History Buzz: July 2008

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.

July 28, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

  • Kevin Sharpe: Graduation: But degrees are no longer a sign of intelligence, says a top historian – 7-23-08
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 06-28-1836 – The fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died at Montpelier, his Virginia estate.
  • 06-28-1894 – Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress.
  • 06-28-1914 – Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated, setting off World War I.
  • 06-28-1919 – The Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I.
  • 06-28-1978 – The Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke that the use of quotas in affirmative action programs was not permissible.
  • 06-28-2000 – Elian Gonzalez was returned to his father in Cuba.
  • 06-28-2001 – Serbia handed over Slobodan Milosevic over to the UN war crimes tribunal.
  • 06-28-2004 – In Iraq, the United States transferred power back to the Iraqis two days earlier than planned.
  • 06-29-1613 – London’s Globe Theatre burned down during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.
  • 06-29-1767 – The British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts.
  • 06-29-1972 – The Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute “cruel and unusual” prompting some states to revise their laws.
  • 06-30-1921 – President Warren G. Harding appointed former president William H. Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 06-30-1934 – Adolf Hitler secured his position in the Nazi party by a “blood purge,” ridding the party of other leaders such as Ernst Roehm and Kurt von Schleicher.
  • 06-30-1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published.
  • 06-30-1971 – The 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18, was ratified by the states.
  • 06-30-1998 – The remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
  • 07-01-1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point in the Civil War, began.
  • 07-01-1867 – Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain under the British North America Act.
  • 07-01-1898 – Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders fought the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War.
  • 07-01-1943 – Income tax withholding began in the United States.
  • 07-01-1962 – Burundi and Rwanda achieved independence.
  • 07-01-1963 – The U.S. Post Office inaugurated its five-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Plan) codes.
  • 07-01-1968 – The United States, Britain, the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
  • 07-01-1997 – After 156 years of British colonial rule, Hong Kong was returned to China.
  • 07-01-2000 – Vermont’s civil unions law went into effect.
  • 07-01-2000 – The Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina statehouse.
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

  • Dannel McCollum: Where have timbered areas crucial in state’s settlement gone? – Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette, IL, 7-27-08
  • Will the truth about the Katyn genocide ever fully see the light of day? Historians and prosecutors of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance could not find authorized copies of Stalin’s order for the mass murder of twenty two thousand Poles, necessary for their investigation of the massacre – Polish Radio External Service, Poland, 7-24-08
  • HISTORY: Professor Halaçoglu, who was seen as a hardliner on the Armenian issue, is removed from his post – Turkish Daily News, 7-24-08
  • Leslie Woodcock Tentler: “Dishonesty at Heart of System” Keeps Catholic Church “Pretending” on Birth Control, CUA Prof Says Catholic society says Catholic University prof undermining Catholic Church’s “message of sexual purity – Lifesite, PA, 7-16-08
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

  • Are historians live David Cannadine and Andrew Roberts an endangered species? Literate, engaging and free from constraint, British historians are the best in the world – Times Online, UK, 7-26-08
  • Max Holland: Author: Oswald was lone assassin – Profiled in the WaPo as a writer obsessed with JFK assassination – WaPo, 7-24-08
INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • J. Rogers Hollingsworth: UW-Madison historian predicts the end of science ‘superpowers’ – http://www.news.wisc.edu, 7-23-08
  • Andreas Daum: Berlin an Appropriate Stage for Obama Speech Says Historian – “A spectacle is guaranteed on Thursday when Obama gives his speech, but the more serious question is: How will the United States define its relationship to a Europe that has dramatically changed since the days of the Cold War…. For Obama, I think Berlin is a reference to old Europe, and giving a speech in Berlin is a way to tell Europeans that he’s interested in developing a unified approach to global challenges, such as terrorism and global warming, that affect us all…. And now Obama gets his turn on this stage, yet in a very different Germany, 19 years after the Wall came down. – http://www.newswise.com, 7-23-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

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CALENDAR:

  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics The Leaders We Deserved (And a Few We Didn’t): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game Author: Alvin Felzenberg – Monday, July 28 @ 5:45am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • PBS: History Ditectives, PBS – Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 9pm ET
  • History Channel: “The Lost Pyramid,” Monday, July 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds: The Real Dracula,” Monday, July 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries: Japan’s Mysterious Pyramids,” Monday, July 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Prehistoric Monsters Revealed,” Monday, July 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries: Ancient Monster Hunters,” Monday, July 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How Life Began,” Tuesday, July 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How the Earth Was Made,” Tuesday, July 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Cannibal Dinosaur,” Tuesday, July 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Noah’s Great Flood,” Tuesday, July 29, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Wednesday, July 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tougher In Alaska: Gold Mining,” Wednesday, July 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Thursday, July 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Snipers: One Shot–One Kill,” Thursday, July 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysterious Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa,” Thursday, July 31, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #13 — (3 weeks on list) – 8-3-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Jonathan Harris: The Split in Stalin’s Secretariat, 1939-1948, July 28, 2008
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea, August 5, 2008
  • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
  • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 12:39 AM

