History Buzz: September 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

September 25, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 25/09/1639 – 1st printing press in America
  • 25/09/1775 – American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured
  • 25/09/1789 – Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify)
  • 25/09/1804 – 12th amendment to US constitution, regulating judicial power
  • 25/09/1846 – US troops under Gen Taylor occupies Monterey Mexico
  • 25/09/1867 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Wash DC
  • 25/09/1919 – President Woodrow Wilson is paralyzed by a stroke
  • 25/09/1926 – Henry Ford announces 8 hour, 5-day work week
  • 25/09/1926 – Canadian govt of MacKenzie King forms
  • 25/09/1956 – 1st transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Scot-Canada)
  • 25/09/1957 – 300 US Army troops guard 9 black kids return to Central HS in Ark
  • 25/09/1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • 26/09/1789 – Jefferson appointed 1st Sec of State; John Jay 1st chief justice; Samuel Osgood 1st Postmaster and Edmund J Randolph 1st Attorney Genl
  • 26/09/1941 – Nazi’s slaughter about 34,000 Jews of Kiev
  • 27/09/0070 – Walls of upper city of Jerusalem battered down by Romans
  • 27/09/1777 – Battle of Germantown; Washington defeated by British [NS=Oct 6]; English General William Howe occupies Philadelphia
  • 27/09/1779 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain
  • 27/09/1787 – Constitution submitted to states for ratification
  • 27/09/1916 – 1st Native American Day celebrated, honoring American Indians
  • 27/09/1919 – Democratic National Committee voted to allow female members
  • 27/09/1940 – Nazi-Germany, Italy and Japan sign 10 year formal alliance (Axis)
  • 27/09/1954 – School integration begins in Wash DC and Baltimore Md public schools
  • 27/09/1964 – Warren Commission released, finds Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in JFK Assasination
  • 27/09/1979 – Congress’ final approval to create Dept of Education
  • 28/09/1678 – “Pilgrim’s Progress” published
  • 28/09/1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlie becomes king of Scotland
  • 28/09/1928 – US acknowledge Chinese govt of Chiang Kai-shek
  • 29/09/1789 – 1st congress adjourns
  • 29/09/1789 – US War Dept established a regular army
  • 29/09/1906 – US intervenes in Cuba ousts dictator Estrada Palma
  • 29/09/1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral
  • 29/09/1943 – Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice
  • 29/09/1953 – US govt gives France $385 million for combat in Indo-China
  • 29/09/1962 – JFK authorized use of federal troops to integrate U of Mississippi
  • 30/09/1199 – Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate Guide of Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew
  • 30/09/1452 – 1st book published, Johann Guttenberg’s Bible
  • 30/09/1777 – Congress, flees to York Pa, as British forces advance
  • 30/09/1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston
  • 30/09/1805 – Napoleons army draws into the Rhine
  • 30/09/1864 – Black Soldiers given Medal of Honor
  • 30/09/1946 – 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg
  • 30/09/1953 – Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • 30/09/1962 – James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi; JFK routes 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Thomas Fleming: Writes children’s history book – HNN Staff, 9-22-06
  • RON ROSENBAUM on Daniel Mendelsohn: Giving Death a Face THE LOST A Search for Six of Six Million NYT, 9-24-06
  • An Interview With Daniel Mendelsohn (From This Week’s Book Review Podcast) – NYT, 9-24-06
  • Daniel Mendelsohn: Recovering Lost Relatives From Holocaust Oblivion THE LOST A Search for Six of Six MillionNYT, 9-20-06
  • Sidney Blumenthal: Taking Aim HOW BUSH RULES Chronicles of a Radical Regime9-24-06
  • Sidney Blumenthal: HOW BUSH RULES Chronicles of a Radical Regime, First Chapter – 9-24-06
  • David Greenberg on Frank Rich: Spin Doctors A columnist accuses the Bush administration of replacing facts with public relations gambits THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to KatrinaWa Po, 9-24-06
  • Garrett Epps: Professor reaches way back for engaging story of how we got our civil rights Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War AmericaOregonLive.com, OR, 9-24-06
  • David Thomson: ‘Nicole Kidman’ Biography Gives Film Historian a Platform for Alternative Takes on Movies – HNN Huntingtonnews.net, 9-24-06
  • David Greenberg: The History of White House Doodles Spontaneous Art or Psychological Insight – ABC News, 9-22-06
  • Walter Berns: Democracy and the ConstitutionAmerican Enterprise Institute, 9-21-06
  • Thomas B. Edsall: The Republican Collapse May Not Be So Imminent BUILDING RED AMERICA The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power - NYT, 9-12-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Sept. 25, 2006: Seth Bramson: Book captures Gables’ early history A South Florida historian and memorabilia collector will present his book on the history of Coral Gables at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave – Miami Herald, FL, 9-24-06
