it, he details through what methods a monarch should obtain and maintain power. Machiavelli himself, however, spent most of his life as a stout republican, and generally held fairly revolutionary political views for his period. His earlier book, Discourse, is the only pro-republican text that holds its own with later political texts written by later scholars in the Enlightenment. In it, he extols the values of a Roman-style republic. He hailed from a long-standing pro-republican family, and had ancestors who died, suffered torture, and became impoverishe

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