That's History


  • February 17, 2015

    How Presidents’ Day went from patriotism to commercialism

    Here’s the first thing you need to know about Presidents’ Day: there's no national holiday of that name. Under federal law, it’s still known as W...
  • February 3, 2015 |  That's History

    Why does every president need a presidential library?

    In 1971, two years after leaving the White House, Lyndon Johnson dedicated his sleek, windowless eight-story presidential library at the University of...
  • January 20, 2015 |  That's History

    Americans waging jihad overseas seeking only violence and brutality

    Poor, unemployed American men go overseas fight in a rag-tag multi-national army. About a third of them die in battle. And back home, they’re vilified...
  • January 6, 2015 |  That's History

    From the State house to the White House

    In 1947, historian Wilfred E. Binkley reviewed the thirteen men who had occupied the White House since the end of the Civil War. On average,theseven p...
  • December 23, 2014 |  That's History

    How Hanukkah made Jews American

    “Merry Christmas . . . and Happy Hanukkah.” Wherever I go this time of year—the subways, the streets, and especially the stores—I hear that phrase. A...
  • December 16, 2014 |  That's History Commentary

    The real danger of toy guns

    A few years agoWalmart stopped selling candy cigarettes, which hadled generations of American youngsters into a very bad habit.
  • December 2, 2014 |  That's History

    From 'mashing' to street harassment women still face lewd comments

    A hundred years ago, men who made lewd comments to female passersby were known as “mashers.” In 1913, an Omaha judge drew up a “Masher’s Schedule” of ...
  • November 18, 2014 |  That's History

    The President versus the Senate: A struggle steeped in history

    President Obama has played over 180 rounds of golf since he came to the White House. But only once has he asked a Democratic member of the United Stat...
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