July 21, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: American Voters

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 07-21-1861 – Confederate forces won victory at Bull Run in the first major battle of the Civil War.
  • 07-21-1873 – The first train robbery west of the Mississippi was pulled off by Jesse James and his gang.
  • 07-21-1925 – In the “Monkey Trial,” John T. Scopes was found guilty of violating Tennessee state law by teaching evolution.
  • 07-21-1949 – The U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • 07-21-1970 – The Aswan High Dam was opened in Egypt.
  • 07-21-1998 – Astronaut Alan Shepard died.
  • 07-21-2002 – WorldCom filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
  • 07-22-1796 – Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland.
  • 07-22-1933 – Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world.
  • 07-22-1934 – John Dillinger was shot to death outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater.
  • 07-22-1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “court packing” scheme was rejected by the U.S. Senate.
  • 07-22-1975 – Congress restored Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s U.S. citizenship.
  • 07-22-2003 – Saddam Hussein’s sons, Uday and Ousay, were killed in a firefight.
  • 07-23-1829 – William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.
  • 07-23-1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died at Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63.
  • 07-23-1914 – Austria and Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, precipitating World War I.
  • 07-23-1945 – Vichy government leader Marshal Henri Petain went on trial for treason.
  • 07-23-1952 – Revolution erupted in Egypt as the military took power in a bloodless coup. The following year the monarchy was abolished and, for the first time since the pharaohs, Egypt was again ruled by Egyptians.
  • 07-24-1847 – Brigham Young and the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrived at the Great Salt Lake.
  • 07-24-1862 – Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, died in Kinderhook, N.Y.
  • 07-24-1866 – Tennessee became the first Confederate state to be readmitted to the Union.
  • 07-24-1937 – Charges against five black men accused of raping two white women in the Scottsboro case were dropped.
  • 07-24-1974 – The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over White House tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.
  • 07-25-1946 – The United States tested the first underwater atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
  • 07-25-1952 – Puerto Rico became a commonwealth of the United States.
  • 07-25-1978 – The world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born in Lancashire, England.
  • 07-25-1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
  • 07-26-1788 – New York became the 11th state in the United States.
  • 07-26-1847 – Liberia became Africa’s first republic.
  • 07-26-1908 – The Office of the Chief Examiner, which in 1935 became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was created.
  • 07-26-1947 – President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • 07-26-1952 – Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, died in Buenos Aires at age 33.
  • 07-26-1952 – King Farouk I of Egypt abdicated after a coup led by Gamal Abdal Nasser.
  • 07-26-1953 – Fidel Castro was among a group of rebelling anti-Batistas who unsuccessfully attacked an army barracks.
  • 07-27-1861 – Union general George B. McClellan was put in command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
  • 07-27-1953 – An armistice was signed ending the Korean War.
  • 07-27-1974 – The House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach Richard Nixon for obstructing justice in the Watergate case.
  • 07-27-1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • 07-27-1996 – A pipe bomb exploded in an Atlanta park during the Olympic Games.
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • A Life In …Books: Niall Ferguson (video) – Newsweek, 7-28-08
  • Tony Judt: Flames of passion Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth CenturyJPost, 7-17-08
  • Unfriendly Fire Historian Lorenz M. Luthi explores the causes and consequences of the crisis in Sino-Soviet relations – Moscow Times, 7-18-08
  • Leonard S. Marcus: Children’s-book historian writes history of children’s books – Scripps Howard News Service, 7-16-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

