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Was Lady Liberty Originally A Muslim?

“The Statue of Liberty was originally conceived as a Muslim peasant woman and was to have stood at the approach to the Suez Canal,” writes Michael Daly in The Daily Beast, “a lantern in her upraised hand serving as both lighthouse and a symbol of progress.” The idea that our symbol of Liberty started as a Muslim is a powerful rhetorical tool in the fight to allow desperate Syrian refugees come to the United States and the decades-old debate over […]

Could the Lincoln Bedroom Become the Ultimate Airbnb Rental?

Call it the ultimate Airbnb crash pad. In a recent interview on Bloomberg TV, Brian Chesky, CEO of the online room-letting empire, says he asked President Obama if he could get the Lincoln Bedroom listed for rent. President Obama told him “I need to check with Michelle,” but said it was probably a long shot. Chesky allowed that the President was probably just “humoring me.” That said, it’s a lot more guest-ready than many of Airbnb’s offerings. A big comfy […]

Was Donald Trump’s Father In the Klan? There’s Room For Doubt

This week, the website BoingBoing uncovered a New York Times story indicating that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s father, Fred, was arrested at a brawl between members of the Klu Klux Klan and New York City police during a Memorial Day parade in 1927. They and other websites and news outlets seem to draw the a logical inference that Fred Trump was a member of the Klan. But is it a logical inference? Looking at the history, there’s plenty of […]

48 Names and Mount McKinley Is Just One of Them

Let’s get the easy one out of the way first: No, Denali is not “Kenyan” for “black power.” The dialog surrounding the Obama administration’s directive to the Department of the Interior to rename Alaska’s highest peak has been surprisingly vigorous. It hits that sweet spot between modern political rhetoric and historical memory – or lack of historical memory, as the case may be. Understanding how Denali came to be called Mount McKinley is something that can only be explained by stepping […]

Saving Sekhemka

Sekhemka has traveled far. For centuries, he stood over the tomb of his namesake, the great scribe of Ancient Egypt, at the necropolis at Saqqara near Cairo. At some point, looters took him from his master’s grave and set him into the growing network of collectors of all things Egyptian. Here his path vanishes for a while. Some believe he went north to the Ottoman Empire. Others think he stayed closer to home. Around 1851, he ended up in the […]