Baseball. It's as American as Apple Pie. Or is it? I suppose there's a philosophical argument to be made that the best of our nation sometimes only exist in the great lip service we pay to that unwritten code of moral uprightness. Or we might even be able to joke about how unhealthy pie is … Continue reading Pete Rose: A Swing and a Miss.
Hello again all! It's good to be back. Before I jump into today's blog I want to offer a quick apology for my absence last week. While history never takes a break -- sometimes I am required too. As I have entered the school year once more, my schedule has tightened. However, as my academic … Continue reading An Expletive, The Constitution, and The Vietnam War.
Today's blog will be an entry based entirely off of opinion and observation. I felt it necessary to skip the today in history theme and write about something more important. Today, I write to you not as an historian or an academic. I come to you as a citizen of humanity. Today, I write to … Continue reading Today In History: The Plague Marches On.
On August 11, 1965, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the United States reaffirmed that racial tensions were high and that the storm was far from being over and gone. In the predominately black 'Watts' neighborhood of Los Angeles, these tensions reached a breaking point. A white California Highway Patrolman arrested Marquette Frye, … Continue reading The Watt’s Riots: A Tale of Racial Injustice
Over the past few days, North Korea and the United States have once again exchanged threats. The President has promised 'fire and fury' and Kim Jong has promised missile attacks. This time, like every time, it seems like this trading of words might lead to something more. I'll leave that analysis up to the foreign … Continue reading Guam: A Tiny Island In The Middle of a Global War of Words.
When we think about World War II only three things come to mind: Nazi Germany, Pearl Harbor, and the Manhattan Project. Coincidentally, these three things represent a succession of our war effort, in a way. Nazi Germany pulled us into the the war on the European front. Pearl Harbor pulled us into the war in … Continue reading Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Moral Question
The American Flag. The beautiful symbol of our nation. We honor it, we display it, we pledge allegiance to it. We bear an unmatched level of servitude and reverence to this magnificent banner. We know all this, and do all this, because we were raised to do so. Respect for 'Old Glory' is understood before … Continue reading A Brief History of Old Glory.
As I would presume all of us know, there is a difference between the theory of civil discourse and it's practice in reality. I would tend to believe that we all aim to enter the public square hoping to exchange ideas in a mature and educated manner. But, in our polarized nation, it is no … Continue reading The Caning of Charles Sumner: An Attack on Democracy.
On August 2nd, 1923, President Warren G. Harding died of a stroke at the age of 58. He was staying in a hotel in California following a Presidential tour of Alaska and the greater West Coast. Some believed he had used this journey to escape rumors of corruption in his administration. President Harding was a … Continue reading Scandal and Death Shock Washington