That's History


  • August 18, 2015 |  That's History

    Nasty politics has never pulled any punches

    Bam! Bang! Pow! If you listened to media reports on the first set of Republican debates earlier this month, you might have mistaken them for prize fi...
  • August 4, 2015 |  That's History

    Attacking the Supreme Court is a bipartisan tradition

    So let's suppose that the Supreme Court had struck down Obamacare and same-sex marriage in June, instead of upholding both. Would Texas Sen. and ...
  • July 21, 2015 |  That's History

    Caitlyn Jenner and the perils of celebrity

    A tough-guy hero announces that she has become a woman. Media outlets run glamorous pictures of her, while thousands of admirers send in their congrat...
  • July 7, 2015 |  That's History

    Why we believe in conspiracy theories

    Hey, did you hear that the U.S. Army is going to invade Texas, suspend habeas corpus, and confiscate everybody's guns?
  • June 19, 2015 |  That's HIstory

    Race matters less in politics

    In 1983, Wilson Goode became the first African-American to be elected mayor of Philadelphia. Defeating incumbent Frank Rizzo, a former police commissi...
  • June 18, 2015 |  That's History

    Fathers Day for sale

    “Father’s Day is like Mother’s Day,” the author Gerald F. Lieberman famously quipped, “except the gift is cheaper.” But there’s another difference, t...
  • May 26, 2015 |  That's History

    Charges in Freddie Gray death recall ongoing ordeal of black police

    In 1898, African-Americans in Baltimore demanded that the city’s all-white police force hire black officers. The police commissioner issued a curt rep...
  • May 12, 2015 |  That's History

    Free speech in the age of Islamophobia

    A few years ago, I invited Pamela Geller to visit the class that I teach about “culture wars” in the United States. Geller had recently spearheaded a ...
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