  • Keeping his work alive When UNLV history professor Hal Rothman died at age 48, he had five research projects in the works. Now his former students and others are finishing them – Las Vegas Sun, 7-4-08
INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • A new chapter for a legacy, Sweet Briar plantation, Amherst, MA – The News and Advance, VA, 7-19-08
  • Historicist: An English Estate in the Heart of the City – Torontoist, 7-19-08
  • Monstrous monarchs Are there too many awful rulers to pick the worst? With the pressure of ruling and the stress of succession, perhaps it is no wonder that so many of Britain’s kings and queens have made a mess of their reign – BBC, 7-18-08
  • Myths of the missile crisis The Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 is the best documented case study of decision-making by a United States president at a time of grave international peril – BBC, 7-7-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Henry Y on “Racism of 100 years ago still has an effect”: “When we think of 1908, it’s that moment when a world that was already being created and formed was cut off. Could the world we live in right now, the Vancouver we live in now, could that have been achieved much earlier? One answer to what the world would have been like might be well the world we live in today, except much earlier.” – Georgia Straight, Canada, 7-18-08
  • Tom Segev, Israeli historian and a columnist for Haaretz writes, that when Obama arrives in Israel, he’ll find Israelis are as eager for change as his supporters at home. And that most Israelis “feel deeply dependent on America and will not risk major policy differences with the United States. That means Obama may find them open to a new, more rational approach to the Middle East conflicts.” – Newsweek, 7-28-08
  • Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European studies at Oxford University, writes that the good news from Britain is that they’re all Obamamaniacs now. But enthusiasm for Obama is “equaled by skepticism about his country. That means there’s a lot of ground for him to make up.” – Newsweek, 7-28-08
  • Richard Norton Smith “Historian points to Ford Administration complexities”: “We’re in the very early stages of forming historical impressions about Ford and the Ford presidency. It’s the perfect time to ask questions about alternative ways of thinking about this president. The danger is the Ford presidency may be defined by his first month. It was not a coda to the Nixon White House, but a curtain raiser to subsequent events…. I want to call into question some of the assumptions about Gerald Ford. It’s about time we see him as a historical figure who somehow transcends a particular period. This is not a guy who should be walled off with Pet Rocks and leisure suits…. He’s relevant to the current campaign, and he’s relevant to the question of what kind of president do you want?… Jerry Ford was an Eagle Scout. In some ways, that’s all you need to know.” But he also was a shrewd political operative who knew how to get things done and could be calculating and manipulative when necessary. Gerald Ford deserves to be seen as more than the man who pardoned Richard Nixon, more than the man who healed the country,” Smith said. Nothing would do Gerald Ford a greater disservice than to make him into something he wasn’t or rob him of his humanity. He deserves more than that….” – Grand Rapids Press, 7-12-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

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CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • PBS: History Ditectives, PBS – Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 9pm ET
  • History Channel: “Tougher In Alaska: Gold Mining,” Sunday, July 20, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Biblical Disasters,” Monday, July 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Monday, July 21, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Monday, July 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: 90′s Tech,” Monday, July 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Batman Tech,” Monday, July 21, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight,” Monday, July 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps,” Tuesday, July 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Underground Apocalypse ,” Tuesday, July 22, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Hitler’s Last Secret,” Tuesday, July 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ancient New York,” Tuesday, July 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ships,” Tuesday, July 22, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Atlantis Apocalypse,” Tuesday, July 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History of the Joke,” Wednesday, July 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Wednesday, July 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: 70′s,” Wednesday, July 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight,” Wednesday, July 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Book of Nostradamus,” Thursday, July 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Noah’s Great Flood,” Thursday, July 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, July 26, @ 5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #14 — (2 weeks on list) – 7-27-08
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #30 – 7-27-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Trevor Royle: Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain, July 22, 2008
  • Jonathan Harris: The Split in Stalin’s Secretariat, 1939-1948, July 28, 2008
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea, August 5, 2008
  • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
  • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 11:21 PM

July 14, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • NEW BLOG: : A complete roundup of what Historians are saying about the campaign this week.
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: Quebec’s 400th

