That's History


  • 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...
  • August 26, 2014 |  That's History

    The myth of a kinder, gentler execution.

    Did Joseph Wood suffer when he was executed in Arizona last month? Some witnesses reported that Wood gasped over 600 times during his July 23 executi...
  • August 12, 2014 |  That's History

    50 years later the legacy of 1964 riots lingers

    On August 28, 1964, African-Americans began three nights of rioting in Philadelphia. It was exactly a year to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. is...
  • July 29, 2014 |  That's History

    America's mythical Africa

    Last month, Delta Airlines posted a tweet congratulating the United States for defeating Ghana in the World Cup. The tweet featured two images, each r...
  • July 15, 2014 |  That's History

    School holidays and religious ignorance

    When he was campaigning for mayor of New York City, where one of eight public school students is Muslim, Bill de Blasio pledged to add Eid al-Fitr and...
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