News at Home
|The Tea Party Isn't Conservative|
Christopher S. Parker
It's the latest manifestation of the pseudo-conservative paranoid style in American politics. And here's the statistical proof.
Tags: Tea Party, Richard Hofstadter, paranoid style, John Birch Society
|Why is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?|
William J. Astore
What happens when the White House becomes the Kremlin?
Tags: Barack Obama, federal government, United States, whistleblowers
|Pray the Way I Do|
A scandal in Israel: Women praying at the Wailing Wall.
Tags: Israel, Judaism, prayers, Wailing Wall
|Terrorism in the Workplace|
Don't mourn the dead in Dhaka -- organize.
Tags: Bangladesh, labor, safety, unions
|Happy Birthday, Kosovo!|
Serbia and Kosovo have signed an historic agreement to end two decades of conflict.
Tags: civilization, EU, Kosovo, Serbia
Historians & History
| Ira Katznelson: The Racist History of the New Deal |
Ira Katznelson on the New Deal in the age of Roosevelt and Truman.
Tags: Ira Katznelson, New Deal, racism, South
|Marc Lendler: "Every Idea is an Incitement..."|
Marc Lendler on the continuing relevance of Gitlow v. New York, the landmark free speech trial from the Red Scare.
Tags: free speech, Gitlow v. New York, Marc Lendler, Red Scare
| Why Historians' Memoirs are So Valuable |
James M. Banner, Jr.
John Elliott's new memoir is a must-read to understand the practice of history over the past sixty years.
Tags: John Elliott, memoirs, Spain, Weekly Standard
|Thomas Jefferson's Nightmare|
The specter of a slave revolt haunted the South until the outbreak of the Civil War.
Tags: Civil War, Haiti, slavery, Thomas Jefferson
|Republicans Should Like Ike|
Keith W. Olson
His example offers the party a way forward.
Tags: Dwight D. Eisenhower, GOP, Republican Party, Tea Party
|Review of James Patterson's The Eve of Destruction|
Jeffrey Aaron Snyder
Did 1965 really change America?
Tags: 1965, books, Eve of Destruction, James Patterson
|Review of Jill Lepore’s The Story of America|
A worthy successor to the tradition of Richard Hofstadter.
Tags: books, Jill Lepore, Luther Spoehr, The Story of America
|The Politics of Mother's Day|
Rebecca Jo Plant
The originator of Mother's Day would be appalled by the commercialization of a "holy" day.
Tags: Mother's Day, radicalism, Anna Jarvis, commercialism
|HNN Book of the Month: Sensing the Past by Jim Cullen|
Tags: books, Book of the Month, Jim Cullen, Sensing the Past
News at Home
|The NYT Ignores USDA Discrimination|
The USDA discriminated against minority farmers for decades, but critics of the repayments program seek to rewrite history, and the Grey Lady is helping.
Tags: Pigford v. Glickman, discrimination, NYT, USDA
|And Then There Was One|
Imperial gigantism and the decline of planet Earth.
Tags: climate change, empire, Soviet Union, United States
|Yet Another Reason Afghanistan is Like Vietnam|
U.S.-fueled corruption based on heroin a staple of both Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Tags: CIA, Hamid Karzai, heroin, Vietnam
|Keeping Him Upright...|
Josh Brown's Life During Wartime
Tags: Life During Wartime, Hamid Karzai, corruption, drones
Historians & History
|Trashing Keynes for Being Gay is Nothing New|
David Austin Walsh
Niall Ferguson says J.M. Keynes's theories are flawed because he was gay. This argument is surprisingly common amongst conservatives.
Tags: economics, homosexuality, John Maynard Keynes, Niall Ferguson
|Getting Beyond the "Clash of Civilizations"|
Samuel Huntington's famous thesis appeals to pundits, but it ignores the nuances of history.
Tags: clash of civilizations, global history, Islam, Samuel P. Huntington
|May 8: Victory in Europe Day|
Celebrating the final triumph over Nazism with a personal story of the last days of World War II.
Tags: fighters, He 162, planes, VE Day
|George Washington: The Forgotten Emancipator|
The first president wanted to end slavery, but preserving the Union was more important.
Tags: American Revolution, Civil War, George Washington, slavery
|It's Not You, Stonewall, It's Me|
Wallace A. Hettle
An open letter on breaking up with Stonewall Jackson.
Tags: Chancellorsville, Civil War, Confederacy, Stonewall Jackson
|Philosophy Matters, Because When It Goes Wrong...|
Philosophers are an oft-ridiculed bunch, but philosophy is dangerous in the wrong hands. Like the Nazis.
Tags: democracy, humanities, Nazism, philosophy
|No Kinky Porn, Please -- We're English|
Julie Peakman's research on eighteenth-century English erotica reveals a surprisingly vanilla attitude to sex.
Tags: England, erotica, interviews, pornography
|The Problem with School "Accountability"|
Robert L. Urzillo
The education reform movement's obsession with metrics ignores other factors.
Tags: education, education reform, teaching, tests
|Play Ball, Jackie|
How Jackie Robinson captured the heart of Jewish Brooklyn.
Tags: 42, African American history, baseball, Jackie Robinson
|A Loving Trip Back to a Different America|
A Trip to Bountiful serves a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Tags: 1947, plays, Texas, theater reviews
|Who are You Calling Nancy Boy?|
Nathan Lane is a delight in The Nance, the story of 1930s Broadway camp.
Tags: Nathan Lane, plays, The Nance, theater reviews
|Review of Michael J. Gerhardt's The Forgotten Presidents|
A dry book for dry presidents, but useful nonetheless.
Tags: executive branch, Forgotten Presidents, Jim Cullen, Michael J. Gerhardt
|Review of Edward Achorn's The Summer of Beer and Whiskey|
How an unscrupulous German tavernkeeper made baseball America's pastime.
Tags: baseball, beer, Missouri, St. Louis