History Buzz: October 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.

October 27, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008:

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: Halloween

  • John Demos: At Halloween: Every witch way to Salem – Boston Herald, 10-26-08
  • John Demos “Historian examines witch hunts past and present “: “Connecticut would have been the leader in witch hunting if it hadn’t been for Salem,” historian John Demos told a full house the Windsor Historical Society. – Windsor Journal, 10-23-08
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 25/10/1492 – Christopher Columbus and ship Santa Maria land in Dominican Republic
  • 25/10/1825 – Erie Canal opens, linking Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean
  • 25/10/1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Clanton engage in “Shootout at OK Corral”
  • 25/10/1923 – Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal
  • 25/10/1940 – US Army Gen Benjamin Davis becomes 1st black general
  • 25/10/1951 – Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
  • 25/10/1963 – Anti-Kennedy “WANTED FOR TREASON” pamphlets scattered in Dallas
  • 25/10/1983 – US invades Grenada, a country 1/2,000 its population (US Wins)
  • 26/10/1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York
  • 26/10/1749 – Georgia Colony reverses itself and rules slavery is legal
  • 26/10/1774 – 1st Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
  • 26/10/1774 – Minute Men organized in colonies
  • 26/10/1787 – “Federalist Papers” published, calls for ratification of Constitution
  • 26/10/1795 – Pinckney’s Treaty between Spain and US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US and giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi
  • 26/10/1810 – US annexes western Florida
  • 26/10/1863 – Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva
  • 26/10/1881 – Gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Az
  • 26/10/1900 – After 4 years of work, 1st section of NY subway opens
  • 26/10/1916 – Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
  • 26/10/1919 – President Wilson’s veto of Prohibition Enforcement Bill is overridden
  • 26/10/1950 – Mother Teresa found her Mission of Charity in Calcutta, India
  • 26/10/1955 – Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as pres
  • 26/10/1962 – Nikita Khrushchev sends note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey offer is rejected
  • 26/10/1962 – JFK warns Russia US will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba
  • 26/10/1972 – Henry Kissinger declares “Peace is at hand” in Vietnam
  • 26/10/1973 – President Nixon released 1st White House tapes on Watergate scandal
  • 26/10/1994 – Jordan and Israel sign peace accord
  • 27/10/1864 – Siege of Petersburg, VA
  • 27/10/1871 – Boss Tweed (William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption
  • 27/10/1913 – Pres Wilson says US will never attack another country
  • 27/10/1920 – League of Nations moves headquarters in Geneva
  • 27/10/1954 – Pres Eisenhower offers aid to S Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem
  • 27/10/1962 – Black Saturday – Russian nuclear missile crisis in Cuba
  • 28/10/1636 – Harvard University (Cambridge Mass) founded
  • 28/10/1776 – Battle of White Plains; Washington retreats to NJ
  • 28/10/1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin
  • 28/10/1858 – Macy’s Dept store opens in NYC
  • 28/10/1863 – Battle at Wauhatchie Georgia: 865 killed or injured
  • 28/10/1864 – Battle at Fair Oaks, Virginia, ends after 1554 casualties
  • 28/10/1867 – Maimonides College in Penns is 1st Jewish college in the US
  • 28/10/1886 – Statue of Liberty dedicated by Pres Grover Cleveland, it is celebrated by 1st confetti (ticker tape) parade in NYC
  • 28/10/1919 – Volstead Act passed by Congress, start prohibition over Wilson’s veto
  • 28/10/1936 – FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary
  • 28/10/1948 – Flag of Israel is adopted
  • 28/10/1949 – Eugenie Anderson is 1st woman US ambassador (to Denmark)
  • 28/10/1962 – Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending crisis
  • 29/10/1929 – “Black Tuesday,” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression”
  • 29/10/1956 – Israeli paratroopers drop into Sinai to open Straits of Tiran
  • 29/10/1966 – National Organization of Women founded
  • 29/10/1969 – Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation “at once”
  • 29/10/1929 – “Black Tuesday,” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression”
  • 29/10/1956 – Israeli paratroopers drop into Sinai to open Straits of Tiran
  • 29/10/1966 – National Organization of Women founded
  • 29/10/1969 – Supreme Court orders end to all school desegregation “at once”
  • 30/10/1270 – 8th and last crusade is launched
  • 30/10/1697 – Germany signs French/English/Spanish/Neth/Brandenburgs peace treaty ending 9 year War
  • 30/10/1864 – The city of Helena, Montana, is founded after miners discover gold
  • 30/10/1893 – Senate approves repealing Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890
  • 30/10/1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator
  • 30/10/1905 – “October Manifesto” Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties
  • 30/10/1914 – Allied offensive at Ypres (Belgium) begins
  • 30/10/1941 – FDR approves Lend-Lease aid to the USSR
  • 30/10/1954 – US Armed Forces end segregation of races
  • 31/10/0834 – 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints
  • 31/10/1517 – Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church-Protestant Reformation
  • 31/10/1541 – Michelangelo Buonarroti’s paints “last judgement” in 16th Chapel
  • 31/10/1846 – Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp
  • 31/10/1918 – Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week
  • 31/10/1922 – Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier of Italy
  • 31/10/1940 – Battle of Britain: Germany and Britain control of English Channel, ends
  • 31/10/1941 – Prior to US in WW II, Germany torpedoes US destroyer Reuben James
  • 31/10/1963 – Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles and their fans at London Airport
  • 31/10/1968 – President Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam
  • 01/11/1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel, 1st exhibited
  • 01/11/1765 – Stamp Act goes into effect in British colonies
  • 01/11/1783 – Continental Army dissolved; George Washington’s “Farewell Address”
  • 01/11/1800 – 1st president to live in white house (John Adams)
  • 01/11/1861 – Gen George B McClellan made general in chief of Union armies
  • 01/11/1866 – 1st Civil Rights Bill passes
  • 01/11/1878 – Edward Scripps and John Sweeney found Penny Press (Cleveland Press)
  • 01/11/1917 – In WW I, the 1st US soldiers are killed in combat
  • 01/11/1954 – US Senate admonishes Joseph Mccarthy because of slander campaign
  • 01/11/1962 – Cuban missile crisis ends, JFK says USSR is dismantling missile bases
  • 01/11/1983 – Pres Reagan established Dr Martin Luther King Jr holiday
  • 02/11/1772 – Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
  • 02/11/1811 – Battle of Tippecanoe: Gen Jackson vs indians
  • 02/11/1824 – Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J Q Adams
  • 02/11/1852 – Franklin Pierce elected as president of US
  • 02/11/1917 – Balfour Declaration proclaims support for a Jewish state in Palestine
  • 02/11/1948 – Pres Truman re-elected in an upset over Republican Thomas Dewey
  • 02/11/1954 – JS Thurmond is 1st senator elected by write-in vote (SC)
  • 02/11/1962 – JFK announces Cuban missile bases were being dismantled
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • JAY WINIK on DAVID S. REYNOLDS: Young America’s Wild Side Waking Giant: America in the Age of JacksonNYT, 10-26-08
  • DAVID S. REYNOLDS: Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson, First Chapter – NYT, 10-26-08
  • John D. Gartner: Jonathan Yardley on ‘In Search of Bill Clinton’ Putting Bill Clinton on the couch IN SEARCH OF BILL CLINTON A Psychological Biography – WaPo, 10-23-08
  • Timothy W. Ryback: Michael Dirda on ‘Hitler’s Private Library’ The Führer loved his library, but what good did it do? HITLER’S PRIVATE LIBRARY The Books That Shaped His LifeWaPo, 10-26-08
  • Treasure Trove of Newsreels Rediscovered by Film Historian – Press Release, 10-21-08
  • Annette Gordon-Reed’s new book on the Hemingses called valuable but flawed – Eric Foner in the NYT Book Review, 10-3-08
  • Pierre Berton: Canadian historian Berton had his own secrets – Vancouver Sun, 10-13-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Robert Caro “Former JFK, LBJ aide Nicholas Katzenbach remembers years in Washington”: “He is a central figure in so many of the pivotal episodes of American history of the 1960s,” says Robert Caro, who has interviewed Katzenbach for the fourth and final volume of his series of books on Lyndon Johnson. “And he has the ability, which not every participant has, to see the larger implications of their actions.” – Canadian Press, 10-24-08
  • Sean Wilentz “Former JFK, LBJ aide Nicholas Katzenbach remembers years in Washington”: “Nick has been a truly noble public servant,” says historian Sean Wilentz, who praises Katzenbach as a model for a time when government officials were “honest pursuers of justice, without ideological axes to grind.” – Canadian Press, 10-24-08
  • Alan Kraut says it’s time to get the immigrant story right – Francis X. Clines in the NYT, 10-11-08
  • David Fowler: Historian says Beatles were just capitalists, and not youth heroes – Guardian (UK), 10-9-08
HONORED / AWARDED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

  • John Demos “Historian examines witch hunts past and present “: “Connecticut would have been the leader in witch hunting if it hadn’t been for Salem,” historian John Demos told a full house the Windsor Historical Society. – Windsor Journal, 10-23-08
CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • October 30, 2008: Columbia University Historian to Lecture on Illegal Immigration – Mae Ngai, the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University will give the talk, “Illegal Immigration to the United States: Origins and Consequences,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Wailes Lounge at the Elston Inn & Conference Center. – Sweet Briar College, 10-23-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel’s original program: “When Weather Changed History”: Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. – When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • PBS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: LBJ, Part Two Monday, October 27 at 9pm on PBS — As this year’s political campaigns heat up, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE continues to showcase THE PRESIDENTS Mondays at 9pm on PBS (check local listings.)
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: City of Blood,” Sunday, October 26, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Extreme Marksmen,” Monday, October 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Halloween Tech,” Monday, October 27, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Primal Fear,” Monday, October 27, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree,” Monday, October 27, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds: The Pagans,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Chocolate,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Snackfood Tech,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: More Snackfood Tech,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries: Amityville: Horror or Hoax? ,” Tuesday, October 28, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Wednesday, October 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files: The Day after Roswell,” Wednesday, October 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Monster Spiders ,” Wednesday, October 29, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Thursday, October 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Star Wars Tech,” Thursday, October 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds: The Real Dracula,” Thursday, October 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers: Strange Structures,” Thursday, October 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Castles & Dungeons,” Thursday, October 30, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Candy,” Thursday, October 30, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: City of Blood,” Thursday, October 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: 11 – Dracula’s Underground,” Thursday, October 30, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil,” Friday, October 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Vampire Beast,” Friday, October 31, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Vampires in America,” Friday, October 31, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Haunted History of Halloween,” Friday, October 31, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Halloween Tech,” Friday, October 31, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1789-1825,” Saturday, November 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1825-1849,” Saturday, November 1, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1865-1885,” Saturday, November 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1913-1945,” Saturday, November 1, @ 11pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Sarah Vowell: THE WORDY SHIPMATES, #8 — (2 weeks on list) – 11-2-08
  • Bob Woodward: THE WAR WITHIN #11 — (6 weeks on list) – 11-2-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #13 — (10 weeks on list) – 11-2-08
  • James M. McPherson: TRIED BY WAR #15 — (2 weeks on list) – 11-2-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #26 – 11-2-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 2008
  • 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
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 at 2:54 AM

October 13, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • Campaign 2008 Highlights
  • Gil Troy “Stuck In the Muck Mudslinging Isn’t New. Here’s the Messy Truth”: “Everybody always assumes there was a golden age of presidential campaigning that occurred 20 years ago,” says Gil Troy, an American history scholar at McGill University. “Almost from the start, American politics had its two sides — it had its Sunday morning high church sermon side, and it had its Saturday night rough-and- tumble ugly side.”… Oh, “John Quincy Adams was accused of pimping for the czar,” Troy says. Really. The czar of Russia. The press backing Jackson labeled Adams “The Pimp.” – Washington Post, 10-13-08
  • David A. Hollinger: Palin Distorts Small-Town America – New West Politics, 10-12-08
  • David S. Tanenhaus: Barack, Bill, and MeThe Bill Ayers that Barack Obama and I worked with was no “domestic terrorist.” – Slate, 10-10-08
  • Julian Zelizer “Palin Abused Power in Trooper Case, Alaska Probe Says”: “It’s one more blow to a deeply troubled campaign,” said Julian Zelizer, a history and public affairs professor at Princeton University in New Jersey. “The report on Palin raises more questions about why McCain made this choice and how much he really cares about fighting corruption.” – Bloomberg, 10-11-08
  • Dewar MacLeod “A lesson for WPU students in making every vote count”: “Democracy is not something that happens only once every four years; democracy needs to happen every single day. While this year’s ongoing presidential election promises to bring millions of new voters, especially the young, I hope students will also explore and participate in the ongoing process of civic engagement. Our democracy is only as strong as citizens are willing to make it.” – NorthJersey.com, NJ, 10-11-08
  • Peter Kastor “If history is guide, path to White House is through Missouri”: “Missouri is in the middle of the country geographically but also the center of the country politically,” Washington University history professor Peter Kastor said. “It is a state where various regional political cultures all exist.” – AFP, 10-10-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

  • Larry Schweikart “Is History Repeating Itself?”: A Professor of History at the University of Dayton says it may very well be. Prof. Larry Schweikart said as far as the economy goes, history does tend to repeat itself in 20-year cycles. However, Schweikart said, just as 20 years ago, well will probably see lower fuel and energy costs, which will mean lower food costs. – WHIOTV.com, 10-11-08
  • David Moss “Bernanke vows to learn from Great Depression”: “We’re incredibly lucky we have a Fed chairman at this moment who has looked so closely at the Great Depression,” said David Moss, a professor of economic history at Harvard Business School. “He has an appreciation for the complexities and reality of what was going on then, as much or more than any other scholar. He is not afraid to be aggressive and believes it is his role to try to stem the crisis; that is a huge advantage.” – San Fransico Chronicle, 10-11-08
  • Scott Nelson: Is This 1929 Or 1873? William And Mary Professor Compares Today’s Situation To A Previous Economic Panic – WRVA 1140, 10-9-08
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

  • Curriculum to scale back Aussie history THE emphasis on teaching Australian history in recent years will be scaled down in the national curriculum, as its initial draft, to be released today, outlines a course that places the national story in the context of broader global events – The Australian, 10-13-08
  • Alan Kraut: Getting the Nation’s Story Straight The true tale of America involves far more than teeming masses yearning to be free — a story well told at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York Harbor – NYT, 10-12-08
  • Shlomo Sand’s latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo – Middle-East Online, 10-11-08
  • David McDonald: Growing emphasis on academics is helping athletes at UW-Madison – Wisconsin State Journal, 10-11-08
  • Simon Schama argues that Barack Obama’s emergence as presidential candidate represents a profound change in the American psyche – BBC, 10-9-08
  • Chinese historian slapped in the face for pro-Manchu views – http://www.danwei.org, 10-7-08
  • Andrew Roberts: The Anglosphere’s greatest modern mythologist, may be perfectly suited to sanitize the Bush presidency – R.J. Stove in the American Conservative, 9-22-08
  • Kyle Volk: History professor’s deal with burrito joint went against school policy – http://missoulian.com (10-2-08)
  • Howard Zinn taken to task for giving Rosenbergs a pass – New Criterion editorial, 10-3-08
  • Chandra Manning will not come to Princeton – Daily Princetonian, 10-1-08
  • Five held guilty of professor Papiya Ghosh’s murder – Hindustan Times, 9-18-08
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • John Demos: Crucibles THE ENEMY WITHIN 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western WorldNYT, 10-12-08
  • Barton Gellman: The Shadow President ANGLER The Cheney Vice PresidencyNYT, 10-12-08
  • Charles D. Ellis: Rich Bank, Poor Bank THE PARTNERSHIP The Making of Goldman SachsNYT, 10-12-08
  • Mark Mazower: HISTORY | WORLD WAR II Axis of Incompetence Lessons from the Nazis on how not to run an empire HITLER’S EMPIRE How the Nazis Ruled Europe WaPo, 10-12-08
  • Hilda Gadea: Rebel Wife MY LIFE WITH CHE The Making of a Revolutionary WaPo, 10-12-08
  • New in Paperback History and Chutzpah – WaPo, 10-12-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

AWARDED – APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

  • Washington State University provost Steven Hoch will return — but as a professor – Seattle Times, 10-10-08
  • William Cook: Recently earned a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities that will fund a seminar he will teach in Siena, Italy in the summer of 2009. – Lamron, NY, 10-9-08
  • FIU History professor Darden Asbury Pyron was this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award – Miami Herald, 10-5-08
  • Stephanie E. Smallwood: UW professor wins Frederick Douglass Book Prize University of Washington professor Stephanie E. Smallwood has won a prestigious prize for her groundbreaking history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade – Seattle Times, 10-1-08
  • Julian Bond: University of Virginia History Professor, NAACP Leader Julian Bond Is Named Living Legend. Bond was one of seven honored at the Library of Congress.- Media Newswire, 9-26-08
  • Bobby H. Johnson: Oral history professor receives Lifetime Achievement Award – Pine Log, Stephen F. Austin University
  • Mark Carey: W&L History Professor Receives NSF Grant to Study Natural Disasters and Climate Change – Rock Bridge Weekly
SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • Jackson Center Hosts Civil Rights Symposium – Jamestown Post Journal, NY, 10-12-08
  • October 18, 2008: History buffs and students alike are encouraged to attend “The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom” in Murfreesboro, an Oct. 18 symposium focusing on the demise of slavery during the Civil War and feature distinguished speakers. – Murfreesboro Post, TN, 9-15-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel’s original program: “When Weather Changed History”: Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. – When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • PBS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: NIXON, Monday, October 13 at 9 pm on PBS — As this year’s political campaigns heat up, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE continues to showcase THE PRESIDENTS Mondays at 9pm on PBS (check local listings.)
  • PBS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: LBJ Part One, Monday, October 20 on PBS — As this year’s political campaigns heat up, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE continues to showcase THE PRESIDENTS Mondays at 9pm on PBS (check local listings.)
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest,” Marathon Monday, October 13, @ 2-6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Ghosts,” Monday, October 13, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: 12 – Machines of the Gods ,” Monday, October 13, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hippies,” Tuesday, October 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “In the World Of…Jack the Ripper,” Tuesday, October 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Book of Nostradamus,” Wednesday, October 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Wednesday, October 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Wednesday, October 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Raptor vs. T-Rex,” Wednesday, October 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files: The Day after Roswell,” Wednesday, October 15, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lincoln,” Thursday, October 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Thursday, October 16, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Mob Underground,” Thursday, October 16, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: A-Bomb Underground,” Thursday, October 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang,” Friday, October 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Next Big Bang,” Friday, October 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Band Of Brothers,” Marathon, Saturday, October 18, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Black Blizzard,” Saturday, October 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “A Global Warning?,” Saturday, October 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Bob Woodward: THE WAR WITHIN #4 — (3 weeks on list) – 10-12-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #7 — (7 weeks on list) – 10-12-08
  • Barton Gellman: ANGLER #14 — (2 weeks on list) – 10-12-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #18 10-12-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #26 — (8 weeks on list) – 10-12-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Joe Hilley: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, October 16, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 21, 2008
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 21, 2008
  • H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 2008
  • 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
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 1:48 AM

September 22 & 29, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 30/09/1199 – Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate Guide of Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew
  • 30/09/1452 – 1st book published, Johann Guttenberg’s Bible
  • 30/09/1777 – Congress, flees to York Pa, as British forces advance
  • 30/09/1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston
  • 30/09/1805 – Napoleons army draws into the Rhine
  • 30/09/1864 – Black Soldiers given Medal of Honor
  • 30/09/1946 – 22 Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg
  • 30/09/1953 – Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • 30/09/1962 – James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi; JFK routes 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi
  • 01/10/1791 – 1st session of new French legislative assembly
  • 01/10/1768 – English troops under general Gauge lands in Boston
  • 01/10/1867 – Karl Marx’ “Das Kapital,” published
  • 01/10/1948 – Calif Supreme Court voids state statue banning interracial marriages
  • 01/10/1958 – Inauguration of NASA
  • 02/10/1187 – Sultan Saladin captures Jerusalem from Crusaders
  • 02/10/1535 – Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)
  • 02/10/1833 – NY Anti-Slavery Society organized
  • 02/10/1861 – Former VP John C Breckinridge flees Kentucky
  • 02/10/1870 – Italy annexes Rome and Papal States; Rome made Italian capital
  • 02/10/1967 – Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice
  • 03/10/1789 – Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26
  • 03/10/1863 – Lincoln designates last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day
  • 03/10/1922 – Rebecca Felton of Georgia becomes 1st woman in Senate
  • 03/10/1941 – Nazi’s blow up 6 synagoges in Paris
  • 03/10/1942 – FDR forms Office of Economic Stabilization
  • 03/10/1974 – Watergate trial begins
  • 03/10/1990 – East Germany and West Germany merge to become Germany
  • 04/10/1636 – In Massachusetts the Plymouth Colony’s 1st law drafted
  • 04/10/1648 – Peter Stuyvesant establishes Americas 1st volunteer firemen
  • 04/10/1777 – Gen George Washington’s troops attacked British at Germantown Pa
  • 04/10/1854 – Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair
  • 04/10/1864 – National black convention meets (Syracuse NY)
  • 04/10/1864 – New Orleans Tribune, 1st black daily newspaper, forms
  • 04/10/1880 – University of California founded in Los Angeles
  • 05/10/1582 – Gregorian calendar introduced in Italy, other Catholic countries
  • 05/10/1796 – Spain declares war on England
  • 05/10/1813 – Battle of Thames in Canada; Americans defeat British
  • 05/10/1862 – Federal fleet occupies Galveston, Texas
  • 05/10/1947 – 1st Presidential address televised from White House-HS Truman
  • 05/10/1953 – Earl Warren sworn in as 14th chief justice of US
  • 05/10/1970 – Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross
  • 06/10/1683 – 13 Mennonite families from Germany found Germantown Pa (Phila)
  • 06/10/1781 – Americans and French begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of Revolutionary War
  • 06/10/1944 – Canadians free Austria
  • 06/10/1945 – Gen Eisenhower welcomed in Hague (on Hitler’s train)
  • 06/10/1949 – Pres Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)
  • 06/10/1961 – JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters
  • 06/10/1973 – Yom Kippur War begins as Syria and Egypt attack Israel
  • 06/10/1976 – Pres Ford says there is “no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe”
  • 06/10/1996 – Bob Dole and Pres Bill Clinton meet in their 1st debate
  • 07/10/1579 – English royal marriage of queen Elizabeth I to duke of Anjou
  • 07/10/1690 – English attack Quebec under Louis de Buade
  • 07/10/1763 – George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • 07/10/1765 – Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY
  • 07/10/1777 – Americans beat Brits in 2nd Battle of Saratoga and Battle of Bemis Hts
  • 07/10/1780 – British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • 07/10/1868 – Cornell University (Ithaca NY) open
  • 07/10/1886 – Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • 07/10/1944 – Uprising at Birkenau concentration camp, Uprising at Auschwitz, Jews burn down crematoriums
  • 07/10/1960 – 2nd JFK and Richard Nixon debate
  • 07/10/1963 – JFK signs ratification for nuclear test ban treaty
  • 07/10/1991 – Law Professor Anita Hill accuses Supreme nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments to her
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS:

  • Andrew Roberts: Discovered extraordinary secret documents recording every Cabinet conversation of Churchill – Telegraph, UK, 9-19-08
BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Annette Gordon-Reed: ‘Monticello’ Tells Untold Story Of Sally Hemings – NPR, 9-22-08
FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • Conservatives recruiting historians on campus to establish academic beachheads for their ideas – NYT, 9-21-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Richard Norton Smith, a historian at George Mason University, said that for much of American history before Roosevelt’s election in 1932, presidents were not expected to respond to economic troubles. But after banks collapsed during the devastating stock market crash in September 1929, the United States entered the Great Depression and a worldwide economic downturn ensued. When Roosevelt was elected, he enacted the New Deal, a series of government reforms and programs aimed at improving the economy. “It redefined the relationship of most citizens to their government, he created a safety net. Before that banks and Wall Street were unregulated,” Smith said. On the other end of the government involvement scale, Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1980 was part of a movement to decrease the influence of the federal government in people’s lives. Reagan, who was in office until 1988, focused on cutting taxes and reducing Washington D.C.’s regulation of business. “The Reagan revolution was an effort to empower state (governments) to attack the same social ills that Washington tried to take care of,” Smith said. – PBS Newshour, 9-23-08
  • David Sicilia: Too Bad Greenspan Wasn’t So Blunt in Office – University of Maryland website, 9-15-08
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • October 18, 2008: History buffs and students alike are encouraged to attend “The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom” in Murfreesboro, an Oct. 18 symposium focusing on the demise of slavery during the Civil War and feature distinguished speakers. – Murfreesboro Post, TN, 9-15-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel’s original program: “When Weather Changed History”: Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. – When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel: “How the Earth Was Made,” Monday, September 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Universe: Life and Death of a Star,” Monday, September 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Monday, September 29, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Tuesday, September 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tougher In Alaska,” Marathon Tuesday, September 30, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ships,” Tuesday, September 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Wednesday, October 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Weird U.S.: Weird Underworld,” Wednesday, October 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Lake Monsters of the North,” Wednesday, October 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Ice Age Monsters,” Wednesday, October 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Real Tomb Hunters: Snakes, Curses, and Booby Traps,” Thursday, October 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: 10 – Beneath Vesuvius,” Thursday, October 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: New York: Secret Societies,” Thursday, October 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Underground Apocalypse,” Thursday, October 2, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secret Access: Air Force One,” Thursday, October 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History: Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Friday, October 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gangland: 06 – Kings of New York,” Friday, October 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club,” Marathon, Saturday, October 4, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Super City: New York,” Saturday, October 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History: Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Saturday, October 4, @ 8pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Bob Woodward: THE WAR WITHIN #2 — (2 weeks on list) – 10-5-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #3 — (6 weeks on list) – 10-5-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #12 — (7 weeks on list) – 10-5-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #14 — (8 weeks on list) – 10-5-08
  • Thomas Frank: THE WRECKING CREW #32 – 10-5-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Tom Chaffin: The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy, September 30, 2008
  • James M. McPherson: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, October 7, 2008
  • Jeff Belanger: Who’s Haunting the White House?: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Joe Hilley: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, October 16, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 21, 2008
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 21, 2008
  • H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 2008
  • 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
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

  • William Woodruff: Economic historian who received a wider audience for his memoirs of an impoverished childhood in Blackburn – Telegraph (UK), 9-24-08
  • John Taylor, 87, Specialist on Military at Archives, Is Dead – NYT, 9-23-08
  • Georgi Kitov: Excavated Thrace, Dies at 65 – NYT, 9-17-08

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 1:06 AM

History Buzz: September 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.