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: American Voters

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 07-10-14/07/1822 Slave revolt in SC under Denmark Vesey/Peter Poyas
  • 07-10-14/07/1845 Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many
  • 07-10-14/07/1945 Battleship USS South Dakota is 1st US ship to bombard Japan
  • 07-10-14/07/1946 Mass murder on Jews in Kielce Poland
  • 07-10-14/07/1976 Jimmy Carter wins Democratic pres nomination in NYC
  • 07-10-14/07/1987 Lt Col Oliver North concludes 6 days of Congressional testimony
  • 07-10-15/07/1099 – 1st Crusaders capture, plunder Jerusalem
  • 07-10-15/07/1662 – England’s King Charles II charters Royal Society in London
  • 07-10-15/07/1815 – Napoleon captured and surrendered and is later exiled on St Helena
  • 07-10-15/07/1830 – 3 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk and Fox, signs a treaty giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri
  • 07-10-15/07/1870 – Hudson’s Bay and Northwest Territories transferred to Canada
  • 07-10-15/07/1948 – Pres Truman nominated for another term (Phila)
  • 07-10-15/07/1958 – Pres Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
  • 07-10-15/07/1971 – Pres Nixon announces he would visit People’s Rep of China
  • 07-10-15/07/1987 – John Poindexter testifies at Iran-Contra hearings
  • 07-10-15/07/1991 – US troops leave northern Iraq
  • 07-10-16/07/1429 – Joan of Arc leads French army in Battle of Orleans
  • 07-10-16/07/1790 – Congress establishes District of Columbia
  • 07-10-16/07/1861 – Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought
  • 07-10-16/07/1945 – 1st atomic bomb detonated, Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • 07-16-1969 Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launched
  • 07-16-1980 Ronald Reagan nominated for Pres by Republicans in Detroit
  • 07-17-1821 – Spain cedes Florida to US
  • 07-17-1861 – Congress authorizes paper money
  • 07-17-1898 – Spanish American War-Spaniards surrender to US at Santiago Cuba
  • 07-17-1929 – USSR drops diplomatic relations with China
  • 07-17-1936 – Military uprising under Gen Franco/begins Spanish civil war
  • 07-17-1945 – Potsdam Conference (FDR, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting
  • 07-17-1980 – Ronald Reagan formally accepts Republican nomination for president
  • 07-17-1981 – Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • 07-18-1768 – Boston Gazette publishes “Liberty Song,” America’s 1st patriotic song
  • 07-18-1853 – Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal
  • 07-18-1864 – President Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for milt service
  • 07-18-1940 – Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term
  • 07-18-1947 – President Truman signs Presidential Succession Act
  • 07-18-1947 – British seize “Exodus 1947″ ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
  • 07-18-1964 – Race riot in Harlem (NYC); riots spread to Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bkln)
  • 07-19-1866 – Tennessee is 1st to ratify 14th Amendment, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 07-19-1867 – Reconstruction enacted
  • 07-19-1941 – British PM Winston Churchill launched his “V for Victory” campaign
  • 07-20-1749 – Earl of Chesterfield says “Idleness is only refuge of weak minds”
  • 07-20-1861 – Confederate state’s congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Va
  • 07-20-1944 – Pres FDR nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Democratic convention
  • 07-20-1949 – Israel’s 19 month war of independence ends
  • 07-20-1982 – Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode in 2 London parks
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • DAVID OSHINSKY on Ted Widmer: Democracy’s Keeper ARK OF THE LIBERTIES America and the WorldNYT, 7-13-08
  • David Maraniss: Passing the Torch ROME 1960 The Olympics That Changed the World NYT, 7-13-08
  • Andrew X. Pham: My Father’s War THE EAVES OF HEAVEN A Life in Three WarsNYT, 7-13-08
  • Jane Mayer: Collateral Damage According to Jane Mayer, the United States has succeeded in creating an American gulag THE DARK SIDE The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American IdealsWaPo, 7-13-08
  • T.J. English: HISTORY | CUBA Before the Revolution An account of the mob’s attempt to turn Havana into a gambling paradise HAVANA NOCTURNE How the Mob Owned Cuba — and Then Lost It to the Revolution - WaPo, 7-13-08
  • Peter Pringle: HISTORY | SCIENCE Planting Ideology How Soviet leaders resisted the study of genetics and destroyed a great scientist THE MURDER OF NIKOLAI VAVILOV The Story of Stalin’s Persecution of One of the Great Scientists of the Twentieth CenturyWaPo, 7-13-08
  • Peter Demetz: Under Siege A Czech-born historian’s personal chronicle of a great city under the yoke of occupation PRAGUE IN DANGER The Years of German Occupation, 1939-45 WaPo, 7-13-08
  • Carl Degler: Surfaces to dispute claim that the struggle for civil rights ended with Reconstruction – Letter sent to the Editor of the NYT Book Review, 7-13-08
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QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Richard Norton Smith “Historian points to Ford Administration complexities”: “We’re in the very early stages of forming historical impressions about Ford and the Ford presidency. It’s the perfect time to ask questions about alternative ways of thinking about this president. The danger is the Ford presidency may be defined by his first month. It was not a coda to the Nixon White House, but a curtain raiser to subsequent events…. I want to call into question some of the assumptions about Gerald Ford. It’s about time we see him as a historical figure who somehow transcends a particular period. This is not a guy who should be walled off with Pet Rocks and leisure suits…. He’s relevant to the current campaign, and he’s relevant to the question of what kind of president do you want?… Jerry Ford was an Eagle Scout. In some ways, that’s all you need to know.” But he also was a shrewd political operative who knew how to get things done and could be calculating and manipulative when necessary. Gerald Ford deserves to be seen as more than the man who pardoned Richard Nixon, more than the man who healed the country,” Smith said. Nothing would do Gerald Ford a greater disservice than to make him into something he wasn’t or rob him of his humanity. He deserves more than that….” – Grand Rapids Press, 7-12-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • History Channel: “The Exodus Decoded,” Tuesday, July 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Underground Apocalypse ,” Tuesday, July 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Hitler’s Last Secret,” Tuesday, July 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Maya Underground,” Tuesday, July 15, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ships,” Tuesday, July 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Atlantis Apocalypse,” Tuesday, July 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Plot to Kill Jesse James,” Wednesday, July 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight,” Wednesday, July 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters,” Marathon, Saturday, July 19, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #14 — (1 week on list) – 7-20-08
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #21 – 7-20-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #31 – 7-20-08
  • Thurston Clarke: THE LAST CAMPAIGN #33 – 7-20-08
  • Douglas A. Blackmon: SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME #35 – 7-20-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • William Marvel: Lincoln’s Darkest Year: The War in 1862, July 16, 2008
  • Trevor Royle: Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain, July 22, 2008
  • Jonathan Harris: The Split in Stalin’s Secretariat, 1939-1948, July 28, 2008
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea, August 5, 2008
  • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
  • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

