History Buzz: November 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. Her blog is History Musings

November 2008 Roundup

HISTORY BUZZ:

US POLITICS:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: 45TH ANNIVERSARY KENNEDY ASSASSINATION:

  • Michael Smith “Can Obama eclipse Kennedy legacy? The anniversary of JFK assassination takes on fresh meaning as new era dawns”: “This year is different, and seemingly for good,” says Purdue University history professor Michael Smith. “America may have a truer successor to the Kennedy legacy, meaning that maybe we can once and for all give up some of our national obsession with who else besides Lee Harvey Oswald might have murdered president Kennedy and focus instead on the best, not the worst, of the early 1960s.” “Our generation and our parents’ generation remember that day so well because of the shock of total news coverage for four days in a row,” he said. “We are, largely, the audience and market still reading and watching and listening for the echoes of that day, a strange nostalgia.” – Toronto Star, 11-22-08
  • Douglas Brinkley: “Can Obama eclipse Kennedy legacy? The anniversary of JFK assassination takes on fresh meaning as new era dawns”: “The Kennedys are in the air,” says author and historian Douglas Brinkley. “Their mystique is still with us.” “It remains the great American murder mystery,” says Brinkley, whose forthcoming book “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and The Crusade For America,” focuses on another American hero. “Nobody really knows what really happened beyond Lee Harvey Oswald. “A lot of history we can now shut down. We even know who Deep Throat is. “But this remains the great whodunit.”
  • Michael G. Smith: “On 45th Anniversary of JFK Assassination, Lingering Conspiracies Tarnish History, Professor Says”: “Historians have pretty much ignored the assassination as a historical event, and they need to weigh in against the excesses of conspiracy theory as false history,” says Michael G. Smith, an associate professor of history who will teach a spring semester course on the Kennedy assassination. “We need to begin to respect the dead rather than distort their memory.”
    “It might take a new generation of scholars, those born after the ‘Baby Boom,’ who did not live through the event and who do not have a personal or political stake in President Kennedy’s loss, to come to grips with his assassination. We need to mark it as a simple crime, a murder solved and closed, as well as understand it as a complex event that has been manipulated and misread.” “There are more than a thousand major books and articles devoted to the Kennedy assassination, but hardly any of them are by history professors,” Smith says. “High school and college history textbooks, for many years, entertained some of the leading conspiracy theories, and still flirt with them today, oddly enough. My profession has forfeited its responsibility, but this is an opportunity to change that.” – Newswire Ascribe, 11-19-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

  • U.S. Census Bureau issues Facts for Features in observance of Black (African-American) History Month: February 2009 To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U. S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month. – IBI Times, 12-2-08
  • Frank de la Teja: A different take on the first Thanksgiving: Many Texans, however, prefer to claim that El Paso held the first Thanksgiving 23 years earlier. That’s when Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate arrived with about 600 people at El Paso del Norte after a harrowing trek across the northern Mexican desert and a successful crossing of the Rio Grande. – Dallas News, 11-22-08
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 04/12/1619 – America’s 1st Thanksgiving Day (Va)
  • 04/12/1816 – James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King
  • 04/12/1833 – American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Phila
  • 04/12/1836 – Whig party holds its 1st national convention, Harrisburg, Pa
  • 04/12/1844 – James K Polk elected 11th president of US
  • 04/12/1851 – Pres Louis Napolean Boaparte forces crush a coup d’etat in France
  • 04/12/1918 – Pres Wilson sails for Versailles Peace Conference in France, 1st chief executive to travel outside US while in office
  • 04/12/1943 – -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Churchill and Turkish pres Inonu
  • 04/12/1981 – Pres Reagan allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence, Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333)
  • 04/12/1985 – Pres Reagan appoints Vice Adm John Poindexter as security adviser
  • 05/12/1349 – 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacre during Black Death riots
  • 05/12/1792 – George Washington re-elected US pres
  • 05/12/1804 – Thomas Jefferson re-elected US pres/George Clinton vice-pres
  • 05/12/1831 – Former Pres John Q Adams takes his seat as member of House of Reps
  • 05/12/1832 – Andrew Jackson re-elected president of US
  • 05/12/1837 – Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada
  • 05/12/1955 – Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks
  • 06/12/1820 – US president James Monroe re-elected
  • 06/12/1849 – Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland
  • 06/12/1862 – Pres Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians
  • 06/12/1865 – 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery
  • 06/12/1876 – US Electorial College picks Rep Hayes as pres (although Tilden won)
  • 06/12/1877 – Washington Post publishes 1st edition
  • 06/12/1904 – Theodore Roosevelt confirms Monroe-doctrine (Roosevelt Corollary)
  • 06/12/1923 – 1st presidential address broadcast on radio (Pres Calvin Coolidge)
  • 06/12/1973 – Gerald Ford sworn-in as 1st unelected VP, succeeds Spiro T Agnew
  • 07/12/1808 – James Madison elected US pres/George Clinton vice-pres
  • 07/12/1836 – Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
  • 07/12/1917 – US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I
  • 07/12/1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
  • 07/12/1987 – Gorbachev arrives in US for a summit meeting
  • 07/12/1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC, Gorbachev announces 10% unilateral Soviet troop reductions at UN
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