September 15, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

CHICAGO 1968:

Chicago 1968: 40 years Later:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: 9/11

  • Allen Matusow on “Grappling with the lessons of 9/11”: The 9/11 attacks seemed like a historic moment, but are they truly history, ripe for study? Yes, says Rice University history professor Allen Matusow, and most historians agree. Recent events can be approached historically even when their half-life is measured in months. “There is such a thing as contemporary history,” said Matusow, who specializes in 20th century American history. “People who live through it know things. One is how they felt when it was happening. The mere fact of distance does not get you closer to the truth about an event. The best history of the Peloponnesian Wars was by Thucydides, and he fought in it.” Matusow has the luxury, actually the necessity, to have his students explore the origins of 9/11 in unabbreviated fashion. One of his courses traces the evolution of anti-Western Islamic thought and the birth of al-Qaida in the Afghan war of a generation ago. For younger students, and those who teach them, the hurdle is context in the face of time constraints. – Houston Chronicle, 9-10-08
  • McCain, Obama Arrive for 9/11 Anniversary – NY Sun, 9-10-08
  • Gil Troy: 9/11 and the race for the White House – Jerusalem Post, 9-10-08
  • David McQuilkin on “Sept. 11 leaves confused legacy on college campuses”: David McQuilkin, a history and political science professor at Bridgewater, says the 9/11 attacks are no longer the major discussion topic that they once were in his classroom, and students rarely raise the issue. From his perspective as a historian, this is to be expected, because McQuilkin thinks 9/11 will not figure as prominently into the American story as the bombing of Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier. The difference, McQuilkin said, has been the response. After Pearl Harbor, America’s immediate, unified, sustained reaction saw the country through World War II and established it as a world power (this, at least, is the generally-accepted narrative). “We haven’t seen 9/11 reach that kind of visceral level within the American experience,” said McQuilkin. – Rocktown Weekly, VA, 9-11-08
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 15/09/1620 – Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8]
  • 15/09/1656 – England and France sign peace treaty
  • 15/09/1776 – British forces capture Kip’s Bay Manhattan during Revolution
  • 15/09/1862 – Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV
  • 15/09/1914 – Battle of Aisne begins between Germans and French during WW I
  • 15/09/1923 – Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror
  • 15/09/1935 – Nuremberg Laws deprives German Jews of citizenship and makes swastika official symbol of Nazi Germany
  • 15/09/1941 – Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
  • 15/09/1959 – Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit
  • 15/09/1963 – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
  • 15/09/1981 – US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor
  • 16/09/1630 – Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston
  • 16/09/1782 – Great Seal of US used for 1st time
  • 16/09/1848 – Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 16/09/1908 – Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp
  • 16/09/1940 – Luftwaffe attacks center of London
  • 16/09/1940 – FDR signs Selective Training and Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
  • 16/09/1941 – Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 16/09/1968 – Richard Nixon appears on “Laugh-in”
  • 16/09/1971 – 6 Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • 16/09/1974 – Pres Ford announces conditional amnesty for US, Vietnam War deserters
  • 17/09/1562 – Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon
  • 17/09/1691 – Colony Massachusetts Bay gets new charter
  • 17/09/1787 – US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
  • 17/09/1796 – Pres George Washington delivers his farewell address
  • 17/09/1850 – Great fire in San Francisco
  • 17/09/1862 – Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)-bloodiest day of Civil War, 23,110 die
  • 17/09/1900 – Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 17/09/1952 – “I am an American Day” and “Constitution Day” renamed “Citizenship Day”
  • 17/09/1986 – US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
  • 18/09/1502 – Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage
  • 18/09/1759 – Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British
  • 18/09/1793 – Pres Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
  • 18/09/1812 – Fire in Moscow destroys 90% of houses and 1,000 churchs
  • 18/09/1850 – Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850
  • 18/09/1851 – NY Times starts publishing (2› a copy)
  • 18/09/1862 – General Read army pulls out of Antietam Creek Virginia
  • 18/09/1895 – Booker T Washington delivera “Atlanta Compromise” address
  • 18/09/1914 – Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
  • 18/09/1945 – 1000 whites walk out of Gary Ind schools to protest integration
  • 18/09/1947 – National Security Act, passes
  • 18/09/1987 – US and Russia sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • 19/09/1676 – Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon set Jamestown Va on fire
  • 19/09/1777 – Battle of Freeman’s Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga
  • 19/09/1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president
  • 19/09/1863 – Battle of Chickamauga GA (near Chattanooga) begins; Union retreat
  • 19/09/1873 – Black Friday: Jay Cooke and Co fails, causing a securities panic
  • 19/09/1911 – Red Tuesday-20,000 protest for universal rights
  • 19/09/1941 – Nazi’s force German Jews, 6 and over to wear Jewish stars
  • 20/09/1530 – Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
  • 20/09/1664 – Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men
  • 20/09/1797 – US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
  • 20/09/1850 – Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • 20/09/1861 – Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • 20/09/1863 – Battle of Shepardstown VA
  • 20/09/1863 – Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tenn, ends
  • 20/09/1881 – Chester A Arthur sworn in as 21st president
  • 20/09/1961 – James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • 20/09/1963 – JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
  • 20/09/1976 – Playboy releases Jimmy Carter’s interview that he lusts for women
  • 20/09/1990 – Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message
  • 21/09/1621 – King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling
  • 21/09/1745 – Battle at Preston Pans: Bonnie Prince Charles beats English army
  • 21/09/1776 – 5 days after British take NY – Great fire in NY
  • 21/09/1784 – Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser 1st success US daily newspaper
  • 21/09/1792 – Proposal by Collot D’Herbois, to abolish the monarchy in France – 1st French Republic forms
  • 21/09/1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a poem
  • 21/09/1863 – Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
  • 21/09/1897 – NY Sun runs famous “Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus,” editorial
  • 21/09/1922 – Pres Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
  • 21/09/1981 – Sandra Day O’Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Ron Suskind: Reign of Counterterror THE WAY OF THE WORLD A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of ExtremismNYT, 9-14-08
  • Ron Suskind: THE WAY OF THE WORLD A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, First Chapter – NYT, 9-14-08
  • Andrew J. Bacevich: We Got Trouble THE LIMITS OF POWER The End of American ExceptionalismNYT, 9-14-08
  • Fergus M. Bordewich on Annette Gordon-Reed: American Roots THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO An American FamilyWaPo, 9-14-08
  • Bob Woodward: Yes Men What happens when the president’s advisers don’t speak up THE WAR WITHIN A Secret White House History 2006-2008WaPo, 9-14-08
  • Mark A. Noll: Undressing the Body Politic GOD AND RACE IN AMERICAN POLITICS A Short HistoryWaPo, 9-14-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Leonid Petrov on “Kim rumours provide a wake-up call”: For Leonid Petrov, North Korea historian at Australian National University, this tug of war over reforms is key to how North Koreans will respond to the demise of Kim Jong-il. He says the population was badly traumatised by the death of Kim Il-sung – partly because of the personality cult which surrounded him, but partly also because it heralded a period of intense isolation and impoverishment in which more than a million people may have died. Dr Petrov suggests any internal candidate able to preserve short-term stability would probably be more conservative than Kim Jong-il. But he warns against any such candidate attempting to roll back the economic reforms that have allowed North Koreans a little more room to make an independent living. – BBC News, 9-10-08
ANNOUNCE-MENTS:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 17, 2008: Proctor.Michael Gannon, professor emeritus of history from UF, will open the Samuel Proctor Florida History Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Pugh Hall Ocora with a talk titled “Ponce De Leon and the Discovery of Florida.” The series is sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. – University of Florida, Gainesville, 9-12-08
  • September 17, 2008: Princeton historian Barbara Oberg, general editor of “The Papers of Thomas Jefferson,” will deliver a Constitution Day lecture on “Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Princeton University – Princeton University, NJ, 9-10-08
  • September 18, 2008: Dr. Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, will deliver the Richard S. Wells Lecture. Lepore’s topic will be “Paper Trail: The Rise and Fall of the Paper Ballot.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaylee M. Mead Auditorium of the Patricia A. Sullivan Science Building at the University of North Carolina Greensboro – UNCG University News, NC, 9-15-08
  • October 18, 2008: History buffs and students alike are encouraged to attend “The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom” in Murfreesboro, an Oct. 18 symposium focusing on the demise of slavery during the Civil War and feature distinguished speakers. – Murfreesboro Post, TN, 9-15-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel’s original program: “When Weather Changed History”: Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. – When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Earthquake in the Heartland,” Monday, September 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Monday, September 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery: Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Tuesday, September 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Surviving History: – Surviving History,” Marathon Tuesday, September 16, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Mega-Structures of the Deep,” Tuesday, September 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Wednesday, September 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files: UFOs and the White House,” Wednesday, September 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Bigfoot in New York,” Wednesday, September 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Lake Monsters of the North,” Wednesday, September 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Raptor’s Last Stand ,” Wednesday, September 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Day the Towers Fell. ,” Thursday, September 18, @ 12pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Thursday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Thursday, September 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Friday, September 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Antietam,” Friday, September 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Journey to the Center of the World,” Friday, September 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Gold Mines,” Friday, September 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest,” Marathon, Saturday, September 20, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, September 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Forbidden City Revealed,” Sunday, September 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution Author: Tony Williams – Saturday at 12:00 PM ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Author: Douglas Blackmon – Saturday at 1:30 PM – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams Author: Panel of Speakers – Saturday at 4:00 PM – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book – Sear Carr, “The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm” Author: Sean Carr Saturday at 10:40 AM, Saturday at 2:40 PM, and Sunday at 10:40 PM – C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

    Week of September 14, 2008

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #2 — (6 weeks on list) – 9-21-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #5 — (5 weeks on list) – 9-21-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #6 — (5 weeks on list) – 9-21-08
  • Kaylene Johnson: SARAH #13 — (1 week on list) – 9-21-08
  • Thomas Frank: THE WRECKING CREW #16 — (4 weeks on list) – 9-14-08
  • Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway: WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL #19 – 9-21-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #26 – 9-21-08
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: SOUTHERN STORM #29 – 9-21-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Tom Chaffin: The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy, September 30, 2008
  • James M. McPherson: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, October 7, 2008
  • Jeff Belanger: Who’s Haunting the White House?: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Joe Hilley: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, October 16, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 21, 2008
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 21, 2008
  • H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 2008
  • 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
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 12:14 AM

September 8, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

CHICAGO 1968:

Chicago 1968:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: 9/11

  • McCain, Obama Arrive for 9/11 Anniversary – NY Sun, 9-10-08
  • Gil Troy: 9/11 and the race for the White House – Jerusalem Post, 9-10-08
  • David McQuilkin on “Sept. 11 leaves confused legacy on college campuses”: David McQuilkin, a history and political science professor at Bridgewater, says the 9/11 attacks are no longer the major discussion topic that they once were in his classroom, and students rarely raise the issue. From his perspective as a historian, this is to be expected, because McQuilkin thinks 9/11 will not figure as prominently into the American story as the bombing of Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier. The difference, McQuilkin said, has been the response. After Pearl Harbor, America’s immediate, unified, sustained reaction saw the country through World War II and established it as a world power (this, at least, is the generally-accepted narrative). “We haven’t seen 9/11 reach that kind of visceral level within the American experience,” said McQuilkin. – Rocktown Weekly, VA, 9-11-08
HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 10/09/1349 – Jews who survived a massacre in Constance Germany are burned to death
  • 10/09/1547 – English demand Edward VI, 10, wed Mary Queen of Scots, 5
  • 10/09/1608 – John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Va
  • 10/09/1776 – George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
  • 10/09/1861 – -15] Battle at Cheat Mountain, Elkwater West Virginia
  • 10/09/1861 – Battle of Carnifex Ferry VA, 170 casualities
  • 10/09/1939 – In WW II, Canada declared war on Germany
  • 10/09/1940 – Buckingham Palace hit by German bomb
  • 10/09/1942 – RAF drops 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf
  • 10/09/1943 – German troops occupied Rome and took over the protection of Vatican City
  • 10/09/1993 – Israel and PLO sign joint recognition statements
  • 11/09/1557 – Catholic and Lutheran theology debated in Worm
  • 11/09/1649 – Massacre of Drogheda, Ireland, Oliver Cromwell kills 3,000 royalists
  • 11/09/1773 – Benjamin Franklin writes “There never was a good war or bad peace”
  • 11/09/1789 – Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of Treasury
  • 11/09/1940 – Buckingham Palace in London destroyed by German bombs
  • 11/09/1943 – Jewish ghettos of Minsk and Lida Belorussia liquidated
  • 11/09/1944 – FDR and Churchill meet in Canada at 2nd Quebec Conference
  • 12/09/1695 – NY Jews petition governor Dongan for religious liberties
  • 12/09/1862 – Battle of Harpers Ferry VA
  • 12/09/1953 – Sen John F Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24
  • 12/09/1958 – US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • 13/09/1556 – Charles V and Maria of Hungary march into Spain
  • 13/09/1663 – 1st serious slave conspiracy in colonial America (Virginia)
  • 13/09/1788 – NY City becomes 1st capital of US
  • 13/09/1847 – American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
  • 13/09/1861 – 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate “Colorado” sinks privateer “Judah” off Pensacola, Fla
  • 13/09/1906 – 1st airplane flight in Europe
  • 13/09/1943 – Chiang Kai-shek became president of China
  • 13/09/1948 – Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress
  • 13/09/1953 – Nikita Khrushchev appointed 1st secretary-general of USSR
  • 13/09/1993 – Israeli min of Foreign affairs Peres and PLO-Abu Mazen sign peace accord
  • 14/09/1862 – Federal troops escape from beleaguered Harpers Ferry West Virginia
  • 14/09/1872 – Britain pays US $15« M for damages during Civil War
  • 14/09/1917 – Provisional government of Russia forms, Republic proclaimed
  • 14/09/1940 – Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • 14/09/1948 – Ground breaking ceremony for UN world headquarters
  • 14/09/1948 – Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Mich 5th Dist Rep primary
  • 14/09/1983 – US House of Representatives votes, 416 to 0, in favor of a resolution condemning Russia for shooting down a Korean jetliner
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Suze Rotolo: ’61 Revisited A FREEWHEELIN’ TIME A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the SixtiesN”YT, 9-7-08
  • Suze Rotolo: A FREEWHEELIN’ TIME A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, First Chapter – N”YT, 9-7-08
  • Bob Woodward: A Leader Beyond Denial, as War Plans Flounder The War WithinNYT 9-6-08
  • Tom Fels: Tune in, Turn on, Sell Out FARM FRIENDS From the Late Sixties to the West Seventies and Beyond – – NYT, 9-7-08
  • Bob Woodward: Yes Men What happens when the president’s advisers don’t speak up. THE WAR WITHIN A Secret White House History 2006-2008WaPo, 9-7-08
  • Curtis Sittenfeld: Laura’s Story The author of “Prep” imagines a modest librarian becoming first lady of the United States. AMERICAN WIFEWaPo, 9-7-08
  • William Styron: 40 years later, how shall we think about the Confessions of Nat Turner? – Jess Row in the NYT Book Review, 9-7-08
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Insists in new book that Sherman’s March wasn’t as destructive as claimed – Christian Science Monitor, 9-4-08
  • Andrew Warnes: His new book argues that the great American barbecue smolders on the coals of genocidal racism – Andrew Leonard at Salon.com, 8-30-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS:

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • Gabor Boritt: College professor gives Bush tour of battlefield – The Evening Sun, PA, 9-6-08
  • Christopher Gennari: Digital camera digitizes historic papers – UPI, 9-10-08
  • Robert Forbes: Torrington professor leads project promoting local history “Locally Grown History – It’s In Your Backyard” – UConn Advance, CT, 9-5-08
  • Matthew Pinsker: Lincoln’s Home Away From The White House – NPR, 8-31-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Leonid Petrov on “Kim rumours provide a wake-up call”: For Leonid Petrov, North Korea historian at Australian National University, this tug of war over reforms is key to how North Koreans will respond to the demise of Kim Jong-il. He says the population was badly traumatised by the death of Kim Il-sung – partly because of the personality cult which surrounded him, but partly also because it heralded a period of intense isolation and impoverishment in which more than a million people may have died. Dr Petrov suggests any internal candidate able to preserve short-term stability would probably be more conservative than Kim Jong-il. But he warns against any such candidate attempting to roll back the economic reforms that have allowed North Koreans a little more room to make an independent living. – BBC News, 9-10-08
  • Niall Ferguson: Leading historian issues warning of a new cold war Global threat is from geopolitics, not the credit crunch: “I believe that Russia’s prime minister Vladimir Putin is about to have his Molotov-Ribbentrop moment. He’s going to realise that Moscow and Beijing can have a new and meaningful partnership…. The more Russia and China establish that they have common interests, which could include Iran, the more powerful the SCO is going to become. The strengthening of the SCO has profound implications. If the countries which belong to that organisation decide they are going to defy the rules of the World Trade Organisation, then a fundamental shift has occurred in the nature of our international order, and that would have implications for all of us. The real threat to globalisation today is not the subprime crisis. The real threats are geopolitical….” – Sunday Herald, UK, 9-6-08
  • Orlando Figes on “Why we should look to history for Russia’s future”: Figes, who is Professor of History at the University of London, said the clash in Georgia had been coming for a long time. “I’ve been saying for years that the Putinites believe and fear a sort of encirclement by American-backed regimes. This stand-off between Russia and Georgia is something that is being stacked up by both sides for political interests, and the Georgians have put themselves in the middle of this.” – The Age, Australia, 8-28-08
AWARDED / APPOINTED:

AWARDED, APPOINTED:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

EXHIBITS / WEBSITES:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
  • September 17, 2008: Princeton historian Barbara Oberg, general editor of “The Papers of Thomas Jefferson,” will deliver a Constitution Day lecture on “Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Princeton University – Princeton University, NJ, 9-10-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel’s original program: “When Weather Changed History”: Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. – When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel: “The Day the Towers Fell. ,” Thursday, September 11, @ 12pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon,” Thursday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Countdown to Ground Zero,” Thursday, September 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Day the Towers Fell: The Day the Towers Fell,” Thursday, September 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Man Who Predicted 9/11: The Man Who Predicted 9/11,” Thursday, September 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “102 Minutes that Changed America / Witness to 9/11,” Thursday, September 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nazi America: A Secret History,” Friday, September 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History,” Friday, September 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gangland: Death in Dixie,” Friday, September 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Days on Earth,” Saturday, September 13, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield Author: Kenneth Ackerman – Sunday September 14 @ 12:15 AM ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History How the States Got Their Shapes Author: Mark Stein – Sunday September 14 @ 2:30 AM ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960 Author: David Kyvig – Sunday September 14 @ 3:00 PM ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Earthquake in the Heartland,” Monday, September 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Monday, September 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #2 — (5 weeks on list) – 9-14-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #5 — (4 weeks on list) – 9-14-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #8 — (4 weeks on list) – 9-14-08
  • Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway: WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL #16 — (1 week on list) – 9-14-08
  • Thomas Frank: THE WRECKING CREW #10 — (4 weeks on list) – 9-14-08
  • Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway: WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL #16 — (1 week on list) – 9-14-08
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: SOUTHERN STORM #20 – 9-14-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #30 – 9-14-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • 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
  • Tom Chaffin: The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy, September 30, 2008
  • James M. McPherson: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, October 7, 2008
  • Jeff Belanger: Who’s Haunting the White House?: The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain’s Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Joe Hilley: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, October 16, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 21, 2008
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 21, 2008
  • H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 2008
  • 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
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
DEPARTED:

DEPARTED:

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 12:07 AM

September 1, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

MLK, JR: 45 YEARS:

Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a dream speech”: 45 years Later:

  • Recalling the “Dream” Speech, 45 Years On – WaPo, 8-28-08
  • Witnesses to Dream Speech See a New Hope – NYT, 8-28-08
  • Years Later, Lewis Watches History Being Made – WaPo, 8-28-08
  • Obama Readies for Historic Speech; From MLK ‘I Have a Dream’ to ‘Yes We Can’ First Black Major Party Nominee Speaks on Martin Luther King March Anniversary – ABC News, 8-28-08
CHICAGO 1968:

Chicago 1968: 40 years Later:

  • Convention of ’68 pivotal in U.S. history: The struggle framed the breakdown of both social order and political discourse in the 1960s, historian David Farber writes in his book, “Chicago ’68.” “Chicago ’68 was seen by almost all who participated in it and by most of those who watched it on TV as more than just another protest marked by violence, intolerance and excess,” he wrote. “Chicago ’68 marked a crisis in the nation’s political and cultural order.”…
    “The convention uncovered the polarization of America,” said Lendol Calder, an associate professor of history at Augustana College in Rock Island, who teaches a course on the 1960s. “It put it on television for everybody to see.” – Quad City Times, 8-27-08
  • Tom Wilson: 1968 Democratic Convention unforgettable – Galesburg Register-Mail, IL, 8-26-08
  • Essay: Norman Mailer’s Great American Meltdown – NYT, 8-24-08
  • Jeremi Suri on “Inouye’s 1968 speech was look at future”: Jeremi Suri, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the 1968 convention showed how much the Democratic Party, split by race and the Vietnam War, was changing. Inouye had endorsed Humphrey and was aligned with the establishment, but Suri said Inouye — as a symbol — did not represent the Democratic political machine or the majority of delegates inside the International Amphitheatre. “It didn’t tell people where the party was then. It told them where the party was going,” said Suri, author of the book “Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente,” which examined the 1960s. – Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
  • Michael Kazin on “Inouye’s 1968 speech was look at future”: Michael Kazin, a history professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was arrested at the Chicago protests, said Inouye’s speech did not have much impact on those outside the convention. “I don’t think he was all that visible,” he said. “Clearly, he was a symbol of a nonwhite Democrat who had been a war hero despite what had happened to Japanese-Americans during the war.” The bitterness over Humphrey’s nomination in 1968 led the party to give more weight to the primary system, Kazin said, and opened up the nomination process to politicians from outside the establishment like Jimmy Carter — a populist Georgia governor — in 1976 and Obama this year. “If you want to look at one event that made it quite public that the Democratic Party was not the same party which had won all these elections and really controlled the political dialogue, this is the event to look to,” said Kazin, the co-author of “America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s.” – Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: LBJ Centenniel

  • Robert Dallek: Legacy of LBJ endures 100 years after his birth – “Johnson was as strong a personality as we have had in the White House,” said historian Robert Dallek, author of a two-volume biography of Johnson. “As was said of Lincoln, his ambition was an engine that never ceased running.” – Seattle Post Intelliger, 8-26-08
  • Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial: “I want to remember him in his days of just undiluted glory,” says Caro, a Pulitzer Prize winner currently in the middle of his fourth and final Johnson volume, which will cover his vice presidency and presidency…. “You listen to the ones who were concerned with what Lyndon Johnson did on the domestic side, and you say, ‘There never was a surer touch. There never was more of an understanding of what exactly needed to be done to get this legislation passed,'” Caro says. “Then you turn to Vietnam, reading the minutes of the meetings, talking to people. You have a sense of a man who didn’t know what to do. … If I write this book correctly, that contrast will emerge.”…. “I see Barack Obama as the apex of the Lyndon Johnson legacy,” Caro believes, saying that his presumed nomination would not have been possible without the civil rights legislation that enabled millions of blacks to vote. “But you can’t talk about Iraq without talking about Vietnam,” he adds. “You can’t leave that out. His presidency did not end in triumph.” AP, 8-24-08
  • Michael Beschloss on “Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial”: “Every generation pays very close attention to the major controversies of the time and when Johnson left office, in 1969, Vietnam was still raging and a lot of Americans were furious at Johnson,” Beschloss says. “They weren’t thinking about a lot of things they had liked about him, like civil rights. And in 1969 people were not as aware as historians are now of the efforts he made to get the country out of the war.” – AP, 8-24-08
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HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 31/08/1850 – Calif pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 31/08/1864 – Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 31/08/1907 – England, Russia and France form Triple Entente
  • 31/08/1914 – Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
  • 31/08/1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
  • 31/08/1963 – “Hot line” between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
  • 01/09/0069 – Traditional date of destruction of Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1267 – Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1535 – French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal)
  • 01/09/1666 – Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed
  • 01/09/1752 – Liberty Bell arrives in Phila
  • 01/09/1807 – Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • 01/09/1836 – Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1849 – California Constitutional Convention held in Monterey
  • 01/09/1864 – 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro Georgia, about 3,000 casualties
  • 01/09/1864 – Battle of Petersburg VA
  • 01/09/1939 – WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
  • 01/09/1941 – Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1941 – Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1945 – Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 9/2 in Japan)
  • 01/09/1962 – UN announces Earth population has hit 3 billion
  • 02/09/1743 – England/Austria/Savoye-Sardinia sign Treaty of Worms
  • 02/09/1752 – Last Julian calender day in US and England (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • 02/09/1796 – Jews of the Netherlands are emancipated
  • 02/09/1870 – Napoleon III surrenders to Prussian armies
  • 02/09/1901 – VP Theodore Roosevelt advises, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”
  • 02/09/1944 – During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane
  • 02/09/1944 – Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz
  • 02/09/1945 – V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)
  • 02/09/1945 – Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France (National Day)
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Curtis Sittenfeld: First Lady, Second Version AMERICAN WIFENYT, 8-28-08
  • Curtis Sittenfeld: AMERICAN WIFE, First Chapter – NYT, 8-29-08
  • Fall Books Preview 2008 – WaPo, 8-31-08
  • Andrew J. Bacevich: Speaking Truth to a Superpower We consume too much . . . go to war too often . . . and don’t govern ourselves wisely enough THE LIMITS OF POWER The End of American ExceptionalismWaPo, 8-31-08
  • Phillip N. Raccine: Letters tell first-hand accounts of Southern life Gentlemen Merchants : A Charleston Family’s Odyssey, 1828-1870North Florida NewsDaily, FL, 8-25-08
  • Kristie Macrakis: Her new book exposes the amazing array of tricks used by Stasi to spy on people – Harvard Magazine, 7-1-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS :

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Stevenson’s 1952, Clinton’s 1992 Speeches Among Historian Favorites – NPR, 8-28-08
  • Q & A – DAVID WILLIAMS: Historian suggests Southerners defeated Confederacy Valdosta State professor pens Bitterly Divided: The South’s Inner Civil WarAtlanta Journal Constitution, 8-23-08
FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Rick Perlstein The Yippie Show How some media-savvy leftists inadvertently helped the right, and vice versa: In Nixonland, his insightful study of the period, the historian Rick Perlstein points out that Nixon “welcomed conflict that served him politically. A briefing paper came to the president’s desk in the middle of March instructing him to expect increased violence on college campuses that spring. ‘Good!’ he wrote across the face.” – Reason Online, 8-27-08
CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 4, 2008: Nautical Archaeologist and Historian David C. Switzer will speak at Portland Harbor Museum on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Switzer’s illustrated talk is entitled, “The Submarine O-9: Lost and Found in the Gulf of Maine in 1941.” – MaineToday.com, ME, 8-16-08
  • September 6, 2008: Morristown New Jersey Fall museum programs begin with spooky history – Dailyrecord.com, NJ, 8-16-08
  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel’s original program: “When Weather Changed History”: Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. – When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Saturday, August 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Boneless Horror,” Sunday, August 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tougher In Alaska,” Marathon Monday, September 1, @ 2-8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo,” Tuesday, September 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History: Colombia,” Tuesday, September 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History: Russia,” Tuesday, September 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: New York: Secret Societies,” Tuesday, September 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life After People,” Wednesday, September 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: Glacier Meltdown,” Wednesday, September 3, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond: Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond,” Wednesday, September 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: American Werewolf,” Wednesday, September 3, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Hunter Becomes Hunted,” Wednesday, September 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hillbilly: The Real Story,” Thursday, September 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tougher In Alaska: Extreme Isolation,” Friday, September 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Civil War Tech,” Friday, September 5, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire: The First Barbarian War,” Friday, August 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #1 — (4 weeks on list) – 9-7-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #6 — (3 weeks on list) – 9-7-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #14 — (5 weeks on list) – 9-7-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • 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
  • Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez: Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets’ Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War, (Paperback edition), Yale University Press, 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

Posted on Monday, September 1, 2008 at 12:59 AM

History Buzz: August 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.

August 25, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

  • Campaign 2008 Highlights: : A complete roundup of what Historians are saying about the campaign this week.
  • Sean Wilentz A Liberal’s Lament To win, Obama must convince the country that he is a man of substance, not just style. History suggests this won’t be easy: “But will Obama, amid the pulsating theatrics, also attempt the less glamorous and more difficult task of explaining specifically where he wants to move the country, and how he proposes to move it, above and beyond reciting his policy positions?” Wilentz asks. “History, as well as recent public-opinion polls, suggests that he badly needs to do so.” – Newsweek, 8-23-08
  • Laura McCall on “The first time around: A look at the 1908 DNC”: “Everybody in 1908 thought Denver was kind of a cow town,” said Denver historian Dr. Laura McCall. “Denver wanted to give an impression that it was sophisticated and had culture. I think there’s still something of an inferiority complex here that is totally undeserved.” – 9NEWS.com, CO, 8-25-08
CHICAGO 1968:

Chicago 1968: 40 years Later:

  • Essay: Norman Mailer’s Great American Meltdown – NYT, 8-24-08
  • Jeremi Suri on “Inouye’s 1968 speech was look at future”: Jeremi Suri, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the 1968 convention showed how much the Democratic Party, split by race and the Vietnam War, was changing. Inouye had endorsed Humphrey and was aligned with the establishment, but Suri said Inouye — as a symbol — did not represent the Democratic political machine or the majority of delegates inside the International Amphitheatre. “It didn’t tell people where the party was then. It told them where the party was going,” said Suri, author of the book “Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente,” which examined the 1960s. – Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
  • Michael Kazin on “Inouye’s 1968 speech was look at future”: Michael Kazin, a history professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was arrested at the Chicago protests, said Inouye’s speech did not have much impact on those outside the convention. “I don’t think he was all that visible,” he said. “Clearly, he was a symbol of a nonwhite Democrat who had been a war hero despite what had happened to Japanese-Americans during the war.” The bitterness over Humphrey’s nomination in 1968 led the party to give more weight to the primary system, Kazin said, and opened up the nomination process to politicians from outside the establishment like Jimmy Carter — a populist Georgia governor — in 1976 and Obama this year. “If you want to look at one event that made it quite public that the Democratic Party was not the same party which had won all these elections and really controlled the political dialogue, this is the event to look to,” said Kazin, the co-author of “America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s.” – Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: LBJ Centenniel

  • Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial: “I want to remember him in his days of just undiluted glory,” says Caro, a Pulitzer Prize winner currently in the middle of his fourth and final Johnson volume, which will cover his vice presidency and presidency…. “You listen to the ones who were concerned with what Lyndon Johnson did on the domestic side, and you say, ‘There never was a surer touch. There never was more of an understanding of what exactly needed to be done to get this legislation passed,'” Caro says. “Then you turn to Vietnam, reading the minutes of the meetings, talking to people. You have a sense of a man who didn’t know what to do. … If I write this book correctly, that contrast will emerge.”…. “I see Barack Obama as the apex of the Lyndon Johnson legacy,” Caro believes, saying that his presumed nomination would not have been possible without the civil rights legislation that enabled millions of blacks to vote. “But you can’t talk about Iraq without talking about Vietnam,” he adds. “You can’t leave that out. His presidency did not end in triumph.” AP, 8-24-08
  • Michael Beschloss on “Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial”: “Every generation pays very close attention to the major controversies of the time and when Johnson left office, in 1969, Vietnam was still raging and a lot of Americans were furious at Johnson,” Beschloss says. “They weren’t thinking about a lot of things they had liked about him, like civil rights. And in 1969 people were not as aware as historians are now of the efforts he made to get the country out of the war.” – AP, 8-24-08
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 25/08/1485 – Battle at Bosworth Fields: Henry Tudor beats king Richard III
  • 25/08/1609 – Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • 25/08/1718 – Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans was founded by French settlers and named after the Duke of Orleans.
  • 25/08/1768 – Capt James Cook departs from Plymouth with Endeavour to Pacific Ocean
  • 25/08/1814 – British forces destroy Library of Congress, containing 3,000 books
  • 25/08/1829 – Pres Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican govt refuses
  • 25/08/1862 – Secretary of War authorizes Gen Rufus Saxton to arm 5,000 slaves
  • 25/08/1915 – Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • 25/08/1944 – Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces.
  • 25/08/1945 – Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine
  • 26/08/1846 – W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (SF)
  • 26/08/1874 – 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
  • 26/08/1920 – 19th amendment passes-women’s suffrage granted
  • 26/08/1942 – 7,000 Jews are rounded up in Vichy-France
  • 26/08/1945 – Japanese diplomats board Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WW II
  • 26/08/1964 – LBJ nominated at Democratic convention in Atlantic City, NJ
  • 27/08/1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in US (Jamestown Virginia)
  • 27/08/1928 – Kellogg-Briand Pact, where 60 nations agree to outlaw war
  • 28/08/0476 – West Roman Empire formally disbands/emperor Romulus August ousted
  • 28/08/1565 – Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Fla, established
  • 28/08/1609 – Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay
  • 28/08/1655 – New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
  • 28/08/1862 – Battle of Groveton, VA (Manassas Plains) [->AUG 19] US7000 CS7000
  • 28/08/1862 – Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC
  • 28/08/1884 – 1st known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard SD
  • 28/08/1916 – Italy declares war against Germany during WW I
  • 28/08/1944 – Last German troops in Marseille surrendered and Toulon cleared
  • 28/08/1963 – Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” at Lincoln Memorial
  • 28/08/1968 – Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago’s Dem Nationall Convention
  • 28/08/2005 – Hurricane Katrina hammers the south eastern United States, especially New Orleans, Louisiana, and coastal Mississippi
  • 29/08/1640 – English King Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 29/08/1756 – England and France meet in war
  • 29/08/1786 – Shay’s Rebellion in Springfield, Mass
  • 29/08/1862 – Battle of Bull Run, VA (Manassas, Gainesville, Bristoe Station)
  • 29/08/1916 – US Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence
  • 29/08/1939 – Chaim Weizmann informs England that Palestine Jews will fight in WW II
  • 29/08/1944 – 15,000 American troops liberating Paris march down Champs Elysees
  • 29/08/1945 – Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan
  • 29/08/1957 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • 29/08/1968 – Democratics nominate Hubert H Humphrey for president (Chicago)
  • 30/08/1563 – Jewish community of Neutitschlin Moravia expelled
  • 30/08/1682 – William Penn left England to sail to New World
  • 30/08/1776 – US army evacuates Long Island/falls back to Manhattan, NYC
  • 30/08/1781 – French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in Revolutionary War
  • 30/08/1843 – 1st blacks participation in natl political convention (Liberty Party)
  • 30/08/1854 – John Fremont issues proclamation freeing slaves of Missouri rebels
  • 30/08/1862 – Battle of 2nd Manassas-Pope defeated by Lee-Battle of Richmond, KY
  • 30/08/1862 – Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 30/08/1862 – 2nd Battle of Bull Run – Confederates beat Union
  • 30/08/1945 – Gen MacArthur lands in Japan
  • 30/08/1967 – US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice
  • 31/08/1850 – Calif pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 31/08/1864 – Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 31/08/1907 – England, Russia and France form Triple Entente
  • 31/08/1914 – Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
  • 31/08/1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
  • 31/08/1963 – “Hot line” between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Phillip N. Raccine: Letters tell first-hand accounts of Southern life Gentlemen Merchants : A Charleston Family’s Odyssey, 1828-1870North Florida NewsDaily, FL, 8-25-08
  • Kenneth M. Pollack: War and Peace A PATH OUT OF THE DESERT A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle EastNYT, 8-24-08
  • Kenneth M. Pollack: A PATH OUT OF THE DESERT A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East, First Chapter – NYT, 8-24-08
  • Brenda Wineapple: Emily’s Tryst WHITE HEAT The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth HigginsonNYT, 8-24-08
  • Quil Lawrence: Friends in Unfriendly Places INVISIBLE NATION How the Kurds’ Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle EastNYT, 8-24-08
  • Tom Gjelten: Rum and Revolution How the Bacardi family mixed business and politics to build a liquor empire BACARDI AND THE LONG FIGHT FOR CUBA The Biography of a Cause WaPo, 8-24-08
  • Andrew Meier: Liquidated The grisly fate of a true believer THE LOST SPY An American in Stalin’s Secret ServiceWaPo, 8-24-08
  • Simon Baatz: Jonathan Yardley on ‘For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago’ This infamous crime was committed by teenagers, killing for kicks FOR THE THRILL OF IT Leopold, Loeb and the Murder That Shocked ChicagoWaPo, 8-24-08
  • Robert Dallek: Historian to offer short bio on Harry S Truman – St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8-19-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS :

BLOGS:

BLOGS:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

  • Dorothy West: House Proud in Historic Enclave – NYT, 8-18-08
QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Don Wright on “Panel reflects on Iraq transition”: “That was our job to make sense of,” said Don Wright, a historian at the Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, who co-authored the book. The book was not intended to place blame. “Explain what happened but let the reader decide,” Wright said. Download the book On Point II, Transition to the New CampaignLawrence Journal World, KS, 8-26-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

SPOTTED:

  • Dane Kennedy & Wm. Roger Lewis: Deliver lectures on decolonization at the Library of Congress – AHA Blog, 8-18-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: Interviewed by Bill Moyers – PBS, 8-15-08
CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 4, 2008: Nautical Archaeologist and Historian David C. Switzer will speak at Portland Harbor Museum on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Switzer’s illustrated talk is entitled, “The Submarine O-9: Lost and Found in the Gulf of Maine in 1941.” – MaineToday.com, ME, 8-16-08
  • September 6, 2008: Morristown New Jersey Fall museum programs begin with spooky history – Dailyrecord.com, NJ, 8-16-08
  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
ON TV:

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year – AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel: “Secret Access: Air Force One,” Monday, August 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Prehistoric Monsters Revealed,” Tuesday, August 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Ink,” Wednesday, August 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Deep Sea Killers TV14 ,” Wednesday, August 27, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “JFK: A Presidency Revealed,” Thursday, August 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1945-1977,” Thursday, August 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1977-Present,” Thursday, August 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem,” Friday, August 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Special: Katrina: American Catastrophe,” Friday, August 29, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Katrina,” Friday, August 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters: New Orleans,” Friday, August 29, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire: The First Barbarian War,” Friday, August 29, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #1 — (3 weeks on list) – 8-31-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #6 — (2 weeks on list) – 8-31-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #9 — (1 week on list) – 8-31-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #14 — (4 weeks on list) – 8-31-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • 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 Monday, August 25, 2008 at 9:14 PM

August 18, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….

  • 08-18-1564 – Spanish King Philip II joins Council of Trente
  • 08-18-1864 – Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad day 1 of 3 days
  • 08-18-1914 – Pres Wilson issues “Proclamation of Neutrality”
  • 18-08=1920 – Tennessee ratifies 19th Amendment, guarantees women voting right
  • 08-18-1958 – TV game show scandal investigation starts
  • 08-19-1561 – Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith Scotland to assume throne after spending 13 years in France
  • 08-19-1692 – 5 women executed for witchcraft in Salem Mass
  • 08-19-1698 – Russian czar Peter the Great begins term
  • 08-19-1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California
  • 08-19-1934 – Hitler elected Fuhrer (95.7% of German voters)
  • 08-19-1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 08-19-1942 – 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
  • 08-19-1955 – Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion $ damage storm (N.E. US)
  • 08-19-1958 – NAACP Youth Council begin sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters
  • 08-19-1960 – Sputnik 5 carries 2 dogs, 3 mice into orbit (later recovered alive)
  • 08-19-1965 – Auschwitz trials end with 6 life sentences
  • 08-19-1984 – Republican convention in Houston nominates Ronald Reagan for pres
  • 08-19-1988 – Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • 08-20-1619 – 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
  • 08-20-1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis
  • 08-20-1864 – 8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Va (about 3900 casualties)
  • 08-20-1865 – Pres Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Tx
  • 08-20-1866 – Pres Andrew Johnson formally declares Civil War over
  • 08-20-1896 – Dial telephone patented
  • 08-20-1910 – US supported opposition brings down Madriz in Nicaragua
  • 08-20-1918 – Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I
  • 08-20-1974 – Pres Gerald Ford, assumes office after Richard Nixon’s resignation
  • 08-21-1321 – 160 Jews of Chincon France, burned at stake
  • 08-21-1831 – Nat Turner slave revolt kills 55 (Southampton County, Virginia)
  • 08-21-1858 – 1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois)
  • 08-21-1863 – Raid at Lawrence KS by William Quantrill
  • 08-21-1864 – Battle of Summit Point, VA
  • 08-21-1945 – Pres Truman ends Lend-Lease program
  • 08-22-0565 – St Columba reported seeing monster in Loch Ness
  • 08-22-1138 – English defeated Scots at Cowton Moor Banners of various saints were carried into battle which led to being called Battle of the Standard
  • 08-22-1454 – Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
  • 08-22-1642 – Civil War in England began between Royalists and Parliament
  • 08-22-1654 – 1st Jewish immigrant to US, Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam
  • 08-22-1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
  • 08-22-1791 – Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
  • 08-22-1846 – US annexes New Mexico
  • 08-22-1902 – Pres Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car
  • 08-22-1945 – Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup
  • 08-22-1956 – Pres Eisenhower and VP Nixon renominated by Rep convention in SF
  • 08-22-1975 – Assassination attempt on president Gerald Ford
  • 08-23-1833 – Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed
  • 08-23-1850 – 1st national women’s rights convention convenes in Worcester Mass
  • 08-23-1866 – Treaty of Prague ends Austro-Prussian war
  • 08-23-1903 – 6th Zionist Congress, Theodor Herzl declares Jewish state
  • 08-23-1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I
  • 08-23-1939 – Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: East Europe divided between Hitler and Stalin
  • 08-23-1942 – Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffers bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
  • 08-23-1972 – Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
  • 08-23-1978 – Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 08-23-1990 – US begins call up of 46,000 reservists to the Persian Gulf
  • 08-24-0079 – Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 08-24-0410 – Rome overrun by Visigoths, symbolized fall of Western Roman Empire
  • 08-24-1349 – Jews
  • 08-24-1349 – 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
  • 08-24-1891 – Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera
  • 08-24-1936 – FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists and communists
  • 08-24-1949 – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) goes into effect
  • 08-24-1954 – Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 08-24-1991 – Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot: The ’60s: Once Upon an Optimistic Time THE LIBERAL HOUR Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960sNYT, 8-13-08
  • G. Calvin Mackenzie and Robert Weisbrot: THE LIBERAL HOUR Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s, First Chapter – NYT, 8-13-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: Book Attacking Obama Hopes to Repeat ’04 Anti-Kerry Feat The Obama NationNYT, 8-13-08
  • Jerome R. Corsi: The Obama Nation, First Chapter – NYT, 8-12-08
  • John Carlin: Entering the Scrum PLAYING THE ENEMY Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a NationNYT, 8-15-08
  • Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Washington? THE WRECKING CREW How Conservatives Rule NYT, 8-15-08
  • Eunice Pollack: University of North Texas lecturer’s encyclopedia explores Jews’ role in modern American history – Dallas Morning News, 8-2-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs:

PROFILED:

PROFILED:

INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEWS:

FEATURES:

FEATURES:

QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • James Whiteside on “Pain, progress follow 1968’s “silent gesture heard around the world””: “The ’68 Olympics were a tableau of the cultural and political stresses of the era,” said James Whiteside, a history professor at UC Denver. “The year 1968 was the year of the youth revolution.” – Denver Post, 8-17-08
  • Melvyn Goldstein on “After the Games, Tibet”: “The Dalai Lama has taken the kind of courageous step that great political leaders make at crucial turning points in history,” said Melvyn Goldstein, a prominent historian of modern Tibet and a professor at Case Western Reserve University. “After more than 20 years of stalemate, the Dalai Lama, at great risk to his standing in the West and among Tibetans in exile, has unilaterally sent Beijing a clear signal that he is now ready to accept the kind of difficult compromises that are needed to resolve the conflict. For the first time in decades, reconciliation is now genuinely possible.” – NYT, 8-14-08
HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

CALENDAR:

CALENDAR:

  • September 4, 2008: Nautical Archaeologist and Historian David C. Switzer will speak at Portland Harbor Museum on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Switzer’s illustrated talk is entitled, “The Submarine O-9: Lost and Found in the Gulf of Maine in 1941.” – MaineToday.com, ME, 8-16-08
  • September 6, 2008: Morristown New Jersey Fall museum programs begin with spooky history – Dailyrecord.com, NJ, 8-16-08
  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
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: History A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign Author: Edward Larson – Sunday, August 17 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: T-Rex Hunter,” Sunday, August 17, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Monday, August 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life After People,” Monday, August 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Samurai,” Tuesday, August 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Wednesday, August 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Bigfoot in New York,” Wednesday, August 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Bloodiest Battle,” Wednesday, August 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Dark Ages,” Thursday, August 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Barbarians: Vikings,” Friday, August 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Gangland: 06 – Kings of New York,” Friday, August 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Saturday, August 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Saturday, August 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #1 — (2 weeks on list) – 8-24-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #5 — (1 week on list) – 8-24-08
  • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #35 – 8-24-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • 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:

  • Obituaries Walter Hill Jr.: Scholar Opened Window Onto African American History – WaPo, 8-15-08
  • Dr. Peter J. Schmitt, longtime professor of history at Western Michigan University, died Aug. 6. He was 72 – WMU News, MI, 8-8-08

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 8:10 PM

August 4 & 11, 2008

CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES:

  • Some of the biggest names in the field of Western history filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to stop the National Park Service from building a proposed expansion to the visitor center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Jackson Hole Star Tribune, 8-2-08
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    On This Day in History….

  • 08-06-1787 – Constitutional Convention in Phila begans debate
  • 08-06-1806 – Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire
  • 08-06-1815 – US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli
  • 08-06-1945 – Hiroshima Peace Day-atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by “Enola Gay”
  • 08-06-1965 – LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks
  • 08-06-1990 – UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 08-07-1782 – George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
  • 08-07-1934 – US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down govt’s attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel “Ulysses”
  • 08-07-1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 08-07-1964 – US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
  • 08-07-1990 – Desert Shield begins – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
  • 08-08-1864 – Red Cross forms in Geneva
  • 08-08-1876 – Thomas Edison patents mimeograph
  • 08-08-1890 – Daughters of American Revolution organizes
  • 08-08-1945 – USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 08-08-1945 – US, USSR, England and France sign Treaty of London
  • 08-08-1945 – Pres Harry S Truman signs UN Charter
  • 08-08-1953 – US and South Korea initial a mutual security pact
  • 08-08-1968 – Republican convention in Miami Beach nominates Nixon for pres
  • 08-08-1973 – VP Spiro T Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are “damned lies” from govt contracts in Maryland. He vowed not to resign
  • 08-08-1974 – Pres Richard M Nixon announces he’ll resign his office 12PM Aug 9
  • 08-09-1638 – Jonas Bronck of Holland becomes 1st European settler in Bronx
  • 08-09-1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-09-1655 – Lord Protector Cromwell divides England into 11 districts
  • 08-09-1673 – Dutch recapture NY from English; regained by English in 1674
  • 08-09-1790 – Columbia returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st ship to carry US flag around the world
  • 08-09-1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  • 08-09-1848 – Barnburners (anti-slavery) party merges with Free Soil Party nominateing Martin Van Buren for president
  • 08-09-1941 – Winston Churchill reaches Newfoundland for 1st talk with FDR
  • 08-09-1974 – Richard Nixon resigns presidency, VP Gerald Ford becomes 38th pres
  • 08-10-0070 – “2nd Temple” of Jews is set aflame (approx)
  • 08-10-1497 – John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to “Asia”
  • 08-10-1831 – Former slave Nat Turner leads uprising against slavery
  • 08-10-1846 – Congress charters “nation’s attic,” Smithsonian Institution
  • 08-10-1941 – FDR and Churchill’s 2nd meeting at Placentia Newfoundland
  • 08-11-1924 – US presidential candidates make 1st film for bio-scoop news
  • 08-11-1941 – FDR and PM Winston Churchill sign Atlantic Charter
  • 08-12-1676 – 1st war between American colonists and Indians ends in New England
  • 08-12-1867 – Pres A Johnson defies Congress suspending Sec of War Edwin Stanton
  • 08-12-1898 – Hawaii formally annexed to US
  • 08-12-1898 – Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed
  • 08-12-1990 – Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
  • 08-12-1994 – Stephen G Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • 08-13-1608 – John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s 1st days submitted for publication
  • 08-13-1792 – Revolutionaries imprison French royals including Marie Antoinette
  • 08-13-1906 – Black soldiers raid Brownsville Texas
  • 08-13-1961 – Construction on Berlin Wall begins in East Germany (Dark day)
  • 08-14-1765 – Mass colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 08-14-1842 – Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 08-14-1862 – Lincoln receives 1st group of blacks to confer with US president
  • 08-14-1900 – 2,000 marines land to capture Beijing, ending Boxer rebellion
  • 08-14-1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • 08-14-1937 – China declares war on Japan
  • 08-14-1942 – Dwight D Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 08-14-1945 – V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II
  • 08-14-1973 – US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • 08-15-1534 – Ignatius of Loyola forms society of Jesus/Jesuits
  • 08-15-1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims
  • 08-15-1824 – Freed American slaves forms country of Liberia
  • 08-15-1867 – 2nd Reform Bill extends suffrage in England
  • 08-15-1870 – Transcontinental Railway actually completed in Colorado
  • 08-15-1944 – Operation Dragoon: Allied troops land in Provence
  • 08-15-1944 – Operation Anvil: Allies land on French Mediterranean sea coast
  • 08-15-1960 – UFO is sighted by 3 California patrolmen
  • 08-15-1969 – Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm)
  • 08-16-1777 – Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • 08-16-1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs President James Buchanan
  • 08-16-1861 – Pres Lincoln prohibits Union states from trading with Confederacy
  • 08-16-1863 – Emancipation Proclamation signed
  • 08-16-1961 – Martin L. King, Jr. protests for black voting right in Miami
  • 08-16-1969 – Woodstock rock festival begins in NY
  • 08-17-1590 – John White returns to Roanoke, VA and found no trace of colonist’s he had left there 3 yrs earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
  • 08-17-1808 – Napoleon asks King Louis for Holland brigade towards Spain
  • 08-17-1862 – Confederate troops under Kirby Smith enter Kentucky
  • 08-17-1870 – Mrs Esther Morris becomes 1st woman magistrate (South Pass, Wyoming)
  • 08-17-1903 – Joe Pulitzer donated $1 million to Columbia U and begins Pulitzer Prizes
  • 08-17-1915 – Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
  • 08-17-1948 – Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • 08-17-1961 – Building of Berlin Wall begins
  • 08-17-1969 – -18] Hurricane Camille, kills 256 in Miss and Louisiana
  • 08-17-1988 – Republicans nominate George Bush for president
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • ALAN BRINKLEY on Jane Mayer: Black Sites THE DARK SIDE The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals NYT, 8-3-08
  • Steven Heller: Designing Dictators IRON FISTS Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State NYT, 8-3-08
  • Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier: Era With No Name AMERICA BETWEEN THE WARS From 11/9 to 9/11: The Misunderstood Years Between the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Start of the War on TerrorNYT, 8-3-08
  • Ian Kershaw, Kevin P. Spicer: All for the Führer Two books raise troubling questions about the Nazis’ support from Germany’s populace and priests HITLER, THE GERMANS, AND THE FINAL SOLUTION, HITLER’S PRIESTS Catholic Clergy and National SocialismWaPo, 8-3-08
  • Mark Kurlansky: Sea of Despond THE LAST FISH TALE The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original TownWaPo, 8-3-08
  • Underwater War Machines – WaPo, 8-3-08
  • Eunice Pollack: UNT lecturer’s encyclopedia explores Jews’ role in modern American history – Dallas Morning News, 8-2-08
  • Jean Edward Smith: He’ll be writing a bio of Bush – NYT, 7-30-08
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  • David Cecelski: N&O History Columnist Writing Last Column – Raleigh Telegram, 8-1-08
  • 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
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  • Jim Farmer on “Battle over Confederate flag hits highways”: “It’s not going to go away,” says Jim Farmer, a history professor at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. “There is a subculture within the white Southern population, of which the SCV is the most visible voice, that feels besieged by modern culture in general, and they identify the Old South and Confederacy as a way of life and a period of time before the siege began to really hit the South.” – Christian Science Monitor,
  • David Brion Davis quoted on “Congress Endorses a Lie About Slavery” – Town Hall, DC, 7-31-08
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    • Matthew Connelly: Population control ‘ruthlessly coercive’: “The history of these policies is replete with examples of really grotesque human rights violations. Reproductive rights are the most basic human rights and too often family planning that artful phrase has meant planning other people’s families, particularly by aid foundations from wealthier nations in poorer countries.” – Canberra Times, 8-1-08
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    • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. – Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08
    • 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: History 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War Author: Benny Morris – Sunday, August 3 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: History Ditectives, PBS – Monday, August 4, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “Hippies,” Sunday, August 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Cannibal Dinosaur,” Sunday, August 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Dicoveries,” Marathon, Monday, August 4, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Mega-Structures of the Deep,” Monday, August 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Super Navies,” Monday, August 4, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “China’s First Emperor,” Monday, August 4, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest,” Marathon, Tuesday, August 5, @ 2-7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: Cannibal Dinosaur,” Tuesday, August 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Jurassic Fight Club: T-Rex Hunter,” Tuesday, August 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Targeted: Osama bin Laden,” Wednesday, August 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Vampires in America,” Wednesday, August 6, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon, Thursday, August 7, @ 2-10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The True Story of the Screaming Eagles: The 101st Airborne: The True Story of the Screaming Eagles: The 101st Airborne,” Friday, August 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Dogfights,” Marathon, Friday, August 8, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Chocolate,” Friday, August 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Secrets of the Forbidden City,” Saturday, August 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Ice Cream,” Saturday, August 9, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “China’s First Emperor,” Saturday, August 9, @ 9pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Roger Crowley: EMPIRES OF THE SEA #11 — (1 week on list) – 8-10-08
    • David Maraniss: ROME 1960 #21 – 8-10-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • 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, August 4, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    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
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    THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

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      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:

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    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:

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    • 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
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    • 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:

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      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
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    • 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:

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    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:

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    • 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.
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    BIGGEST STORIES: Quebec’s 400th

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    BIGGEST STORIES: American Voters

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      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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    BIGGEST STORIES: Independence Day

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      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
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    • 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
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    • 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:

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    • 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
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    • 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
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    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

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    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
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    FEATURES:

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

    History Buzz: June 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.

    June 23, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • NEW BLOG: : A complete roundup of what Historians are saying about the campaign this week.
    • Allan Lichtman: The (Non-Electoral) Case for the Obama-Clinton Ticket – Britannica Blog, 6-17-08
    • John Hope Franklin Calls Obama Success “Amazing” – NPR, 6-20-08
    BIGGEST STORIES:

    BIGGEST STORIES:

    • Allan R. Millett has been selected to receive the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The $100,000 honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, will be presented at the Library’s annual Liberty Gala on October 4, 2008 at Chicago’s Drake Hotel. – Pritzker Military Library, 6-23-08
    • Robert Dallek: Weighing Bush’s View of His Own Legacy – 6-17-08
    TOP YOUNG HISTORIANS:

    TOP YOUNG HISTORIANS:

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      On This Day in History….

    • 06-23-1611 – Henry Hudson set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery and never seen again
    • 06-23-1683 – William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty “not sworn to, nor broken”
    • 06-23-1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to US Congress
    • 06-23-1860 – Congress establishes Government Printing Office, US Secret Service created
    • 06-23-1888 – Frederick Douglass is 1st African-American nominated for president
    • 06-23-1919 – Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Assn (UNIA) incorporates
    • 06-23-1947 – Truman’s veto of Taft-Hartley Act overridden by congress
    • 06-23-1972 – Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
    • 06-24-1509 – Henry VIII was crowned king of England.
    • 06-24-1647 – Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body.
    • 06-24-1675 – King Philip’s War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement.
    • 06-24-1908 – The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, N.J.
    • 06-24-1947 – Kenneth Arnold, an American pilot, reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington. He described them as “saucers skipping across the water,” hence the term “flying saucers” was born.
    • 06-24-1948 – The Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces responded with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift flying in more than 2 million tons of supplies over the next year.
    • 06-24-1997 – The U.S. Air Force released The Roswell Report, closing the case on the 1947 Roswell, N.M. incident concerning UFOs and alien bodies.
    • 06-25-1788 – Virginia became the 10th state in the Union.
    • 06-25-1876 – Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana.
    • 06-25-1950 – Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
    • 06-25-1951 – The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.
    • 06-25-1991 – Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence from Yugoslavia, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war.
    • 06-26-1819 – The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson.
    • 06-26-1843 – Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.
    • 06-26-1906 – The first Grand Prix motor race was held in Le Mans, France.
    • 06-26-1959 – The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened
    • 06-26-1963 – President John Kennedy gave his, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech in West Berlin.
    • 06-26-1976 – The CN tower in Toronto opened, the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
    • 06-27-1844 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, Ill.
    • 06-27-1898 – Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport, R.I., a 46,000-mile trip.
    • 06-27-1950 – President Harry S. Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War.
    • 06-27-1954 – The world’s first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.
    • 06-27-1969 – Police and gays clashed at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, fostering the gay rights movement.
    • 06-27-1985 – The legendary Route 66, running from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif., was decertified, the victim of the Interstate Highway System.
    • 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.
    IN THE NEWS:

    IN THE NEWS:

    • Quentin Skinner: Historian claims prospects of a generation ‘blasted apart’ by PhD cuts – Telegraph, UK, 6-22-08
    • Kentucky Officials Charge Ohio Historian in Case of the Pilfered Rock – NYT, 6-20-08
    • Veteran Exam Reader Is Rejected for Not Having Enough Forms of ID WaPo, 6-19-08
    • Historians invited by Gordon Brown (himself a historian) to dinner in honor of Bush – Times (UK), 6-17-08
    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Richard Holbrooke on Michael Dobbs: Real W.M.D.’s ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear WarNYT, 6-22-08
    • Robert Whitaker: 12 Innocent Men ON THE LAPS OF GODS The Red Summer of 1919 and the Struggle for Justice That Remade a Nation NYT, 6-22-08
    • Edward Dolnick: The Lying Dutchman THE FORGER’S SPELL A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century NYT, 6-22-08
    • ‘Not My Fault’: Essay on Presidential Memoirs – NYT, 6-22-08
    • Pittsburg native Joel Rhodes, Ph.D., has a new book titled ‘A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck’ – Morning Sun, KS, 6-21-08
    • James G. Hershberg on Michael Dobbs: COLD WAR Tick Tock Toward Armageddon A gritty, suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear WarWaPo, 6-19-08
    • Michael Hastings, Kimberly Dozier: IRAQ | MEDIA Under Fire Three reporters recount the highs and lows of covering the war I LOST MY LOVE IN BAGHDAD A Modern War Story, BREATHING THE FIRE Fighting to Report — and Survive — the War in Iraq 6-19-08
    • Arthur Herman, Patrick J. Buchanan, John Lukacs, Robert Lloyd George: HISTORY Winston Churchill: Hero or Fool? New books argue that he should have let Hitler go — and India, too. GANDHI & CHURCHILL The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR” How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, BLOOD, TOIL, TEARS AND SWEAT The Dire Warning, DAVID & WINSTON How the Friendship Between Churchill and Lloyd George Changed the Course of History6-19-08
    • Rick Perlstein: The NY Sun can’t decide whether to be pro or con about his Nixonland book – HNN Staff, 6-19-08
    • Rick Perlstein & Sean Wilentz: Face-off over Nixon and Reagan (exchange) – Two powerhouse political historians battle it out in The New Republic, 6-19-08
    OP-EDs:

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    • Scott Romine: Walter Hines Page and his 1909 call for Southern reform – News Record (NC), 6-22-08
    • Michael Oren: Says the price of the ceasefire with Hamas may be war – WSJ, 6-19-08
    BLOGS:

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    PROFILED:

    PROFILED:

    • Vanessa Toulmin: Ride of a lifetime: From the fairground to a university career She was brought up on a fairground, and called a ‘gypsy’ and ‘tinker’ at school. Now Vanessa Toulmin is using her early experiences to forge a glittering academic career – Independent, UK, 6-22-08
    • Daniel Yakes: After 42 years, Muskegon Community College professor closing the book – The Muskegon Chronicle, 6-22-08
    • Demetrio Tupac Yupanqui: Scholar’s not-impossible dream: To preserve the language of the Incas – http://www.startribune.com, 6-14-08
    • Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Saul David, historian and broadcaster ‘At my school, 20 of us were cousins’ – Independent, UK, 6-11-08
    INTERVIEWS:

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    • Rivka Shpak-Lissak: Jewish Towns Populated by Arab Late-Comers: “The goal of all the rulers of the Holy Land, from the times of the Romans and onward, was always to rid the Land of the Jews,” she said. “Finally, they succeeded. Many Jews simply left the Land rather than convert to Islam.” – http://www.israelnationalnews.com, 6-16-08
    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

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    • June 24, 2008: Michael Dobbs will be online on the WaPo Tuesday, June 24 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss his new book about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro On the Brink of Nuclear WarWaPo, 6-19-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America’s Finest Hour Author: Andrei Cherny – Sunday, June 22 @ 8:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Yeltsin: A Life Author: Timothy Colton – Sunday, June 22 @ 10:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Age of Impeachment: American Constitutional Culture since 1960 Author: David Kyvig – Monday, June 23 @ 1:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy – from the Revolution to the War of 1812 Author: George Daughan – Monday, June 23 @ 4:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder and the Search for Justice in the American South Author: Gilbert King – Monday, June 23 @ 5:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience: Summer of Love PBS – Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “Surviving History: 01 – Surviving History,” Sunday, June 22, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Surviving History: 02 – Surviving History,” Sunday, June 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Breaking Vegas,” Monday, June 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Making a Buck”, Monday, June 23, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Silver Mines”, Monday, June 23, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Gold Mines”, Monday, June 23, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Lost Pyramid”, Monday, June 23, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Wake Island: The Alamo of the Pacific,” Tuesday, June 24, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine: Doolittle’s Daring Raid,” Tuesday, June 24, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries: Ancient Chinese Super Shipse,” Tuesday, June 24, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Antichrist,” Wednesday, June 25, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death,” Wednesday, June 25, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels: Da Vinci Tech,” Wednesday, June 25, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest: Ghosts,” Wednesday, June 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Andrew Jackson,” Thursday, June 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The States: 08 – Virginia, Ohio, Idaho, Alabama, North Dakota,” Thursday, June 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The States: 09 – Michigan, Tennessee, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota,” Thursday, June 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The States: 10 – Georgia, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Maryland/DC,” Thursday, June 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
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    • History Channel: “Surviving History: 02 – Surviving History,” Thursday, June 26, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “American Eats: History on a Bun,” Friday, June 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Life After People,” Saturday, June 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Lost Pyramid,” Saturday, June 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Quest for Dragons,” Saturday, June 28, @ 8pm ET/PT
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    • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #10 — (3 weeks on list) – 6-29-08
    • Thurston Clarke: THE LAST CAMPAIGN #16 (2 weeks on list) – 6-29-08
    • Ted Sorensen: COUNSELOR #23 – 6-29-08
    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #27 – 6-29-08
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    • Gerald M. Carbone: Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution, June 24, 2008
    • Contstance Aerson Clark: God or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age, June 28, 2008
    • 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
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    June 16, 2008