  • John Simon: Tireless Editor of Grant’s Papers, Dies at 75 – NYT, 7-10-08
  • Richard Frederic Evans; Historian of the D.C. Area – WaPo, 7-11-08

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 1:10 AM

July 7, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • NEW BLOG: : A complete roundup of what Historians are saying about the campaign this week.
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: Jess Helm’s Legacy

  • David Goldfield on “Historians Disagree About Helms’ Legacy”: “The Republican Party co-opted and took over George Wallace’s program,” said David Goldfield, a professor of Southern history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “Jesse Helms was probably one of the leaders in doing this. George Wallace was a little bit raw in his appeal. Republicans cleaned it up and used code words like busing and welfare queens. But everyone knew what was being talked about.”…. But Goldfield, the professor at UNC-Charlotte, argues that Helms helped sweep away the myths and shed a more realistic light on the state. “North Carolina is more progressive the further way you get away from it,” Goldfield said. “Jesse Helms helped place North Carolina squarely in the South, rather than this idea of North Carolina as a progressive oasis in a sea of reaction. Jesse Helms’ prominence had that kind of impact on our image nationally.” – The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 7-5-08
  • Lee Edwards on “Historians Disagree About Helms’ Legacy”: “Jesse Helms was absolutely indispensable,” said Lee Edwards, a historian at the Heritage Foundation who has written about the conservative movement…. “It was fractured,” said Edwards, the author of “The Conservative Revolution: The Movement that Remade America.” “It’s looking around for alternatives. It’s talking about a third party. Who is going to be our standard bearer? They needed someone here in Washington, D.C. Jesse Helms always took a point position. No pale pastels for Jesse. It was all bright, primary colors.”… “If he had lost, that would have been the end of it,” Edwards said. “Jesse Helms and his organization were absolutely key.” “At that point, Jesse Helms became somebody who was going to make sure we (conservatives) didn’t slip back,” Edwards said, “that we would not compromise too much in search for a majority. He still played a role, but not as public as he played before.” – The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 7-5-08
  • Julian Pleasants on “Historians Disagree About Helms’ Legacy”: “He understood the climate was changing,” said Julian Pleasants, a historian now living in Chapel Hill, N.C., who has written extensively about Tar Heel politics. “It was never a liberal state, despite people like Terry Sanford and Frank Graham. It was always conservative, and he knew that.” – The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 7-5-08
  • Ernest Furgurson on “Historians Disagree About Helms’ Legacy”: Ernest Furgurson, Helms biographer and a Civil War historian in Washington, D.C., said Helms emerged as other Southern demagogues such as Bilbo, the Talmadges and Wallace were disappearing. But Helms brought modern political techniques to the galluses-snapping crowd. “It was an overlap of their last days and his first days on the national scene,” Furgurson said. “Instead of fading along with them, he continued the tradition. He didn’t use the N-word like Wallace, but he didn’t have to. Everyone understood it.” – The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 7-5-08
  • George Tindall on “Historians Disagree About Helms’ Legacy”: The late George Tindall of Chapel Hill, the dean of Southern historians, compared Helms to Thurmond and I. Beverly Lake Sr., the two-time gubernatorial candidate who ran on a segregationist platform in the sixties. “I don’t think it was just race,” Tindall said. “He spoke a blunt straightforward language that would have broad appeal among working people.” Tindall said Helms’ success distorted North Carolina’s image, making the state appear more conservative than it was. Tindall said Helms was a fortunate politician, winning races in 1972 and 1984 because of Republican landslides, beating a weak opponent in 1978 and twice defeating an African-American in a time when no black was elected to the Senate. “Jesse Helms is one of the luckiest politicians of his generation,” Tindall said. – The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), 7-5-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: Lincoln Bicentennial

  • Vanished Lincoln Bust Baffles Historians – AP, 7-5-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: Independence Day