  • Sept. 27, 2006: Daniel Blatman: Holocaust historian to discuss Nazi genocide, the lecture “Disintegration, Fear, and Massacre: Germany 1945,” will take place in the Martin Institute Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m – Easton Journal, MA, 9-22-06
  • Sept. 29, 2006: Walter Berns: Burns along with syndicated columnist George Will and legal scholar Robert Bork, will discuss Democracy and the Constitution at AEI (1150–17th Street, NW, 12th floor, Washington, DC) from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – American Enterprise Institute, 9-21-06
  • Oct. 6, 2006: Colin A. Palmer: Will give the eighth annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture at Florida International University’s University Park campus in West Miami-Dade as part of the African-New World Studies Program’s Distinguished Africana Scholars Lecture Series on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. on “Eric Williams and the Continuing Challenges of a Diverse Caribbean” – Miami Herald, 9-24-06
  • Oct. 12, 2006: William J. Cooper, noted historian and author of “Jefferson Davis, American,” will deliver the 5th Annual Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College, October 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the WBC Chapel – Williams Baptist College News, AR, 9-12-06
  • Feb. 23 to 25, 2007: John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
  • October 2006: Geoffrey Blainey: To speak at a $250 a head dinner to raise funds for The Courier Community Fund at Craig’s Royal Hotel next month (Australia) – Ballarat Courier, Australia, 9-22-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • History Channel: “Sharp Shooters,” Sunday, September 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The First Christians,” Sunday, September 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad,” Monday, September 25, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The Pagans,” Monday, September 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth : The Vikings: Voyage to America.,” Monday, September 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels : Guns of the Civil War,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 1pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : Eighty Acres of Hell,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tales of the FBI : The Bureau vs. the Klan.,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” History’s Mysteries : Ghost Ships,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Comets: Prophets of Doom,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters : Asteroid Apocalypse,” Wednesday, September 27, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Lost Evidence : D-Day: The Lost Evidence” Thursday, September 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” History’s Mysteries : Nazi Ghost Train,” Thursday, September 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past : The Templar Code: Crusade of Secrecy,” Thursday, September 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Friday, September 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels : Pirate Tech,” Friday, September 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Mexican-American War,” Friday, September 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz,” Friday, September 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Mexican-American War,” Saturday, September 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth” Marathon, Saturday, September 30,, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • PBS: American Experience “Eyes on the Prize”, 16 hour series on the civil rights movement, re-airing Oct. 2, Oct. 9, and Oct. 16 @ 9pm ET – PBS
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #7, (8 weeks on list) – 10-1-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #28 – 10-1-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006 at 12:20 PM

September 17, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
BIGGEST STORIES:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 18/09/1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage
  • 18/09/1759 – Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British
  • 18/09/1793 – Pres Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
  • 18/09/1812 – Fire in Moscow destroys 90% of houses and 1,000 churchs
  • 18/09/1850 – Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850
  • 18/09/1851 – NY Times starts publishing (2› a copy)
  • 18/09/1862 – General Read army pulls out of Antietam Creek Virginia
  • 18/09/1895 – Booker T Washington delivera “Atlanta Compromise” address
  • 18/09/1914 – Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
  • 18/09/1945 – 1000 whites walk out of Gary Ind schools to protest integration
  • 18/09/1947 – National Security Act, passes