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    • 06-16-1487 – The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses.
    • 06-16-1858 – Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
    • 06-16-1904 – Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.
    • 06-16-1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
    • 06-16-1963 – Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space.
    • 06-16-1996 – Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff.
    • 06-16-2004 – The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.
    • 06-17-1775 – The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution.
    • 06-17-1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
    • 06-17-1928 – Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.
    • 06-17-1944 – The Republic of Iceland was established.
    • 06-17-1963 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.
    • 06-17-1972 – Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.
    • 06-17-1994 – O. J. Simpson’s slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest.
    • 06-18-1812 – The War of 1812 began.
    • 06-18-1815 – Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces.
    • 06-18-1873 – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
    • 06-18-1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
    • 06-18-1948 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly would give it final approval on Dec. 10, 1948.
    • 06-18-1983 – Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
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    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
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    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Birthplace of the American Ideal Authors: Kenneth Garrett; David McCullough – Sunday, June 15 @ 10:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Ted Sorensen author of “Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History” interviewed by Robert Schlesinger, author of “White House Ghosts” – Monday, June 16 @ 12:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Senator & the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland & Fannie Lou Hamer Author: Chris Myers Asch – Monday, June 16 @ 5:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience Eleanor Roosevelt PBS – Monday, June 16, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Monday, June 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “How Life Began”, Monday, June 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Tuesday, June 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Hillbilly: The Real Story,” Wednesday, June 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Thursday, June 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “How the Earth Was Made,” Saturday, June 21, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “How Life Began,” Saturday, June 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
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    • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #15 — (1 week on list) – 6-22-08
    • Thurston Clarke: THE LAST CAMPAIGN #16 (2 weeks on list) – 6-22-08
    • Ted Sorensen: COUNSELOR #18 – 6-22-08
    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #34 – 6-22-08
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    • Robert F. Dorr: Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht, June 15, 2008
    • Geoff Shepard: Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President: Inside the Real Watergate Conspiracy, June 17, 2008
    • Gerald M. Carbone: Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution, June 24, 2008
    • Contstance Aerson Clark: God or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age, June 28, 2008
    • 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
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    June 9, 2008

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    • 06-09-1898 – China agreed to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years.
    • 06-09-1973 – Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
    • 06-10-1801 – The Tripolitan War, between the United States and the Barbary States, began.
    • 06-10-1942 – The entire male population of the Czech village of Lidice was massacred in retaliation for the death of Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich.
    • 06-10-1946 – Italy replaced its monarchy with a republic.
    • 06-10-1967 – The Six-Day War between Israel and Syria, Egypt, and Jordan ended.
    • 06-10-1978 – Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.
    • 06-11-1509 – King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon.
    • 06-11-1770 – Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia .
    • 06-11-1919 – Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown.
    • 06-11-1963 – Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous “stand in the schoolhouse door.”
    • 06-11-1977 – Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crow
    • 06-11-1509 – King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon.
    • 06-11-1770 – Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia .
    • 06-11-1919 – Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to capture the Triple Crown.
    • 06-11-1963 – Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace’s famous “stand in the schoolhouse door.”
    • 06-11-1977 – Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown
    • 06-12-1880 – John Lee Richmond pitched baseball’s first perfect game. A perfect game occurs when no batter reaches a base during a complete game of at least nine innings.
    • 06-12-1898 – Emilio Aguinaldo, head of the Philippine nationalists, proclaimed independence from Spain.
    • 06-12-1939 – The Baseball Hall of Fame opened to the public in Cooperstown, New York.
    • 06-12-1942 – Anne Frank received a diary for her birthday.
    • 06-12-1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
    • 06-12-1997 – Interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series.
    • 06-13-1900 – The Boxer Rebellion began in China.
    • 06-13-1966 – The U.S. Supreme Court set forth in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must advise suspects of their rights upon taking them into custody.
    • 06-13-1967 – Thurgood Marshall was nominated to become the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court.
    • 06-13-1971 – The New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers.”
    • 06-13-1983 – The U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system.
    • 06-13-2000 – The first meeting between Pres. Kim Jong Il of North Korea and Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea occurred.
    • 06-14-1775 – The United States Army was founded.
    • 06-14-1777 – The Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the U.S.
    • 06-14-1922 – Warren Harding became the first president to be heard on the radio.
    • 06-14-1940 – German troops entered Paris. The Nazis opened the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
    • 06-14-1951 – The first commercial computer, Univac I, was unveiled.
    • 06-14-1954 – President Eisenhower signed the order inserting the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.
    • 06-14-1982 – Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the Falkland Islands.
    • 06-15-1215 – King John sealed the Magna Carta.
    • 06-15-1775 – George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army by the Second Continental Congress.
    • 06-15-1836 – Arkansas became the 25th state in the United States.
    • 06-15-1844 – Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization.
    • 06-15-1849 – James Polk, the 11th president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
    • 06-15-1923 – Lou Gehrig made his New York Yankee debut as a pinch runner.
    • 06-16-1487 – The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses.
    • 06-16-1858 – Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
    • 06-16-1904 – Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.
    • 06-16-1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
    • 06-16-1963 – Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space.
    • 06-16-1996 – Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff.
    • 06-16-2004 – The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.
    • 06-17-1775 – The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution.
    • 06-17-1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
    • 06-17-1928 – Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.
    • 06-17-1944 – The Republic of Iceland was established.
    • 06-17-1963 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord’s Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.
    • 06-17-1972 – Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.
    • 06-17-1994 – O. J. Simpson’s slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest.
    • 06-18-1812 – The War of 1812 began.
    • 06-18-1815 – Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces.
    • 06-18-1873 – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
    • 06-18-1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
    • 06-18-1948 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly would give it final approval on Dec. 10, 1948.
    • 06-18-1983 – Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
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    • Julian Zelizer on “Presidential Lies and Deceptions When spin crosses the line, the credibility gap is hard to repair”: Princeton historian Julian Zelizer says McClellan’s criticisms, coupled with the accusations of other former Bush advisers who have turned against their patron, “are extremely damaging to the institution of the presidency.” He says the next president will have to live with diminished credibility, which could harm his ability to inspire confidence and govern effectively. “If you want leadership,” says Zelizer, “you need trust.” – US News, 6-8-08
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    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
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    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Robert F. Kennedy and the Death of American Idealism Author: Joseph Palermo – Sunday, June 8 @ 8:30am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History The Senator & the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland & Fannie Lou Hamer Author: Chris Myers Asch – Sunday, June 8 @ 7:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World Author: Tony Horwitz – Sunday, June 8 @ 8:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience LAS VEGAS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY PART 2: AMERICAN MECCA PBS – Monday, June 9, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “The Universe :Beyond the Big Bang”, Monday, June 9, @ 9pm – 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Quest for the Lost Ark,” Tuesday, June 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest,” Tuesday, June 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters,” Tuesday, June 10, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Eighty Acres of Hell,” Wednesday, June 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :The Civil War: Antietam,” Wednesday, June 11, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz,” Wednesday, June 11, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Guns of the Civil War,” Wednesday, June 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The True Story of Charlie Wilson,” Thursday, June 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Dogfights :Tuskegee Airmen,” Friday, June 13, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The States,” Marathon, Saturday, June 15, @ 12-5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” Saturday, June 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :The Gunslingers,” Saturday, June 15, @ 11pm ET/PT
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    • Ted Sorensen: COUNSELOR #10 — (3 weeks on list)- 6-15-08
    • Patrick J. Buchanan: CHURCHILL, HITLER, AND “THE UNNECESSARY WAR,” #15 — (1 week on list)- 6-15-08
    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #19 – 6-15-08
    • Thurston Clarke: THE LAST CAMPAIGN #22 – 6-15-08
    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #27 – 6-15-08
    • Rick Perlstein: NIXONLAND #31 – 6-15-08
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    • Jim Lacey: Pershing, June 10, 2008
    • Robert F. Dorr: Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht, June 15, 2008
    • Geoff Shepard: Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President: Inside the Real Watergate Conspiracy, June 17, 2008
    • Gerald M. Carbone: Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution, June 24, 2008
    • Contstance Aerson Clark: God or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age, June 28, 2008
    • 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
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    June 2, 2008

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    • Thomas Whalen: Closing in on Democratic nomination (Interview) – NECN, MA, 6-2-08
    • Thurston Clarke on “Kennedy torch fires Obama’s passion Charismatic and inspiring politicians”: Mr. Obama and Kennedy campaigned at “a time of moral crisis” in the United States, says Thurston Clarke, author of The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days that Inspired America. “We have a similar situation with an unpopular war and a increasingly unpopular president,” he said. “The Kennedy campaign has given us an example, or even a template, of how a candidate should run for office at a time of national or moral crisis.” Kennedy did not make the mistake of focusing on the negative, Mr. Clarke says. The way Mr. Obama conducts his campaign — always rising above the fray, taking the high road when the Clintons take the low — shows he has learned his lessons well. “If you want to heal a morally wounded nation, you can’t run an immoral campaign,” he explained. “He has this sense that Kennedy had that it is important how he campaigns if he want to have a certain kind of presidency, if he wants to unite the nation…. Kennedy also projected an “aura of vulnerability” after his brother’s death, said Mr. Clarke. “Again and again, you have people saying he looked so alone that you just wanted to hug him. That’s not the case with Obama.” – National Post, 5-31-08
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    • 06-02-1886 – Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.
    • 06-02-1924 – Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
    • 06-02-1941 – Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
    • 06-02-1946 – In Italy, a plebiscite rejected the monarchy in favor of a republic. 1953
    • 06-02-1953 – Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
    • 06-03-1861 – Stephen Douglas, U.S. politician, died.
    • 06-03-1937 – The Duke of Windsor (formerly Edward VIII) married Wallis Simpson.
    • 06-03-1965 – Maj. Edward White became the first U.S. astronaut to walk in space, during the Gemini 4 mission.
    • 06-01-1989 – Chinese army troops head to Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations.
    • 06-04-1892 – The Sierra Club, led by John Muir, was incorporated in San Francisco.
    • 06-04-1896 – Henry Ford took his first car out for a test drive.
    • 06-04-1942 – The Battle of Midway, a decisive Allied victory in World War II, began.
    • 06-04-1944 – The U.S. Fifth Army entered Rome, leading to the liberation of the city during World War II.
    • 06-04-1989 – People’s Army of China opened fire on crowds of prodemocracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, killing thousands.
    • 06-05-1783 – Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier gave the first successful balloon flight demonstration.
    • 06-05-1884 – Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president with the words, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
    • 06-05-1933 – The United States went off the gold standard.
    • 06-05-1947 – Sen. George Marshall proposed a plan (Marshall Plan) to help Europe recover financially from the effects of World War II.
    • 06-05-1967 – The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began.
    • 06-05-1968 – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot by an assassin and died the next day.
    • 06-05-1981 – The Centers for Disease Control published the first report about the disease that would later become known as AIDS.
    • 06-05-2004 – Former president Ronald Reagan died.
    • 06-06-1934 – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was established to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets.
    • 06-06-1944 – Thousands of Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, on D-Day.
    • 06-06-1982 – Israel invaded Lebanon to drive out the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
    • 06-06-2001 – Vermont Republican Senator James Jeffords left the party to become an independent, handing control of the Senate back to the Democrats.
    • 06-06-2002 – President Bush proposed a new Cabinet department: The Department of Homeland Security.
    • 06-07-1494 – Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World between the two countries.
    • 06-07-1654 – Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
    • 06-07-1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress proposing a Declaration of Independence.
    • 06-07-1892 – Homer Plessy was arrested for his refusal to move from a whites-only seat on a train. This led to the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision.
    • 06-07-1929 – Vatican City became a sovereign state.
    • 06-07-1948 – President Eduard Beneš of Czechoslovakia resigned and the Communist takeover of the country was completed.
    • 06-08-0632 – The prophet Muhammad died.
    • 06-08-1845 – Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, died in Tennessee.
    • 06-08-1861 – Tennessee became the 11th and last state to secede from the Union.
    • 06-08-1968 – James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassin, was arrested.
    • 06-08-1982 – President Reagan became the first American president to address a joint session of Britain’s Parliament.
    • 06-08-2001 – Tony Blair and his Labour Party won a second term, overwhelming the opposition at the polls.
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    • Deborah E. Lipstadt on “Holocaust historians blast MFA stance in legal dispute Insist pressures of era led to Oskar Kokoschka’s painting “Two Nudes’s (Lovers)” sale”: “To suggest, at that period in Vienna, that there was no pressure is ridiculous. It’s ludicrous.” – Boston Globe, 5-28-08
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    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • PBS: American Experience LAS VEGAS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY PART 1: SIN CITY PBS – Monday, June 2, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • PBS: American Experience LAS VEGAS: AN UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY PART 2: AMERICAN MECCA PBS – Monday, June 9, 2008 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem”, Monday, June 2, @ 2pm – 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Monday, June 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo,” Tuesday, June 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Nazi America: A Secret History,” Wednesday, June 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Hippies,” Thursday, June 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “1968 with Tom Brokaw,” Thursday, June 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “10 Days to D-Day,” Friday, June 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “D-Day: The Lost Evidence : D-Day: The Lost Evidence,” Friday, June 6, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Investigating History :D-Day: The Secret Massacre,” Friday, June 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Ted Sorensen: COUNSELOR #9 — (2 weeks on list)- 6-8-08
    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #15 — (7 weeks on list)- 6-8-08
    • Tony Horwitz: A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE #19 – 6-8-08
    • Rick Perlstein: NIXONLAND #23 – 6-8-08
    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #27 – 6-8-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Michael Dobbs: One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, June 3, 2008
    • Yuan-Tsung Chen: Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China, June 3, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gavin Menzies: 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, June 3, 2008
    • Jim Lacey: Pershing, June 10, 2008
    • Robert F. Dorr: Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht, June 15, 2008
    • Geoff Shepard: Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President: Inside the Real Watergate Conspiracy, June 17, 2008
    • Gerald M. Carbone: Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution, June 24, 2008
    • Contstance Aerson Clark: God or Gorilla: Images of Evolution in the Jazz Age, June 28, 2008
    • 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
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    Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    History Buzz: May 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.

    May 26, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • David Greenberg: An Obama-Clinton ticket could work – Slate, 5-22-08
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      On This Day in History….

    • 05-26-1521 – Martin Luther’s writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
    • 05-26-1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by one vote.
    • 05-26-1940 – Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
    • 05-26-2003 – Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.
    • 05-27-1647 – The first recorded execution of a witch reportedly took place in Massachusetts when Achsah Young was hanged.
    • 05-27-1703 – St. Petersburg was founded by Czar Peter the Great.
    • 05-27-1936 – The Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.
    • 05-27-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened.
    • 05-27-1941 – British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.
    • 05-27-1996 – After a year and a half of bloodshed, Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with the leader of the Chechen rebels and negotiated a cease-fire.
    • 05-27-1999 – Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague for crimes against humanity.
    • 05-28-1754 – Lieutenant Colonel George Washington begins the Seven Years’ War
    • 05-28-1863 – Robert Gould Shaw, leading the first northern all-black regiment, leaves Boston for the Civil War.
    • 05-28-1918 – U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny
    • 05-28-1937 – Golden Gate Bridge opens
    • 05-28-1940 – Belgium surrenders unconditionally
    • 05-28-1969 – U.S. troops abandon “Hamburger Hill”
    • 05-28-1987 – Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old pilot from West Germany, landed his private plane in Moscow’s Red Square. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in a labor camp, but was released after just one.
    • 05-28-2003 – Pres. Bush signed a $350 billion tax cut into law; the third largest tax cut in U.S. history.
    • 05-29-1780 – Tarleton gives “quarter” in South Carolina
    • 05-28-1765 – Patrick Henry bitterly denounced the Stamp Act in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
    • 05-28-1790 – Rhode Island became the 13th state in the United States, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.
    • 05-29-1843 – Fremont begins his second western expedition
    • 05-29-1848 – Wisconsin became the 30th state in the United States.
    • 05-29-1864 – Union troops reach Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia
    • 05-29-1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues general amnesty for all Confederates
    • 05-29-1917 – John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.
    • 05-29-1942 – Jews in Paris are forced to sew a yellow star on their coats
    • 05-29-1942 – Bing Crosby recorded his version of “White Christmas.” It would go on to sell over 30 million copies.
    • 05-29-1988 – Reagan arrives in Moscow for summit talks
    • 05-29-1990 – Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the parliament.
    • 05-30-1431 – Joan of Arc was burned at the stake as a heretic.
    • 05-30-1536 – King Henry VIII of England married his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after he had his 2nd wife, Anne Boleyn executed.
    • 05-30-1806 – Patriot and future President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel
    • 05-30-1861 – Union troops occupy Grafton, Virginia
    • 05-30-1862 – Confederates evacuate Corinth, Mississippi
    • 05-30-1864 – Confederates attack at Bethesda Church, Virginia
    • 05-30-1922 – The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, was dedicated by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
    • 05-31-1775 – Mecklenburg Resolutions reject the power of the British in North Carolina
    • 05-31-1790 – The first U.S. Copyright Law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.
    • 05-31-1859 – Big Ben goes into operation in London
    • 05-31-1889 – Heavy rains caused the South Fork Dam to collapse, sending 20 million tons of water into Johnstown, Pa. Over 2,200 people were killed and the town was nearly destroyed.
    • 05-31-1911 – The hull of the Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, “Not even God himself could sink this ship.”
    • 05-31-1962 – Former Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel.
    • 05-31-2004 – Alberta Martin, 97, one of the last widows of a U.S. Civil War veteran, died. She had married Confederate veteran William Martin in 1927 when she was 21 and he was 81.
    • 06-01-1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state in the United States.
    • 06-01-1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state in the United States.
    • 06-01-1958 – General Charles De Gaulle became the premier of France.
    • 06-01-1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) debuted.
    IN THE NEWS:

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    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

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    • Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne Jr.: In Search of Buckley Through two new books, a view of William F. Buckley’s transideological conservatism FLYING HIGH Remembering Barry Goldwater, STRICTLY RIGHT William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative MovementNYT, 5-25-08
    • J. PETER SCOBLIC: Never Mind the ‘Neo’ J. Peter Scoblic asserts that conservatism – not neoconservatism – is the true impetus behind Bush foreign policy ‘U.S. vs. Them’ How a Half Century of Conservatism Has Undermined America’s SecurityNYT, 5-25-08
    • BONNIE YOCHELSON and DANIEL CZITROM: The Other Half A new look at the groundbreaking journalism and advocacy of Jacob Riis’ Rediscovering Jacob Riis’ Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New YorkNYT, 5-25-08
    • Ruth Brandon: Poor, Obscure, Plain and Little’ GOVERNESS The Lives and Times of the Real Jane EyresNYT, 5-25-08
    • Heather Cox Richardson on Walter A. McDougall: HISTORY | UNITED STATES The American Character A historian argues that self-deception is a constant in U.S. history The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877WaPo, 5-25-08
    • H.W. Brands on Matthew Parker, Adam Clymer: The Great Divide How the Panama Canal was carved out of a continent — and what it meant PANAMA FEVER The Epic Story of One of the Greatest Human Achievements of All Time — The Building of the Panama Canal, DRAWING THE LINE AT THE BIG DITCH The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right WaPo, 5-25-08
    • Ginger Strand: HISTORY An Unnatural Wonder The world’s largest waterfall is sublime and sullied, fake and beautifully real INVENTING NIAGARA Beauty, Power, and LiesWaPo, 5-25-08
    • Joseph Needham: The biography by Simon Winchester oversimplifies Chinese history – Jonathan Dresner at Froginawell.et, 5-21-08
    • Hugh Trevor-Roper: Eminent historian debunks Scottish history as largely fabrication – Times (UK), 5-18-08
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    • Smart as a Whip Can Indiana Jones teach kids about history? – Slate, 5-22-08
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    • Michael Gannon on “War e-mails offer immediacy, but sacrifice eloquence”: “Every new means of communication limits a historian’s ability to pull together the truth of a particular event,” said Michael Gannon, a retired University of Florida history professor who has written extensively about World War II. “And now with e-mail, we’re in a particularly precarious position.” – St Petersburg Times, 5-25-08
    • R .J. Q. Adams, a professor of history at Texas A.& M. University and an expert on Britain on “”: “It was one thing to redraw the lines of Europe. It was another thing to give up a piece of the empire. He would have drawn the line there.” – NYT, 5-25-08
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    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: Ronald Reagan: An American Hero Author: Nancy Reagan – Monday, May 25 @ 5:30pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation Authors: Peter Schuck; James Wilson – Monday, May 26 @ 8:30am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Dear First Lady: Letters to the White House Author: Dwight Young and Margaret Johnson – Monday, May 26 @ 6:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History 1776 Author: David McCullough – Monday, May 26 @ 6:30pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • History Channel: “Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest,” Sunday, May 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest”, Marathon, Monday, May 26, @ 2pm – 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Monday, May 26, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Clash of the Cavemen,” Monday, May 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth,” Tuesday, May 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :Lincoln Assassination,” Tuesday, May 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :The Civil War: Antietam,” Tuesday, May 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Wild West Tech :Vigilante Tech,” Tuesday, May 27, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Crucifixion,” Wednesday, May 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Lost Worlds,” Wednesday, May 28, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon,” Wednesday, May 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Behind The Da Vinci Code,” Wednesday, May 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Blood Diamonds,” Thursday, May 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ben Franklin,” Friday, May 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Revolution :06 – Forging an Army,” Friday, May 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Revolution :07 – Treason & Betrayal,” Friday, May 30, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Revolution :08 – The War Heads South,” Friday, May 30, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech,” Friday, May 30, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Shockwave,” Marathon, Saturday, May 31, @ 2pm – pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest,” Saturday, May 31, @ 5pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #11 — (6 weeks on list)- 6-1-08
    • Ted Sorensen: COUNSELOR #13 — (1 week on list)- 6-1-08
    • Tony Horwitz: A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE #18 – 6-1-08
    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #27 – 6-1-08
    • Rick Perlstein: NIXONLAND #29 – 6-1-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Thurston Clarke: The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and the 82 Days that Inspired America, May 27, 2008
    • Amity Shlaes: Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Reprint), May 27, 2008
    • Patrick J. Buchanan: Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Michael Dobbs: One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, June 3, 2008
    • Yuan-Tsung Chen: Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China, June 3, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gavin Menzies: 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, June 3, 2008
    • Robert F. Dorr: Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht, June 15, 2008
    • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
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    Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    May 19, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • Allan Lichtman on “Push for ‘dream team’ accelerates; Will Obama pick Clinton as running mate?” – “These are professionals – They know how to do this.” … “Why not?” asks Lichtman, who argues it would keep her in the limelight and set her up for a run in 2012 if Obama loses to Republican John McCain this fall, as long as the party doesn’t blame her. “What a wonderful message to have such an envelope-pushing ticket. It sends a signal that anyone can be part of the American dream.” – CanadianPress, 5-18-08
    • Stephen Hess on “Push for ‘dream team’ accelerates; Will Obama pick Clinton as running mate?” – “The first rule of picking a vice-president is do no harm. They make no difference anyway. Who actually votes for the vice-president?… “There are a lot of perfectly acceptable candidates for him. It’s not like he has to take her. And she brings Bill along. It’s just plain awkward. There’s no need to complicate things…. Could you really imagine a Democrat at this point losing New York or California?” – CanadianPress, 5-18-08
    • Professor L. Jacobs Knows Obama Better Than Anyone in Minnesota: “For squirrelly academics, this is a whole new ballgame. We’re used to being ignored and not recognized. There’s a much broader public awareness of elections and debates and discussion.” – Bloomberg, 5-15-08
    • Michael Beschloss on “Professor L. Jacobs Knows Obama Better Than Anyone in Minnesota”: “This is the year where it is very important for us to understand this process. It can only be a good thing that political scientists, who’ve spent their whole careers studying important aspects of it, are able to give us the benefit of their wisdom.” – Bloomberg, 5-15-08
    • Dorris Kearns Goodwin: “Professor L. Jacobs Knows Obama Better Than Anyone in Minnesota”: “There are moments in time when the echoes of the past really can serve to help.” – Bloomberg, 5-15-08
    • Zing! An Old Weapon Gathers Dust Today’s scripted and choreographed negative campaigns just aren’t in the same league as the let ‘er rip oratory of old – National Journal Magazine, 5-17-08
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      On This Day in History….

    • 05-19-1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was beheaded.
    • 05-19-1588 – The 130-ship-strong Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was defeated in August.
    • 05-19-1643 – The colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Harbor met to form the New England Confederation.
    • 05-19-1921 – Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.
    • 05-19-1935 – British author and soldier, T. E. Lawrence, also known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash.
    • 05-19-1962 – Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to president John F. Kennedy.
    • 05-19-1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises, went into effect.
    • 05-19-1994 – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York.
    • 05-20-1506 – Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
    • 05-20-1861 – North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
    • 05-20-1927 – Charles Lindbergh began the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, departing from Long Island aboard the Spirit of Saint Louis.
    • 05-20-1932 – Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
    • 05-20-1961 – A mob attacked a busload of “freedom riders” in Montgomery, Ala., setting the bus on fire.
    • 05-20-1996 – In a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court rejected a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.
    • 05-20-2002 – East Timor became the newest nation.
    • 05-21-1542 – Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold on the banks of the Mississippi River.
    • 05-21-1881 – Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.
    • 05-21-1927 – Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic (from New York to Paris) in his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis.
    • 05-21-1932 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (from Newfoundland to Ireland).
    • 05-21-1956 – The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
    • 05-21-1989 – In Hong Kong, approximately one million people took to the streets to show their support for students protesting for democratic reforms in China’s Tiananmen Square.
    • 05-22-1455 – The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans.
    • 05-22-1761 – The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.
    • 05-22-1849 – Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.
    • 05-22-1947 – Harry S. Truman’s Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of Communism.
    • 05-22-1972 – Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union.
    • 05-22-2003 – The UN Security Council approved a resolution lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq and supporting the U.S.-led administration in Iraq.
    • 05-23-1430 – Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.
    • 05-23-1788 – South Carolina became the 8th state in United States.
    • 05-23-1830 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.
    • 05-23-1873 – The North West Mounted Police force was formed in Canada. It would later be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    • 05-24-1911 – The New York Public Library, at the time the largest marble structure ever built in the United States, was dedicated by President Taft in New York City after 16 years of construction.
    • 05-24-1844 – Samuel Morse transmitted the first telegraph message, in which he asked, “What hath God wrought?”
    • 05-24-1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City, opened to traffic.
    • 05-24-2000 – Israeli troops pulled out of Lebanon after 18 consecutive years of occupation.
    • 05-24-2001 – Vermont senator James Jeffords quit the Republican Party and became an Independent, giving Democrats control of the Senate.
    • 05-25-1787 – The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia under the leadership of George Washington, in order to establish a new U.S. government.
    • 05-25-1925 – John Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution.
    • 05-25-1979 – The worst air disaster in U.S. history (excluding the Sept. 11 attacks) occurred when a DC-10 crashed at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, killing over 270 people.
    IN THE NEWS:

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    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

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    • DOUGLAS BRINKLEY on Sean Wilentz: The Long Shadow THE AGE OF REAGAN A History, 1974-2008NYT, 5-18-08
    • Robert Kagan: THE RETURN OF HISTORY AND THE END OF DREAMSNYT, 5-18-08
    • Paula J. Giddings: IDA: A SWORD AMONG LIONS Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against LynchingNYT, 5-18-08
    • Philip L. Fradkin: That Stegner Fellow Wallace Stegner and the American WestNYT, 5-18-08
    • Philip L. Fradkin: Wallace Stegner and the American West, First Chapter – NYT, 5-18-08
    • Gary Scharnhors: Locomotive in Petticoats KATE FIELD The Many Lives of a Nineteenth-Century American JournalistNYT, 5-18-08
    • Ted Widmer on Ted Sorensen: Kennedy’s Voice JFK and the glamour of words COUNSELOR A Life at the Edge of HistoryWaPo, 5-18-08
    • David Greenberg on Robert Schlesinger: Tribe of Scribes An account of the people who wrote the words that we remember as presidential WHITE HOUSE GHOSTS Presidents and Their Speechwriters WaPo, 5-16-08
    • Fergus M. Bordewich: Washington was built largely by slaves and con men WASHINGTON The Making of the American CapitalWaPo, 5-16-08
    • Jim Steinmeyer: A writer who challenged science with the world’s weirdness CHARLES FORT The Man Who Invented the Supernatural & THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED The Collected Works of Charles FortWaPo, 5-18-08
    • Peter S. Onuf: The Mind of Thomas JeffersonRed Orbit, 5-18-08
    • Germaine Greer: Says Shakespeare’s wife was smart and he loved her – Chronicle of Higher Ed, 5-16-08
    • Steven J. Keillor: The ‘other Keillor’ stirs the pot in latest history books – http://crookstontimes.com, 5-8-08
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    • Happy Birthday, Jeff Davis: Local celebration kicks off Saturday, May 24, 2008 – Vicksburg Post, 5-18-08
    • Upstate NY fort to commemorate anniversary of 1758 battle – AP, 5-17-08
    QUOTED:

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    • Ned C. Landsman on “Nearly Lost, 17th-Century Papers Are Restored”: From the native point of view, it has no more significance than any other ritual. It was not an absolute.” – NYT, 5-18-08
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    • May 21, 2008: The Appalachian Pathways Luncheon Series turns to politics with a May 21 luncheon program presented by Appalachian State University history professor Dr. Karl Campbell who will discuss his book “Senator Sam Ervin: The Last of the Founding Fathers.” – Appalachian State University, NC, 5-2-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: “Ladies of Liberty” by Cokie Roberts, interviewed by Pat Schroeder – Monday, May 19 @ 3:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • History Channel: “Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest,” Sunday, May 18, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Viking Underground,” Monday, May 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :10 – Beneath Vesuvius,” Monday, May 19, @ 3pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :A-Bomb Underground,” Monday, May 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :New York: Secret Societies,” Monday, May 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Katrina,” Monday, May 19, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Hillbilly: The Real Story,” Monday, May 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Tuesday, May 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked,” Tuesday, May 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :’80’s Tech,” Tuesday, May 20, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :90’s Tech,” Tuesday, May 20, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Dogfights of the Future,” Tuesday, May 20, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible II,” Wednesday, May 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Buffalo Blizzard: Seige and Survival,” Wednesday, May 21, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Blizzards: Whiteout!,” Wednesday, May 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Snowbound: The Curse of the Sierra,” Wednesday, May 21, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Dark Ages,” Thursday, May 22, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Vandals,” Thursday, May 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Barbarians II :Saxons,” Thursday, May 22, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The True Story of the Screaming Eagles: The 101st Airborne,” Friday, May 23, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History of the Joke,” Saturday, May 24, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Quest for the Lost Ark,” Saturday, May 24, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Underground Apocalypse,” Saturday, May 24, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Maya Underground,” Saturday, May 24, @ 11pm ET/PT
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    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #6 — (4 weeks on list)- 5-25-08
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    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #15 — (2 week on list)- 5-25-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Daniel Mark Epstein: The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage, May 20, 2008
    • James Rosen: Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate, May 20, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and the 82 Days that Inspired America, May 27, 2008
    • Amity Shlaes: Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (Reprint), May 27, 2008
    • Patrick J. Buchanan: Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Michael Dobbs: One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War, June 3, 2008
    • Yuan-Tsung Chen: Return to the Middle Kingdom: One Family, Three Revolutionaries, and the Birth of Modern China, June 3, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gavin Menzies: 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance, June 3, 2008
    • Robert F. Dorr: Hell Hawks!: The Untold Story of the American Fliers Who Savaged Hitler’s Wehrmacht, June 15, 2008
    • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
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    Posted on Monday, May 19, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    May 12, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • Allan Lichtman: Obama shifts sights to McCain and the general election – Christian Science Monitor, 5-12-08
    • Julian Zelizer on “What went wrong for Clinton?”: “The Obama campaign was strategically shrewd. They saw how the caucus system worked and they saw how this proportional voting system worked, where they could lose (a state) and still win delegates…. If you took away the caucuses, she would have won. It’s very puzzling.” – AFP, 5-9-08
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      On This Day in History….

