History Buzz: April 2009

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.

April 27, 2009: Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

    This Week in History…. April 27- May 3, 2009

  • 500 years on, England reconsiders Henry VIII: proclaimed king in April 1509: England’s King Henry VIII is known as a tyrant who killed two of his six wives, but a series of exhibitions marking 500 years since his coronation reveal he was also a romantic, a keen sportsman — and the country’s first eurosceptic. Henry, who was proclaimed king in April 1509, was “the most important king of England… we’re still at the tailend of the ruling of Henry,” explained David Starkey, a historian specialising in the Tudor period. Henry changed the course of history when he broke with Rome and founded the Church of England, following the refusal of pope Clement VII in 1530 to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could wed Anne Boleyn. In doing so, Henry (1491-1547) became “the first eurosceptic — he is the inventor of England,” Starkey told AFP. “When he came to the throne, Henry was the pious prince who ruled England at the heart of the Catholic Europe,” the historian explained in publicity for one of the exhibitions. “When he died, he was the great schismatic, who had created a national church and an insular, xenophobic politics that shaped the development of England for the next 500 years.”… – AFP, 4-26-09

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • James Mann: HISTORY Ronald Reagan, Revised THE REBELLION OF RONALD REAGAN A History of the End of the Cold WarWaPo, 4-26-09
  • Barbara Moran, Todd Tucker: HISTORY Secret Accidents and Lost Bombs THE DAY WE LOST THE H-BOMB Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History, ATOMIC AMERICA How a Deadly Explosion and a Feared Admiral Changed the Course of Nuclear HistoryWaPo, 4-26-09
  • Jay Taylor: The Final Triumph of Chiang Kai-shek THE GENERALISSIMO Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern ChinaWaPo, 4-26-09
  • Wendy Doniger: Another Incarnation THE HINDUS An Alternative HistoryNYT, 4-24-09
  • Jennifer Scanlon: Miniskirt Lib BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE The Life of Helen Gurley BrownNYT, 4-24-09
  • Marcia Jo Zerivitz: Local historian’s book details early history of Jews in Miami A local expert on Jewish history discusses her first book, ‘Images of America: Jews of Greater Miami.’ – Miami Herald, 4-26-09
  • Margaret Macmillan: New Book about the uses and abuses of history The Uses and Abuses of HistorySource: John Gray in the Guardian (4-18-09)

QUOTES:

  • David Starkey: TV historian sparks fury of a nation with ‘feeble little Scotland’ jibe: A LEADING historian was under pressure to apologise yesterday after he described Scotland as a “feeble little nation”. David Starkey also hit out at Robert Burns, describing him as a “boring provincial poet”, and dismissed bagpipes as “awful” on BBC’s Question Time. – Scotsman, 4-25-09

PROFILES & FEATURES:

  • Amity Shlaes: Why GOP is devouring one book: Amity Shlaes’ “The Forgotten Man” like soccer moms before book club night: Shlaes’ 2007 take on the Great Depression questions the success of the New Deal and takes issue with the value of government intervention in a major economic crisis — red meat for a party hungry for empirical evidence that the Democrats’ spending plans won’t end the current recession… – Politico, 4-21-09
  • David Starkey: Henry VIII — Mind of a Tyrant was a Hello! history – Times Online UK, 4-26-09
  • Charles B. Dew “Hunger for history as Civil War’s 150th approaches”: Charles B. Dew, professor of American history at Williams College in Massachusetts, said southerners have been unwilling to confront a prewar economy based on slavery while northerners have sought to blot out memories of their own “profoundly racist” society.”Americans, like most people, want a usable past. They want it to make sense,” Dew said. The conference, he said, is an opportunity “for shining some light in some of the darker corners in Virginia, and by extension, Southern history in a very critical moment.” – AP, 4-24-09
  • Edward L. Ayers “Hunger for history as Civil War’s 150th approaches”: Edward L. Ayers, a pre-eminent Civil War historian who organized the inaugural conference, said the goal is “to put people in the moment” and set aside preconceived notions. He said voices overlooked in past war narratives are being welcomed and future conferences will probe the role of African-Americans, the home front and even a global view of the conflict. “We have the opportunity to look at this with a fresh eye,” said Ayers, president of the University of Richmond. “Let’s enter into a conversation with these people of the past and understand just what they were thinking. How was it they could end up killing people that were their neighbors?” AP, 4-24-09
  • “Hunger for history as Civil War’s 150th approaches”: AP, 4-24-09
  • Michael Oren: Speculation heats up as to who will fill US ambassador slot – Jerusalem Post, 4-23-09

