That's History

 

  • 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...
  • November 4, 2014 |  That's History

    Fear of the sick stranger

    Last week, I was playing tennis when I overheard a discussion on an adjacent court about the Ebola crisis. “We should just keep the Africans out,” one...
  • October 21, 2014 |  That's History

    In defense of war re-enactors

    For the past 30 years, I've been urging my students to put themselves in the shoes of people who lived in the past. So why do we make fun of Amer...
  • October 7, 2014 |  That's HIstory

    Naming rights and the erosion of public space

    For the past 20 years, I've been taking the train to the Market East Station. So do lots of other people here at WHYY, which is located just a fe...
  • September 23, 2014 |  That's History

    The myth of 'safe' football

    In 1893, Theodore Roosevelt published an article in defense of college football. As player injuries mounted, some critics had called for a ban on the ...
  • September 9, 2014 |  That's History

    Sexual assault in the hook-up era

    When I was a college newspaper editor, in the early 1980s, I ran a series of stories about a student who had been sexually abused at a fraternity hous...
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