  • Conrad Bladey: Historian proposes toast for Linthicum: J. Charles Linthicum’s family provided the name of the Anne Arundel County community, and he did his hometown proud, serving in Congress from 1911 until his death in 1932. The Democrat is best remembered for his role in the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. But he made a possibly more significant contribution to American history, according to a local historian: paving the way for the repeal of Prohibition. – – AP, 11-29-08
  • In American Heritage Magazine North and South Clash Again: James M. McPherson, a history professor at Princeton and author of “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief,” said that many saw the Confederate flag as an incendiary symbol of slavery and that he would have protested the ad had he been aware of it before publication.
    Eric Foner, a Columbia University professor and fellow essayist in the Lincoln issue, said he thought that the ad was more incongruous than illicit. “The Confederate flag is insulting to a great number of Americans, not just African-Americans, but it is legal,” he said. – NYT, 11-30-08
  • Bernard Lugan: French historian, threatens to walk away from Rwandan court where he’s an expert witness – http://allafrica.com, 11-27-08
  • Middle-East Scholars Hear of Academic Repression in Iraq and Iran – Chronicle of Higher Ed, 11-24-08
  • History Employment — Public and Private – Inside Higher Ed, 11-21-08
  • Conrad Black: Seeking clemency from President Bush – CBC News, 11-20-08
  • Richard L. McCormick: Rutgers’ McCormick on the hot seat – Ralph Luker at HNN blog, Cliopatria, 11-20-08
  • Joel Beinin creates a skirmish over academic freedom – Willamette Week, 11-19-08
  • Muhammad Sven Kalisch: Professor Hired for Outreach to Muslims Delivers a Jolt – WSJ, 11-15-08
  • Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore: Historians turn to writing a novel Boston Globe, 11-16-08
QUOTES:

QUOTES:

  • Phillip Kay “Historian says Romans faced credit crunch”: “The essential similarity between what happened 21 centuries ago and what is happening in today’s U.K. economy is that a massive increase in monetary liquidity culminated with problems in another country causing a credit crisis at home.” – UPI, 11-28-08
  • Jan Shipps: Renowned historian speaks about LDS Church PR problems ABC4 (SLC, Utah), 11-18-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

REVIEWS:

REVIEWS:

  • Gordon M. Goldstein: ‘The Doves Were Right’: LESSONS IN DISASTER McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam NYT, 11-30-08
  • Susan Pinkard: The Sophisticated Table: A REVOLUTION IN TASTE The Rise of French Cuisine, 1650-1800 N”YT, 11-30-08
  • Robert J. Samuelson: Cycles of Doom THE GREAT INFLATION AND ITS AFTERMATH The Past and Future of American Affluence NYT, 11-30-08
  • Sarah Vowell: Mayflower Power THE WORDY SHIPMATES NYT, 11-30-08
  • Philip Jenkins: Historian explores Christianity’s lost age, land The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – and How It Died Reuters, 12-1-08
  • Alan Wolfe on Thomas J. Sugrue: Uncommon Ground: SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North NYT, 11-9-08
  • Thomas J. Sugrue: SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, First Chapter – NYT, 11-9-08
  • Thomas J. Sugrue: The other battlefield The struggle for civil rights in the North, often overshadowed, gets a comprehensive review SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North Boston Globe, 11-30-08
  • Gordon M. Goldstein: ‘The Doves Were Right’ – LESSONS IN DISASTER McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam NYT, 11-28-08
  • WaPo, 11-26-08
  • James McPherson: Looking at Lincoln Through a Prism of War – NYT, 11-21-08
BEST SELLERS:

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

  • Jon Meacham: AMERICAN LION #4 — (2 weeks on list) – 12-7-08
  • THE AMERICAN JOURNEY OF BARACK OBAMA, by the editors of Life magazine. #13 — (3 weeks on list) – 12-7-08
  • Niall Ferguson: THE ASCENT OF MONEY #19 12-7-08
  • Pete Souza: THE RISE OF BARACK OBAMA #27 12-7-08
  • James M. McPherson: TRIED BY WAR #29 12-7-08
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: TEAM OF RIVALS #32 – 12-7-08
BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILES:

PROFILES:

INTER VIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Yury Borisyonok “A Historian’s Thankless Work”: For the past twenty years, the staff of the Rodina Magazine, an illustrated history journal, has been dissecting archived historical materials for fragments of the truth to bring into the public domain. – Russia Profile, 11-30-08
  • Niall Ferguson’s study of the financial history of the world made him prescient about today: “Many professional historians would say that I have no business talking about the present or even the recent past, much less the future. I don’t really understand what the point of that self-denial ordinance is because if historians can’t illuminate the future, I don’t know who can. There’s all sorts of bogus futurology out there, but in my experience most of what people say about the future is implicitly based on some understanding of the past. My caveat is simple: There is no such thing as the future, singular. There are futures, plural. And the historian is quite well-placed to offer plausible scenarios based on past analogies.” – http://www.thestar.com, 11-23-08
FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. “Obama as Hoover: The Importance of Storytelling”: As the Obama era takes shape, the roles of both Schlesinger and Michelson deserve attention. Particularly as Americans are seeing newsmagazines with cover stories comparing the President-elect who campaigned on a dour vision of scarcity with Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, a considerable leap to understate. – American Spectator, 12-2-08
  • The focus is on Samuel de Champlain – Burlington Free Press, 12-1-08
  • Gordon S. Wood “The Housing-Bubble and the American Revolution “: Gordon S. Wood, a professor at Brown University and perhaps the pre-eminent living historian on the subject, counters: “There was a great deal of instability, but that is hardly an explanation for the Revolution. I don’t think you can make a strong argument for an economic interpretation of the Revolution.” – NYT, 11-30-08
  • What if Hitler had a love child? Historian A.N. Wilson’s “Winnie and Wolf” is a chilling fictional tale of a clandestine affair. – Salon, 11-26-08
HONORS:

HONORS &APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

NEW ON THE WEB:

New Web Sites:

EVENTS:

EVENTS:

  • April 3-4, 2009:The Obama Phenomenon: Race and Political Discourse in the United States Today, University of Memphis
ON TV:

ON TV:

  • Lincoln Symposium to air on C-SPAN: On Saturday, December 6th at 8 p.m., selections from “Lincoln in His Time and Ours,” a symposium held on November 22nd at Columbia University, will air on C-SPAN. – Gilder Lehrman Institute, 12-4-08
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Friday, December 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians: Goths,” Friday, December 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Surviving History: 07 – Surviving History,” Friday, December 5, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Friday, December 5, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Shadow Force: Ghost Ship,” Friday, December 5, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Next Nostradamus,” Saturday, December 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” Saturday, December 6, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “01 – The Wehrmacht: 01 – Attack on Europe,” Sunday, December 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “02 – The Wehrmacht: 02 – The Turning Point,” Sunday, December 7, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “03 – The Wehrmacht: 03 – The Crimes,” Sunday, December 7, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “04 – The Wehrmacht: 04 – Resistance,” Sunday, December 7, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “05 – The Wehrmacht: 05 – To the Bitter End,” Sunday, December 7, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “70’s Fever,” Sunday, December 7, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks: The ’70s, Part 1,” Sunday, December 7, @ 10pm ET/PT
COMING SOON BOOKS:

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Scout Tufankjian: Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History Making Presidential Campaign, December 1, 2008
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • Jonathan Brent: Inside the Stalin Archives, December 9, 2008
  • Time Magazine: Time President Obama: The Path to the White House, December 16, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2008
  • Anthony S. Pitch: “They Have Killed Papa Dead!”: The Road to Ford’s Theater, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, December 30, 2008
  • William E. Leuchtenburg: Herbert Hoover: The 31st President, 1929-1933 (REV), January 6, 2009
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe, January 13, 2009
  • Gwen Ifill: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, January 20, 2009
  • Daniel Mark Epstein: Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries, January 27, 2009
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 8:03 AM

November 10 & 17, 2008

HISTORY BUZZ:

US POLITICS:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 11-10-1954 – Iwo Jima Memorial (servicemen raising US flag) dedicated in Arlington
  • 11-10-1982 – Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened
  • 11-11-1620 – 41 pilgrims land in Mass, sign Mayflower Compact (just & equal laws)
  • 11-11-1918 – Armistice Day-WW I ends (at 11 AM on Western Front)
  • 11-11-1938 – Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David
  • 11-12-1998 – Then Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol.
  • 11-13-1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death and taxes”
  • 11-13-1956 – Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses
  • 11-13-1986 – US president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran
  • 11-14-1906 – Theodore Roosevelt becomes 1st US president to visit a foreign country (Panama)
  • 11-14-1968 – “National Turn in Your Draft Card Day” features draft card burning
  • 11-15-1763 – Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 11-15-1777 – Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
  • 11-15-1864 – Union Major General William T. Sherman burns Atlanta
  • 11-15-1969 – 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Washington DC against the Vietnam War
  • 11-16-1973 – President Richard Nixon authorizes construction of Alaskan pipeline
  • 11-17-1800 – John Adams is the 1st president to move into the White House
  • 11-17-1800 – Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
  • 11-17-1973 – President Richard Nixon tells AP “…people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook”
  • 11-18-1805 – Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean, 1st Americans to cross continent
  • 11-18-1961 – JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • 11-19-1861 – Julia Ward Howe committed “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to paper
  • 11-19-1863 – Lincoln delivers his address in Gettysburg; “4 score and 7 years…”
  • 11-19-1919 – US Senate rejects (55-39) Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

QUOTES:

QUOTES:

  • Andrew Roberts: “Prince Charles turns 60 waiting for throne”: “It can’t be easy. Most of us can look forward to our new jobs, but the circumstances under which her reign comes to an end means that he can’t, emotionally and psychologically…. AP, 11-13-08
  • Robert Lacey “Milestone for a prince whose life has been a waiting game”: “I think he is finally coasting home, perhaps coming to the realisation that he will never be king or, if he does, he’ll be like one of those elderly leaders at the end of the Soviet era – a sort of royal Andropov, with only a few years. His significance will lie in what he has accomplished as Prince and what he does to get the next king ready.” – Guardian, UK, 11-13-08
  • Eric Hobsbawm: Global financial crisis is the “end of the era” for capitalism: “The present crisis is certainly the end of the era in the development of the global capitalist economy.” – http://money.uk.msn.com, 11-3-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

REVIEWS:

REVIEWS:

  • Jack Fischel on Samuel S. Kassow: Forget us not: memorializing the Warsaw Ghetto: Who Will Write Our History? Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, The Warsaw Ghetto and The Oyneg Shabes Archive NJ Jewish News, 11-13-08
  • Jon Meacham: Elites and Rivals, Beware: He’s Tough as Old Hickory – AMERICAN LION Andrew Jackson in the White House NYT, 11-9-08
  • Thomas J. Sugrue: Uncommon Ground SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North NYT, 11-9-08
  • Thomas J. Sugrue: SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, First Chapter – NYT, 11-9-08
  • Peter Ackroyd: Troubled Water THAMES The Biography NYT, 11-9-08
  • Carlo D’Este: An Officer and a Bulldog WARLORD A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945 NYT, 11-9-08
  • Tricia Starks: University of Arkansas Historian Publishes Book on Soviet Health and Hygiene – University of Arkansas Daily Headlines, AR, 11-13-08
  • The new book, Wartime Courage, confirms that the British PM’s dogged desire to keep his old craft skills as a historian alive – Independent (UK), 11-7-08
  • Douglas Brinkley on Jon Meacham, David S. Reynolds, Robert V. Remini: HISTORY The Warrior President Andrew Jackson fought the British, the Indians and the bankers. AMERICAN LION Andrew Jackson in the White House, WAKING GIANT America in the Age of Jackson, ANDREW JACKSON WaPo, 11-2-08
  • H.W. Brands: HISTORY Overcoming Privilege Polio crippled FDR physically but strengthened him morally TRAITOR TO HIS CLASS The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt WaPo, 11-2-08
  • Fred Kaplan: Jonathan Yardley on ‘Lincoln’ The Literary Preparation of a Great President LINCOLN The Biography of a Writer WaPo, 11-2-08
  • James M. McPherson, Craig L. Symonds: HISTORY | BIOGRAPHY Commander-in-Chief How Lincoln learned the art of war. TRIED BY WAR Abraham Lincoln as Commander In Chief, LINCOLN AND HIS ADMIRALS Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War WaPo, 11-2-08
  • Harold Holzer: The Travails of Lincoln’s Transition LINCOLN PRESIDENT-ELECT Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 WaPo, 11-2-08
BEST SELLERS:

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

  • James M. McPherson: TRIED BY WAR #15 — (4 weeks on list) – 11-16-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #23 – 11-16-08
BLOGS:

BLOGS:

INTER VIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Interview: Elizabeth Perry of Harvard University is the outgoing president of the Association for Asian Studies China Beat, 11-11-08
  • Harold Holzer & James McPherson ask: WWLD? (What would Lincoln Do?) – Chicago Tribune, 11-9-08
  • Andrew Doyle: 2-minute Tuesday: Andrew Doyle, Associate professor of history at Winthrop University – Herald Online, 11-4-08
FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • U.S. history a hot topic for publishers – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11-11-08
  • James Gregory “UW project sheds light on Klan history”: “People in Washington state really have not known about the strength or impact of the KKK here during the 1920s. Historians focus on the Klan as a powerful force in places like Oregon, in Midwest states and of course in the South. But the Klan had tens of thousands of members right here in Washington.” – Bellingham Herald, WA, 11-13-08
HONORS:

HONORS &APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

  • W. Fitzhugh Brundage: UNC professor speaks on South’s differing racial perceptions: “It seems especially relevant in the aftermath of the election…and the way in which many Southerners voted…. These struggles…draw our attention to the profound transformation at work in the contemporary South… Southerners can no longer assume that their version of the past will be promoted in public places…. We could turn to an era where the culture wars become extremely political.” – Tennessee Journalist, TN, 11-12-08
EVENTS:

EVENTS:

  • November 15, 2008: FDR-Obama Comparison Is Theme of Columbia Conference “Restoring America Through a New New Deal: Policy Priorities for the First 100 Days” – Press Release, 11-11-08
  • November 18, 2008: HOWARD ZINN, At Back Pages Books – Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., presents a post-election State of the Union discussion with acclaimed historian, professor, and activist Howard Zinn, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Zinn is the author of “The People’s History of the United States of America” and the recently published graphic work “The People’s History of the American Empire.” Cost is $12. – Daily News Tribune, 11-13-08
  • April 3-4, 2009:The Obama Phenomenon: Race and Political Discourse in the United States Today, University of Memphis
ON TV:

ON TV:

  • PBS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Oswald’s Ghost – Monday, November 17 at 9pm on PBS — American Experience Mondays at 9pm on PBS (check local listings.)
  • History Channel: “The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth,” Friday, November 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Antietam,” Friday, November 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz,” Friday, November 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Gettysburg,” Friday, November 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Civil War Tech,” Friday, November 14, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Antichrist,” Saturday, November 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” Saturday, November 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Quest for the Lost Ark,” Sunday, November 16, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hell: The Devil’s Domain,” Monday, November 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries: Hell’s Angels,” Monday, November 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Einstein,” Monday, November 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Violent Earth: Nature’s Fury: New England’s Killer Hurricane,” Tuesday, November 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God: Buffalo Blizzard: Seige and Survival,” Tuesday, November 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem,” Wednesday, November 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History: Colombia,” Wednesday, November 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Charlie Wilson,” Thursday, November 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Stalking Jihad,” Thursday, November 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries: Ship of Gold,” Thursday, November 20, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Secret Sin City,” Thursday, November 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Saturday, November 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, November 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Saturday, November 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
COMING SOON BOOKS:

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Carlo D’Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
  • Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, November 11, 2008
  • Michael Burlingame: Abraham Lincoln: A Life, November 14, 2008
  • Peter W. Kunhardt: Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon, November 18, 2008
  • Scout Tufankjian: Yes We Can: Barack Obama’s History Making Presidential Campaign, December 1, 2008
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • Jonathan Brent: Inside the Stalin Archives, December 9, 2008
  • Time Magazine: Time President Obama: The Path to the White House, December 16, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2008
  • Anthony S. Pitch: “They Have Killed Papa Dead!”: The Road to Ford’s Theater, Abraham Lincoln’s Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, December 30, 2008
  • William E. Leuchtenburg: Herbert Hoover: The 31st President, 1929-1933 (REV), January 6, 2009
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe, January 13, 2009
  • Gwen Ifill: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, January 20, 2009
  • Daniel Mark Epstein: Lincoln’s Men: The President and His Private Secretaries, January 27, 2009
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

  • Studs Terkel’s Legacy: A Vivid Window on the Great Depression – NYT, 11-8-08

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 3:30 AM

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