INTERVIEWS:

HONORS, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

  • And the Pulitzer Prizes go to …: History – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed, Biography – American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham, General Nonfiction – Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon – Source: http://www.pulitzer.org (4-20-09)

SPOTTED:

  • Hannah Geffert: Blacks played a large part in John Brown’s historic raid: Hannah Geffert, a history professor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown presented “John Brown and His Secret Alliance” Sunday as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s Little Lecture Series. – Sunday Gazette-Mail, 4-26-09
  • Dana Shoaf: Historian Articles should appeal to masses – Herald Mail, 4-20-09
  • Howard Zinn: “Americans Who Tell The Truth” Event Features Historian and Icon – Open Media Boston, 4-23-09

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • May 2, 2009 The War of 1812 Revisited at Conference: The Fort La Présentation Association of Ogdensburg, NY is sponsoring a War of 1812 War College Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Press Release, 4-1-09
  • June 11-14, 2009: The ninth annual “Reacting to the Past” Institute at Barnard College (New York), Annual summer history institute at Barnard College – Source: Press Release (4-21-09)

ON TV:

  • PBS, Monday April 20, at 9pm: Seeing History Through Indians’ Eyes: “We Shall Remain” NYT, 4-12-09 (pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain)
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates”, “Shadow Force: Pirate Strike” – Monday, April 27, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Black Blizzard” – Tuesday, April 29, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Under the Rock” – Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life After People: Outbreak,” “Life After People: The Bodies Left Behind” – Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Cults: Dangerous Devotion ” – Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Vincent Bzdek, Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled, April 27, 2009
  • Alex Storozynski, Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, April 28, 2009
  • Thomas Childers: Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II, May 13, 2009
  • Simon Schama, American Future: A History, May 19, 2009
  • Geoffrey Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific, May 25, 2009
  • Douglas Brinkley, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919, June 30, 2009

DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9:10 PM

April 20, 2009: Did Lincoln Have Cancer?

HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • Test of Lincoln DNA sought to prove cancer theory: John Sotos has a theory about why Abraham Lincoln was so tall, why he appeared to have lumps on his lips and even why he had gastrointestinal problems. The 16th president, he contends, had a rare genetic disorder — one that would likely have left him dead of cancer within a year had he not been assassinated. And his bid to prove his theory has posed an ethical and scientific dilemma for a small Philadelphia museum in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. – AP, 4-17-09
  • OAH Roundup: Highlights from the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians – HNN
  • Remembering the late Prof. John Hope Franklin – Chicago Defender, 4-15-09

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Steven P. Miller: God and Politics BILLY GRAHAM AND THE RISE OF THE REPUBLICAN SOUTHNYT, 4-19-09
  • Alexis Dudden: Impact of apologies on world politics focus of historian’s book Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United StatesUConn Advance, 4-17-09
  • Judith Schafer: Tulane historian delves into world of New Orleans’ 19th-century sex trade Brothels, Depravity, and Abandoned Women: Illegal Sex in Antebellum New OrleansThe Times-Picayune – NOLA.com, 4-15-09

QUOTES:

