For historians, and those engaged in religious studies, the beginning of 2017 marked a rather important benchmark. 500 years ago the Protestant Reformation began. It was in the year 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittneberg (Lutherstadt), Germany. This movement is thought to have either … Continue reading Martin Luther and The Protestant Reformation
On October 20, 1947, hatred for that which is different, fear of 'the other', and a willful ignorance of that which we refused to understand commanded the nation. It was on this day in history the Red Scare escalated to a new level. A Congressional Committee began investigating a 'Communist influence' that was believed to … Continue reading The Red Scare, Sen. McCarthy, and the Un-American Activities Committee.
In the election of 1948, the Chicago Tribune published an early edition of their paper. The banner read, "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN." There was only one problem. Dewey didn't defeat Truman. In what is hailed as the greatest political upset in presidential history, Democratic incumbent Harry S. Truman defeated his challenger Governor Thomas E. Dewey of … Continue reading The Greatest Political Upset Of All Time
On October 5, 1947, President Harry Truman made the first-ever televised address from the White House. Of course, this by itself was an historical feat. But, more so, it was the content of that speech that we should remember. Truman used the speech to urge Americans to cut back on their use of grain as … Continue reading Truman’s First Televised Speech, The Marshall Plan, and A Moral Battle.