That's History


  • 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 ...
  • 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...
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