  • Robert J. Allison “The Media Equation Cable Wars Are Killing Objectivity”: “The original tea party was something of a media event,” said Robert J. Allison, professor and chair of the history department at Suffolk University and author of “The Boston Tea Party.” “The papers at the time were very politicized and did a lot of campaigning during the run-up to the event.” He added: “When you think about it, they could have done worse than a bag of tea in terms of symbols. As a historian, I am charmed and fascinated that something that provoked the original revolution still has such resonance.” – NYT, 4-20-09
  • Alan Brinkley “They Don’t Make Populism in the U.S. Like They Used To”: “Today, populism is a kind of sentiment that bursts into view in times like these, but there is no real movement behind it,” said Columbia University historian Alan Brinkley. “The public just doesn’t mobilize around issues in the way it once did.” – WSJ, 4-19-09
  • Allan Meltzer: Federal Reserve Historian says Ben Bernanke will Bring us 1970s Inflation – Foxhound, 4-15-09
  • Nick Taylor “W.P.A. Projects Left Their Stamp on the Region”: Bethpage State Park and the old Jersey City Medical Center were expanded with labor provided by the Works Progress Administration, one of the vaunted New Deal programs that put millions of people to work around the country during the Great Depression. They make up what the historian Nick Taylor called the “invisible legacy” of Depression-era public works projects in the New York region. “That legacy is all around us,” said Mr. Taylor, author of “American-Made: The Enduring History of the W.P.A.” “We just don’t see it because we take it for granted.” – NYT, 4-19-09
  • Natalie A. Naylor “W.P.A. Projects Left Their Stamp on the Region”: “There’s this stereotype that people who worked for the W.P.A. were all raking leaves,” said Natalie A. Naylor, emeritus professor of history at Hofstra University and former director of the university’s Long Island Studies Institute. “That’s not really accurate at all. You had music programs and art programs in addition to construction projects.” – NYT, 4-19-09
  • Stephen Leishman “Historians: Don’t Forget Founding Fathers”: “We know him as a quiet man, but a powerful advocate of liberty in his writings,” said historian Stephen Leishman. Jefferson was not just a statesman, he was also a scientist, philosopher inventor and musician. “In today’s history, we kind of push back the importance of our founding fathers,” said Leishman. They say Obama could still learn a lot from Jefferson’s presidency, especially when it comes to education. “Because of all of his work for our liberties, and his emphasis on education, we have free education for everybody in the U.S.,” said Leishman. – News 8, 4-13-09

PROFILES & FEATURES:

INTERVIEWS:

HONORS, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • April 20, 2009: Clifford E. Trafzer, UC Riverside professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, will discuss his research about the incident on Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 17 W. Hays St., Banning. – UC Riverside, 4-9-09
  • May 2, 2009 The War of 1812 Revisited at Conference: The Fort La Présentation Association of Ogdensburg, NY is sponsoring a War of 1812 War College Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Press Release, 4-1-09

ON TV:

  • PBS, Tuesday at 10 p.m: Television: HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN FUTURE: A HISTORY BY SIMON SCHAMA – Globe & Mail, 4-10-09
  • PBS, Monday April 20, at 9pm: Seeing History Through Indians’ Eyes: “We Shall Remain” NYT, 4-12-09 (pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain)
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Life After People: The Bodies Left Behind” – Tuesday, April 21, 2009 and Friday, April 24, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT and Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates”, “Shadow Force: Pirate Strike” – Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 8-11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Doomsday 2012: The End of Days” – Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: ” Battles BC: Ramses: Raging Chariots ” – Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Vincent Bzdek, Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled, April 27, 2009
  • Alex Storozynski, Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, April 28, 2009
  • Thomas Childers: Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II, May 13, 2009
  • Simon Schama, American Future: A History, May 19, 2009
  • Geoffrey Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific, May 25, 2009
  • Douglas Brinkley, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919, June 30, 2009

DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 12:45 AM

April 13, 2009: “We Shall Remain” Premieres on PBS

HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • OAH Roundup: Highlights from the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians – HNN
  • David Levering Lewis: On John Hope Franklin’s Moral and Intellectual Poise – The Chronicle of Higher Ed, 4-10-09