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 07-07-1456 – Twenty-five years after her execution, Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc.
  • 07-07-1846 – Commodore John D. Sloat occupied Monterey and declared California annexed to the United States.
  • 07-07-1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii.
  • 07-07-1946 – Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized, becoming the first American saint.
  • 07-07-1981 – President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor for the Supreme Court.
  • 07-07-2005 – 52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.
  • 07-08-1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 07-08-1777 – Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
  • 07-08-1889 – The Wall Street Journal began publication.
  • 07-08-1950 – General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea.
  • 07-08-1958 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first official gold album. It was for the Oklahoma soundtrack.
  • 07-09-1816 – Argentina formally declared independence from Spain.
  • 07-09-1850 – Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., died after only 16 months in office.
  • 07-09-1872 – The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel of Thomaston, Me.
  • 07-09-1896 – William Jennings Bryan delivered his “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic National Convention.
  • 07-09-1900 – The British Parliament proclaimed that as of Jan. 1, 1901, the six Australian colonies would be united at the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • 07-09-1974 – Former U.S. chief justice Earl Warren died in Washington, DC.
  • 07-09-2002 – Baseball’s All-Star Game ended in a tie after 11 innings. Both sides had run out of pitchers.
  • 07-10-1890 – Wyoming became the 44th state in the United States.
  • 07-10-1940 – The Battle of Britain began.
  • 07-10-1951 – Armistice talks to end the Korean War began at Kaesong.
  • 07-10-1973 – The Bahamas became independent from Great Britain.
  • 07-10-1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was bringing back the original Coke and calling it Coca-Cola Classic.
  • 07-10-1991 – President Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.
  • 07-10-1991 – Boris Yeltsin was sworn in as Russia’s first elected president.
  • 07-10-2003 – Spain opened its first mosque (in Granada) since the Moors were expelled in 1492.
  • 07-11-1533 – Pope Clement VII excommunicated England’s King Henry VIII.
  • 07-11-1804 – Former vice president Aaron Burr fatally wounded former secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Hamilton died the following afternoon.
  • 07-11-1864 – Confederate general Jubal A. Early and his troops attacked Washington, DC. They retreated the next day, ending the Confederate threat to occupy the capital.
  • 07-11-1914 – Babe Ruth made his major league baseball debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
  • 07-11-1977 – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work to advance civil rights.
  • 07-11-1995 – The United States and Vietnam established full diplomatic relations.
  • 07-12-1543 – England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
  • 07-12-1690 – Protestant William of Orange defeated Roman Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.
  • 07-12-1862 – Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
  • 07-12-1984 – Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale became the first major-party candidate to choose a woman as a running mate when he announced his choice of Geraldine Ferraro.
  • 07-13-1793 – French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by royalist sympathizer Charlotte Corday.
  • 07-13-1863 – The draft riots, protesting unfair conscription in the Civil War, began in New York City.
  • 07-13-1865 – P. T. Barnum’s American Museum, which had featured Tom Thumb and the original Siamese twins Chang and Eng, was destroyed by fire.
  • 07-13-1930 – The first World Cup soccer competition began in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 07-13-1943 – The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history—involving some 6,000 tanks, 2,000,000 troops, and 4,000 aircraft—ended in German defeat.
  • 07-13-1977 – A 25-hour blackout hit New York City, engendering widespread rioting and looting.
  • 07-13-2003 – Iraq’s interim governing council was inaugurated.
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Paul Fisher: The Dysfunctional Jameses HOUSE OF WITS An Intimate Portrait of the James FamilyNYT, 7-6-08
  • Paul Fisher: HOUSE OF WITS An Intimate Portrait of the James Family, First Chapter – NYT, 7-6-08
  • Peter Clarke: Out of the Midday Sun THE LAST THOUSAND DAYS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana NYT, 7-6-08
  • David M. Kennedy on Ted Widmer: FOREIGN POLICY Restoring America’s Ideals A Democrat laments Bush’s foreign policy but embraces the goal of spreading liberty ARK OF THE LIBERTIES America and the World - WaPo, 7-6-08
  • Daniel Mark Epstein: The Real Lincoln Bedroom: Love in a Time of Strife – THE LINCOLNS Portrait of a Marriage NYT, 7-3-08
  • George Rippey Stewart’s Names on the Land republished – Matt Weiland in Slate, 6-30-08
  • Biographer claims biography is in decline – Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian, 6-28-08
  • John Hatcher: The Black Death was unthinkable The Black Death: an Intimate HistoryTelegraph, 6-28-08
  • JOHN STEELE GORDON on Walter Nugent: Exploring What Lies Beyond Manifest Destiny HABITS OF EMPIRE A History of American ExpansionNYT, 6-26-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

