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Slavery and Your Upcoming Christmas Tour

by Robert E. May

Despite their public claims that slaves were content with their situations, white southerners knew better. So should those going to southern historic mansions and plantations for Christmas.


The History Behind a Recently Defaced French Holocaust Memorial

by Norman JW Goda

The memorial plaque at 12 rue Sainte-Catherine in the central part of town contained the names of the 86 Jews arrested at that address on 9 February 1943. It was the largest single roundup of Jews in the city. On the plaque, black paint was used to cross out their names. 


The Boer War: The Opening Act in a Violent Century

by David Carlin

There is something darkly poetic in the timing of the Boer War. It offered a grim preview of warfare and the social conditions that would shake the world during the 20th century.


Veterans Day Reflections on Pseudo Patriotism and Half-Baked History

by Walter G. Moss

Valuing critical dissent and realizing more work needs doing are essential to true patriots. Pseudo patriots, however, wish only to emphasize a country's heroes and heroics, and minimize or ignore its villains and villainy.


The Overlooked Aftermath of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

by Robin Lindley

A Conversation with Acclaimed History Professor Kate Brown on Her Groundbreaking Book Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future


It's Been 32 Years since the Conclusion of the INF Treaty Yet Arms Control Is Still Vital

by Stephan Kieninger

It is imperative to avoid a situation where we might have no arms control and no mutual verification at all. Against the backdrop of the Trump Administration's loathing of arms control, it will be up to the European NATO allies to conceptualize a new arms-control framework for the post-INF world.


Echoes of the 1969 Vietnam War Protests 50 Years Later

by Jim Castagnera

"As I watch events unfolding in Washington today, I recall the river of candles flowing up Fifth Avenue fifty years ago. The more things change, the more they remain the same."


Americans Were Too Stodgy for Art Nouveau

by Diana Muir Appelbaum

Art nouveau was the modern art movement that America almost entirely missed.  Not only is it absent from our streets, it is largely missing from our museums, a void that a traveling exhibit, Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, now at the Walters Museum in Baltimore, is seeking to repair.


What Should We Do When a Ruler is Mentally Unstable?

by David P. Barash

History is full of political leaders whose mental stability was questionable at best.


The Electoral College: How the Founders Cheated You of Your Vote

by Harlow Giles Unger

Weeks of debate by America's Founders failed to set any rules at the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia—a failure that led to "cheating" at the Electoral College ever since.


Who Will Be America's Brutus?

by Michael A. Genovese

Have we a Caesar in our midst, imperial and imperious? Who will figuratively kill the beast that is doing such violence to the American system? 


The World War I Battle That Didn't End with Armistice Day: Hunger

by William Lambers

Even after the Armistice of November 11, 1918 ending World War One, American soldiers were carrying out heroic missions. Lieutenant Orville C. Bell and officers in the American Relief Administration saved civilians in Montenegro from starvation. 


What If Donald Trump Resigned?

by Vaughn Davis Bornet

When President Richard Nixon finally decided the time had come, he wrote a one line notification of what he was doing. 

 

 

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The Ghosts of Founders Past

by Jason Pack

Halloween held a ghoulish surprise for American President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As a result of their hubris, they were both forced to watch their longstanding dreams of unbridled executive authority die in in the ditch of rule of law.


The Internet at 50: The future and "dissolving containers"

by Harlan Lebo

The internet has long been on a path of constant reinvention, with flux being the sole constant. The biggest question of all is: where will digital technology go next?


Harriet Appropriately and Aptly Honors Harriet Tubman

by Bruce Chadwick

Harriet is not only an enjoyable and inspirational film, but one that covers a lot of pre and post-Civil War history as well as some about the war itself.


The Latest Polls Are Worrying Me

by Steve Hochstadt

Whether Trump wins next year or not, the views of the minority of Americans who populate his "base" are troubling.


The History Briefing on Presidential Booing: How Historians Contextualized the News

by Chelsea Connolly

Historians Lawrence Glickman, Kevin Kruse, Heather Cox Richardson, and others weigh in on President Trump's not-so-warm welcome at Game 5 of the World Series.


