Against the Grain – August 8, 2022

Against the Grain

A radio and web media project whose aim is to provide in-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism.

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High school students are assigned massive textbooks overflowing with dates and events in U.S. history. But according to sociologist and educator James Loewen, these massive tomes often omit more than they include. Loewen’s classic work, Lies My Teacher Told Me, explores the whitewashing of Woodrow Wilson’s racism and imperialist ventures, and the exclusion of Helen … Continued


Who were the Jacobins? What did they believe in, what did they accomplish over the course of the French Revolution, and how should they be judged? Micah Alpaugh discusses the Jacobin clubs’ social and political stances, the policies they enacted, and the Jacobins’ turn toward terror. Micah Alpaugh, ed., The French Revolution: A History in Documents Bloomsbury, 2021 … Continued


Against the Grain

Separating Children as Counterinsurgency

While the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border drew intense condemnation, the practice has been going on in this country for centuries. Historian Laura Briggs argues that it has been part of strategy of counterinsurgency, as during the anti-communist wars in Latin America, in which rebellious populations are … Continued