That's History


  • January 29, 2016

    Will Michael Bloomberg become another footnote in the history of third-party candidates?

    It turns out that former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and I have something in common: we’re both interested in the history of third-party campaign...
  • January 12, 2016 |  That's History

    How race colors our view of drugs

    Many years ago, when I was in graduate school, a professor asked me why Americans feared some drugs more than others. Timidly, I mumbled something abo...
  • December 15, 2015 |  That's History

    Christmas in the classroom - still controversial

    Once upon a time, in the good old days, Americans celebrated Christmas in their public schools. They sang hymns, hung stockings and decorated trees. A...
  • December 1, 2015 |  That's History

    President Woodrow Wilson's legacy — progressive politics and racism

    So here’s a quick quiz: Who said, “I have to tell you, I hate Woodrow Wilson with everything in me.”
  • October 20, 2015 |  That's History

    Laughing along the campaign trail - why candidates and comedy don't always mix

    “By the way, you may have seen that I have recently launched a Snapchat account,” Hillary Clinton told Iowans in July. “I love it—those messages disap...
  • September 29, 2015 |  That's History

    Do business leaders make better presidents?

    Good presidents need experience in the business world, right? Wrong. Of all the GOP’s campaign-season talking points, this one is the easiest to debu...
  • September 17, 2015 |  That's History

    Why should we pay ex-presidents?

    What will Barack Obama do after he's done being president? Make money, that's what. No matter how he spends his time--law professor? founda...
  • September 1, 2015 |  That's History

    Political sex scandals and the culture of confession

    So it turns out that Warren G. Harding really did father a love child with one of his mistresses, Nan Britton. Last month, descendants of Harding and ...
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