  • David Greenberg: How the Republicans Claimed the “Patriotism” Mantle in Presidential Politics – Slate, 7-2-08
  • Jeffrey Herf: Maryland historian links roots of radical Islam with Nazi propaganda – Jerusalem Post, 7-1-08
BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • David Watt: What’s in a Name?: The Meaning of ‘Muslim Fundamentalist’ – Origins, Ohio State, 7-08
  • Adam Goodheart: In A Crumbling House, A Trove Of Everyday History – NPR, 7-3-08
  • Iraqi Files in U.S.: Plunder or Rescue? – NYT, 7-1-08
  • Jacob Riis: Shedding Light On NYC’s ‘Other Half’ – NPR, 6-30-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Jung Byung-joon on “US wavered over S. Korean executions”: “The most important thing is that they did not stop the executions,” historian Jung Byung-joon, a member of the 2-year-old commission, said of the Americans. “They were at the crime scene, and took pictures and wrote reports.” – AP, 7-6-08
  • Richard Brookhiser, Draws Upon Washington To Illuminate Presidency: “We’re a very verbal culture,” Mr. Brookhiser explained. “Maybe Washington falls behind because of that…. He had the confidence to employ smart people.” – http://www.thebulletin.us, 6-24-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • ‘History Detectives’ Comes To Hartford For Investigation – Harford, Courant, 6-30-08
  • PBS: History Ditectives, PBS – Monday, July 7, 2008 @ 9pm ET
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History: Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Monday, July 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Making a Buck”, Monday, June 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries: Five Points Gangs”, Monday, July 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed”, Monday, July 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: 09 – Freemason Underground”, Monday, July 7, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Crude,” Tuesday, July 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine: Saddam Hussein & The Nerve Gas Atrocity,” Tuesday, July 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Glow Train Catastrophe,” Tuesday, July 8, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Wednesday, July 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files: The Pacific Bermuda Triangle,” Wednesday, July 9, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters,” Thursday, July 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Investigating History: Mountain Massacre,” Thursday, July 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Freemasons,” Friday, July 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird U.S.: Weird Underworld,” Friday, July 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Surviving History,” Marathon, Saturday, July 12, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hillbilly: The Real Story,” Saturday, July 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Douglas A. Blackmon: SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME #16 — (1 week on list) – 7-13-08
  • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #18 – 7-13-08
  • Thurston Clarke: THE LAST CAMPAIGN #27 – 7-13-08
  • Ted Sorensen: COUNSELOR #35 – 7-13-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Lewis Lehrman: Lincoln at Peoria, July 4, 2008
  • Linda Porter: The First Queen of England, July 8, 2008
  • William D. Hart: Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis, July 8, 2008
  • William Marvel: Lincoln’s Darkest Year: The War in 1862, July 16, 2008
  • Trevor Royle: Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain, July 22, 2008
  • Jonathan Harris: The Split in Stalin’s Secretariat, 1939-1948, July 28, 2008
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea, August 5, 2008
  • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
  • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World’s Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at 10:23 PM

June 30, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • NEW BLOG: : A complete roundup of what Historians are saying about the campaign this week.
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: Independence Day

