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UPDATED: What Historians Are Saying About Trump's National Emergency and Press Conference

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Juneteenth

● Juneteenth celebrations unite community with parade, gatherings 

Every June 19 in Texas, communities celebrate with prayer, family gatherings and a strong dose of history. That was the day in 1865 that a union general arrived in Galveston with an order informing Texas that all slaves were freed.

● This Juneteenth Let’s Remember Stories Like This One

ANNA-LISA COX

It shows that slavery was not the only injustice affecting African Americans before the Civil War.

● It’s Time to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday

KARL JACOBY

This was the day – June 19, 1865 – in 1865 when slaves in Texas finally were freed.

● Juneteenth Is for Everyone

KENNETH C. DAVIS

150 years after its birth, Juneteenth remains largely unacknowledged on America’s national calendar. Many Americans are unaware of its existence, or its roots.

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HNN Hot Topic: Harriet Tubman Replacing Jackson on the Twenty Dollar Bill

Click HERE for Relevant Articles on HNN

Harriet Tubman Ousts Andrew Jackson in Change for a $20 (NYT)

● Top 7 ways Harriet Tubman is the most Badass Spy & Warrior ever to grace US Currency By Juan Cole 

● The Move to Modernize Money: What Does It Mean?

The Women on 20s Campaign Celebrates the Harriet Tubman $20 (New Yorker)

 The organization that pushed for the change:  WomenOn20s

● Get to Know the Historical Figures on the $5, $10 and $20 Bills

Who is Marian Anderson, who will now appear on the $5 bill?

● Keep Harriet Tubman – and all women – off the $20 bill By Feminista Jones

Jackson will remain on the Twenty -- on the back.  This is wrong. Vox

● Trump: Tubman $20 a ‘P.C.’ Move; Put Her on $2 Bill

● Other women who have appeared on US paper currency

● A woman on U.S. bill? Martha Washington did it  

● The Hamilton I’d Put on the $10 Bill By Cokie Roberts 

● When Dixie Put Slaves on the Money

● Why Andrew Jackson never should have been on the $20 to begin with By Matthew Rozsa

● Harriet Tubman just bumped Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. Historian Eric Foner approves.

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HNN Hot Topic: Nelson Mandela
  • Originally published 12/06/2013

    The Character of Nelson Mandela

    Mandela belongs to the same pantheon of insurgents as George Washington, Michael Collins, and David Ben-Gurion.

  • Originally published 12/06/2013

    The Contradictions of Mandela

    He was avuncular, but disciplined, a disciple of Marx and Lenin but deeply traditionalist. He was above all a human being.

  • Originally published 07/08/2013

    As Mandela lies dying, disputes over his legacy are taking hold

    JOHANNESBURG — The nasty family squabble over where three of former President Nelson Mandela’s children, and eventually the leader himself, will be buried drew to a close on Thursday morning in a small village on the Eastern Cape.But not before it had thrown into relief the perhaps inevitable disputes over the revered leader’s legacy — both the financial legacy, which his family is wrestling over, and more broadly, the political legacy of how Mr. Mandela will be remembered and how his story will guide the country he led.Mandla Mandela, the former president’s eldest grandson and heir as tribal leader in the region, held a news conference in his compound in Mvezo saying that he would cease his legal battles to have the bodies kept there. In 2011, he moved the bodies to Mvezo from another small village, Qunu, where the rest of the Mandela family wanted them and where the anti-apartheid leader is said to wish to be buried himself. By late afternoon, the bodies were reburied in Qunu....

  • Originally published 07/08/2013

    Mandela: Inspiration for an era of activism

    LONDON — In the welter of passion and memory surrounding the decline of Nelson Mandela, a more modest commemoration slipped by a week ago that said much about the role he played as an inspiration in his long years of imprisonment, when the daily grind of struggle against apartheid fell to others who fought in his name.It was a reminder, too, that the battle to end white rule was fought on many levels, ranging from the activism of anti-apartheid exiles here in London to a brutal shadow war in South Africa itself that offered no quarter to those seeking a new order.The events of June 27, 1985, offered a particular insight.