  • 18/09/1987 – US and Russia sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • 19/09/1676 – Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon set Jamestown Va on fire
  • 19/09/1777 – Battle of Freeman’s Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga
  • 19/09/1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president
  • 19/09/1863 – Battle of Chickamauga GA (near Chattanooga) begins; Union retreat
  • 19/09/1873 – Black Friday: Jay Cooke and Co fails, causing a securities panic
  • 19/09/1911 – Red Tuesday-20,000 protest for universal rights
  • 19/09/1941 – Nazi’s force German Jews, 6 and over to wear Jewish stars
  • 20/09/1530 – Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
  • 20/09/1664 – Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men
  • 20/09/1797 – US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
  • 20/09/1850 – Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • 20/09/1861 – Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • 20/09/1863 – Battle of Shepardstown VA
  • 20/09/1863 – Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tenn, ends
  • 20/09/1881 – Chester A Arthur sworn in as 21st president
  • 20/09/1961 – James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • 20/09/1963 – JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
  • 20/09/1976 – Playboy releases Jimmy Carter’s interview that he lusts for women
  • 20/09/1990 – Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message
  • 21/09/1621 – King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling
  • 21/09/1745 – Battle at Preston Pans: Bonnie Prince Charles beats English army
  • 21/09/1776 – 5 days after British take NY – Great fire in NY
  • 21/09/1784 – Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser 1st success US daily newspaper
  • 21/09/1792 – Proposal by Collot D’Herbois, to abolish the monarchy in France – 1st French Republic forms
  • 21/09/1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a poem
  • 21/09/1863 – Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
  • 21/09/1897 – NY Sun runs famous “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus,” editorial
  • 21/09/1922 – Pres Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
  • 21/09/1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice
  • 22/09/1692 – Last (8) person hanged for witchcraft in US (Salem Mass)
  • 22/09/1817 – John Quincy Adams becomes secretary of State
  • 22/09/1862 – President Lincoln, says he will free slaves in all states on Jan 1
  • 22/09/1893 – 1st auto built in US (by Duryea brothers) runs in Springfield
  • 22/09/1970 – Pres Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses
  • 22/09/1973 – Henry Kissinger, sworn in as America’s 1st Jewish Secretary of State
  • 22/09/1975 – Sara Jane Moore tries to assassinate President Ford in SF Calif
  • 23/09/1642 – Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass, 1st commencement
  • 23/09/1780 – Brit Maj John Andr‚ reveals Benedict Arnold’s plot to betray West Pt
  • 23/09/1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St Louis from Pacific Northwest
  • 23/09/1862 – Lincoln’s Emancipation is published in Northern Newspapers
  • 23/09/1863 – Confederate siege of Chattanooga begins
  • 23/09/1941 – General de Gaulle forms govt in exile in London
  • 23/09/1949 – Truman announces evidence of USSR’s 1st nuclear device detonation
  • 23/09/1952 – Richard Nixon makes his “Checker’s” speech
  • 23/09/1957 – White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw
  • 23/09/1976 – Ford-Carter TV debate
  • 23/09/1979 – Jane Fonda and 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC
  • 23/09/1979 – Jane Fonda and 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC
  • 24/09/1789 – President George Washington appointed John Jay the 1st Chief Justice
  • 24/09/1789 – Federal Judiciary Act is passed and creates a six-person Supreme Court
  • 24/09/1789 – Congress creates Post Office
  • 24/09/1845 – 1st baseball team is organized
  • 24/09/1862 – Confederate Congress adopts confederacy seal
  • 24/09/1890 – Pres of Mormon Church in Salt Lake City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching and practice of polygamy should be abandoned
  • 24/09/1950 – “Operation Magic Carpet”-All Jews from Yemen move to Israel
  • 24/09/1957 – Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools
  • 24/09/1976 – Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by Pres Carter
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Frank Rich: Theater of War THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD The Decline and Fall of Truth From 9/11 to KatrinaNYT, 9-17-06
  • An Interview With Frank Rich – NYT, 9-17-06
  • Fritz Stern: The Persistence of Memory A great historian offers a memoir about a life marked by the shadow of Nazism – FIVE GERMANYS I HAVE KNOWNWa Po, 9-17-06
