Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party has floundered in recent elections, spelling doom for the organization that played a critical role in shaping Mexican nationhood.
Benjamin Brown is a third-year Government and History major pursuing a certificate in UT's Elements of Computing program. Hailing from the modest beach-side community of Port Aransas, Texas, he has long been enamored with international affairs, American culture, and sociopolitical history. Much of his writing is motivated by a desire to frame issues in a historical or philosophical context.
1968: The Year that Broke the Democratic Party
1968 is sometimes cited as one of the most contentious elections of the twentieth century. Why? And what does its outcome mean for the present?
The Myth of Malcolm X
Malcolm X shocked Americans with his inflammatory rhetoric — but they couldn’t quite get enough of what he had to say. A half-century after his death, what lessons can we glean from his life?
The Lost Cause of the South (Mall)
Confederate figures pervade UT’s history even though their monuments no longer mar the campus. Benjamin Brown uses UT’s statuary as a vehicle to discuss its checkered history of racism and discrimination.
The Role of the American President
In 1923, an avowedly disinterested president collapsed of a heart attack, and the world wept. As head of state, the president’s duties transcend mere politics.