Fourth Of July Essays
How I Became a Citizen at 17 by Hiding My Socialism
The ceremony to become a United States citizen is difficult to arrange, and boring once you do. It was also one of the most important moments in my life.
America's Most Patriotic Bike Ride Is Also Its Most Naked
Minneapolis' "Freedom From Pants" ride has become a fixture in the city's Fourth of July celebrations—an exercise in personal liberation.
How My Grandfathers Proved Their Loyalty to America
One was part German. The other was born in Japan. Their stories show a crack in the façade of the Greatest Generation.
How America Almost Elected a 13-Year-Old Girl as President
Growing up as a girl in an Evangelical world dominated by men, patriotism—or at least a desire for executive power—offered me a way out.
The Freedom of Information Act—and the Hero Who Pioneered It
Celebrating the curious and deeply unpopular political career of John Moss, godfather of the FOIA.