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Lincoln
gallatindesign.com

The Five Greatest Presidents

Abraham Lincoln has defeated Ronald Reagan to retake the title of greatest American president in the eyes of most Americans. Reagan had briefly usurped Lincoln following his death in 2005, according to Gallup, which regularly updates the standings. The current top five greatest presidents, in order, are: Lincoln, Reagan, Kennedy, Clinton and FDR.

Posted on Feb 22, 2007 READ MORE


JFK and Jackie
news.bbc.co.uk

New JFK Footage Released After More Than 40 Years

George Jefferies didn’t think his film of JFK’s last moments was all that interesting, so he simply held on to it for more than four decades. But Gary Mack, curator of the Dallas museum now in possession of the footage, said the new images will offer fodder to conspiracy theorists because of a detail involving the president’s jacket.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Flunks History

On Presidents Day, George Bush made a ridiculous attempt to portray George Washington as someone who would have supported the Iraq war—the same George Washington who left office warning against foreign entanglements.

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


Rummy and Ford
White House photograph courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library / David Hume Kennerly

Rumsfeld: The Power and the Glory

Roger Morris, a historian and investigative journalist who served on the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, brings his wisdom to bear on the rise and fall of Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Let History Decide

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Anne Frank
wikipedia.org

Anne Frank’s Family Failed in 1941 Bid to Flee to U.S.

Newly released documents show that Anne Frank’s father attempted to move the family to the United States, but he was not granted a visa. Otto Frank was granted a Cuban visa, but the order was canceled after Germany declared war on the U.S.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Drew Faust
harvard.edu

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Stonehenge excavation
nationalgeographic.com

From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


It Only Took 218 Years

Nancy Pelosi’s new job as the first woman speaker of the House has been something of a footnote to the Democrats’ success in the midterm elections, but her truly historic ascension has inspired women and men alike—even Republicans. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, took his four daughters to the swearing-in: “It’s a good role model for all women, and my daughters can see that they can get to the highest levels of government.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Moyers
wikipedia.org

Bill Moyers’ Parable

The former minister, press secretary and veteran journalist works his way through Christian allegory and lessons from our nation’s history in fashioning this powerful essay on the American experience and the stewardship of democracy.

Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Invisible Men

Despite their courage and achievements in the Revolutionary War, blacks usually went unnoticed.  Now, finally, one such man receives some recognition.

 

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


Ron Kovic’s ‘The Recruiters’

In this satirical short story from the new anthology “A Fictional History of the United States,” the author of “Born on the Fourth of July” tells of a pair of U.S. Marines giving a presentation at an auditorium full of high school students in 1968.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE


bonobos
From iun.edu

A Brief History of Human Sex

To get an idea of how we humans might act if unfettered by cultural restraints, we could look at bonobo chimpanzees, which engage in frequent sexual acts ... “a fairly quick, perfunctory and relaxed activity that functions as a social cement,” according to an expert.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


Bikini slideshow

An Illustrated History of the Bikini

Sure, the FCC may be cracking down on indecency, but if you want to see how far society has come in that department, check out this Victorian-era “bathing machine,” a hut on wheels that protected bathers from public scrutiny until they were far enough from shore to avoid being observed.

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


Gov. Corzine Orders New Jersey Government Shut Down

A first in the state’s history, the executive order halted road construction and lottery ticket sales, and put over half the state’s 80,000 employees on furlough. Gov. Jon S. Corzine ordered the shutdown after legislators missed a June 30 budget deadline due to disagreements over a measure to raise the sales tax to close a budget gap. Depending on a court ruling, the state’s 12 casinos may also have to shut their doors.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


Worst President in History

Read About ‘The Worst President in History’

The Rolling Stone article that everyone has been waiting for is out. Read it in full here.

Posted on Apr 21, 2006 READ MORE


Examining the Death Penalty

On Dec. 2 Kenneth Boyd was executed by the state of North Carolina, becoming the 1,000th person to be executed since the 1976 Supreme Court ruling Gregg v. Georgia reinstated capital punishment in the United States. 

Posted on Dec 13, 2005 READ MORE


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