    • 05-12-1870 – Manitoba became a province of Canada.
    • 05-12-1932 – The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s kidnapped baby was found.
    • 05-12-1937 – Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
    • 05-12-1949 – The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.
    • 05-12-1970 – Harry A. Blackmun was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
    • 05-12-2002 – Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
    • 05-13-1568 – Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside and immediately fled to North England.
    • 05-13-1846 – The United States formally declared war on Mexico after several days of fighting.
    • 05-13-1938 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans’s jazz classic, When the Saints Go Marching In, on Decca Records.
    • 05-13-1940 – Winston Churchill gave his first speech as prime minister: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
    • 05-13-1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Agca as he drove through a crowd in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.
    • 05-14-1796 – Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps.
    • 05-14-1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.
    • 05-14-1904 – The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.
    • 05-14-1948 – British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces.
    • 05-14-1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries. It finally dissolved in 1991.
    • 05-14-1973 – Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched into orbit.
    • 05-15-1862 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture was created by an act of Congress.
    • 05-15-1911 – The Standard Oil Company, headed by John D. Rockefeller, was ordered dissolved by the Supreme Court, under the Sherman Antitrust Act.
    • 05-15-1918 – The first air mail route in the U.S. was established between New York and Washington, DC, with a stop at Philadelphia.
    • 05-15-1972 – Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and crippled as he campaigned for the presidency.
    • 05-15-1988 – The Soviet Union began to withdraw its estimated 115,000 troops from Afghanistan.
    • 05-16-1770 – Marie Antoinette married the future King Louis XVI of France.
    • 05-16-1868 – The first ballot on one of 11 articles of impeachment in the U.S. Senate failed to convict President Andrew Johnson.
    • 05-16-1929 – The first Academy Awards were given on this night. The term, Oscars, was not used to describe the statuettes given to actors and actresses until 1931.
    • 05-16-1991 – Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
    • 05-16-1997 – President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire ended 32 years of autocratic rule when rebel forces led by Laurent Kabila expelled him from the country.
    • 05-17-1792 – The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
    • 05-17-1875 – The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
    • 05-17-1954 – The Supreme Court ruled unanimously against segregation in schools in Brown v. Board of Education.
    • 05-17-1973 – Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
    • 05-17-1987 – An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors and wounding 62.
    • 05-17-1997 – Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
    IN THE NEWS:

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    • Rick Perlstein: Bring Us Apart NIXONLAND The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.NYT, 5-11-08
    • Rick Perlstein: NIXONLAND The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, First Chapter – NYT, 5-11-08
    • Up Front, Rick Perlstein: NIXONLAND The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of AmericaNYT, 5-11-08
    • Cokie Roberts: AMERICAN HISTORY Power Behind the Throne Cokie Roberts describes a time when women in high places practiced dinner-table diplomacy LADIES OF LIBERTY The Women Who Shaped Our Nation WaPo, 5-11-08
    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, First Chapter – WaPo, 5-11-08
    • Alan Taylor: Historian roasts journalist Richard Kluger for mistakes in a new book Seizing Destiny: How America Grew from Sea to Shining SeaAlan Taylor in the New Republic, 5-7-08
    • Jonathan Spence: Highlighted by NYT editors as serious China scholar – NYT Book Review, 5-4-08
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    • Doug Wead, a former aide to President George H.W. Bush and author of a book on presidents’ kin on “Bush’s Daughter Says ‘I Do’ at Ranch”: “I know the president and I know the family and I think they pulled it off. What I mean when I say ‘pulled it off’ is that they were successful in keeping it a private event.” – AP, 5-11-08
    • Sean Wilentz on “Bob Dylan’s ‘girl on the album cover’ paints a portrait of folk revival years”: “People will always identify Suze as the girl on the album cover, and she’s lived with this since 1963, but that’s not the reason to read her book. She evokes a time and place out of which a good deal of contemporary American culture sprang. It was a time of great freedom, when people were figuring out what they want to be, but freedom is scary.” – LAT, 5-9-08
    • Margaret MacMillan on Things not to learn from history: “It’s a funny thing. In many ways, people know less and less about the past. But the political leaders say, ‘History tells us we must do this.’ So we really do need a good understanding of history to know that Iraq is not exactly like Germany in the 1930s.” – Source: Toronto Star (5-3-08)
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    • May 21, 2008: The Appalachian Pathways Luncheon Series turns to politics with a May 21 luncheon program presented by Appalachian State University history professor Dr. Karl Campbell who will discuss his book “Senator Sam Ervin: The Last of the Founding Fathers.” – Appalachian State University, NC, 5-2-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Panel Discussion on the political career of Melvin Laird with Dale Van Atta, author of “With Honor,” Jeremi Suri, author of “Henry Kissinger and the American Century,” and George Herring author of “America’s Longest War” Authors: George Herring; Jeremi Suri; Dale Van Atta – Sunday, May 11 @ 4:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union Authors: Paul Kendrick; Stephen Kendrick – Monday, May 12 @ 4:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century Author: David Reynolds – Monday, May 12 @ 11:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • History Channel: “Tougher In Alaska :Gold Mining,” Sunday, May 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Clash of the Cavemen,” Sunday, May 11, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Engineering Disasters,” Monday, May 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Prophecies from Below,” Monday, May 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Targeted :Osama bin Laden,” Tuesday, May 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: ” Declassified :The Taliban,” Tuesday, May 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Wednesday, May 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire,” Wednesday, May 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest :America’s Loch Ness Monster,” Wednesday, May 14, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Loch Ness: Great Monster Mystery,” Wednesday, May 14, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Plague,” Thursday, May 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Ancient Computer?,” Thursday, May 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Galen, Doctor to the Gladiators,” Thursday, May 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Heron of Alexandria,” Thursday, May 15, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold,” Thursday, May 15, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Ancient Discoveries :Ancient New York,” Thursday, May 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Devil’s Island: Hell on Earth,” Thursday, May 15, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Samurai,” Friday, May 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Comanche Warriors,” Friday, May 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Clash of the Cavemen,” Saturday, May 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Last Days on Earth,” Saturday, May 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

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    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #6 — (4 weeks on list)- 5-18-08
    • Kenneth C. Davis: AMERICA’S HIDDEN HISTORY #13 — (1 week on list)- 5-18-08
    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #35 – 5-18-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
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    • D. T. Whiteside: Historian of mathematics whose prodigious work on Newton’s papers astonished the scholarly world (Obit.) – Independent (UK), 5-3-08

    Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    May 5, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • William Chafe on “What a way to choose”: “Questions of character and personality … matter so much, because they are the ultimate decision points for most Americans.” – News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
    • Glenda Gilmore on “What a way to choose”: “Elections are like picking a pig in a poke. We can never know what crisis a president will face, so we focus on character as a way of trying to predict their behavior…. People would rather vote for the skunk they know.” – News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
    • Robert Dallek on “First Lady Fine Line Clinton’s Working to Claim Credit for Prosperity Without Shouldering Blame for Errors”: “Robert Dallek, a historian who supports Obama, said voters would base their decision more on what the presidential candidates are saying today than their past experiences. “Nobody thinks of the first lady as having huge responsibility for major decisions on foreign policy or domestic policy…. She has had tremendous visibility, people know her name, and that gave her a real leg up, a fast start.” – The Washington Independent, 5-4-08
    • Myra Gutin on “First Lady Fine Line Clinton’s Working to Claim Credit for Prosperity Without Shouldering Blame for Errors”: “Part of what many of us are feeling with regard to her time as first lady and her claims of experience have to do with the ambiguous nature of being first lady. “There’s no job description, and most first ladies carve out their own niche. In Hillary’s case, that was quite a niche… I don’t know why she didn’t focus on her experience as a senator. She has been a very good senator. I would have said, just go with that, rather than get involved with all of the stuff as first lady.”- The Washington Independent, 5-4-08
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    On This Day in History….

    • 05-05-1809 – Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
    • 05-05-1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
    • 05-05-1891 – Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
    • 05-05-1925 – John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
    • 05-05-1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
    • 05-05-2004 – Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.
    • 05-06-1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act over President Chester A. Arthur’s veto.
    • 05-06-1889 – The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower.
    • 05-06-1937 – The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.
    • 05-06-1941 – Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
    • 05-06-1999 – Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.
    • 05-07-1915 – The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
    • 05-07-1945 – Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies in Rheims, France.
    • 05-07-1954 – The 56-day-long battle of Dienbienphu ended with Ho Chi Minh’s forces defeating the French, signaling the end of French power in Indochina.
    • 05-07-1992 – The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting mid-term Congressional pay raises, was ratified.
    • 05-08-1794 – Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.
    • 05-08-1902 – Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, destroying the town of St. Pierre, and killing 40,000 people.
    • 05-08-1945 – V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
    • 05-09-1914 – Mother’s Day became a public holiday.
    • 05-09-1926 – Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.
    • 05-09-1936 – Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.
    • 05-09-1994 – The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
    • 05-09-2004 – Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.
    • 05-10-1775 – Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
    • 05-10-1863 – Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops.
    • 05-10-1869 – The United States’ first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Point, Utah.
    • 05-10-1924 – J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
    • 05-10-1940 – Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.
    • 05-10-1994 – Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
    • 05-11-1858 – Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States.
    • 05-11-1894 – The Pullman Strike began.
    • 05-11-1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.
    • 05-11-1960 – Israeli agents captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
    • 05-11-1973 – Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the Pentagon Papers case were dismissed.
    • 05-11-2003 – 91% of Lithuanian voters opted to join the European Union—the first former Soviet nation to do so.
    IN THE NEWS:

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    • Lou Cannon on William F. Buckley Jr., John W. Dean and Barry M. Goldwater Jr.: COVER REVIEW | POLITICS Goldwater Revisited The conservative icon wanted government out of the boardroom — and the bedroom. FLYING HIGH Remembering Barry Goldwater, PURE GOLDWATERWaPo, 5-4-08
    • Rick Perlstein on Mickey Edwards: POLITICS Gone Astray Republicans took power and let go of their principles, a stalwart conservative argues. RECLAIMING CONSERVATISM How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost — And How It Can Find Its Way Back WaPo, 5-4-08
    • Kevin Phillips on Sean Wilentz: THE AGE OF REAGAN A History, 1974-2008 – WaPo, 5-4-08
    • Benny Morris: Endless War 1948 A History of the First Arab-Israeli WarNYT, 5-4-08
    • Tony Horwitz: In Love With the History Our Teachers Never Told Us A Voyage Long and StrangeNYT, 4-30-08
    • Luc van Dongen: Historian exposes secret wartime refugees – http://www.swissinfo.ch, 4-23-08
    • Howard Zinn: Now he’s got a comic book – http://www.mediabistro.com, 4-30-08
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    • Veronica Buckley: Biographer fooled by 1998 work of French academic – Guardian, 4-29-08
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    • H. W. Brands on “What a way to choose”: “In those first days, he astonished people by his intuitive grasp of what the nation needed emotionally,” said Brands, whose biography of FDR is to be published in the fall. “What made him a great president was not his mastery of issues but his unexpected ability to connect with people.” – News & Oberserver, NC, 5-4-08
    • Killings of Armenians in Ottoman Empire ‘genocide,’ says American historian – Turkish Daily News, 4-25-08
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    • May 21, 2008: The Appalachian Pathways Luncheon Series turns to politics with a May 21 luncheon program presented by Appalachian State University history professor Dr. Karl Campbell who will discuss his book “Senator Sam Ervin: The Last of the Founding Fathers.” – Appalachian State University, NC, 5-2-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton – The White House Years Author: Sally Bedell Smith – Monday, May 5 @ 4:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President Author: Lincoln Chafee – Monday, May 5 @ 6:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics Women for President: Media Bias in Eight Campaigns Author: Erika Falk – Monday, May 5 @ 7:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • History Channel: “The Lincoln Assassination,” Monday, May 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Secret Soviet Bases,” Monday, May 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :08 – New York,” Monday, May 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake,” Tuesday, May 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :Yellowstone Eruption,” Tuesday, May 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :West Coast Tsunami,” Tuesday, May 6, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Stalking Jihad,” Wednesday, May 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America,” Thursday, May 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory” Thursday, May 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates,” Friday, May 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Friday, May 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces,” Saturday, May 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Dogfights of the Future,” Saturday, May 10, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Saturday, May 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

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    • Cokie Roberts: LADIES OF LIBERTY #4 — (3 week on list)- 5-11-08
    • Philip Bobbitt: TERROR AND CONSENT #35 – 5-11-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    DEPARTED:

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    • Charles Tilly: 78, Writer and a Social Scientist, Is Dead – NYT, 5-2-08
    • William W. Warner, Chesapeake Bay Author, Dies at 88 – NYT, 4-30-08

    Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    History Buzz: April 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.

    April 21-28, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
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    • 04-28-1788 – Maryland became the 7th state in the United States.
    • 04-28-1789 – Fletcher Christian led the mutiny aboard the British ship Bounty against Captain William Bligh.
    • 04-28-1945 – Benito Mussolini was executed.
    • 04-28-2004 – The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal first comes to light when graphic photos of U.S. soldiers physically abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners were shown on CBS’s 60 Minutes II.
    • 04-29-1429 – Joan of Arc entered the city of Orléans. She would end its months-long siege and would become known as the “Maid of Orléans.”
    • 04-29-1916 – The Easter rebellion in Ireland ended with the surrender of Irish nationalists.
    • 04-29-1945 – American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration cam
    • 04-29-1992 – A Los Angeles jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Massive rioting and looting ensued.
    • 04-30-1803 – France sold Louisiana and adjoining lands to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
    • 04-30-1812 – Louisiana became the 18th state in the United States.
    • 04-30-1939 – U.S. commercial television made its official debut at the New York World’s Fair.The signal was transmitted from the Empire State Building.
    • 04-30-1945 – Adolf Hitler and his newly married mistress Eva Braun committed suicide.
    • 04-30-1975 – The Vietnam War ended with South Vietnam’s surrender to North Vietnam.
    • 04-30-2003 – Libya accepted responsibility for the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
    • 05-01-1707 – The Act of Union joined England and Scotland to form Great Britain.
    • 05-01-1931 – The Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 102 stories, it would be the world’s tallest building for the next 41 years.
    • 05-01-1941 – Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, considered by many the greatest film ever made, premiered in New York.
    • 05-01-1948 – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established with Kim Il Sung as president.
    • 05-01-1960 – The Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 reconnaissance plane over Soviet territory.
    • 05-01-2003 – President Bush made a speech aboard an aircraft carrier proclaiming “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.”
    • 05-02-1945 – The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin.
    • 05-02-1955 – Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
    • 05-02-1994 – Nelson Mandela was victorious in South Africa’s first multiracial election.
    • 05-02-1997 – The Labour Party’s Tony Blair became Prime Minister of Britain, ending 18 years of conservative rule. At 44, he was the youngest prime minister in 185 years.
    • 05-03-1937 – Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind.
    • 05-03-1948 – The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property.
    • 05-03-1979 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected prime minister of England.
    • 05-03-2001 – The United States, a member of the UN Human Rights Commission since its inception, lost its seat. It would be restored the following year.
    • 05-04-1626 – Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons.
    • 05-04-1886 – The Haymarket Square riot broke out as a result of a labor demonstration.
    • 05-04-1932 – Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.
    • 05-04-1961 – Civil rights activists, called “freedom riders,” left Washington, DC for New Orleans.
    • 05-04-1970 – Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
    • 05-04-1998 – The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, was sentenced to four life terms plus 30 years for his series of bombings that killed three and injured 23.
    • 05-05-1809 – Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
    • 05-05-1821 – Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
    • 05-05-1891 – Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
    • 05-05-1925 – John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
    • 05-05-1961 – Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
    • 05-05-2004 – Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.
    IN THE NEWS:

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    • Carol Felsenthal: Books of The Times After Life in White House, No Place Feels Like Home CLINTON IN EXILE A President Out of the White HouseNYT, 4-28-08
    • Jonathan Rieder: Talking the Talk THE WORD OF THE LORD IS UPON ME The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.NYT, 4-27-08
    • Don Jordan and Michael Walsh: Master and Servant WHITE CARGO The Forgotten History of Britain’s White Slaves in AmericaNYT, 4-27-08
    • Joseph E. Persico: The women who made a man out of FDR Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His LifeWaPo, 4-27-08
    • W. Patrick McCray: Writes a history of “moonwatchers” – Press Release, 4-22-08
    • Gerard J. DeGroot: His new book questions whether the era of the 60s was marvelous or misguided – Jay Parini at the website of the Chronicle of Higher Ed, 4-25-08
    • Joseph E. Persico: Says FDR’s affair with Lucy Mercer never ended apparently No End of the Affair Franklin & Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His LifeNYT, 4-20-08
    • Tony Judt: Through the Past, Darkly REAPPRAISALS Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth CenturyNYT, 4-20-08
    • Max Hastings: HISTORY | WORLD WAR II Debating Hiroshima and Nagasaki A British historian argues that the atomic bombings were justified. RETRIBUTION The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 WaPo, 4-20-08
    • Francois Cusset: His forthcoming book takes a fresh perspective on how “Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States” – Scott McLemee at the website of Inside Higher Ed, 4-16-08
    • Mary Lefkowitz: Yale publishes her account of her fight with Afrocentrists – John Leo in the WSJ, 4-15-08
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    • Michael Walsh: America’s First Slaves: Whites – NPR, 4-29-08
    • Allan Lichtman: Bush Hits Historic Disapproval High – NPR, 4-27-08
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    • Historian: Bagpipes history mostly hot air – UPI, 4-19-08
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    • Allan Meltzer on “Bernanke May Have to Follow Volcker to Avoid Being Tagged Burns “: “You have to take the risk of the possibility of a small recession if you want to avoid ending up with a big one.” – Bloomberg, 4-27-08
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    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
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      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor,” Wednesday, April 30, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai,” Wednesday, April 30, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :The Manhattan Project,” Wednesday, April 30, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “MonsterQuest :American Werewolf,” Wednesday, April 30, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Thursday, May 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Mysterious Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa” Thursday, May 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Vietnam,” Thursday, May 1, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battle 360 :The Empire’s Last Stand,” Friday, May 2, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Saturday, May 3, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Alaska: Big America,” Saturday, May 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Secret Soviet Bases,” Monday, May 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :08 – New York,” Monday, May 5, @ 11pm ET/PT
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    • Philip Bobbitt: TERROR AND CONSENT #12 — (1 week on list)- 5-4-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

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    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
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    • 04-13-1975 – Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.
    • 04-14-1775 – Benjamin Rush was among those who founded the first American antislavery society.
    • 04-14-1828 – Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.
    • 04-14-1860 – The first pony express rider reached his destination of San Francisco. He left St. Joseph, Mo., on April 3.
    • 04-14-1865 – Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
    • 04-14-1912 – Titanic hit the iceberg that would sink her the next morning.
    • 04-15-1861 – In response to the attack on Fort Sumter three days earlier, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
    • 04-15-1912 – Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.
    • 04-15-1920 – A paymaster and guard were murdered in Braintree, Mass. Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of the crime.
    • 04-15-1945 – Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was liberated by Canadian and British forces.
    • 04-16-1746 – The Jacobite uprising in England ends when Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart is defeated by the Duke of Cumberland.
    • 04-16-1917 – Lenin returned to Russia after 10 years in exile in Switzerland.
    • 04-16-1947 – Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term “cold war” in a speech in South Carolina.
    • 04-16-1972 – China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.
    • 04-17-1790 – Benjamin Franklin, U.S. patriot, diplomat, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died in Philadelphia.
    • 04-17-1895 – The Sino-Japanese War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
    • 04-17-1961 – Supported by the U.S. government, 1,500 exiles made the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
    • 04-17-1969 – Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.
    • 04-17-1970 – The Apollo 13 astronauts safely splashed down after their near-disastrous flight.
    • 04-17-1975 – Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, ending the five year Cambodian war.
    • 04-18-1775 – Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution.
    • 04-18-1906 – The Great San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over 4 sq mi. and killed over 500 people.
    • 04-18-1978 – The U.S. Senate voted to hand over the Panama Canal to Panamanian control on Dec. 31, 1999.
    • 04-18-2002 – Afghanistan’s former king, Mohammad Zahir Shah, returned after 29 years in exile.
    • 04-19-1775 – The “shot heard around the world” was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution.
    • 04-19-1824 – Lord Byron died of a fever while helping the Greeks fight the Turks.
    • 04-19-1882 – Naturalist Charles Darwin, developer of the theory of evolution, died.
    • 04-19-1933 – The United States went off the gold standard.
    • 04-19-1943 – The Warsaw ghetto uprising began, one of the first mass rebellions against the Nazis.
    • 04-19-1993 – The siege at Waco, Texas, ended when FBI moved into the Branch Davidian compound with tear gas and cult members set fire to the compound killing over 80 people.
    • 04-19-1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history up to that time.
    • 04-19-2005 – Germany’s Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI.
    • 04-20-1769 – Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.
    • 04-20-1841 – The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.
    • 04-20-1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.
    • 04-20-1999 – Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded.
    IN THE NEWS:

    IN THE NEWS:

    • University of Richmond celebrates Edward Ayers’ presidential inauguration – AP, 4-11-08
    • Historians help N-Y Historical Society raise $1.7 million – NY Sun, 4-7-08
    • Edwin Lewinson: Blind historian heading to jail for civil disobediance protest – http://www.nj.com, 3-26-08
    • Antiquities under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War – Press Release, 4-7-08
    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

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    • RICHARD BROOKHISER on Steven Waldman: Religious Intent FOUNDING FAITH Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in AmericaNYT, 4-13-08
    • Philip Shenon: A Lack of Intelligence THE COMMISSION The Uncensored History of the 9/11 InvestigationNYT, 4-13-08
    • Philip Shenon: THE COMMISSION The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, First Chapter – NYT, 4-4-08
    • Douglas A. Blackmon: WSJ reporter in new book says slavery didn’t end with the Civi War – What Emancipation Didn’t Stop After All SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From the Civil War to World War II Janet Maslin in the NYT, 4-10-08
    • Wilson Smith and Thomas Bender: Updating Hofstadter, they produce a new collection of documents on higher ed American Higher Education Transformed, 1940-2005Inside Higher Ed, 4-10-08
    • Rick Perlstein: First review is in of Nixonland … Wins praise in Atlantic – Ross Douthat in the Atlantic Monthly, 5-1-08
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    • A quiet revolution at Harvard The new president, Drew Faust, prefers to work out of the limelight, says Joanna Walters – Guardian, UK, 4-8-08
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    • Marvin Dunn: Historian Unsatisfied with Fla. Apology for Slavery: The apology is a meaningless act that only a dolt or outright racist would oppose. It cost the state nothing and of course, there was not a word about the thorny question of reparations. As one of the African Americans to whom the apology was aimed, it was not enough.” – NPR, 4-7-08
    • David A. Hollinger: Says academic freedom is threatened – Chronicle of Higher Ed, 4-7-08
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    • McLean County Museum of History offers look into Lincoln Legacy Starting May 12, students can take a tour to Springfield to learn more about President Abraham Lincoln – Daily Vidette, IL, 3-26-08
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    • April 16, 2008: Historian to Discuss East Germany under Communist Rule at SUNY Cortland – SUNY Cortland News, 4-11-08
    • April 16, 2008: Holocaust historian to kick off Stetson University series – Peter Black, senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Hall Chapel, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida – Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL, 4-14-08
    • April 24-26, 2008: Bernard Lewis: Will Deliver Keynote Speech at ASMEA’s Annual Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. – Press Release–ASMEA, 4-10-08
    • April 24-27, 2008: Conference: Columbia 1968 and the World – http://www.columbia1968, 3-12-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • History Channel: “Bible Battles,” Tuesday, April 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Biblical Disasters :Biblical Disasters,” Tuesday, April 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :The Next Pompeii?,” Tuesday, April 15, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Naked Archaeologist :The Would Be Messiah/The Search for St. Peter,” Tuesday, April 15, @ 11pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Universe : Beyond the Big Bang,” Wednesday, April 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Universe :Secrets of the Sun,” Wednesday, April 16, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: ” The Universe :Spaceship Earth,” Thursday, April 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Universe :Jupiter: The Giant Planet” Thursday, April 17, @ 3pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Universe :Alien Galaxies” Thursday, April 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: ” The Universe :The Moon” Thursday, April 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :New York: Secret Societies,” Thursday, April 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Street Gangs: A Secret History,” Friday, April 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Five Points Gangs,” Friday, April 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battle 360 :D-Day in the Pacific,” Friday, April 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “How the Earth Was Made,” Saturday, April 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem,” Saturday, April 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey,” Saturday, April 19, @ 10pm ET/PT
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    • Max Hastings: RETRIBUTION #12 — (3 weeks on list)- 4-20-08
    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #20 – 4-20-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Tony Judt: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, April 17, 2008
    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
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    April 7, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