  • Randall Woods: Sympathetic look at Johnson includes flaws LBJ: Architect of American AmbitionCleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 9-17-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Edward Luck on “World leaders face a U.N. overloaded with crises”: “It is a very subtle, very deep, very divisive issue. I don’t think anyone is going to come away as the great savior of the Middle East. We are just not at that point.” – Reuters AlertNet, UK, 9-17-06
  • Kevin Starr on Thomas Starr King “California diminishes its shining Starr”: “Is he suddenly chopped liver? When you’re building up a frontier commonwealth, deeply ethical public and religious figures are extremely important, and from that point of view he enlarged the definition of what it means to be a Californian. He helped transform California from a frontier to a province.” – Toledo Blade, OH, 9-17-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • Howard Lamar: Will discuss his new book “Charlie Siringo’s West: An Interpretive Biography” at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts – Santa Fe New Mexican, NM, 9-17-06
  • Kathleen Neils Conzen: Will deliver the 22nd annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at the University of Minnesota, Morris on “Why They Fought: Immigrant Colonists and Minnesota’s Civil War,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall – UMM News, Sports & Events, Minnesota, 9-8-06
  • Howard Segal: Will present a talk about his book, “Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford’s Village Industries,” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Building on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus – Detroit Free Press, 9-10-06
  • William J. Cooper, noted historian and author of “Jefferson Davis, American,” will deliver the 5th Annual Vaughn Lecture in the Humanities at Williams Baptist College, October 12, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the WBC Chapel – Williams Baptist College News, AR, 9-12-06
  • John Gillingham: Camden Conference marks its 20th anniversary, Feb. 23 to 25, 2007, at the Camden Opera House – 8-15-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Joe Mathews, author of “The People’s Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy” interviewed by Rachel Smolkin, managing editor for the American Journalism Review, Sunday, September 17 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm- C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: B Book TV presents Simon Schama Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, Sunday, September 17 at 7:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents W. Joseph Campbell, The Year That Defined American Journalism: 1897 and the Clash of Paradigms, Sunday, September 17 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: ” The Revolution : 02 – Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, September 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Lost Worlds : Braveheart’s Scotland,” Sunday, September 18, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Monday, September 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds : The First Christians,” Monday, September 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth : The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines,” Monday, September 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth : Nature’s Fury: New England’s Killer Hurricane,” Tuesday, September 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Mega Disasters : California’s Katrina,” Tuesday, September 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook The World : War of the Worlds and the Hitler Diaries,” Tuesday, September 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Wednesday, September 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook The World : The War to End All Wars.,” Wednesday, September 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging For The Truth,” Marathon Thursday, September 21, @ 8am-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From? : Ancient Egypt: Iconic Structures.,” Thursday, September 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Behind the Mask of Zorro,” Friday, September 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Weird U.S. : Rebels and Traitors,” Friday, September 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels” Marathon, Saturday, September 23, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #5, (7 weeks on list) – 9-24-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #11, (18 weeks on list) – 9-24-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #28 – 9-24-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 5:41 PM

September 11, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
9/11 5TH ANNIVERSARY:
  • 11/09/2001 – Terrorists hijack two passenger planes crashing them into New York’s World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and death of 2,752 people
  • 11/09/2001 – Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the death of 125 people
  • 11/09/2001 – Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people onboard
  • History Teachers: Bringing 9/11 into classroom Today’s students lived it and are studying it – Chicago Tribune, 9-10-06