  • Originally published 07/08/2013

    Where Mandela Kept Hope, Guide Tells Their Shared Saga

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa — As Ahmed Kathrada led President Obama and his family recently through the prison on Robben Island where Mr. Kathrada had spent much of his life, he explained how the rules of apartheid had granted him, because of his Indian ancestry, long pants and socks. One of his fellow inmates, Nelson Mandela, as a black man, received short pants and no socks.Mr. Kathrada, 83, also showed the Obamas the sign listing the different amounts of sugar, coffee, soup and other foods that South Africa’s prison system had apportioned to blacks; mixed-race inmates, who were known as coloreds; Indians; and whites.“In everything there was apartheid,” he said in an interview on Thursday in his small apartment here in the shadow of Table Mountain....

  • Originally published 06/24/2013

    Nelson Mandela in critical condition for second day

    JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma said on Monday that Nelson Mandela remained in critical condition for a second day in a hospital in Pretoria where he is being treated for a lung infection.“Doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort,” Mr. Zuma said at a news conference in Johannesburg, but he gave few details about the condition of Mr. Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8.Mr. Zuma spoke as South Africans and admirers around the world awaited word on the condition of Mr. Mandela, the iconic leader who played a towering role in his country’s transition from white minority rule under the system of apartheid to multiracial democracy in 1994....

  • Originally published 04/01/2013

    Roy Robins: After Mandela

    Roy Robins is a writer based in Cape Town.CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Late on Wednesday night, March 27, former South African president Nelson Mandela was admitted to an undisclosed hospital for a recurring lung infection. This is the third time Mandela has been hospitalized in recent months. He spent a weekend in hospital in early March for what the government described as a "check-up," and most of December in hospital, where he was treated for a lung infection and had his gallstones removed. The last time Mandela was seen in public was almost three years ago, at the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup, in Johannesburg. But that doesn't mean that he's not still everywhere.

  • Originally published 03/28/2013

    Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

    Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, the South African government said on Thursday.A statement said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader and former president was admitted shortly before midnight. It gave no further details other than to say he was receiving the "best possible expert medical treatment and comfort". Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to when he contracted tuberculosis as a political prisoner....

  • Originally published 02/22/2013

    Mandela family launches wine collection in Miami

    For decades, Nelson Mandela's name has been synonymous with political reform and the struggle against South African apartheid.Now with the launch of House of Mandela Wines, his daughter and granddaughter hope to add fine wine to the list of associations.It's a sign of just how far both the wine industry and the country have come since 1994, when apartheid was dismantled and Mandela was elected the nation's first black president...

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HNN Hot Topics: Gettysburg Address

150 Years After the Gettysburg Address, Is Government by the People in Trouble? by Drew Gilpen Faust

Has America fallen short of being the "world's best hope"?

NOVEMBER 17, 2013

Apology for Gettysburg Address remarks 150 years later

The Harrisburg Patriot-News apologizes for calling the Gettysburg Address "silly" in 1863.

NOVEMBER 16, 2013

Abraham Lincoln Never Believed in Racial Equality by Alan Singer

"I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races."

NOVEMBER 5, 2013

Lincoln's 272 Words, A Model Of Brevity For Modern Times

It is difficult for those of us who write to say we need more words to tell a story when Lincoln did so much with just 272

NOVEMBER 5, 2013

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HNN Hot Topics: John F. Kennedy

Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union [INTERVIEW] by David Austin Walsh

Journalist Peter Savodnik discusses his new book, The Interloper.

NOVEMBER 22, 2013

Is There More to the JFK Assassination? by Larry J. Sabato

Just consider a few of the commission's flaws.