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    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • Beverly Gage: Reconsideration Our First Black President? – NYT, 4-6-08
    • Andrew J. Bacevich on “Foes target McCain’s 100-year war remark”: “Were the US to succeed militarily in Iraq, yes, US forces will remain in Iraq for decades to come,” said Andrew J. Bacevich, a Boston University professor of international relations and US history and retired Army colonel whose son, an Army soldier, was killed last year by a suicide bomb there. “My difference with McCain is I don’t think we will prevail militarily in Iraq.” – Boston Globe, 4-6-08
    • David Greenberg: The Hiett winner talks spin, politics and the presidency – Dallas Morning News, 4-6-08
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    • 04-07-1862 – Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the battle of Shiloh.
    • 04-07-1913 – 5,000 suffragists march to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. , seeking the vote for women.
    • 04-07-1927 – U.S. secretary of commerce Herbert Hoover’s Washington speech was seen and heard in New York in the first long-distance television transmission.
    • 04-07-1948 – The World Health Organization, a UN agency, was founded.
    • 04-07-1994 – Hutu extremists in Rwanda began massacring ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In 100 days of killing, an estimated 800,000 are murdered.
    • 04-08-1513 – Ponce de León claimed Florida for Spain.
    • 04-08-1913 – The 17th Amendment was ratified, requiring the direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote rather than by the state legislators.
    • 04-08-1935 – The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was approved by Congress to help alleviate joblessness during the Great Depression.
    • 04-08-1946 – The League of Nations assembled for the last time.
    • 04-09-1731 – Robert Jenkins’s ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s Ear between Spain and England.
    • 04-09-1865 – Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
    • 04-09-1942 – American and Philippine troops on Bataan were overwhelmed by Japanese forces during World War II. The “Bataan Death March” began soon after.
    • 04-09-1959 – NASA announced the selection of America’s first astronauts, including Alan Shepard and John Glenn.
    • 04-09-1963 – Winston Churchill became the first honorary U.S. citizen.
    • 04-09-1992 – Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted of drug and racketeering charges.
    • 04-09-2003 – American Marines pulled down Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad after U.S. commanders declared his rule ended.
    • 04-10-1790 – The U.S. patent system was formed.
    • 04-10-1866 – The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was chartered.
    • 04-10-1912 – Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage.
    • 04-10-1970 – Paul McCartney announced the official split of the Beatles.
    • 04-10-1974 – Israeli prime minister Golda Meir announced her resignation.
    • 04-10-1998 – The Northern Ireland “Good Friday Accord” was reached.
    • 04-11-1814 – Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba.
    • 04-11-1899 – The treaty ending the Spanish-American War took effect.
    • 04-11-1945 – Allies liberated Buchenwald concentration camp.
    • 04-11-1951 – President Harry Truman fired General Douglas McArthur.
    • 04-11-1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
    • 04-11-1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was overthrown.
    • 04-11-1981 – President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House after he was shot in an assassination attempt.
    • 04-12-1861 – The Civil War began when Fort Sumter was attacked.
    • 04-12-1862 – James J. Andrews led the raiding party that stole the Confederate locomotive “The General,” inspiring the 1926 Buster Keaton movie.
    • 04-12-1945 – President Franklin Roosevelt died.
    • 04-12-1961 – Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin became the first human in space and also the first human to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.
    • 04-12-1999 – Arkansas federal judge Susan Webber Wright found President Clinton in contempt of court for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
    • 04-13-1598 – The Edict of Nantes gave religious tolerance to the Huguenots in France.
    • 04-13-1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actor.
    • 04-13-1970 – Apollo 13 announced “Houston, we’ve got a problem,” when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the Moon.
    • 04-13-1975 – Civil War began in Lebanon when gunmen killed 4 Christian Phalangists who retaliated by killing 27 Palestinians.
    • 04-14-1775 – Benjamin Rush was among those who founded the first American antislavery society.
    • 04-14-1828 – Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.
    • 04-14-1860 – The first pony express rider reached his destination of San Francisco. He left St. Joseph, Mo., on April 3.
    • 04-14-1865 – Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
    • 04-14-1912 – Titanic hit the iceberg that would sink her the next morning.
    • 04-15-1861 – In response to the attack on Fort Sumter three days earlier, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
    • 04-15-1912 – Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.
    • 04-15-1920 – A paymaster and guard were murdered in Braintree, Mass. Sacco and Vanzetti were accused of the crime.
    • 04-15-1945 – Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen was liberated by Canadian and British forces.
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    • Peter Morris: The Unnaturals BUT DIDN’T WE HAVE FUN? An Informal History of Baseball’s Pioneer Era, 1843-1870NYT, 4-6-08
    • Peter Morris: When the national pastime was child’s play BUT DIDN’T WE HAVE FUN? An Informal History of Baseball’s Pioneer Era, 1843-1870WaPo, 4-6-08
    • Jonathan Rieder: HISTORY | CIVIL RIGHTS His Own Man The great civil rights leader felt the tensions between black and white influences THE WORD OF THE LORD IS UPON ME The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr.WaPo, 4-6-08
    • David Nichols: Ike misunderstood A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolutionhttp://www.thedailystar.com, 4-3-08
    • Kristie Macrakis: MSU historian takes reader behind the scenes of East Germany’s Stasi – http://msutoday.msu.edu, 4-1-08
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    • Marilyn Young: 1968, Forty Years Later: President Lyndon Johnson Announces No Second Term Amid Low Support for Vietnam War in Aftermath of Tet Offensive – Democracy Now, 4-3-08
    • Josh Marshall: Historian blogger predicts digital media takeover – Daily Princetonian, 4-2-08
    • Arnold Hirsch: Historian interviewed about post-Katrina housing in New Orleans – NewsHour (PBS), 4-1-08
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    • Why Don’t More Colleges Teach Military History? Despite its enduring public appeal, and a country at war, the subject gets little respect on campus – US News, 4-3-08
    • Howard Zinn: Now he’s doing history through illustrations – Boston Globe, 4-1-08
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    • Robert S. Wistrich: ‘UK is European center of anti-Semitism’: “Britain has become the center point for the meeting of anti-Semitic trends in Europe…. Anti-Semitism in Great Britain is at least a millennial phenomenon and has been around for 1000 years of recorded history…. The authors are conveying and transmitting to a future generation an embedded anti-Semitism whose influence is impossible to underestimate,” – Jerusalem Post, 3-31-08
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    • McLean County Museum of History offers look into Lincoln Legacy Starting May 12, students can take a tour to Springfield to learn more about President Abraham Lincoln – Daily Vidette, IL, 3-26-08
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    • April 9, 2008: Nation Mag et al. to run April 9 conference on New Deal – Nation, 4-3-08
    • April 11-13-08: Honestly, how many Abes can there be? Scores of Lincoln impersonators heading to Alton – Belleville News-Democrat, 3-30-08
    • April 24-27, 2008: Conference: Columbia 1968 and the World – http://www.columbia1968, 3-12-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: In Depth: Michael Eric Dyson – Monday, April 7 @ 12:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience: “Amelia Earhart,” Monday, April 7 @ 9pm ET
    • History Channel: “Breaking Vegas,” Monday, April 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Gangland :01 – American Gangster, Gangland :06 – Kings of New York,” Monday, April 7, @ 4 & 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Life After People,” Monday, April 7, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Hippies,” Tuesday, April 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :60’s Tech, Modern Marvels :70’s Tech,” Tuesday, April 8, @ 4 & 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Special : An Alien History of Planet Earth,” Wednesday, April 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “UFO Files :Deep Sea UFOs, UFO Files :Deep Sea UFOs: Red Alert,” Wednesday, April 9, @ 4 & 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Comets: Prophets of Doom,” Thursday, April 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Maya Underground,” Thursday, April 10, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Sharp Shooters,” Friday, April 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “King,” Saturday, April 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “True Caribbean Pirates,” Saturday, April 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #21 – 4-13-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Cokie Roberts: Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, April 8, 2007
    • Tony Judt: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, April 17, 2008
    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
    DEPARTED:

    DEPARTED:

    • Paul Arthur: 60, Film Historian and Critic, Dies – NYT, 3-30-08

    Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    History Buzz: March 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.

    March 24-31,2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • All the Way to the Convention? – History.com
    • Bruce Schulman on “Democratic squabbles could give McCain a boost”: McCain is not anti-immigration, “and he’s even from that part of the world. Actually, the historical odds are pretty good for John McCain, if you think about the 15 presidential elections there have been since the end of World War II, and ask yourself how many times has a Democrat won a majority of the popular vote. The answer is just three, and Al Gore, who lost the election, was one of those three. The other two were Jimmy Carter, narrowly, and Lyndon Johnson’s landslide. John Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Harry Truman, they never won majority of the popular vote.” Republican winners Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush all got between 35 and 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, Schulman said, while the losers, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, got about 20 percent. – San Francisco Chronicle, 3-30-08
    • Julian Zelizer on “Democratic squabbles could give McCain a boost”: The white vote is another wild card. Should Obama win the Democratic nomination, he may struggle with conservative white “Reagan Democrats” much as he has through the primaries, said Julian Zelizer, a historian at Princeton University. Even the war may not prove deadly to McCain’s prospects. “You know, in 1968 the country voted for Nixon, not Humphrey, not an anti-war activist,” Zelizer said. “They went for the hawk to get us out of the war.” – San Francisco Chronicle, 3-30-08
    • John Hope Franklin on “Where Should Conversation on Race Start?”: “We’ve almost come to a position, where at least I can live like a human being without climbing up some back step.” But the incremental change only proves the value of the conversation we’ve long been having and the need to keep having it, he says. Reflecting on Clinton’s race panel, which was derided by critics, Franklin says, “It was clear to me that we couldn’t get very far and we didn’t get very far and I was very much distressed over the way in which the country reacted to what we were trying to do. I think this is a better time.” – AP, 3-30-08
    • Julian Zelizer on “Clinton walks tightrope on strength and emotion”: “It’s not the first time in the campaign she’s tried to humanize herself…. She can’t afford to lose votes because people don’t connect with her.” – Reuter, 3-28-08
    • James Klotter on “Clinton draws a crowd”: “For Kentucky to be in the spotlight during the primary is highly unusual.” Prior to the 1970s most of the nominees were picked at the convention and primaries and caucuses were rare, Klotter said. Since primaries have become more important, most candidates have spent their time and money in larger battleground states, he said. “It’s historically unusual to have a primary of this significance in Kentucky,” he said – State Journal, 3-26-08
    • Jeremy Varon on “In polls, McCain edges ahead of Clinton, Obama”: “McCain wants to do the war right – in a way that’s principled, and that functions as a positive example of the differences between us and the terrorists. This is the way in which people on the left see him as somewhat admirable: because principles seem to matter to him.” – Boston Globe, 3-25-08
    • Robert Dallek on “To Tell or Not? Disclosing Candidate Health Issues”: “The candidates are very leery about letting on to any weakness, any flaws, because they are so afraid that it will bring them down…” – NPR, 3-24-08
    • Ira Berlin on “What Politicians Say When They Talk About Race”: “It’s not an easy subject for black people or white people. As Obama indicated, there are lots of legitimate hurts on both sides. It is extremely easy for people to misspeak. In part because we don’t speak a lot and because we don’t speak a lot you don’t understand the language. People don’t understand where the land mines are. They sometimes use the wrong words or are condescending or seem to be condescending when they’re trying to be honest. It’s easy for people to take offense when the wrong language is used, particularly when they’ve got within them a lot of anger and are looking for someone to beat with a small stick. In those circumstances, it’s often better to say nothing.” – NYT, 3-25-08
    • David Goldfield on “What Politicians Say When They Talk About Race”: “I think he is uniquely positioned because he straddles the racial divide very well. I think some of what he said will resonate. But it’s a gamble.” – NYT, 3-25-08
    • Julian Zelizer on “Obama Edges Clinton in Cash and Spending in February”: “This is a horse race, and it is a close one. Every ad, every appearance, every dollar counts.” – Bloomberg, 3-21-08
    • Julian Zelizer: Comment: How Democrats can lose in November – Reuters, 3-20-08
    • Akhil Reed Amar: Law prof. who often doubles as historian suggests both Clinton and Obama become president! – Slate, 3-21-08
    • Edward J. Blum: Interviewed about Obama and race – Newsweek, 3-19-08
    • Julian Zelizer on “Obama Condemns Pastor’s Remarks, Won’t ‘Disown’ Him”: Obama’s speech fits in with his promise to bring a new perspective to major issues. “He will need to continue to demonstrate to supporters and opponents that he has a different vision for the nation. Candidates must deal with the virtues and vices of their supporters, which sometimes is more difficult than the attacks from their opponents.” – Bloomberg, 3-18-08
    BIGGEST STORIES: Women’s History Month

    BIGGEST STORIES: Women’s History Month

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    THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    • 03-24-1603 – Queen Elizabeth I died at age 69 after ruling England for more than 40 years.
    • 03-24-1934 – The Philippine Islands in the South Pacific were granted independence by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after nearly 50 years of American control.
    • 03-24-1999 – NATO begins launching air strikes in an attempt to force Serbia to cease hostilities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    • 03-25-1634 – Maryland was founded by settlers sent by the late Lord Baltimore.
    • 03-25-1894 – Jacob Sechler Coxey and his “army” of unemployed men began their march from Ohio to Washington, DC.
    • 03-25-1911 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York City killed 145 workers.
    • 03-25-1931 – The Scottsboro boys were arrested in Alabama.
    • 03-25-1965 – The 25,000-person Alabama Freedom March to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks, led by Martin Luther King Jr., ended its journey from Selma on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
    • 03-26-1945 – The battle of Iwo Jima ended; about 22,000 Japanese troops were killed or captured in the fighting and more than 4,500 U.S. troops were killed.
    • 03-26-1979 – In a ceremony at the White House, President Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty ending 30 years of war between the two countries.
    • 03-26-1982 – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial took place in Washington, DC.
    • 03-26-2000 – Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
    • 03-27-1794 – Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy.
    • 03-27-1866 – President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights bill which later became the 14th amendment.
    • 03-27-1958 – Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier and first secretary of the Communist Party.
    • 03-28-1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
    • 03-28-1939 – The Spanish Civil War ended.
    • 03-29-1867 – The North America Act was passed by the British parliament, creating the dominion of Canada.
    • 03-29-1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of passing atomic secrets to the Russians and were sentenced to death.
    • 03-29-1971 – Lt. William Calley was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai massacre.
    • 03-29-1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
    • 03-30-1856 – The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War.
    • 03-30-1867 – A treaty for the purchase of Alaska from Russia for the sum of $7.2 million, approximately two cents an acre, was submitted to the U.S. Senate.
    • 03-30-1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race.
    • 03-30-1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by John Hinckley as he left a Washington hotel.
    • 03-31-1492 – Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who would not accept Christianity.
    • 03-31-1889 – The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened.
    • 03-31-1918 – Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States.
    • 03-31-1949 – Newfoundland became Canada’s tenth province.
    • 03-31-1959 – The Dalai Lama, fleeing Chinese repression of an uprising in Tibet, arrived at the Indian border and was granted political asylum.
    • 03-31-1968 – President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not run for re-election
    • 04-01-1789 – Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    • 04-01-1933 – The Nazi persecution of Jews began in Germany with a boycott of Jewish businesses.
    • 04-01-1945 – American forces landed on Okinawa during World War II.
    • 04-01-1970 – President Nixon signed a bill into law banning cigarette ads from radio and television.
    • 04-01-1979 – Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    • 04-01-2003 – Pvt. Jessica Lynch was rescued by U.S. commandos in a raid on an Iraqi hospital.
    • 04-01-2004 – President Bush signed the “Laci Peterson” bill making it a separate federal crime to harm a fetus during an attack on the mother.
    • 04-02-1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.
    • 04-02-1792 – Congress authorized the first U.S. mint, in Philadelphia.
    • 04-02-1865 – Confederate president Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
    • 04-02-1870 – Victoria Claflin Woodhull announced her candidacy for president of the United States.
    • 04-02-1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
    • 04-02-1932 – Charles Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom for the return of his kidnapped son.
    • 04-02-1982 – Argentina seized the Falkland Islands from Britain
    • 04-02-2005 – Pope John Paul II died.
    • 04-03-1882 – Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, reportedly for a $10,000 reward.
    • 04-03-1936 – Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
    • 04-03-1948 – President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which would foster the recovery of war-torn Europe.
    • 04-04-1818 – Congress adopted a U.S. flag with one star for each state.
    • 04-04-1841 – President William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia, one month after his inauguration.
    • 04-04-1945 – The Ohrdruf death camp was liberated from Nazi occupation.
    • 04-04-1949 – The treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was signed.
    • 04-04-1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.
    • 04-04-1973 – The ribbon was cut to open the World Trade Center in New York City.
    • 04-05-1614 – Pocahontas married John Rolfe.
    • 04-05-1792 – George Washington cast the first presidential veto.
    • 04-05-1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving away atomic secrets to the Russians.
    • 04-05-1955 – Winston Churchill resigned as prime minister of Britain.
    • 04-06-1862 – The Battle of Shiloh in the American Civil War began.
    • 04-06-1917 – U.S. declared war on Germany and entered World War I.
    • 04-06-1994 – The presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a plane crash.
    IN THE NEWS:

    IN THE NEWS:

    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Evan Thomas on Max Hastings: Death in the Pacific RETRIBUTION The Battle for Japan, 1944-45NYT, 3-30-08
    • Max Hastings: RETRIBUTION The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, First Chapter – NYT, 3-30-08
    • Joe Jackson: An act of “biopiracy” 130 years ago enriched England and devastated Brazil THE THIEF AT THE END OF THE WORLD Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of EmpireWaPo, 3-30-08
    • Martin Evans and John Phillips: Algeria’s Dirty Wars After the French tortured the Algerians, the Algerians tortured each other ALGERIA Anger of the DispossessedWaPo, 3-30-08
    • Nicholson Baker: How Good a War? Novelist Nicholson Baker argues that World War II was not inevitable or necessary HUMAN SMOKE The Beginnings of World War II, the End of CivilizationWaPo, 3-30-08
    • Jorg Friedrich: Editor of The Fire says he knew Friedrich’s book would be special – Peter Dimock, at the Columbia University Press Blog, 3-26-08
    • Gordon Wood: American history author seeks to appeal to general public, academics – Deseret News, 3-23-08
    • Matthew Connelly: Says backers of family planning made terrible mistakes – Nicholas Kristof in the NYT Book Review, 3-23-08
    • Tim Weiner: Book on CIA comes under scathing attack – CQ Politics, 3-15-08
    • Nicholson Baker: Novelist turned historian claims Churchill should have negotiated with Hitler – Patrick T. Reardon in the Chicago Tribune, 3-18-08
    OP-EDs:

    OP-EDs:

    BLOGS:

    BLOGS:

    PROFILED:

    PROFILED:

    • Edward Renehan: Historian charged with stealing Theodore Roosevelt letter – AP, 3-27-08
    INTERVIEWS:

    INTERVIEWS:

    FEATURES:

    FEATURES:

    QUOTED:

    QUOTED:

    • Ron Bryant on “Davis’ bicentennial eclipsed by Lincoln”: “I’ll say it this way – winners write history. We need heroes, we need villains. Lincoln became a hero and Davis a villain.” – Kentucky Kernel, 3-28-08
    • Jo Paoletti on “Prolonged economic pessimism has a silver lining”: “I believe that it is life’s tough and painful experiences that give humans their best perspective into what is truly valuable about existence… That is as true for personal loss such as death as it is for economic loss.” For example, after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, families began “nesting” together at home. Residents of New Orleans vowed to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, and others donated to the cause. Paoletti said some even had positive recollections of family life during the Great Depression. – Baltimore Sun, 3-30-08
    • Edmund Kern on ” Pottermania lives on in college classrooms”: “As a kind of global cultural phenomenon, Harry Potter in a sense is unprecedented. I think movies have been extremely popular around the world, I think that certain music has been extremely popular around the world, but never before has a single literary endeavor caught the attention of so many people.” – CNN, 3-25-08
    • Glenn Williams: Clears up myths about GW’s campaign against Iroquois – The Newsletter of the New York American Revolution Round Table, 3-19-08
    • Craig Canning: Historian says ties between US and China have long been built of trade – Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3-19-08
    • John L. Esposito: Sad that his predictions came true about Iraq War – Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH blog), 3-20-08
    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

    HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

    EXHIBITS:

    EXHIBITS:

    • McLean County Museum of History offers look into Lincoln Legacy Starting May 12, students can take a tour to Springfield to learn more about President Abraham Lincoln – Daily Vidette, IL, 3-26-08
    CALENDAR:

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    • April 2, 2008: Margaret Humphreys, the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine and an associate clinical professor of medicine at Duke University, will speak on “The South’s Secret Weapons: Disease, Environment and the Civil War” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Giffels Auditorium at the University of Arkansas – University of Arkansas Daily Headlines, AR, 3-27-08
    • April 3, 2008: The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host a panel discussion titled “First Spouses: Changing Roles and Expectations” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3. Panelists include South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford; Carl Sferrazza Anthony, an expert and biographer of first families and their political impact; and Paul Boller, a presidential historian. – infozine.com, 3-23-08
    • April 11-13-08: Honestly, how many Abes can there be? Scores of Lincoln impersonators heading to Alton – Belleville News-Democrat, 3-30-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: History This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War Author: Drew Gilpin Faust – Monday, March 31 @ 5:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience: “Minik, the Lost Eskimo,” Monday, March 31 @ 8pm ET
    • History Channel: “Andrew Jackson,” Monday, March 31, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :New York: Secret Societies,” Monday, March 31, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Tuesday, April 1, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Tsunami 2004: Waves of Death,” Tuesday, April 1, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Quest for the Lost Ark,” Wednesday, April 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Garden of Eden,” Wednesday, April 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Japan’s Mysterious Pyramids,” Wednesday, April 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Titanic’s Achilles Heel,” Thursday, April 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces,” Thursday, April 3, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Underground Apocalypse,” Thursday, April 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300,” Friday, April 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :City of Armageddon,” Friday, April 4, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battle 360 :The Grey Ghost” Friday, April 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “A Global Warning?,” Saturday, April 5, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Doomsday 2012: The End of Days,” Saturday, April 5, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “King,” Sunday, March 6, @ 8pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #6 — 11 weeks on list – 4-6-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Gilbert King: The Execution of Willie Francis, March 31, 2008
    • Charles Lane: The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction, April 1, 2008
    • Philip Bobbitt: Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century, April 1, 2008
    • Louis P. Masur: The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, April 1, 2008
    • Cokie Roberts: Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, April 8, 2007
    • Tony Judt: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, April 17, 2008
    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
    DEPARTED:

    DEPARTED:

    Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    March 17, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • Democratic race might break pattern of racial history The presence of a major black candidate makes race a natural factor in the Democratic contest – Miami Herald, 3-15-08
    • David Kennedy on “Valley donors’ dream: Clinton, Obama share ticket”: “There is some logic to it. The person is a perceived vote getter,” said Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Stanford historian and professor. But even this presidential historian is a bit conflicted over the 2008 Democratic contest. Kennedy himself has given money to both Clinton and Obama, and voted for the latter. “I prefer him, but I would enthusiastically vote for her if she wins the nomination,” he said While Kennedy understands “the great electoral appeal” of having two candidates share the ticket who can win millions of votes and raise hundreds of millions of dollars, he wonders what kind of governing coalition they would make. “It seems to me Hillary Clinton would be temperamentally very uncomfortable as No. 2 when for so long she’s been aiming for the presidency,” he said. “And I think anyone would be uncomfortable of being her vice president because with Bill around you’d be No. 3 or maybe even No. 4 or 5.” – San Jose Mercury News, 3-16-08
    BIGGEST STORIES: Women’s History Month

    BIGGEST STORIES: Women’s History Month

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    THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    • 17/03/1762 – The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City.
    • 17/03/1776 – British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
    • 17/03/1870 – Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.
    • 17/03/1942 – Gen. Douglas MacArthur became supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
    • 17/03/1969 – Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.
    • 17/03/2003 – President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.
    • 18/03/1584 – Russian czar Ivan IV, or Ivan “The Terrible,” died at age 53.
    • 18/03/1766 – After months of American protests, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
    • 18/03/1925 – The most violent single tornado in U.S. history, the “Tri-State Tornado,” hit Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois, killing 689 people and injuring 13,000 others.
    • 18/03/1963 – The Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that public defenders must be provided for indigent defendants in felony cases.
    • 18/03/1965 – Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk.
    • 18/03/1990 – The biggest art theft in U.S. history occurs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The works, including pieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt, were never recovered.
    • 03-19-1853 – During the Taiping Rebellion in China, the rebels captured Nanking and renamed it T’en-ching (Heavenly Capital).
    • 03-19-1920 – The United States Senate voted down signing the Treaty of Versailles for the second time.
    • 03-19-2003 – Operation Iraqi Freedom is launched with air strikes on Baghdad, the beginning of the war with Iraq (March 20 in Iraq).
    • 03-20-1602 – The Dutch East India Company was established. During its 196-year history, it became one of the world’s most powerful companies.
    • 03-20-1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published.
    • 03-20-2003 – Ground troops entered Iraq and a second round of air strikes against Baghdad was launched.
    • 03-21-1556 – The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic.
    • 03-21-1804 – The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was officially put forth.
    • 03-21-1963 – Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay, a harsh maximum security jail which once housed gangster Al Capone, closed.
    • 03-21-1965 – Martin Luther King, Jr., led the start of a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
    • 03-22-1765 – The Stamp Act was enacted on the American colonies by Britain.
    • 03-22-1820 – U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with dishonored former Chesapeake captain James Barron.
    • 03-22-1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumiere first demonstrated motion pictures using celluloid film in Paris.
    • 03-22-1972 – Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to be ratified by the states. The amendment would fail to get the required 38 states to ratify it.
    • 03-23-1775 – Patrick Henry declared “Give me liberty, or give me death.”
    • 03-23-1806 – Lewis and Clark began their return journey east.
    • 03-23-1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan proposed a space-based missile defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative or “Star Wars.”
    • 03-24-1603 – Queen Elizabeth I died at age 69 after ruling England for more than 40 years.
    • 03-24-1934 – The Philippine Islands in the South Pacific were granted independence by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after nearly 50 years of American control.
    • 03-24-1999 – NATO begins launching air strikes in an attempt to force Serbia to cease hostilities against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    • 03-25-1634 – Maryland was founded by settlers sent by the late Lord Baltimore.
    • 03-25-1894 – Jacob Sechler Coxey and his “army” of unemployed men began their march from Ohio to Washington, DC.
    • 03-25-1911 – A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York City killed 145 workers.
    • 03-25-1931 – The Scottsboro boys were arrested in Alabama.
    • 03-25-1965 – The 25,000-person Alabama Freedom March to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks, led by Martin Luther King Jr., ended its journey from Selma on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
    IN THE NEWS:

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    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Gordon S. Wood: A sage historian laments the “present-mindedness” of many of his colleagues THE PURPOSE OF THE PAST Reflections on the Uses of HistoryWaPo, 3-16-08
    • Daniel Lord Smail: I Feel Good ON DEEP HISTORY AND THE BRAINNYT, 3-16-08
    • Eric Alterman: What’s Left WHY WE’RE LIBERALS A Political Handbook for Post-Bush AmericaNYT, 3-16-08
    • Gabriela Arredondo: New book spotlights the experiences of Mexicans in Chicago – UC Santa Cruz, CA, 3-17-08
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    • Bruce Cumings on “North Korea would be tough to invade Speaker stresses peaceful negotiation “: “It would make [the occupation of] Iraq look like a picnic.”… “We stalemated in Korea, lost in Vietnam and are not winning in Iraq,” Cumings said. Because of this U.S. military history, Cumings said “we need to rethink” how to deal with major military powers.” – LSU The Daily Reveille, 3-12-08
    • Dominick Lizzi: Historian who wrote book about impeached NYS governor reacts to Spitzer scandal – http://capitalnews9.com, 3-11-08
    • John Sharp: Historian says organ not always welcome among Mennonites – http://www.hesston.edu, 3-10-08
    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

    HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

    • Daniel Walker Howe: Historian to Receive New-York Historical Society $50,000 Prize and Title of American Historian Laureate – Press Release, 3-11-08
    • British art historian elected grand master of Knights of Malta Source: AP (3-11-08)
    • H-Net celebrates (quietly) 15th anniversary – Wendy Plotkin at H-Net, 2-25-08
    WEB SITES:

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    • Exhibition Review John Milton at 400 A Giant’s Roaring, Faintly Echoed, New York Public Library – NYT, 3-15-08
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    • March 18, 2008: Eric Goldstein, editor of the American Jewish History journal and associate professor of history and Jewish studies at Emory University, will speak March 18 at the University of Louisville. Goldstein’s talk is entitled “Negotiating the Color Line: Southern Jews, Whiteness and the Rise of Jim Crow.” It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Ekstrom Library on Belknap Campus. – Louisville Courier-Journal, KY, 3-8-08
    • March 19, 2008: Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, will deliver a lecture on “The Strange Death of Romantic Ireland” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Niles Gallery of the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Library. – UK News, KY, 3-7-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • PBS: American Experience: “Minik, the Lost Eskimo,” Monday, March 31 @ 8pm ET
    • History Channel: “The Dark Ages,” Tuesday, March 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Alaska: Dangerous Territory,” Wednesday, March 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Organized Crime: A World History :Colombia,” Wednesday, March 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Man, Moment, Machine :Hunting Bonnie & Clyde,” Wednesday, March 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “UFO Files : Alien Engineering,” Thursday, March 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Viking Underground,” Thursday, March 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Exodus Decoded,” Friday, March 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon,” Friday, March 21, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond :Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond” Friday, March 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battle 360 :Bloody Santa Cruz” Friday, March 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Saturday, March 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Quest for the Lost Ark,” Saturday, March 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Protestant Reformation,” Saturday, March 22, @ 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Biblical Disasters,” Sunday, March 23, @ 3pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Banned from The Bible II,” Sunday, March 23, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Crucifixion,” Sunday, March 23, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam Author: Pope Brock – Saturday, March 22 @ 12:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Carl Cannon co-author of “Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy” interviewed by Bob Schieffer, chief Washington correspondent for CBS News – Saturday, March 22 @ 10:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics Saviors or Sellouts: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, from Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice Author: Christopher Alan Bracey – Saturday, March 22 @ 11:00pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #3 — 9 weeks on list – 3-23-08
    • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY #13 — 1 week on list – 3-23-08
    • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING #34 – 3-23-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, March 18, 2008
    • Matthew Parker: Panama Fever: The Epic History of One of the Greatest Engineering Triumphs of All Time: The Building of the Panama Canal, March 18, 2008
    • James Holland: Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War: 1944–1945, March 18, 2008
    • Russ Hoyle: Going to War: How Misinformation, Disinformation and Arrogance Led America into the Iraqi Quagmire, March 18, 2008
    • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
    • Gilbert King: The Execution of Willie Francis, March 31, 2008
    • Charles Lane: The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction, April 1, 2008
    • Philip Bobbitt: Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century, April 1, 2008
    • Louis P. Masur: The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, April 1, 2008
    • Cokie Roberts: Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, April 8, 2007
    • Tony Judt: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, April 17, 2008
    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
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    Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    March 3-10, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • The man who made Obama – American Thinker, 3-9-08
    • As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Sometimes. – Xenia Gazette, OH, 3-8-09
    • Gil Troy: The Comeback Queen – Montreal Gazette, 3-6-08
    • Julian E. Zelizer: Democrats Need to Hear From Florida and Michigan – HuffingtonPost.com, 3-6-08
    • David Greenberg: It’s too early to talk about Hillary’s withdrawal – Slate, 3-5-08
    • Samantha Power: Resigns from Obama campaign after calling Hillary a monster – Chronicle of Higher Ed, 3-7-08
    • Andrew Cayton on “Ohio primary plays key role in Democratic nomination”: “Part of Ohio’s problem is that it doesn’t embody a lot of things that are going right. It’s a state in decline and it’s paying a price for it,” said Andrew Cayton, a history professor at Miami University and author of the book “Ohio: The History of a People.” – Chicago Tribune, 3-4-08
    BIGGEST STORIES: Women’s History Month

    BIGGEST STORIES: Women’s History Month

    BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month

    BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month:

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    THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    • 10/03/1578 – Queen Elizabeth I gives Johan Casimir œ20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion
    • 10/03/1629 – King Charles I dissolved Parliament; he called it back 11 years later
    • 10/03/1681 – English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
    • 10/03/1849 – Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent; only US president to do so
    • 10/03/1862 – US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1000)
    • 10/03/1864 – Red River campaign LA
    • 10/03/1865 – Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads, NC
    • 10/03/1876 – 1st telephone call made (Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson)
    • 10/03/1969 – James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King Jr
    • 10/03/1972 – 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
    • 10/03/1982 – Pres Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya
    • 11/03/1302 – Romeo and Juliet’s wedding day, according to Shakespeare
    • 11/03/1665 – NY approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights
    • 11/03/1789 – Benjamin Banneker with L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC
    • 11/03/1861 – Confederate convention in Montgomery, adopts constitution
    • 11/03/1862 – 12] Gen Stonewall Jackson evacuates Winchester Virginia Army of the Potomac. Gen Henry Halleck is named general-in-chief
    • 11/03/1888 – Great blizzard of ’88 strikes NE US
    • 11/03/1941 – FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)
    • 11/03/1942 – 1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschewitz Concentration Camp
    • 11/03/1954 – US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
    • 11/03/1985 – Mikhail S Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
    • 11/03/2004 – Terrorists explode simultaneous bombs on Madrid’s rail network ripping through a commuter train and rocking three stations, killing 190
    • 12/03/1350 – Orvieto city says it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples
    • 12/03/1664 – 1st naturalization act in American colonies
    • 12/03/1860 – Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists
    • 12/03/1888 – The Great Blizzard of ’88 struck the northeastern U.S. (400 die)
    • 12/03/1930 – Mohandas Gandhi began his 200-mile march to protest the British salt tax.
    • 12/03/1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the first of his nation-wide “fireside chats” on radio.
    • 12/03/1938 – “Anschluss” took place when Hitler incorporated his homeland of Austria into the Third Reich
    • 12/03/1945 – NY is 1st to prohibit discrimination by race and creed in employment
    • 12/03/1947 – President Truman established the “Truman Doctrine” to aid in the containment of Communism
    • 12/03/1993 – Janet Reno was sworn in as the first female attorney general of the United States.
    • 12/03/2002 – The color-coded terror alert system was unveiled by Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge.
    • 13/03/1639 – Cambridge College was renamed Harvard University.
    • 13/03/1656 – Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
    • 13/03/1852 – “Uncle Sam” cartoon appeared for the first time in N.Y. Lantern weekly.
    • 13/03/1861 – Jefferson Davis signs bill authorizing use of slaves as soldiers
    • 13/03/1868 – The Senate began President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial.
    • 13/03/1918 – American Red Magen David (Jewish Red Cross) forms
    • 13/03/1925 – Tennessee passed a bill prohibiting the teaching of evolution in public schools.
    • 13/03/1943 – Failed assassin attempt on Hitler during Smolensk-Rastenburg flight
    • 13/03/1972 – Britain and China resumed full diplomatic relations after 22 years; Britain withdrew its consulate from Taiwan.
    • 14/03/1629 – England granted a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony
    • 14/03/1644 – England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
    • 14/03/1689 – Scotland dismisses Willem III and Mary Stuart as king and queen
    • 14/03/1743 – The first town meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts, at Faneuil Hall.
    • 14/03/1794 – The cotton gin was patented by Eli Whitney.
    • 14/03/1923 – Pres Warren G Harding becomes 1st pres to pay taxes
    • 14/03/1964 – Jack Ruby was found guilty of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
    • 14/03/1967 – JFK’s body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial
    • 14/03/1990 – The Soviet Congress voted Mikhail Gorbachev into the newly-created and powerful position of president.
    • 14/03/2003 – Start of weekend of protests against war in Iraq that are attended by millions
    • 15/03/44 B.C. – On the “Ides of March,” Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the senate house by a group of conspirators led by Cimber, Casca, Cassius, and Marcus Junius Brutus.
    • 15/03/1493 – Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first visit to the Western Hemisphere.
    • 15/03/1820 – Maine became the 23rd state.
    • 15/03/1917 – Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia, is forced to abdicate his throne (March 2, old style calendar).
    • 15/03/1965 – President Lyndon Johnson asked Congress for legislation guaranteeing every American the right to vote.
    • 16/03/1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter was published.
    • 16/03/1935 – Adolf Hitler cancelled the military clauses of the Treaty of Versailles.
    • 16/03/1968 – The My Lai massacre occurred in Vietnam.
    • 16/03/1968 – New York Senator Robert Kennedy announced his intention to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    • 16/03/1985 – U.S. journalist Terry Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut; he was not released until December 4, 1991 after 2454 days in captivity.
    • 16/03/1988 – Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North and Vice Admiral John M. Poindexter of the National Security Council are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States for their role in the Iran-contra affair.
    • 17/03/1762 – The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City.
    • 17/03/1776 – British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War.
    • 17/03/1870 – Wellesley Female Seminary (later Wellesley College) received its charter from the Massachusetts legislature.
    • 17/03/1942 – Gen. Douglas MacArthur became supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
    • 17/03/1969 – Golda Meir was sworn in as prime minister of Israel.
    • 17/03/2003 – President Bush delivered an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack.
    • 18/03/1584 – Russian czar Ivan IV, or Ivan “The Terrible,” died at age 53.
    • 18/03/1766 – After months of American protests, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
    • 18/03/1925 – The most violent single tornado in U.S. history, the “Tri-State Tornado,” hit Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois, killing 689 people and injuring 13,000 others.
    • 18/03/1963 – The Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that public defenders must be provided for indigent defendants in felony cases.
    • 18/03/1965 – Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk.
    • 18/03/1990 – The biggest art theft in U.S. history occurs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The works, including pieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt, were never recovered.
    IN THE NEWS:

    IN THE NEWS:

    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Lou Cannon and Carl M. Cannon: The Master Two journalists argue that Bush has failed to learn Reagan’s lessons REAGAN’S DISCIPLE George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest For a Presidential LegacyWaPo, 3-9-08
    • William A. Link: POLITICS | BIOGRAPHY Southern Man Jesse Helms was an archetype. Now is he an artifact? RIGHTEOUS WARRIOR Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism WaPo, 3-9-08
    • Willie Brown: POLITICS | MEMOIR Crossing (Almost) All the Lines San Francisco’s Willie Brown recalls the joy of politics. BASIC BROWN My Life and Our Times WaPo, 3-9-08
    • Campaign Watch A BOUND MAN Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win By Shelby Steele, FREE RIDE John McCain And the Media By David Brock and Paul Waldman, DECLARING INDEPENDENCE The Beginning of the End Of the Two-Party System By Douglas E. Schoen, MILLENNIAL MAKEOVER MySpace, YouTube, And the Future Of American Politics By Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais WaPo, 3-9-08
    • Gordon S. Wood: A history of history THE PURPOSE OF THE PAST: REFLECTIONS ON THE USES OF HISTORYWashington Times, 3-9-08
    • Wing-kai To: Then and now: A legacy in Boston Chinatown’s story told in new book Chinese in Boston: 1870-1965Boston Globe, 3-6-08
    • Sally G. McMillen: Finding feminism in 1848 Davidson professor’s readable history chronicles early struggle for rights SENECA FALLS AND THE ORIGINS OF THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENTCharlotte News & Observer, 2-25-08
    • Lou Cannon and Carl M. Cannon: What Would Reagan Do? REAGAN’S DISCIPLE George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy.NYT, 3-2-08
    • ALAN BRINKLEY on Jacob Weisberg: In Search of Bush THE BUSH TRAGEDYNYT, 3-2-08
    • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY, First Chapter – NYT, 2-1-08
    • Ginor and Remez: Their arguments about USSR role in 6-Day War receiving more support – Mark N. Katz in the Middle East Journal (Vol. 62, #1, Winter 2008), 2-1-08
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    • Improved U.S.-Russia relations a ‘possibility’ under Medvedev, says historian: “After several statements concerning Iran and Kosovo and American weapons in Europe were made by the current administration, relations with the United States became not friendly…. So I do not think that this would lead us to good relations with the old administration. Do we have the chance with the new administration? Yes, we do have the chance.”… –
    • Thomas Schwartz: State historian offers new look at Mary Todd Lincoln: “people will see many similarities with things we take for granted today as being general characteristics of a modern woman. But at the time, they weren’t accepted and provoked quite a bit of discussion and comment in private letters, in conversation and in the public media…. I don’t think one needs to ignore her bad behavior at times, she could be a very good hater but it shouldn’t blind us to those things she did to help advance her husband’s career. There are many things about Lincoln that we give him credit for that we need to give her credit for, including the push to become president. She probably wanted it more than he did, not that he didn’t have an inclination and an ambition himself.” – http://www.bnd.com, 3-2-08
    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

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    • H.W. Brands: will deliver a series of lectures this week as scholar in residence at Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies – The Grand Rapids Press – MLive.com, MI, 3-9-08
    • March 10, 2008: Bill Tuttle: Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host a lecture in honor of the forthcoming retirement of a longtime KU history professor — The first Tuttle Lecture will be delivered by Leon Litwack, a retired professor from the University of California-Berkeley. The lecture, titled “Fight the Power,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Dole Institute. – http://www.infozine.com, 3-4-08
    • March 18, 2008: Eric Goldstein, editor of the American Jewish History journal and associate professor of history and Jewish studies at Emory University, will speak March 18 at the University of Louisville. Goldstein’s talk is entitled “Negotiating the Color Line: Southern Jews, Whiteness and the Rise of Jim Crow.” It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Ekstrom Library on Belknap Campus. – Louisville Courier-Journal, KY, 3-8-08
    • March 19, 2008: Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, will deliver a lecture on “The Strange Death of Romantic Ireland” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in the Niles Gallery of the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Library. – UK News, KY, 3-7-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: Politics After Words: Philip Shenon author of “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation” interviewed by Michael Duffy, assistant managing editor of TIME magazine – Monday, March 10 @ 12:00am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience: “Minik, the Lost Eskimo,” Monday, March 31 @ 8pm ET
    • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Sunday, March 9, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery,” Monday, March 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :The Death of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Monday, March 10, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Underwater Train Wreck,” Monday, March 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Maya Underground,” Monday, March 10, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Special : Nazi America: A Secret History,” Tuesday, March 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth,” Wednesday, March 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Conspiracy? :Lincoln Assassination,” Wednesday, March 12, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :The Civil War: Gettysburg,” Wednesday, March 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :The Civil War: Antietam,” Wednesday, March 12, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The True Story of Charlie Wilson,” Thursday, March 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed” Friday, March 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon, Saturday, March 15, @ 5-8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “The Universe : Beyond the Big Bang,” Saturday, March 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Journey to 10,000 BC,” Saturday, March 15, @ 10pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #2 — 8 weeks on list – 3-16-08
    • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY #18 – 3-16-08
    • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING #34 – 3-16-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Joseph Balkoski: From Beachhead to Brittany, March 10, 2008
    • Paula J. Giddings: Ida: A Sword Among Lions, March 11, 2008
    • Steven Waldman: Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, March 11, 2008
    • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, March 18, 2008
    • Matthew Parker: Panama Fever: The Epic History of One of the Greatest Engineering Triumphs of All Time: The Building of the Panama Canal, March 18, 2008
    • James Holland: Italy’s Sorrow: A Year of War: 1944–1945, March 18, 2008
    • Russ Hoyle: Going to War: How Misinformation, Disinformation and Arrogance Led America into the Iraqi Quagmire, March 18, 2008
    • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
    • Gilbert King: The Execution of Willie Francis, March 31, 2008
    • Charles Lane: The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction, April 1, 2008
    • Philip Bobbitt: Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century, April 1, 2008
    • Louis P. Masur: The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, April 1, 2008
    • Cokie Roberts: Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, April 8, 2007
    • Tony Judt: Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century, April 17, 2008
    • Ted Sorensen: Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, May 6, 2008
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, May 12, 2008
    • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Flying High: Remembering Barry Goldwater, May 12, 2008
    • John Lukacs: Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning: Churchill’s First Speech as Prime Minister, May 12, 2008
    • Peter Clarke: The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the Birth of the Pax Americana, May 13, 2008
    • Thurston Clarke: Last Campaign, May 27, 2008
    • John S. Eisenhower: Zachary Taylor: The 12th President, 1849-1850, May 27, 2008
    • Paul Finkelman (Editor): Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson, May 28, 2008
    • Shane O’Sullivan: Who Killed Bobby?, June 3, 2008
    • Gil Troy: Leading from the Center, June 9, 2008
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    Posted on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    History Buzz: February 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.

    February 25, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • Do Voices Give Candidates Presidential Timbre? – NPR, 2-23-08
    • Robert Dallek: Path from Senate to Presidency Not Easy – NPR, 2-19-08
    • Harvard Sitkoff: Barack Obama’s Place In History U.S. News & World Report: Senator’s Campaign Called by Sitkoff “An Important Moment In American Political History”: And even while emphasizing the racial significance of the Obama phenomenon, Sitkoff says that it is also about “getting beyond the identity politics, the rabid partisanship that we’ve seen for the last 15 years, expressed in the intense animus against both [Bill] Clinton and [George W.] Bush.” – CBS News, 2-20-08
    BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month

    BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month:

    • Ira Berlin: Students to Study University of Maryland’s Ties To Slavery – Diverse, VA, 2-19-08
    • Deric Gilliard on “MLK’s ‘Ground Crew’ still quietly making a difference”: “It is almost a travesty of justice that most Americans don’t have a clue of who these people are,” said historian Deric Gilliard, the author of “Living in the Shadows of a Legend: Unsung Heroes and ‘Sheroes’ who Marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” “That is why I am committed to running around the country educating people about the role they played.” Gilliard, who has interviewed dozens of them, said they didn’t care who got credit for any of the movement’s accomplishments. “They had a purity of purpose and effected change in a phenomenal way,” he said. – Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2-22-08
    • Historians lament absence of commemorations of the end of the slave trade – http://www.pittsburghcitypaper, 2-21-08
    • Plans Underway to Publish Kentucky’s Black Heritage Second Edition – WNKY.net, KY, 1-22-08
    • ‘Banished’ Recounts History of Forced Segregation – NPR, 2-19-08
    • History of Black History Month often overlooked – Muncie Star Press, IN , 2-11-08
    • Perfect books to read for Black History month – Owen Sound Sun Times, 2-15-08
    • Detroit Black History Events – Dtroit Free Press, 2-14-08
    • MID-MICHIGAN EVENTS HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Lansing State Journal, 2-10-08
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Interviewed in Newsweek about AANB – Newsweek, 2-9-08
    • Carter G. Woodson: This year’s celebration of black history month focuses on his role in creating black history month – www.hattiesburgamerican.com, 2-5-08
    • Feb. 29, 2008: A historian, educator and author will present a plenary address at the fifth annual Midwest Black History Conference on Feb. 29 at Luther College – WCF Courier, IA, 1-30-08
    • Museum of Black History Celebration events – Evansville Courier Press, 1-10-08
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    THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    • 25/02/1793 – 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)
    • 25/02/1804 – Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
    • 25/02/1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
    • 25/02/1870 – Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
    • 25/02/1919 – League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
    • 25/02/1941 – February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
    • 26/02/1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, Philadelphia
    • 26/02/1848 – Marx and Engels publish “Communist Manifesto”
    • 26/02/1869 – 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states
    • 26/02/1870 – 1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)
    • 26/02/1933 – Golden Gate Bridge ground-breaking ceremony held at Crissy Field
    • 26/02/1962 – US Supreme court disallows race separation on public transportation
    • 27/02/1670 – Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
    • 27/02/1801 – Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction
    • 27/02/1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
    • 27/02/1864 – 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
    • 27/02/1864 – Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp “Camp Sumpter”
    • 27/02/1869 – John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress
    • 27/02/1872 – Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard U
    • 27/02/1877 – US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election
    • 27/02/1900 – Boer General Cronj‚ surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South-Africa
    • 27/02/1922 – Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman’s right to vote
    • 27/02/1942 – 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
    • 27/02/1949 – Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
    • 27/02/1950 – General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
    • 27/02/1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
    • 27/02/1972 – Pres Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
    • 27/02/1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agree’s to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
    • 28/02/1692 – Salem witch hunt begins
    • 28/02/1704 – Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100
    • 28/02/1708 – Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die
    • 28/02/1778 – Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves
    • 28/02/1847 – US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
    • 28/02/1854 – Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc
    • 28/02/1879 – “Exodus of 1879” southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation
    • 28/02/1961 – JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
    • 28/02/1972 – Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
    • 29/02/1504 – Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
    • 29/02/1692 – Sarah Good and Tituba, an Indian servant, accused of witchcraft, Salem
    • 29/02/1796 – Jay’s Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England
    • 29/02/1904 – Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7 man committee to study Panama Canal
    • 29/02/1936 – FDR signs 2nd neutrality act
    • 29/02/1940 – Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar, “Gone with the Wind,” wins 8 Oscars
    • 29/02/1956 – Pres Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term
    • 29/02/1960 – JFK makes “missile gap” the presidential campaign issue
    • 29/02/1984 – Canadian PM Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he is stepping down
    • 01/03/1562 – Blood bath at Vassy: Gen de Guise allows 1200 huguenots murder
    • 01/03/1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba arrest for witchcraft (Salem, MA)
    • 01/03/1780 – Penn becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
    • 01/03/1781 – Continental Congress adopts Articles of Confederation
    • 01/03/1845 – President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas
    • 01/03/1864 – Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree
    • 01/03/1875 – Congress passes Civil Rights Act; invalidated by Supreme Ct, 1883
    • 01/03/1932 – Charles Lindbergh Jr (20 months), kidnapped in NJ; found dead May 12
    • 01/03/1940 – 12th Academy Awards – “Gone with the Wind,” R Donat and V Leigh win
    • 01/03/1945 – FDR announces success of Yalta Conference
    • 01/03/1961 – President Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
    • 01/03/1974 – Watergate grand jury indicts 7 presidential aides
    • 02/03/1776 – Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
    • 02/03/1807 – Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
    • 02/03/1836 – Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
    • 02/03/1853 – Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter
    • 02/03/1855 – Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
    • 02/03/1865 – Freedman’s Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
    • 02/03/1867 – Congress passed the 1st Reconstruction Act
    • 02/03/1877 – Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory
    • 02/03/1915 – Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
    • 02/03/1923 – Time magazine debuts
    • 02/03/1974 – Grand jury concludes Pres Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
    • 02/03/1991 – UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
    • 03/03/1801 – 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
    • 03/03/1803 – 1st impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins
    • 03/03/1805 – Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
    • 03/03/1817 – Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi
    • 03/03/1820 – Missouri Compromise passes, allowing slavery in Missouri
    • 03/03/1837 – US president Andrew Jackson and Congress recognizes Republic of Texas
    • 03/03/1845 – 1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto
    • 03/03/1849 – Territory of Minnesota organizes
    • 03/03/1862 – Battle of New Madrid MO-captured by Union forces
    • 03/03/1865 – Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands established
    • 03/03/1869 – University of South Carolina opens to all races
    • 03/03/1871 – Congress changes Indian tribes status from independent to dependent
    • 03/03/1877 – Rutherford B Hayes is sworn in as the 19th president
    • 03/03/1885 – Congress passes Indian Appropriations Act (Indians wards of fed govt)
    • 03/03/1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller
    • 03/03/1911 – 1st US federal cemetery with Union and Rebel graves opens, Missouri
    • 03/03/1913 – Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington DC
    • 03/03/1918 – Treaty of Brest-Litovsk: Germany, Austria and Russia sign
    • 03/03/1923 – US Senate rejects membership in Intl Court of Justice, The Hague
    • 03/03/1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem
    • 03/03/1972 – Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia
    • 03/03/1992 – Pres Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to
    IN THE NEWS:

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    • Drew Gilpin Faust: AMERICAN HISTORY | THE CIVIL WAR A Prayer for the Dying How Americans absorbed the loss of 620,000 lives during the Civil War THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING Death and the American Civil WarWaPo, 2-24-08
    • W. Ralph Eubanks on Scott E. Casper: George Washington’s Slaves Why the flags at Mount Vernon flew at half mast on Sarah Johnson’s death. SARAH JOHNSON’S MOUNT VERNON The Forgotten History of an American Shrine WaPo, 2-24-08
    • Bevin Alexander: Lost Cause HOW THE SOUTH COULD HAVE WON THE CIVIL WAR The Fatal Errors That Led To Confederate Defeat WaPo, 2-24-08
    • Paul Freedman: GASTRONOMIC AFFAIRS TheStar.com | entertainment | A groaning board laden with spice, poison, citrus and lore A groaning board laden with spice, poison, citrus and lore The study of food – what we eat, how we eat it, the means we use to get it – is the story of social evolution – Toronto Star, 2-24-08
    • Bruce Chilton: RELIGIOUS HISTORY Blessings and blood ABRAHAM’S CURSE The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and IslamGlobe and Mail, CA, 2-23-08
    • Shere Hite: Why do women let jealousy get in the way of friendship? Shere Hite talks about the need for 21st-century girl power not one-upmanship – Sunday Times, UK, 2-24-08
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    • Richard Thompson Ford: Play the race card at your peril Politicians help shape public attitudes – and they can make racism worse – Dallas Morning News, TX, 2-24-08
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    • Jose Gabriel Vazeilles on “Castro’s legacy: A changed Latin America”: “For Latin America, the steps taken by the Cuban Revolution were a clear example that change was possible,” said Jose Gabriel Vazeilles, a Buenos Aires historian. – LAT, 2-23-08
    • John Prados on “Memories of a C.I.A. Officer Resonate in a New Era”: “I think there’s an eerie and disturbing correlation between that era and this one,” said John Prados, an intelligence historian and the author of “Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the C.I.A.” He said the threat of terrorism now, like the threat of communism then, was used to justify extreme measures that “later become controversial legally, morally and politically.” Mr. Prados said the historical record supported Mr. Devlin’s account of his actions, which he described last year in an autobiography, “Chief of Station, Congo: Fighting the Cold War in a Hot Zone.” “I believe there’s no reason to doubt that Mr. Devlin conspired to defuse the orders to kill Lumumba,” he said. – NYT, 2-24-08
    • David Tal: Says Israeli historian’s role is making sense of “chaos” – NJ Jewish News, 2-21-08
    • Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says his history degree was great preparation: “History helps me to understand not only what the situation is, but why it is. The fact that I was a history major with a mind like this trained [me] to try to understand the genesis of any problem that has confronted me. What could I have taken that gave me a better education?” – http://www.dailycardinal.com, 2-19-08
    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

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    • S.C. honors inventor, historian Professor, ‘heroine’ inducted into Hall of Fame – Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 2-20-08
    • Historian Charles L. Sullivan’s intense post-Katrina efforts to preserve artifacts and memorabilia, including two historic photographic collections, has landed him the coveted Mississippi Humanities Council Director’s Award for Preservation of Mississippi Culture – Sun Herald, 2-23-08
    • Jean Allman named the Hexter professor in the humanities – Washington University Record, MO, 2-21-08
    • Drew Faust: Academia’s big hit – Boston Globe, 2-18-08
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    • Feb. 28, 2008: Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University will speak at Arkansas State University on Feb. 28. Gates will present a lecture — “Bridging the Digital Divide: W. E. B. DuBois and the Encarta Americana” — at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Reng Student Services Center / Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, in Jonesboro. – Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2-10-08
    • Mar. 5, 2008: Peabody Award-winning documentary film producer David C. Taylor will come to the DePauw University campus on Wednesday, March 5, to participate in a conversation with Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism. The event begins at 4:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Richard E. Peeler Art Center and is free and open to the public – DePauw University, IN, 2-24-08
    • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
    • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
    ON TV:

      ON TV: History Listings This Week

    • C-Span2, BookTV: History Jason Emerson, “The Madness of Mary Lincoln” Author: Jason Emerson – Monday, February 25 @ 2:15am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
    • PBS: American Experience: “Buffalo Bill,” Monday, February 25 @ 8pm ET
    • History Channel: “Lost Worlds :The Real Dracula,” Monday, February 25, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :Viking Underground,” Monday, February 25, @ 9pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom,” Tuesday, February 26, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives :Slave Ship Uncovered!,” Tuesday, February 26, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Titanic’s Tragic Sister,” Tuesday, February 26, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Pirate Tech,” Tuesday, February 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed,” Wednesday, February 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “How William Shatner Changed the World,” Wednesday, February 27, @ 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “A Global Warning?,” Thursday, February 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “History Rocks :The ’80s,” Thursday, February 28, @ 6pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day” Friday, February 29, @ 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “First to Fight: The Black Tankers of WWII,” Friday, February 29, @ 3pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Modern Marvels :Titanic Tech,” Friday, February 29, @ 7pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Titanic’s Achilles Heel,” Saturday, March 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Wyatt Earp,” Saturday, March 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    SELLING BIG (NYT):

    • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #7 — 6 weeks on list – 3-2-08
    • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #12 — 11 weeks on list – 2-24-08
    • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING #9 — 4 weeks on list – 2-24-08
    • Laton McCartney: THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL #22 – 2-24-08
    FUTURE RELEASES:

    FUTURE RELEASES:

    • Nick Taylor: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, February 26, 2008.
    • Howard Taylor: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, February 28, 2008.
    • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
    • John Fea: The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America ( U of Pennsylvania Press), February 29, 2008
    • Joseph Balkoski: From Beachhead to Brittany, March 10, 2008
    • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, March 18, 2008
    • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
    • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008
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    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    February 18, 2008

    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
    • Gil Troy, a history professor at McGill University, said Obama is able to mix style and substance with ease like former U.S. president Ronald Reagan. “This kind of ease cannot be invented or replicated – you either have it or you don’t. Bill Clinton has it, Bob Dole – who has other talents – didn’t,” Troy said. “Ronald Reagan had it (and) Walter Mondale, his opponent in 1984, didn’t.” – Canada.com, 2-16-08
    • Douglas Brinkley and Ted Widmer on “Been there, failed at that “For all three of them, their Senate careers are not what people are looking at,” Brinkley said, noting that “workhorse” senators Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sam Brownback dropped out of the race early.
      Each of the candidates is unique in U.S. history — Clinton because she is a woman, Obama because he is black and McCain because of his experience as a prisoner of war — and there are no easy predictions about how they will perform in office, Widmer said. “It’s a fascinating, volatile moment and no one knows what’s going to happen next,” he said. “And that’s good for democracy, too.” – 2-11-08
    • Gerald Gamm on “Clinton-Obama: perils of a long Democratic battle”: “Right now, the traditional Democratic coalition is split exactly between them,” says Gerald Gamm, an associate professor of political science and history at the University of Rochester in New York. – The Christian Science Monitor, 2-11-08
    CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

    BIGGEST STORIES: PRESIDENT’S DAY:

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      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    • 18/02/1503 – Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
    • 18/02/1688 – Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa
    • 18/02/1861 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Ala
    • 18/02/1865 – Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
    • 18/02/1865 – Evacuation of Charleston, SC; Sherman’s troops burn city
    • 18/02/1927 – US and Canada begin diplomatic relations
    • 18/02/1970 – US president Nixon launches “Nixon-doctrine”
    • 18/02/1988 – Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
    • 19/02/1807 – VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later found innocent
    • 19/02/1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)
    • 19/02/1881 – Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages
    • 19/02/1919 – Pan-African Congress, organized by W E B Du Bois (Paris)
    • 19/02/1941 – Nazi raid Amsterdam and round up 429 young Jews for deportation
    • 19/02/1942 – FDR orders detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans
    • 19/02/1945 – US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese
    • 19/02/1963 – USSR informs JFK it’s withdrawing several thousand troops from Cuba
    • 19/02/1986 – US Senate ratifies UN’s anti-genocide convention 37 years later
    • 20/02/1547 – King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
    • 20/02/1792 – US postal service created; postage 6›-12«›, depending on distance
    • 20/02/1809 – Supreme Court rules federal govt power greater than any state
    • 20/02/1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
    • 20/02/1861 – Dept of Navy of Confederacy forms
    • 20/02/1869 – Tenn Gov W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
    • 20/02/1933 – House of Reps completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
    • 20/02/1941 – 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk Poland
    • 20/02/1953 – US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
    • 20/02/1962 – John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
    • 21/02/1764 – John Wilkes thrown out of Engl House of Commons for “Essay on Women”
    • 21/02/1792 – Congress passes Pres Succession Act
    • 21/02/1804 – 1st locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for 1st time, in Wales
    • 21/02/1857 – Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in US
    • 21/02/1862 – Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent
    • 21/02/1862 – Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, NM
    • 21/02/1874 – Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier
    • 21/02/1885 – Washington Monument dedicated (Wash DC)
    • 21/02/1895 – NC Legislature, adjourns for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass
    • 21/02/1916 – Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties)
    • 21/02/1943 – Dutch RC bishops protest against persecution of Jews
    • 21/02/1965 – Black nationalist leader Malcolm X is assassinated.
    • 21/02/1972 – Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
    • 22/02/1495 – French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown
    • 22/02/1630 – Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
    • 22/02/1819 – Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-On¡s Treaty)
    • 22/02/1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
    • 22/02/1854 – 1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
    • 22/02/1856 – 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh)
    • 22/02/1861 – On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln’s inauguration
    • 22/02/1864 – -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
    • 22/02/1889 – Pres Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana and Washington state
    • 22/02/1900 – Hawaii became a US territory
    • 22/02/1924 – 1st presidential radio address (Calvin Coolidge)
    • 22/02/1967 – 25,000 US and S Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border
    • 23/02/1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)
    • 23/02/1836 – Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
    • 23/02/1861 – Pres-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Wash DC to take office
    • 23/02/1861 – By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from US
    • 23/02/1883 – Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
    • 23/02/1945 – US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo and statue
    • 23/02/1947 – Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
    • 23/02/1967 – US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
    • 23/02/1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”
    • 24/02/1803 – Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison)
    • 24/02/1836 – 3,000 Mexicans attack 182 Texans at Alamo, lasts 13 days
    • 24/02/1848 – King Louis-Philippe abdicates, 2nd French republic declared
    • 24/02/1864 – -Feb 25] Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard’s Roost)
    • 24/02/1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)
    • 24/02/1868 – House of Reps vote 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew Johnson
    • 24/02/1944 – Argentina coup by Juan Peron minister of war
    • 24/02/1949 – Israel and Egypt sign an armistice agreement
    • 24/02/1991 – US and allies begin a ground war assault on Iraqi troops
    • 25/02/1793 – 1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)
    • 25/02/1804 – Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
    • 25/02/1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by Pres Abraham Lincoln
    • 25/02/1870 – Hiram Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)
    • 25/02/1919 – League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
    • 25/02/1941 – February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
    IN THE NEWS:

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    REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