  • Peter Bergen, Jack Granatstein: What if 9/11 had not happened? – Toronto Star, 9-10-06
  • Ken Burns: Born on 9/11: Life at five In 2001, USA WEEKEND introduced six babies, symbols of hope born on that dark day. Today, we catch up with them as they turn 5 – USA Weekend, 9-10-06
  • 9/11 books follow different paths – Indianapolis Star, 9-9-06
  • Arthur Schlesinger: Joined the chorus of Democrat voices demanding ABC be stopped from airing their 9/11 mini-series – The Conservative Voice, 9-9-06
  • Joanne Meyerowitz, Thomas Bender, Stephen Thernstrom, Joyce Appleby, Jan Lewis: 9/11 Leaves Its Mark on History Classes – NYT, 9-6-06
  • Daniel Pipes: Improvising after 9/11 – American Daily, 9-6-06
  • John Spencer: 9/11 in the Classroom: A Valuable Teaching Moment – Newswise (press release), 9-7-06
KATRINA 1 YEAR LATER:
  • Leonard Moore, Edward Haas: Roundtable: New Orleans’ Race Relations – 9-1-06
  • Charles L. Sullivan: Historian tells the stories of Gulf Coast hurricanes – Biloxi Sun Herald, 8-26-06
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 11/09/1557 – Catholic and Lutheran theology debated in Worm
  • 11/09/1649 – Massacre of Drogheda, Ireland, Oliver Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists
  • 11/09/1773 – Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace”
  • 11/09/1789 – Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of Treasury
  • 11/09/1940 – Buckingham Palace in London destroyed by German bombs
  • 11/09/1943 – Jewish ghettos of Minsk and Lida Belorussia liquidated
  • 11/09/1944 – FDR and Churchill meet in Canada at 2nd Quebec Conference
  • 12/09/1695 – NY Jews petition governor Dongan for religious liberties
  • 12/09/1862 – Battle of Harpers Ferry VA
  • 12/09/1953 – Sen John F Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24
  • 12/09/1958 – US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • 13/09/1556 – Charles V and Maria of Hungary march into Spain
  • 13/09/1663 – 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • 13/09/1788 – NY City becomes 1st capital of US
  • 13/09/1847 – American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
  • 13/09/1861 – 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate “Colorado” sinks privateer “Judah” off Pensacola, Fla
  • 13/09/1906 – 1st airplane flight in Europe
  • 13/09/1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became president of China
  • 13/09/1948 – Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress
  • 13/09/1953 – Nikita Khrushchev appointed 1st secretary-general of USSR
  • 13/09/1993 – Israeli min of Foreign affairs Peres and PLO-Abu Mazen sign peace accord
  • 14/09/1862 – Federal troops escape from beleaguered Harpers Ferry West Virginia
  • 14/09/1872 – Britain pays US $15« M for damages during Civil War
  • 14/09/1917 – Provisional government of Russia forms, Republic proclaimed
  • 14/09/1940 – Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • 14/09/1948 – Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters
  • 14/09/1948 – Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Mich 5th Dist Rep primary
  • 14/09/1983 – US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
  • 15/09/1620 – Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8]
  • 15/09/1656 – England and France sign peace treaty
  • 15/09/1776 – British forces capture Kip’s Bay Manhattan during Revolution
  • 15/09/1862 – Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV
  • 15/09/1914 – Battle of Aisne begins between Germans and French during WW I
  • 15/09/1923 – Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror
  • 15/09/1935 – Nuremberg Laws deprives German Jews of citizenship and makes swastika official symbol of Nazi Germany
  • 15/09/1941 – Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
  • 15/09/1959 – Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit
  • 15/09/1963 – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
  • 15/09/1981 – US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor
  • 16/09/1630 – Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston
  • 16/09/1782 – Great Seal of US used for 1st time
  • 16/09/1848 – Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 16/09/1908 – Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp
  • 16/09/1940 – Luftwaffe attacks center of London
  • 16/09/1940 – FDR signs Selective Training and Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
  • 16/09/1941 – Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 16/09/1968 – Richard Nixon appears on “Laugh-in”
  • 16/09/1971 – 6 Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • 16/09/1974 – Pres Ford announces conditional amnesty for US, Vietnam War deserters
  • 17/09/1562 – Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon
  • 17/09/1691 – Colony Massachusetts Bay gets new charter
  • 17/09/1787 – US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
  • 17/09/1796 – Pres George Washington delivers his farewell address
  • 17/09/1850 – Great fire in San Francisco
