Opinion Columns/Essays

A collection of opinion essays and articles.

  • The Future of History in the U.S. Education System
    Critical Race Theory has once again become a highly contested topic in the U.S. Over the past few months, some states have been attempting to restrict any form of it from public school systems. In 2020, former President Donald Trump instructed federal agencies to end racial sensitivity training and eliminated federal funding to any school districts that included it as part of their curriculum, calling it “divisive, un-American propaganda”
  • Slaves and Saints: The Church of Latter-day Saints from 1830-1890
    The lives of Elijah Abel, Green Flake, and Jane Elizabeth Manning James highlight a misconception that no prominent black members of the Church of Latter-day Saints ever existed. It also shows us how deeply entrenched the racist ideas of the Church are and why they are so difficult to change.
  • Civil Rights and the Effective Use of Rhetoric: “The Ballot or the Bullet” vs. “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
    Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his infamous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” from a jail cell on April 16, 1963, after being arrested
  • A Brief Evaluation of Communist Ideology
    The core idea of communism has influenced many scholars, philosophers, writers, and intellectuals throughout the twentieth century. From the beginnings of the