That's History


  • 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...
  • 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...
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