That's History


  • 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 ...
  • April 28, 2015 |  That's History

    Hilary Clinton and the problem of gender bias

    Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the presidency in a low-key video, featuring Americans from different races and backgrounds. Then she em...
  • April 14, 2015 |  That's History

    Is our national pastime past its time?

    Rob Manfred, the new commissioner of Major League baseball, is 56 years old. That makes him a year older than the average television viewer of last ye...
  • March 31, 2015 |  That's History

    Let the Confederate flag fly

    I’ve always loathed the Confederate flag. It conjures the most hateful dimensions of our past: slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. But that do...
  • March 17, 2015 |  That's History

    The politics of St. Patrick's Day

    In 1972, when I was eleven years old, I watched my father march up Fifth Avenue in New York's St. Patrick’s Day parade. He’s a Jewish guy from th...
  • March 3, 2015 |  That's History

    Jeb Bush was a pot-smoking bully. So what?

    A scion of a famously rich and well-connected family goes to a fancy prep school. Partying with his friends and neglecting his studies, he almost gets...
  • 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...
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