Reads of the Week - 03.11.2016

Compiled By Doctor Comrade (follow @HCELindsay)

K Troop: The story of the eradication of the original Ku Klux KlanSlate (follow @slate and @matthewpearl)

Matthew Pearl chronicles the former Union troops who were dispatched to South Carolina to hunt and prosecute the KKK during Reconstruction. This long-form piece about York County is full of intrigue: espionage, agents and double-agents, racial violence, subterfuge, sabotage, and the cunning maneuvers of the investigators and their quarry.

Race Versus Class in the Democratic CoalitionThe Nation (follow @thenation and @seanmcelwee)

Sean McElwee uses polling data to show that white and black Democrats are divided over the importance of race and class. Unsurprisingly, black Democrats see race as more important to their own identity and has a bigger influence over their day-to-day lives, whereas whites see class as more important. What we can learn from this data is the tenuousness of the progressive movement, which has too long ignored race in favor of class-first analysis.

The Trump Rally Confrontations: A new YouTube genre that reveals the anxiety of the nationSalon (follow @salon and @soniasaraiya)

The growing monotony of seeing another person of color violently attacked at a Trump rally led Salon's Sonia Saraiya to tag this article as: "Another incident of violence at a Trump rally; another day in America." Saraiya observes that this growing genre on Youtube is not just a case of the "Great American Meltdown" but also a kind of surreal experience, like something you'd watch on television.

These Are The Phrases Each GOP Candidate Repeats MostFiveThirtyEight (follow @milobela and @fivethirtyeight)

Using a metric called tf-idf, Milo Beckman revealed how often the GOP candidates repeated themselves during debates. You might be unsurprised to see that Trump says, "We don't win" and "give me a break" a lot, and Rubio says, "When I'm president" like some kind of Jedi mind trick. But these verbal utterances are revelatory: Trump talks about money, Cruz about religion, Rubio about Obama's fictions, and Kasich about his record in Ohio.

In History

March 8 was International Women's Day, which was first held as a socialist political event in 1909. The Soviet Union made International Women's Day a national holiday in 1917 and it was quickly adopted by many Eastern European countries. For this reason, I encourage you to read about Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper who killed 309 Germans during the Second World War. After her tours, she visited the US and other Allied countries, speaking on behalf of the USSR and the war effort. At one event, she famously told the crowd, “Gentlemen, I am 25 years old and I have killed 309 fascist occupants by now. Don’t you think, gentlemen, that you have been hiding behind my back for too long?” She also said, "Soviet women have complete self-respect, because their dignity as human beings is fully recognized. Whatever we do, we are honored not just as women, but as individual personalities, as human beings. That is a very big word. Because we can be fully that, we feel no limitations because of our sex. That is why women have so naturally taken their places beside men in this war.” Pavlichenko was also an excellent student who went on to study History at Kiev State University. Remember that women were not allowed to serve in combat roles in the US until 2013.

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