  • 17/09/1862 – Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)-bloodiest day of Civil War, 23,110 die
  • 17/09/1900 – Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 17/09/1952 – “I am an American Day” and “Constitution Day” renamed “Citizenship Day”
  • 17/09/1986 – US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Sean Wilentz on Nicholas Lemann: A Less Perfect Union REDEMPTION The Last Battle of the Civil WarNYT, 9-10-06
  • Nicholas Lemann: REDEMPTION The Last Battle of the Civil War, First Chapter – NYT, 9-10-06
  • An Interview With Nicholas Lemann with Sam Tanenhaus, the editor of The New York Times Book Review. (MP3 format)
  • Flores A. Forbes: By Any Means Necessary WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther PartyNYT, 9-10-06
  • Flores A. Forbes: WILL YOU DIE WITH ME? My Life and the Black Panther Party, First Chapter – NYT, 9-10-06
  • James Goodman on Jason Sokol: Across the Great Divide THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING White Southerners in the Age of Civil RightsNYT, 9-10-06
  • Nicholas Lemann: After the War Between the States, the South set out to rise again — by any means necessary REDEMPTION The Last Battle of the Civil WarWA Po, 9-10-06
  • Louis Fisher: Writes new book about state secrets – Secrecy News, written by Steven Aftergood, is published by the Federation of American Scientists, 9-5-06
  • Frank Argote-Freyre: Author relates life story of Cuban leader Batista – Holmdel Independent, NJ, 9-6-06
OP-ED:
  • Niall Ferguson: Did the U.S. overreact to Sept. 11? – Time, 9-3-06
  • David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz: 9/11: Katrina Started at Ground Zero – TomDispatch.com. 9-5-06
  • Juan Cole: Shiite vs. Shiite – HNN
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • Michael Kazin: A History Both Global and Personal – NPR, 9-1-06
FEATURE:
QUOTED:
  • Juan Cole on “Was government in on Sept. 11? Internet helps to add fuel to belief by some that terrorists weren’t behind attacks”: “When you have irrational allegations being made, it raises the question of what is underlying that irrationality. It just seems to me that it’s a manifestation of extreme anxiety about the degree to which the U.S. government is not leveling with people.” – Detroit News, 9-9-06
  • Joyce Appleby on “9/11: Is there any more to say?”: “It was an attack on a whole range of values in America. Here were two buildings that represented modernity, success, power. Then you have those pictures. They’re going to be powerful for a long time.” – Christian Science Monitor, MA, 9-7-06
  • Leo Braudy on “ABC Stands By Its 9/11 Story — Almost”: “The 9/11 commission comes out with one narrative, which no one reads. Then movies take a piece of it — there’s ‘United 93′ and ‘World Trade Center.’ The Bush administration is pushing its own narrative of the meaning of 9/11 as justification for its policies. And now a miniseries comes into being that creates a narrative in a semi-documentary, fictionalized manner, which is very persuasive. Suddenly people who felt they know what really happened are being preempted by this fiction. Naturally they are going to be upset about it. Narrative creates closure.” – calendarlive.com, CA, 9-9-06
  • Roy Rosenzweig on “Google opens up 200 years of news “: “As a scholar and historian I want as much information as possible, accessible to as many people as possible at the least cost, and the extent to which Google is doing that is compelling.” – Trade Arabia, Bahrain, 9-6-06
SPOTTED AND EVENTS CALENDAR:
  • James Oliver Horton will present the 27th Annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture “Naturally Anti-Slavery: Lincoln, Race and the Complexity of American Liberty, at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 16 at the Lincoln Museum – Frost Illustrated, IN, 9-5-06
  • Kathleen Neils Conzen: Will deliver the 22nd annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at the University of Minnesota, Morris on “Why They Fought: Immigrant Colonists and Minnesota’s Civil War,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall – UMM News, Sports & Events, Minnesota, 9-8-06
  • Howard Segal: Will present a talk about his book, “Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford’s Village Industries,” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Building on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus – Detroit Free Press, 9-10-06
  • R. David Edmunds and Brian Hosmer: Will speak during the 10th annual Susan B. Horton Cone Family Distinguished Lecture entitled “35 Years of American Indian History” Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 5-7 p.m. in the College of Agriculture auditorium at the University of Wyoming – University of Wyoming News, WY, 9-8-06
HONORED, AWARDED, AND APPOINTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel coming in November 2006: Desperate Crossing: the Untold Story of the Mayflower -
