James Thornton Harris is an independent historian, essayist and journalist.

He began his career as a daily newspaper reporter and worked at The Sacramento Bee, The Press Democrat, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and The Ukiah Daily Journal.

He is a regular contributor to the History News Network and his work has appeared in many publications including Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Heirs, New West and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Latest Published Articles & Essays

The Troubled Legacy of the CIA’s Top Counter-Spy
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The Life and Death of Marie Colvin
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Beschloss’ Presidents of War Overlooks Jackson’s Indian Genocide
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Identity and the Politics of Resentment
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California: State of Resistance
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How The Blue Wall Crumbled
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Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made
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Looking at World War 1 With a Contemporary Lens
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When Mexico Feared U.S. Immigrants
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How Charlottesville, S.C., Whitewashed its History of Slavery
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Who Qualifies as a Founding Father?
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What do North Korea and Colonial Virginia Have in Common?
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