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • WALTER ISAACSON on Richard Beeman: A Delicate Balance PLAIN, HONEST MEN The Making of the American ConstitutionNYT, 4-12-09
  • Mark L. Bradley: Reconstructing Reconstruction Historian meticulously documents civil-military relations in North Carolina Bluecoats & Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North CarolinaNews & Observer, 4-12-09
  • James Carroll: The Believer PRACTICING CATHOLIC – NYT, 4-12-09
  • James Carroll: PRACTICING CATHOLIC, First Chapter – NYT, 4-12-09
  • Paul Buhle: The Mad Ones THE BEATS A Graphic History Text by Harvey Pekar and others, Art by Ed Piskor and others, Edited by Paul Buhle – NYT, 4-12-09
  • Simon Baatz on Jeff Guinn, Paul Schneider: TRUE CRIME Robbers of Romance: GO DOWN TOGETHER The True, Untold Story of Bonnie And Clyde, BONNIE AND CLYDE The Lives Behind the LegendWaPo, 4-12-09
  • Jeff Guinn: Go Down Together The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, First Chapter – WaPo, 4-12-09
  • Mark Rudd: HISTORY Tales from the Cult: UNDERGROUND My Life with SDS and the WeathermenWaPo, 4-12-09
  • Stefan Aust: TERRORISM At Least They Weren’t Nazis: BAADER-MEINHOF The Inside Story of the R.A.F.WaPo, 4-12-09

QUOTES:

  • Robert Weisbrot “What Obama’s Great Society challenge is, says Great Society historian”: Robert Weisbrot, co-author of “The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s,” says the Great Society revolution was “tremendously liberating” for members of the most vulnerable groups in America.
    But historical circumstances won’t permit Obama to push through his own Great Society, Weisbrot says. “Obama is living in a different age,” Weisbrot said. “The circumstances won’t permit him to be another Lyndon Johnson.” – CNN, 4-7-09
  • Douglas Brinkley: Obama is America’s first global president: Barack Obama “is our first global president,” according to historian Douglas Brinkley. “Obama came of age, really, after the Cold War, with the Internet being the transformative engine of society, and he now takes his multicultural heritage and the geographical diversity of his upbringing” to the world, Brinkley said in an interview Tuesday as Obama wrapped up his first trip abroad. Brinkley, who has written about presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan, said Obama “is playing to the world right out of the gates, whereas most presidents have not.” – USA Today, 4-7-09

PROFILES & FEATURES:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom: Now agrees that Shanghai IS China’s most cosmopolitan city Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: A History in Fragmentshttp://www.cibmagazine.com, 4-1-09

HONORS, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

  • Jacob Soll: Rutgers–Camden Historian Receives Guggenheim to Study Libraries of The Enlightenment – News from Rutgers, 4-9-09

SPOTTED:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • April 14, 2009: Frostburg State University will host a panel discussion, “The Road to Obama: Celebrating African American Leadership,” will on Tuesday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane University Center at Frostburg State University. – Appalachian Independent, 4-11-09
  • April 17-18, 2009: University faculty and leading scholars from across the nation will gather Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at the Law School for “Slavery, Abolition and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Thirteenth Amendment” a conference on the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. – The University of Chicago Chronicle, 4-2-09
  • April 20, 2009: Clifford E. Trafzer, UC Riverside professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, will discuss his research about the incident on Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 17 W. Hays St., Banning. – UC Riverside, 4-9-09
  • May 2, 2009 The War of 1812 Revisited at Conference: The Fort La Présentation Association of Ogdensburg, NY is sponsoring a War of 1812 War College Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Press Release, 4-1-09

ON TV:

  • PBS, Tuesday at 10 p.m: Television: HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN FUTURE: A HISTORY BY SIMON SCHAMA – Globe & Mail, 4-10-09
  • PBS, Monday April 13, at 9pm: Seeing History Through Indians’ Eyes: “We Shall Remain” NYT, 4-12-09 (pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain)
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Patton 360″ – Friday, April 17, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Black Blizzard ” – Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Next Nostradamus” – Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • Stephanie Cooke, In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age, April 14, 2009
  • Vincent Bzdek, Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled, April 27, 2009
  • Alex Storozynski, Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, April 28, 2009
  • Thomas Childers: Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II, May 13, 2009
  • Simon Schama, American Future: A History, May 19, 2009
  • Geoffrey Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific, May 25, 2009
  • Douglas Brinkley, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919, June 30, 2009

DEPARTED:

  • Sidney Fine: University of Michigan Historian dies at 88 – Free Press, 4-6-09
  • J.M.S. Careless: Canadian historian dies ay 90 – CBCNews, 4-6-09
  • Steven Lee Carson: 66, dies. Wrote a play about Lincoln’s son. – WaPo, 4-7-09

Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 10:00 PM

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