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    • Maureen N. McLane on Daniel Walker Howe: Re-collecting the past A historian puts together a fascinating, richly detailed portrait of America in the early 1800s What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848Chicago Tribune, 2-17-08
    • Randi Storch: Radical heritage An engaging look at the final years of Chicago’s reign as the left-wing capital of America Red Chicago: American Communism and Its Grassroots, 1928-35Chicago Tribune, 2-16-08
    • Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore: The power of radicals Historian examines the activists who first took on racism Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights 1919-1950News & Observer, 2-17-08
    • Allen C. Guelzo, William Lee Miller: HISTORY UNITED STATES They Don’t Make Debates Like This Anymore Lincoln may have won the debates, but he lost his campaign for the Senate. The Debates that Defined America, PRESIDENT LINCOLN The Duty of A StatesmanWaPo, 2-17-08
    • Vladislav Zubok on Orlando Figes: HISTORY | SOVIET UNION The Destruction of Memory Preserving the testimony of the generation that lived under Stalin THE WHISPERERS Private Life in Stalin’s RussiaWaPo, 2-17-08
    • Brian McGinty: Parlous Times How one president finessed the law of the land LINCOLN AND THE COURTWaPo, 2-14-08
    • Laton McCartney: There Will Be Scandal: An Oil Stain on the Jazz Age THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the CountryNYT,
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    • Stephen Hess on “Been there, failed at that History shows experience does not guarantee success in the White House”: “It’s not just how much experience they had, but where and how they got that experience,” said Stephen Hess, a senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution and an expert in presidential history.
      Former vice presidents come into office with the best understanding of the executive branch but struggle to create their own legacy, Hess said. Military leaders have the most experience running a large bureaucracy, he said, citing Dwight D. Eisenhower as an example. – 2-11-08
    • Jean Harvey Baker on “Been there, failed at that History shows experience does not guarantee success in the White House”: Lincoln “[He] was just really superb at understanding the crisis of the time and understanding how to get along with people,” Goucher College history professor Jean Harvey Baker said.
      Franklin Roosevelt: “As a human being, his struggle against his infirmity is just as important as his experience in politics,” Baker said. – 2-11-08
    • Ted Widmer on “Been there, failed at that History shows experience does not guarantee success in the White House”: “Lincoln was “a towering genius who could have never made it during a normal election,” said Brown University historian Ted Widmer, adding that he “came at exactly the moment we needed him.” Although other presidents with thin resumes proved to be capable leaders, Lincoln is an extreme example. As Widmer says: “I don’t think it’s so realistic to think there are a lot of Abraham Lincolns floating around out there.”
      Herbery Hoover: “It’s kind of the opposite of the Lincoln argument,” Widmer said. “An outsider came in and was a very unsuccessful president.”
      “Governors are more used to being the executive. Even if they’re from a smaller state, they know how to delegate well, hire and fire, stay within budgets,” Widmer said. “Senators are more used to working within the system, which can be a good thing.” – 2-11-08
    • Douglas Brinkley on “Been there, failed at that History shows experience does not guarantee success in the White House”: “This may look like a lack of political experience, but he learned a lot by being on the ground,” said Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley, adding that [Theodore] Roosevelt’s time in the West and fighting in the war helped him make wise decisions about land preservation and the military. – 2-11-08
    HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

    HONORED, AWARDED, APPOINTED:

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      • Feb. 28, 2008: Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University will speak at Arkansas State University on Feb. 28. Gates will present a lecture — “Bridging the Digital Divide: W. E. B. DuBois and the Encarta Americana” — at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Reng Student Services Center / Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, in Jonesboro. – Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2-10-08
      • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
      • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
      ON TV:

        ON TV: History Listings This Week

      • C-Span2, BookTV: President Day Specials on Presidential History, Monday, February 18, @ 1am – Tuesday, February19 @ 7am ET – C-Span2, BookTV
      • History Channel: “Life After People,” Sunday, February 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “The Presidents,” Marathon Monday, February 18, @ 4-8pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “History of the Joke,” Monday, February 18, @ 9pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Tuesday, February 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :New York Earthquake,” Tuesday, February 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “The Lincoln Assassination : The Lincoln Assassination,” Wednesday, February 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Mysteries of the Freemasons :America,” Wednesday, February 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Decoding The Past :Presidential Prophecies,” Wednesday, February 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Shootout :Wild West,” Wednesday, February 20, @ 6pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers,” Thursday, February 21, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries :Ship of Gold,” Thursday, February 21, @ 7pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :A-Bomb Underground,” Thursday, February 21, @ 10pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Dogfights :Tuskegee Airmen,” Thursday, February 21, @ 11pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Mega Disasters,” Marathon Friday, February 22, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Prostitution: Sex in the City” Friday, February 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Andrew Jackson,” Saturday, February 23, @ 10pm ET/PT
      SELLING BIG (NYT):

      SELLING BIG (NYT):

      • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #7 — 5 weeks on list – 2-24-08
      • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #12 — 11 weeks on list – 2-24-08
      • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING #13 — 3 weeks on list – 2-24-08
      • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY #27 – 2-24-08
      • Diane Ackerman: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE #27 – 2-24-08
      FUTURE RELEASES:

      FUTURE RELEASES:

      • Matthew Dennison: The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria’s Youngest Daughter, February 19, 2008
      • Nick Taylor: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, February 26, 2008.
      • Howard Taylor: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, February 28, 2008.
      • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
      • John Fea: The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America ( U of Pennsylvania Press), February 29, 2008
      • Joseph Balkoski: From Beachhead to Brittany, March 10, 2008
      • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, March 18, 2008
      • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
      • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008
      DEPARTED:

      DEPARTED:

      Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 10:56 PM

      February 11, 2008

      CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

      PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

      • Primary Season Election Results – NYT
      • Historians Join New York Feminists For Peace and Barack Obama – Press Release–New York Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama!, 2-4-08
      • Richard Bushman on “Romney Bid Was a Crucible for Mormons”: “It is prejudice,” said Richard Bushman, an emeritus professor at Columbia University, who is a leading historian and devout Mormon. “Underlying all these questions is that these beliefs are basically crazy so you’ve got to explain them to us.” – AP, 2-9-08
      BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month

      BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month:

      HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

      HNN STATS THIS WEEK:

      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

        THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

      • 11/02/1531 – Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
      • 11/02/1752 – Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened
      • 11/02/1768 – Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
      • 11/02/1790 – Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
      • 11/02/1811 – Pres Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
      • 11/02/1861 – US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
      • 11/02/1861 – President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Wash DC
      • 11/02/1945 – Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
      • 11/02/1953 – Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
      • 12/02/1733 – Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
      • 12/02/1793 – 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
      • 12/02/1825 – Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
      • 12/02/1865 – Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps
      • 12/02/1873 – Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins
      • 12/02/1909 – National Assn for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
      • 12/02/1915 – Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Wash DC
      • 12/02/1924 – President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech
      • 12/02/1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist govt employees
      • 12/02/1962 – Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
      • 13/02/1566 – St Augustine, Florida founded
      • 13/02/1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
      • 13/02/1861 – Abraham Lincoln declared president
      • 13/02/1864 – Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi
      • 13/02/1895 – Moving picture projector patented
      • 13/02/1907 – English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested
      • 13/02/1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizes in New Orleans
      • 13/02/1968 – US sends 10,500 additional soldiers to Vietnam
      • 14/02/1130 – Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone elected as anti-pope Anacletus II
      • 14/02/1689 – English parliament places Mary Stuart/Prince Willem III on the throne
      • 14/02/1848 – James K Polk became 1st pres photographed in office (Matthew Brady)
      • 14/02/1876 – A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor
      • 14/02/1896 – Theodor Herzl publishes “Der Judenstaat”
      • 14/02/1949 – 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
      • 14/02/1962 – 1st lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts White House tour on TV
      • 14/02/1971 – Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House
      • 15/02/1851 – Black abolitionists invade Boston courtroom rescueing a fugitive slave
      • 15/02/1861 – Ft Point completed and garrisoned (but has never fired cannon in anger)
      • 15/02/1862 – Grant’s major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
      • 15/02/1879 – Congress authorizes women lawyers to practice before Supreme Ct
      • 15/02/1903 – 1st Teddy Bear introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom
      • 15/02/1918 – 1st WW I US army troop ship torpedoed and sunk by Germany, off Ireland
      • 15/02/1929 – St Valentine’s Day massacre (Chicago)
      • 15/02/1933 – Pres-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
      • 15/02/1965 – Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf
      • 16/02/1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine (2nd US Mag) begins publishing
      • 16/02/1760 – Native American hostages killed in Ft Prince George SC
      • 16/02/1864 – Battle of Mobile, AL – operations by Union Army
      • 16/02/1914 – 1st airplane flight (LA to SF)
      • 16/02/1917 – 1st synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid
      • 16/02/1959 – Fidel Castro named himself Cuba’s premier after overthrowing Batista
      • 17/02/1621 – Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
      • 17/02/1801 – House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson pres over Burr
      • 17/02/1865 – -18] Battle of Charleston SC
      • 17/02/1865 – Columbia SC burns down during Civil War
      • 17/02/1870 – Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
      • 17/02/1915 – Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
      • 17/02/1933 – US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
      • 17/02/1933 – 1st issue of “Newsweek” magazine published
      • 17/02/1938 – 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
      • 17/02/1943 – Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
      • 17/02/1949 – Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
      • 17/02/1964 – US House of Reps accept Law on the civil rights
      • 17/02/1969 – Golda Meir sworn in as Israel’s 1st female prime minister
      • 17/02/1972 – President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
      • 18/02/1503 – Henry Tudor created Prince of Wales (later Henry VIII)
      • 18/02/1688 – Quakers conduct 1st formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pa
      • 18/02/1861 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Ala
      • 18/02/1865 – Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
      • 18/02/1865 – Evacuation of Charleston, SC; Sherman’s troops burn city
      • 18/02/1927 – US and Canada begin diplomatic relations
      • 18/02/1970 – US president Nixon launches “Nixon-doctrine”
      • 18/02/1988 – Anthony M Kennedy, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
      IN THE NEWS:

      IN THE NEWS:

      REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

      REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

      • Keith Windschuttle: Stolen Generations report attacked BRINGING Them Home, the landmark report that found indigenous children were systematically taken from their parents to “breed out” Aboriginality, was built on the “misrepresentations and misinterpretations” of professional historians, according to Keith Windschuttle. – news.com.au, 2-9-08
      • Charles Nicholl: New book opens a window onto Jacobean London and Shakespeare – NYT, 2-8-08
      • Drew Gilpin Faust: Harvard Leader Drew Faust Breaks New Ground Studying the Past – WaPo, 2-7-08
      • Charles Freeman: Says Christianity made the West close-minded – Times (UK), 2-3-08
      OP-EDs:

      OP-EDs:

      PROFILED:

      PROFILED:

      • Walter Johnson: Exploring tangled legacy of slavery Scholar’s goal is understanding both the cruelty and humanity of antebellum period – Harvard University Gazette, 2-7-08
      • Raymond “Vic” Vickers: Crusading historian Vickers is still battling his detractors – Herald Tribune, 2-10-08
      FEATURES:

      FEATURES:

      INTERVIEWS:

      INTERVIEWS:

      QUOTED:

      QUOTED:

      • Jay Winter on “The War We ForgotWorld War I has no national monument. No iconic images. And only one soldier is still alive.”: “It’s all fake. Nobody filmed a single battle,” says Jay Winter, a professor of history at Yale University, whose Emmy-winning television documentary “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century” supplemented newsreels with staged scenes. – Newsweek, 2-10-08
      • Niall Ferguson on “The War We Forgot World War I has no national monument. No iconic images. And only one soldier is still alive.”: “Most of the problems we’re grappling with in the Middle East are legacies of the great military binge of 1914–1918,” says Niall Ferguson, a revisionist British historian and author of several studies of war. He adds that the British also faced an insurgency when they invaded Baghdad and declared themselves liberators in 1917. “The American case in Iraq is one of historical ignorance,” he says. – Newsweek, 2-10-08
      • Michael Beschloss: Says presidents who served in the military helped them be better presidents – Newsweek, 2-2-08
      • Tristram Hunt: UK students need to be taught history, not pc or patriotic narrative – politics.co.uk, 2-1-08
      HONORED / AWARDED / APPOINTED:

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      • Following money trail of early history of Texas Exhibit puts unique spin on story of republic – Houston Chronicle, 2-6-08
      CALENDAR:

      CALENDAR:

      • Feb. 12, 2008: Peter S. Carmichael, the Eberly Family Professor of Civil War Studies at West Virginia University, will speak at the Cultural Center at the State Capitol on Tuesday evening – Charleston Gazette, 2-10-08
      • Historians and scholars from the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Belgium, Sweden and Spain will gather on the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, for an academic symposium marking 100 years of boy and girl Scouting around the world and exploring in depth Scouting’s impact on world youth and culture. – AScribe Newswire, 2-7-08
      • Feb. 28, 2008: Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University will speak at Arkansas State University on Feb. 28. Gates will present a lecture — “Bridging the Digital Divide: W. E. B. DuBois and the Encarta Americana” — at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Reng Student Services Center / Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, in Jonesboro. – Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2-10-08
      • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg’s History for 250th Anniversary – WaPo, 1-18-08
      • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release–Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
      ON TV:

        ON TV: History Listings This Week

      • C-Span2, BookTV: History A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom Author: David Blight, Saturday, February 9, @ 1& 10pm ET – C-Span2, BookTV
      • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Michael Long, editor of “First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson” interviewed by Kevin Merida, associate editor of The Washington Post, Saturday, February 9, @ 9pm ET & Sunday, February 10, @ 9pm ET- C-Span2, BookTV
      • History Channel: “The True Story of Killing Pablo,” Monday, February 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld :A-Bomb Underground,” Monday, February 11, @ 9pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Inside the Volcano,” Tuesday, February 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Mega Disasters :New York Earthquake,” Tuesday, February 12, @ 10pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters,” Wednesday, February 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives :Custer at Little Big Horn,” Wednesday, February 13, @ 4pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Sherman’s March,” Thursday, February 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre,” Thursday, February 14, @ 10pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Little Ice Age: Big Chill,” Friday, February 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “The Wrath Of God :Blizzards: Whiteout!” Friday, February 15, @ 4pm ET/PT
      • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld,” Marathon Saturday, February 16, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
      SELLING BIG (NYT):

      SELLING BIG (NYT):

      • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #6 — 4 weeks on list – 2-17-08
      • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING #7 — 2 weeks on list – 2-17-08
      • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY #19 – 2-17-08
      • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #22 2-17-08
      FUTURE RELEASES:

      FUTURE RELEASES:

      • Brian McGinty: Lincoln and the Court, February 15, 2008.
      • Matthew Dennison: The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria’s Youngest Daughter, February 19, 2008
      • Nick Taylor: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, February 26, 2008.
      • Howard Taylor: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, February 28, 2008.
      • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
      • John Fea: The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America ( U of Pennsylvania Press), February 29, 2008
      • Joseph Balkoski: From Beachhead to Brittany, March 10, 2008
      • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette’s Daughter, March 18, 2008
      • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
      • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008

      Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 11:26 PM

      SUPER TUESDAY SPECIAL: Historians’ Comments

      SUPER TUESDAY SPECIAL: Historians’ Comments
        SUPER TUESDAY SPECIAL: Historians’ Comments

        Stats

      • Primary Season Election Results – NYTDemocrats # of Delegates
      • Hillary Clinton 845
      • Barack Obama 765Republicans # of Delegates
      • John McCain 613
      • Mitt Romney 269
      • Mike Huckabee 190

        Historians’ Comments

      • Allan J. Lichtman on “Democrat battle continues as GOP leader emerges” (Video) – CTV, Canada AM, 2-6-08
      • Gil Troy on “Democrat battle continues as GOP leader emerges” (Video) – CTV, Canada AM, 2-6-08
      • Allan J. Lichtman: “McCain has won the nomination, but he has not yet won the love of conservatives,” Allan J. Lichtman, a presidential historian at American University, told Canada AM on Wednesday. “That was clearly indicated by Huckabee’s surprising strength in the South … and Romney’s strength in the West. John McCain has a lot of work to do to knit this party together.” Powerful conservative voices like talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and James Dobson of Focus on the Family “have been vitriolic in their denunciations of McCain,” Lichtman said.
        “It just shows how little endorsements count for in American politics,” Lichtman said. “It shows a lot of working-class people in Massachusetts thought Hillary Clinton had a better plan for their future than Barack Obama.” In Georgia, eight of 10 African-Americans supported Obama, he said.
        Lichtman said the battle among the Democratic heavyweights goes on — and could continue for months. “This is trench warfare,” he declared. “Remember, the Democrats don’t have winner-take-all primaries, so it’s going to be very difficult to break this logjam.” Ultimately, the race could conceivably come down to who the approximately 800 “super delegates” — elected politicians and party officials — decide to support, he said. There could also be a fight over whether to seat delegates from Michigan and Florida. Those delegates were disqualified when the states moved up their primaries without permission, Lichtman said. “It’s absolutely unpredictable, and both Obama and Clinton have their very enthusiastic supporters. Both have a very strong claim on being powerful candidates.”
        Whatever happens, Lichtman said this election could be historic, and not just because a black man or white woman could become president. “This is a turning-point election. This is the end of the Bush era, and it could be the end of the conservative era that began with Ronald Reagan,” he said. – CTV, Canada AM, 2-6-08
      • Doug Wead: Huckabee Rises – News Max, 2-6-08
      • Julian Zelizer on “Romney’s White House bid in doubt after losses”: “He can’t be the conservative candidate of the Republican Party and not win in any big states. It’s hard to see why he would go on for too much longer.” – Reuters, 2-6-08
      • Julian Zelizer: “Once again, Hillary Clinton has held her ground and scored important wins. This one will go down to the wire.” – Bloomberg, 2-6-08
      • William Jelani Cobb on “Huckabee pulls off Georgia win; Obama trounces Clinton”: “What we’re seeing is a groundswell of support and a number of people willing to break with the old traditions,” said , a history professor at Spelman College and an Obama supporter. – AP, 2-6-08
      • Brooks Simpson: “He will represent himself as a very powerful and informed person when it comes to foreign policy. I don’t think that’s any secret,” said Brooks Simpson, an Arizona State University history professor, who has studied and written on the presidency. McCain will let voters know he is comfortable and determined to exercise American forces abroad, but in a manner starkly different from the current administration. “He would make it very clear that the way the United States would conduct itself in international affairs, especially military operations, would reflect American values. That’s one of the keys to his positions on torture, for example,” Simpson said. – East Valley Tribune, AZ, 2-6-08
      • Allan Lichtman: “These Democratic contests were fought almost to a dead heat. Neither Obama nor Clinton emerged tonight with the sort of decisive lead that puts pressure on one another to withdraw or prompts the Democratic establishment to tell one of them to get out.” – Red Orbit, TX, 2-6-08
      • Historians Reflect on Super Tuesday’s Evolving Role The American presidential nomination process has taken many twists and turns in the nation’s history, and this year’s prominence of the Feb. 5 voting contests represents its latest turn. Historians discuss Super Tuesday’s origins and its implications for the presidency. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, Presidential Historian: Well, by the 1980s, Democrats were worried that there weren’t enough things that represented African-Americans in the process, so they thought one way of doing this is to have a Super Tuesday with a lot of southern states, black voters within the Democratic Party. But the other impulse was very different. The Democratic establishment worried that these Democratic nominations were going to insurgents like George McGovern, Jimmy Carter. So why not have a big Super Tuesday with a lot of states on one day that would favor someone who was well-financed, nationally known, well-organized? Of course, it hasn’t always worked out that way….
        Absolutely, and so as a way of sort of getting some geographical balance in the process. But, you know, the irony is that things don’t always turn out the way that you expect them to. And looking at it this year, this was something that was almost perfectly designed for a Hillary Clinton, assuming that no one could raise money or organize on the scale that she has been able to do. Of course, that was forgetting the possibility that you could have a Barack Obama. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • RICHARD NORTON SMITH: If you look at 1988, which most people regard as the first Super Tuesday, he’s absolutely right. The desire was to include not only African-Americans, but also white southerners at a time — remember, Ronald Reagan’s popularity was at its peak. The Democrats have lost two elections, so offset, dilute the sort of liberal leanings of the early states. So who did they nominate that year? Who won on Super Tuesday? Michael Dukakis. On the other hand, four years later, it worked perfectly. We forget today that Bill Clinton really didn’t compete in Iowa, and he came in second in New Hampshire. And yet he really recovered on Super Tuesday. And that really was the making of his candidacy. So whatever you expect as a result of careful, calibrated reasoning, the odds are you may very well get the opposite….
        In ’88, that’s a good point, because Dole had come roaring out of Iowa. For about four days, he thought he was going to be president of the United States, lost in New Hampshire and then, of course, went on to Super Tuesday. And that’s where the first George Bush nailed it down. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • MICHAEL BESCHLOSS: Because they make money off the process. So, therefore, if you’ve got something like Super Tuesday, with 22, 24 states, that’s basically TV, money spent on TV, organization, all sorts of other things. Consultants, professional politicians benefit from that. And the downside of this is that when you have essentially sort of a semi-national primary, you’re screening out almost anyone who cannot raise $100 million before the election year. That may not be the best thing for choosing a president. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • BEVERLY GAGE: Well, the thing about the primary system is that nobody actually set out and said, “OK, let’s design a system that’s going to be totally rational. And we’re going to, you know, sit down, figure this all out ahead of time.” It sort of gets cobbled together each time. And so what you’ve seen more and more is this race for influence, the push by different states, right? You have Iowa and New Hampshire. Southern states feel left out. They make their move, as they did in the 1980s, to have some more influence. Then you see, “OK, well, why should the big states be left out?” Big states make their move to come in, as well. And then what happens to our regional diversity? So western states and others come in, as well. And so I think you’ve got really a competitive process at work that is almost impossible to stop in its tracks unless, you know, there’s a convention and the process itself is changed almost from the top down. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • RICHARD NORTON SMITH: One prediction, and that is I don’t know whether people will take a second look at Super Tuesday after this. One thing I suspect the Democrats may take a look at, though, is proportional representation, which is another reform they wrote into the books in the 1970s and, up until now, it’s worked. It’s never burned them. But because of the fact that you can get 40 percent of the vote, 41 percent, I guess, in most states, and get a significant number of delegates, that tends to prolong the campaign and with all the divisiveness and everything else that this whole system was set up to eliminate. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • RICHARD NORTON SMITH: You go back to 1968, when they had this tumultuous convention on national television, and the party tore itself apart. And coming out of the ’60s when the country tore itself apart, a whole lot of people were brought in from the margins, people who’d been left out of the political process. And so the McGovern Commission was created so that the rules were rewritten to make the Democratic process democratic, to make it more representative, more inclusive, and ultimately a certain element of chaos. – NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 2-5-08
      • McGill University professor Gil Troy told Newsnet that the polls find Obama to be surging, “but the polls have been consistently wrong in this campaign, so you have to be careful about that.” Today, Clinton has a bare lead in California and New Jersey, where she had double-digit leads only two weeks ago, he said. Troy said he’ll be particularly interested in California’s results and how the two candidates do with the important Hispanic community. – CTV, 2-5-08
      • Some “Super Tuesday” thoughts from a Gerald Gamm, Associate Professor of Political Science and History. – 13WHAM-TV, NY, 2-5-08
      • Stephen Wayne: Super Tuesday: Voters Head to Polls in Biggest-Ever One-Day White House Nominating Contest – Democracy Now, 2-5-08
      • Linda Gordon on “US voter faces race-gender dilemma”: “It is terribly difficult still in the US and in most countries for a Woman to be a political leader. In the public eye she has to be strong and at the same time not unfeminine to the conservative. Hillary has done extremely well walking that tightrope.” – NDTV.com, India, 2-5-08
      • Alan Epstein, a historian and the vice president of Democrats Abroad in Rome said he was expecting a high turnout (Democrats Outside U.S. Savor New Political Clout): “I’m seeing tremendous excitement. So far we’ve seen unprecedented primary participation in the U.S. and there’s even more excitement here.” He said the reaction was understandable: “Americans who live abroad feel the sting of U.S. policies that have been viewed unfavorably in the rest of the world.” – RedOrbit, TX, 2-5-08
      • Historian Allan Lichtman says, Super Tuesday can make or break a candidate’s campaign, as they’re fighting battles from coast to coast of the country: “You need a lot of money to compete on Super Tuesday, you can’t campaign personally in 22 states and you have a real strong on the ground operation all over the country. It makes it real challenging, particularly on the democratic side, where we have such a hard-fought, closely contested campaign.” – Euro News, 2-5-08
      • Presidential historian Allan Lichtman said: “This is the most exciting Super Tuesday, certainly on the Democratic side. Rarely do you have two candidates, so strong, so different, so evenly matched, and with the outcome uncertain.” – WWAY TV3, ABC, 2-4-08
      • Julian E. Zelizer: Sure, an ex-senator would take hard-won alliances and friendships with him or her to the White House, points out Julian E. Zelizer, congressional historian at Princeton. But so too would he or she take built-up animosities. McCain and Clinton in particular should not expect a honeymoon. “The personal back-and-forth would start right away,” Zelizer said. “I think senators would be very comfortable testing these people in the White House.” – Kasas City Star, 2-4-08
      • On Super Tuesday, Presidential Candidates Aim for a Huge Prize Twenty-four states will be awarding delegates toward the Democratic and Republican nominations. A look at the campaign, the candidates and the system – VOA, 2-3-08

      Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 11:16 PM

      February 4, 2008

      CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:
      • Allan J. Lichtman on “McCain Surge Has Jewish Dems Worried McCain Up, Giuliani Out As Super Tuesday Looms”: “His strategy was absolutely baffling. He did everything possible to take himself out of it.” Lichtman, like some Jewish Republicans, said Giuliani’s early lead was misleading. Giuliani, who supported abortion and gay rights as mayor of New York and whose personal life troubled many in the party’s Evangelical base, “was never right for the Republicans,” he said. “But his numbers were high at first because the Republican field was seen as weak.” Giuliani also polled high early in the race when international threats were top issues for voters. McCain’s resurgence, Lichtman said, the growing strength of Romney and the sudden shift away from foreign policy concerns and toward economic worries neutralized that initial advantage. Giuliani’s collapse means a big boost for McCain among Jewish Republicans, Lichtman said, “because of his national security experience and his strong stands on the Middle East. People know him, he has a record.” – New York Jewish Week, 1-30-08
      • Stephen Hess on “Relative Power We Elect Our Leaders, and Dynasties Are Few, but Sometimes Ascension Looks Like an Inheritance”: “Initially it was a question of who is best prepared to serve. Then over time it be comes a question of branding.” The nation’s first leaders were chosen from “the creme de le creme of the country.” – WaPo, 2-3-08
      BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month
      • America Still Draws Lessons from an Era when Humans Were Property As Americans observe Black History Month this February, considerable attention is being focused on a single stroke of a pen, 200 years ago. 2008 marks the bicentennial of a law that banned future U.S. participation in the international slave trade. VOA’s Ted Landphair reports, that historic measure was the topic of a day-long symposium at the National Archives in Washington. – VOA, 2-4-08
      • Feb. 29, 2008: A historian, educator and author will present a plenary address at the fifth annual Midwest Black History Conference on Feb. 29 at Luther College – WCF Courier, IA, 1-30-08
      • MID-MICHIGAN EVENTS HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Lansing State Journal, 2-4-08
      • Detroit Black History Events – Dtroit Free Press, 2-3-08
      • The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Defending the right to organize Employees, unions struggle for justice in a climate that favors business over people – Commercial Appeal, 2-3-08
      • Revealing a truth history had hidden Black re-enactors being called on to tell the story of slavery in the region – Albant Times-Union, 2-3-08
      • Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Project Includes Famous and Obscure Black Americans ‘African American National Biography’ tells the stories of 4,000 historical figures – The Ledger, 2-1-08
      • Barrington Walker: Why we need Black History Month February’s designation reminds Canada of its multiracial origins, work remaining to be done – Queens Journal, 2-1-08
      • Slave ties to British revealed – Bucks County Courier Times, 2-1-08
      • Black historical figures get their due The African American National Biography shines light on the famous, overlooked – WaPo, LAT, 1-28-08
      • Museum of Black History Celebration events – Evansville Courier Press, 1-10-08
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      THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: This Week in History:

      • New Feature: On This Day in History…
      • 04/02/1586 – Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Neth
      • 04/02/1787 – Shays’ Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
      • 04/02/1789 – 1st electoral college chooses Washington and Adams as Pres and VP
      • 04/02/1822 – Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
      • 04/02/1847 – 1st US telegraph co established in Maryland
      • 04/02/1854 – Alvan Bovay proposes name “Republican Party,” Ripon, Wisc
      • 04/02/1855 – Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
      • 04/02/1861 – Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery Ala, Ga, Fla, La, Miss and SC elect Jefferson Davis pres of Confederacy
      • 04/02/1864 – 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax
      • 04/02/1887 – Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
      • 04/02/1914 – US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
      • 04/02/1942 – Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
      • 04/02/1945 – FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta
      • 04/02/1997 – Sec of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
      • 05/02/1649 – Prince of Wales becomes king Charles II
      • 05/02/1778 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
      • 05/02/1861 – Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress
      • 05/02/1865 – Battle of Hatcher’s Run, VA (Armstrong’s Mill, Dabney’s Mill)
      • 05/02/1930 – 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
      • 05/02/1937 – FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court, “court packing” plan failed
      • 05/02/1969 – US population reaches 200 million
      • 06/02/1862 – Gen Ulysses S Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
      • 06/02/1862 – Ulysses S Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
      • 06/02/1865 – Robert E Lee appointed Confederate General in Chief
      • 06/02/1899 – Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
      • 06/02/1918 – Britain grants women (30 and over) vote
      • 06/02/1933 – 20th Amendment goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March
      • 06/02/1956 – U of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he’s black)
      • 06/02/1974 – US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
      • 06/02/1978 – Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
      • 07/02/1569 – King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
      • 07/02/1795 – 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
      • 07/02/1839 – Henry Clay declares in Senate “I had rather be right than president”
      • 07/02/1862 – Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
      • 07/02/1864 – Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
      • 07/02/1950 – Sen Joe McCarthy finds “communists” in US Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      • 07/02/1956 – Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to U of Alabama, is expelled
      • 07/02/1962 – President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
      • 07/02/1964 – Beatles land at NY’s JFK airport, for 1st US tour
      • 07/02/1973 – Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
      • 07/02/1983 – 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
      • 08/02/1622 –