Category Archives: Historical

Be Like Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower was a five-star general and 34th President of the United States.  He helped win, then stop, hot wars (World War II and Korea), and navigated the country through eight years of the Cold War.  He is also know for his domestic accomplishments, like the Interstate Highway System.  One poll I found rates him

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The Holocaust Was Worse Than You Think

Think genocide and the first thing you probably think of is the Holocaust.  Yet every once in a while, evidence surfaces that the Holocaust was even worse than most of us can imagine. Take the Reverend Patrick Desbois, a French Roman Catholic priest (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Desbois).  His grandfather was a French soldier in World War II who

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A Reminder About Race

During my lifetime I’ve seen a lot of progress on race relations in this country.  I can still remember my first television commercial featuring African-Americans.  It was for Crest toothpaste, and it featured middle-class suburbia, except the family was black.  It was unusual enough to interrupt our family dinner.  No big deal today. We’ve come

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Our Forgotten Link With Haiti

You don’t study history for long without developing a certain sense of irony. Recently our president was accused of talking disparagingly about Haiti (among other countries).   That’s why I was intrigued when I found an article entitled “How Haitians Helped Win The American Revolution” by Pooja Bhatia. Here’s the situation:  In 1779, colonial rebels laid

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Benjamin Franklin and Virtue

With all the virtue-challenged public figures these days, perhaps it’s time to go back to basics.  Founding fathers basics. One of the most fascinating founding fathers was Ben Franklin.  He had a remarkable life as a successful businessman, humorist, scientist, and public servant.  Did he have a secret? He may have.  I’ve been reading about

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Be Thankful Christmas Is Legal

One hot topic in the culture wars has been the proper holiday greeting — “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Not that I want to get involved in this contemporary debate, but as a history nerd I couldn’t help notice the following item on the December 23rd Ozy Presidential Daily News Brief  email — It’s enough

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Remembering the Dark Side of History

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana As a history nerd, I’ve always been interested in one of our past’s most scholarly dilemmas — how do you remember the dark side of history without glorifying it?  Setting aside the issue of Confederate monuments, I have three examples of

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