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents David Brion Davis Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World, Sunday, September 10 at 4:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents After Words: Lawrence Wright, author of “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” interviewed by James Zogby, Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Brian Jenkins Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy Strengthening Ourselves, Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The 9/11 Hijackers: Inside the Hamburg Cell,” Sunday, September 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Zero Hour : The Last Hour of Flight 11,” Sunday, September 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “World War III? Beyond Lebanon,” Sunday, September 10, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Grounded on 9/11,” Sunday, September 10, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Sunday, September 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution : 01 – Boston, Bloody Boston,” Sunday, September 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” Monday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Day the Towers Fell,” Monday, September 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The 9/11 Commission Report,” Monday, September 11, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” The Man Who Predicted 9/11,” Monday, September 11, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Miracle of Stairway B,” Monday, September 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Lost Worlds : Braveheart’s Scotland,” Monday, September 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Ground Zero : Countdown to Ground Zero,” Monday, September 11, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Where Did It Come From? : Ancient Rome: The Rise of Apartments,” Thursday, September 14, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special : The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps.,” Friday, September 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds” Marathon, Saturday, September 16, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “American Vesuvius,” Saturday, September 16, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Thomas E. Ricks: FIASCO The American Military Adventure in Iraq, #4, (6 weeks on list) – 9-17-06
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #14, (17 weeks on list) – 9-17-06
  • Ron Suskind: THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, #31 – 9-17-06
  • Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton: Without Precedent The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission, #33 9-17-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Edward P. Crapol: John Tyler: The Accidental President, September 2006
  • Marion V. Creekmore: A Moment of Crisis: The Inside Story of Jimmy Carter in North Korea, September 2006
  • Charles W. Calhoun: Conceiving a New Republic: The Republican Party and the Southern Question, 1869-1900, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • Greil Marcus: The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice September 2006
  • Wilson D. Miscamble: From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War, September 2006
  • Eva Plach: Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926-1935, September 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • James E. Wise: Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, September 2006
  • Rodric Braithwaite: Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, September 26, 2006
  • Aleksandr Fursenko: Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary, October 2006
  • Thomas Keneally: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia, October 2006
  • Mark Puls: Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, October 2006
  • Norman J. Goda: Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War, October 2006
  • Ronald J. Olive: Capturing Jonathan Pollard : How One of the Most Notorious Spies in American History Was Brought to Justice, October 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
  • Anthony Everitt: Augustus: The Life of Rome’s First Emperor, October 10, 2006
  • Paul Kengor: The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, October 17, 2006
  • Graeme Fife: The Terror: The Shadow of the Guillotine: France 1792–1794, November 2006
  • Robert M. Collins: Transforming America: Politics and Culture During the Reagan Years, November 2006
  • Adam LeBor: “Complicity With Evil”: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide, November 2006
DEPARTED:
  • John Munroe: One of Delaware’s best-known historians and a member of the UD faculty for more than 60 years, died Sept. 6. He was 92. – UDaily, DE, 9-7-06
  • Leonard W. Levy: Distinguished constitutional historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1969 and who taught at Brandeis University and the Claremont Graduate School, died on 24 August 2006 in Ashland, Oregon, at the age of 83 (H-OIEAHC)

Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 4:10 PM

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