The History Briefing on the Assassination of ISIS Founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: How Historians Have Discussed Recent News

by Lila Someshwar

Historians give much-needed context to a complex issue.


The History Briefing on Syria and the Kurds: How Historians Have Covered this Top Story

by Jared Levinson

See what historians have to say about the United States withdrawing its military troops present in Northern Syria.


POTUS Maximus?

by Joshua Brown

Life during Wartime 495

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Inventing Grandparents and Wide Awake in 1860 in Today's History Highlights


Staunch defenders of Sacco and Vanzetti believed them innocent of murder and guilty only of being radical Italians. But one of their defenders had his doubts.
 
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With its high standard of living and the longevity of its residents who survived childhood, New England invented grandparents.
 
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Abigail Adams Attacked Thomas Jefferson As No One Else Dared To Do
 
Abigail Adams attacked Thomas Jefferson in a letter unlike any he had ever received -- or would ever receive again. Find out what he did to anger her.
 
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Nine Apple Cider Traditions That Are No Longer With Us
 
The humble apple once powered New England and in fall the region was host to many apple cider traditions, from the practical to the frivolous.
 
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The Wide Awakes Help Elect Abraham Lincoln President
 
The Wide Awakes -- a club of 500,000 young men who held massive torchlight parades to elect Abraham Lincoln- -- started with a handful of store clerks in Hartford, Conn.
 
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The Latest Polls Are Worrying Me

by Steve Hochstadt

Whether Trump wins next year or not, the views of the minority of Americans who populate his "base" are troubling.


The History Briefing on Presidential Booing: How Historians Contextualized the News

by Chelsea Connolly

Historians Lawrence Glickman, Kevin Kruse, Heather Cox Richardson, and others weigh in on President Trump's not-so-warm welcome at Game 5 of the World Series.


The History Briefing on the Assassination of ISIS Founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: How Historians Have Discussed Recent News

by Lila Someshwar

Historians give much-needed context to a complex issue.


The History Briefing on Syria and the Kurds: How Historians Have Covered this Top Story

by Jared Levinson

See what historians have to say about the United States withdrawing its military troops present in Northern Syria.


POTUS Maximus?

by Joshua Brown

Life during Wartime 495


 

 

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The Taproot Remains: On the Life and Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines

by Matthew Teutsch

"Gaines...wrote about the people he knew. The land he knew. Their struggles. Their joys. Their lives."


Presidential Candidates Crave the Spotlight. 200 Years Ago That Was Taboo.

by David Botti

For a century, presidential candidates were discouraged from openly campaigning - lest they appear power hungry like the British king America revolted against. Here's why that all changed.


Why Popeyes markets its chicken sandwich to African Americans

by Marcia Chatelain

Popeyes has long cultivated a black customer base — which has positive and negative ramifications.


The History Behind the Guy Fawkes Masks and Protest

by Sara Barrett

All around the world, protesters wear Guy Fawkes masks to conceal their identity in service of a cause.


How Richard Nixon captured white rage — and laid the groundwork for Donald Trump

by Scott Laderman

Fifty years ago, Nixon gave us the "silent majority." Today, Trump proudly declares himself its standard-bearer.


The Problem With How We Teach History

by Rachel Burstein

Students are still often building up to what they have been told is true, rather than finding truth on their own.


Why a 1972 Northern Ireland murder matters so much to historians

by Donald M. Beaudette and Laura Weinstein

A recent trial is an example of when historical truth and legal accountability diverge.


One Big Thing the Dems Get Wrong About Warren

by John F. Harris

The political establishment loves the center. But it's the radicals who end up writing history.


Remembering The Ad Hoc Committee for Handicapped Access (AHCHA): Against Erasure of Disability History At the University Of Chicago

by Steph Ban

"The irony of placing a reminder of disability history in a stairwell does not escape me nor does it surprise me."


