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Keith Edgerton

Keith Edgerton

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Thank you, Montana Republicans, for altering the course of history

By: - May 7, 2023

Sixty years ago this week, “Project C”—“C” for “Confrontation”–was in full swing in Birmingham, Alabama.  African American ministers involved in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference had invited Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders and groups  to come to the predominately working-class Birmingham to organize and lead peaceful demonstrations.  In 1963, Birmingham was […]

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Rosendale’s vote is a bad look for Montana

By: - March 13, 2022

For many of his constituents in Montana, our lone congressional representative, Matt Rosendale’s “no” vote on a resolution to support the Ukrainians in their struggle against the Russians is a true head scratcher.  The vote was purely symbolic, requiring no appropriations or obligating any American military commitment now or in the future; it merely indicated […]

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It’s past time to remove White supremacy from our geography

By: - December 29, 2021

Jefferson Davis was–and still is–a key figure in American history.  He was a West Point graduate in the early 19th century, distinguished service during the Mexican War, Secretary of War during Franklin Pierce’s presidency in the 1850s, U.S. Senator from Mississippi, the first, and only, president of the Confederate States of America.   But just being […]

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The Regents followed history in order not to repeat it

By: - May 28, 2021

Last week the Montana university system’s governing body, the Montana Board of Regents, voted unanimously to file a lawsuit challenging House Bill 102. The law allows for open carrying of firearms on public college campuses and in classrooms by nearly anyone. It was to take effect June 1. The legislature authorized $1 million to implement […]

Going the way of the Whigs: Zachary Taylor and the current political crisis

By: - January 20, 2021

Lost in the avalanche of images that has bombarded us since last week’s Capitol insurrection, was one of a small, blood-smeared, white marble bust of our 12th president, Zachary Taylor.  Perhaps like many Americans you slept through history class when the course breezed through that brief sixteen-month period when Taylor served,  March 1849 to July […]