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.
On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. This event set a date for the freedom of more than 3 million slaves held in the United States. This call also reaffirmed the Civil War as fight against slavery. Shortly after President Lincoln's inauguration in 1861, the Civil War began. Initially, he … Continue reading The Emancipation Proclamation
Don't be a Benedict Arnold! You may have heard this phrase before -- or possibly some variation of it. Context clues have allowed us to understand that this phrase is associated with acting as a traitor. But, do you know the origin of the story? For those that are aware of Mr. Arnold's dealings -- … Continue reading A Regular Benedict Arnold…
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against an injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers … Continue reading “Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko…”
There's a lot going on in the United States right now. The Pacific-Northwest is burning. Texas is underwater. Florida is bracing for tremendous devastation. North Dakota is in a drought. And the President has called back the DACA program. All of these stories have unfolded within the last week. It's tough to be an American … Continue reading A Real Live Nephew of My Uncle Sam…
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.