How Einstein Became the First Science Superstar

by Ron Cowen

A century ago, astronomers proved the general theory of relativity — and made him a global household name.

 

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Special Focus: the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

'The Gates in the Wall Stand Open Wide.' What Happened the Day the Berlin Wall Fell

by Albinko Hasic

The story of the Berlin Wall is one of division and repression, but also of the yearning for freedom — and the events that led up to its toppling are no exception.


Live through incredible Berlin Wall escape stories with YouTube's VR history project

The experimental film bridges the generational gap, transforming powerful archival photographs into immersive 360-degree virtual snapshots in time.


The Spirit That Brought Down the Berlin Wall Lives On

by Robert Cohen

Bloodless revolutions from Armenia to Lebanon are about ending the fatalism corrupt rule engenders.


 

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The Equal Rights Amendment May Pass Now. It's Only Been 96 Years.

Virginia, soon to be under Democratic control, will likely be the 38th state to ratify the amendment. The Supreme Court could decide what happens next.


Mormons in Mexico: A brief history of polygamy, cartel violence and faith

by Rebecca Janzen

Along with the Romneys – relatives of Sen. Mitt Romney, whose father was born in Mexico – the LeBarons are among the most storied families in Mormon history.


Antigua Demands Harvard Pay Reparations for Benefiting From Slavery

The labor of enslaved people paid for the founding of Harvard Law School, Antigua's prime minister reminded the college's president.


Teenage Rescuer, Now 92, Meets Family She Saved From Nazis

Melpomeni Dina was reunited with the two surviving members and 40 descendants of the Jewish family she and her sisters helped escape occupied Greece during World War II.


When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals

by Adam Hochschild

A hundred years ago, the Palmer Raids imperilled thousands of immigrants. Then a wily official got in the way.


How Codebreakers Helped Secure U.S. Victory in the Battle of Midway

Advance intelligence helped the Allies turn the tables on Japan in this crucial World War II naval battle.


How Historians Rate Presidents

Historians have for decades weighed presidents' virtues and accomplishments in a bid to determine the best and worst of the bunch.


 

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Historians Manisha Sinha, Kate Clifford Larson, and Milton Sernett Interviewed for Article on Historical Accuracy of Harriet Film

"What's Fact and What's Fiction in Harriet"


Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Michael D. Shear: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

by Chris Riback

Obsession, chaos, fear, depravity, and yet – meaningful, important, and potentially-lasting change that has shifted not only how the world views America, but how we view ourselves.


No End in Sight for Jailed Gulag Historian Yury Dmitriyev

His decades-long research to expose the scale of the late Communist leader's terror have met with mounting criticism under Russian President Vladimir Putin and landed him in jail in the Karelian capital of Petrozavodsk in northwest Russia.


14 Ships' Figureheads Weighing Over 20 Tons Arrive at UK's Newest Museum, The Box

In what is the most ambitious sculpture conservation project currently taking place in the UK, 14 monumental 19th century naval figureheads have been saved from decay for the nation.


Historian Hope Harrison Interviewed for article on German Reunification in The Atlantic

The article, "What Would It Take to Unify Korea? Germany Offers Lessons, examines all that is still left to do to reunify Germany 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.


Chris Riback is Reading the Impeachment Inquiry Opening Statements Aloud on His Podcast

by Chris Riback

An easy way to listen to and understand history-making testimony as it happens.


"If you liked this interview, you'll love this book": A Review of Sarah Milov's The Cigarette: A Political History (2019)

by Jaipreet Virdi

"The history of the cigarette does not begin and end with Big Tobacco."


Rafael Medoff's New Book Suggests new evidence shows FDR's bigotry derailed many Holocaust rescue plans

In his book about Franklin Roosevelt and the Holocaust, Rafael Medoff finds links between the US president's anti-Japanese stances and his policies against Jews fleeing Hitler.


Teens are making historical events go viral on TikTok

The most powerful videos use human beings to personify world actors – such as countries – in major historical events.

 
 







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