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 06-30-1520 – Spanish retreat from Aztec capital
  • 06-30-1775 – Congress impugns Parliament and adopts Articles of War
  • 06-30-1876 – Soldiers are evacuated from the Little Big Horn by steamboat
  • 06-30-1936 – Gone with the Wind is published
  • 06-30-1950 – Truman orders U.S. forces to Korea
  • 07-01-1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg begins
  • 07-01-1867 – Canadian Independence Day
  • 07-01-1916 – Battle of the Somme begins
  • 07-01-1997 – Hong Kong returned to China
  • 07-02-1839 – Mutiny on the Amistad slave ship
  • 07-02-1863 – The second day of battle at Gettysburg
  • 07-02-1881 – President Garfield shot
  • 07-02-1937 – Amelia Earhart Disappears
  • 07-02-1964 – Johnson signs Civil Rights Act
  • 07-03-1608 – Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec.
  • 07-03-1775 – Commander in chief George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.
  • 07-03-1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg ended.
  • 07-03-1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States.
  • 07-03-1930 – The U.S. Veterans Administration was created by Congress.
  • 07-03-1962 – Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 07-03-1962 – Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.
  • 07-04-1776 – The U.S. declared independence from Great Britain.
  • 07-04-1826 – Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
  • 07-04-1831 – Former president James Monroe died.
  • 07-04-1884 – The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris.
  • 07-04-1895 – Katharine Lee Bates published America the Beautiful.
  • 07-04-1939 – Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, made his farewell at Yankee Stadium.
  • 07-04-1976 – The United States celebrated its bicentennial.
  • 07-05-1811 – Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
  • 07-05-1865 – William Booth formed the Salvation Army in London, England.
  • 07-05-1946 – Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American player in the American League.
  • 07-05-1954 – Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right,” his first commercial record.
  • 07-05-1975 – Cape Verde became independent after 500 years of Portuguese rule.
  • 07-05-1975 – Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.
  • 07-05-1996 – Dolly, the first sheep cloned from adult cells, was born.
  • 07-06-1535 – Sir Thomas More was beheaded after refusing to join Henry VIII’s Church of England.
  • 07-06-1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully treated a patient with a rabies vaccine.
  • 07-06-1942 – Anne Frank and her family sought refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
  • 07-06-1944 – A fire caused by inept fire-eaters in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed over 160 people.
  • 07-06-1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black person to win the event.
  • 07-07-1456 – Twenty-five years after her execution, Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc.
  • 07-07-1846 – Commodore John D. Sloat occupied Monterey and declared California annexed to the United States.
  • 07-07-1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii.
  • 07-07-1946 – Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized, becoming the first American saint.
  • 07-07-1981 – President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor for the Supreme Court.
  • 07-07-2005 – 52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.52 people were killed and hundreds injured in London when terrorists bombed subways and a bus.
  • 07-08-1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was given in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 07-08-1777 – Vermont became the first colony to abolish slavery.
  • 07-08-1889 – The Wall Street Journal began publication.
  • 07-08-1950 – General Douglas MacArthur was named commander-in-chief of the United Nations forces in Korea.
  • 07-08-1958 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded the first official gold album. It was for the Oklahoma soundtrack.
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Daniel Mark Epstein: The Real Lincoln Bedroom: Love in a Time of Strife – THE LINCOLNS Portrait of a Marriage NYT, 7-3-08
  • David M. Kennedy on Ted Widmer: FOREIGN POLICY Restoring America’s Ideals A Democrat laments Bush’s foreign policy but embraces the goal of spreading liberty ARK OF THE LIBERTIES America and the World - WaPo, 7-6-08
  • Biographer claims biography is in decline – Kathryn Hughes in the Guardian, 6-28-08
  • George Rippey Stewart’s Names on the Land republished – Matt Weiland in Slate, 6-30-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • David Watt: What’s in a Name?: The Meaning of ‘Muslim Fundamentalist’ – Origins, Ohio State, 7-08
  • Adam Goodheart: In A Crumbling House, A Trove Of Everyday History – NPR, 7-3-08
  • Jacob Riis: Shedding Light On NYC’s ‘Other Half’ – NPR, 6-30-08
  • Iraqi Files in U.S.: Plunder or Rescue? – NYT, 7-1-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Richard Brookhiser, Draws Upon Washington To Illuminate Presidency: “We’re a very verbal culture,” Mr. Brookhiser explained. “Maybe Washington falls behind because of that…. He had the confidence to employ smart people.” – http://www.thebulletin.us, 6-24-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • History Channel: “Ben Franklin,” Friday, July 4, @ 8am ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” The Revolution: 01 – Boston, Bloody Boston,” Friday, July 4, @ 10am ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 02 – Rebellion to Revolution,” Friday, July 4, @ 11am ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 03 – Declaring Independence,” Friday, July 4, @ 12pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 05 – Path to World War,” Friday, July 4, @ 1pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 05 – Path to World War,” Friday, July 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 06 – Forging an Army,” Friday, July 4, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 07 – Treason & Betrayal,” Friday, July 4, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 08 – The War Heads South ,” Friday, July 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 09 – A Hornet’s Nest,” Friday, July 4, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution: 10 – The End Game,” Friday, July 4, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder and the Search for Justice in the American South Author: Gilbert King – Friday, July 4 @ 10:45am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book – African American Revolutionaries Panel Authors: Paul Alkebulan; Wesley Hogan; Patrick McGilligan – Friday, July 4 @ 1:30pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World Author: Michael Meyerson – Friday, July 4 @ 2:30pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America Author: Walter Borneman – Friday, July 4 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era 1829-1877 Author: Walter McDougall – Saturday, July 5 @ 6:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America Authors: Jill Tietjen; Charlotte Waisman – Saturday, July 5 @ 7:30am & 5:15pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War Author: Drew Gilpin Faust – Saturday, July 5 @ 12:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Bloody Shirt: Terror After Appomattox Author: Stephen Budiansky – Saturday, July 5 @ 1:15pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History African American National Biography Authors: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham; Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – Saturday, July 5 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World Author: Michael Meyerson – Sunday, July 6 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Encore Booknotes No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin – Sunday, July 6 @ 10:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #14 — (4 weeks on list) – 7-06-08
  • Thurston Clarke: THE LAST CAMPAIGN #30 – 7-06-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Lewis Lehrman: Lincoln at Peoria, July 4, 2008
  • Linda Porter: The First Queen of England, July 8, 2008
  • William Marvel: Lincoln’s Darkest Year: The War in 1862, July 16, 2008
  • Lorri Glover: The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America, August 5, 2008
  • Fred E. Haynes: The Lions of Iwo Jima: The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History, August 5, 2008
  • Patrick Desbois: The Holocaust by Bullets, August 19, 2008
  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Friday, July 4, 2008 at 12:05 AM

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