NOVEMBER 22, 2013

Kennedy's Legacy of Inspiration by Robert Dallek

Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, he remains an object of almost universal admiration.

NOVEMBER 22, 2013

Still Blaming Conservatives for Lee Harvey Oswald by Daniel Pipes

Lee Harvey Oswald was a Marxist, so why does Dallas's conservative culture still get blamed for JFK's assassination?

NOVEMBER 20, 2013

The Single Best JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theory by Jon Wiener

Joe Kennedy did it. Because, why not, right?

NOVEMBER 20, 2013

A New Film Life of President John F. Kennedy [INTERVIEW] by Robin Lindley

Director Susan Bellows on the PBS documentary "JFK."

NOVEMBER 19, 2013

The City With a Death Wish in Its Eye by James McAuley

Dallas's role in Kennedy's murder.

NOVEMBER 19, 2013

Was JFK Really a Conservative? by Ronald Radosh

Where was John F. Kennedy on the ideological spectrum?

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Would We Still Have Had "The Sixties" If Kennedy Had Lived? by James T. Patterson

Remember, the turmoil of the 1960s stemmed from forces unrelated to JFK's assassination.

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Why Lee Harvey Oswald Pulled the Trigger by Steven M. Gillon

The Warren Commission painted him as a disaffected sociopath. But Oswald actually had a political reason to kill JFK: to impress Castro.

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Does PBS's "JFK" Whitewash Kennedy's Flaws? by Sheldon M. Stern

The new PBS documentary fails to rise above the imagery crafted by Arthur Schlesinger and Theodore Sorensen in the 1960s.

NOVEMBER 17, 2013

The Wisdom in Leaving Dealey Plaza to Visitors' Imaginations by Max Holland and John McAdams

What's wrong with the new effort to commemorate the Kennedy assassination in Dallas.

NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Textbooks Put JFK's Camelot Under Siege

The John F. Kennedy taught in textbooks today is a Kennedy with warts and all.

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

JFK Was an Unapologetic Liberal by David Greenberg

His underrated career as ideological warrior.

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

JFK Holds Complex Place in Black History

The slain president remains an African American icon, despite dragging his feet on civil rights.

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

How Jackie Kennedy Invented the Camelot Legend After JFK’s Death by James Piereson

While the nation was still grieving JFK’s assassination, she used an influential magazine profile to rewrite her husband’s legacy and spawn Camelot.

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

JFK Assassination: CIA and New York Times are Still Lying to Us by David Talbot

So why has "The Search for JFK" been unfairly forgotten?

NOVEMBER 6, 2013

This Book Was the First to Spill JFK's Secrets. by John B. Judis

So why has "The Search for JFK" been unfairly forgotten?

OCTOBER 31, 2013

The Man with the President’s Ear, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and JFK by Ted Widmer

No historian has ever been as close to power as Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was to President Kennedy.

OCTOBER 28, 2013

Rethinking the JFK Legacy by Steven M. Gillon

There is a wide gap between the way historians view JFK and how the public perceives him.

OCTOBER 28, 2013

Channelling George Washington: What if John F. Kennedy Had Lived? by Thomas Fleming

Had JFK lived, could he have beaten second-termitis?

OCTOBER 28, 2013

JFK vs. the Military by Robert Dallek

During the Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy struggled as much with the Pentagon as he did with the Kremlin.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013

Kennedy’s Finest Moment by Peniel E. Joseph

June 11, 1963, may not be a widely recognized date these days, but it might have been the single most important day in civil rights history.

JUNE 11, 2013

The Cuban Missile Crisis ExComm Meetings: Getting it Right After 50 Years by Sheldon M. Stern

It is just over thirty years since, as historian at the JFK Library, I listened for the first time to the then classified recordings of the Cuban missile crisis White House meetings of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (ExComm).

OCTOBER 14, 2013

Kennedy, the Elusive President by Jill Abramson

Was Kennedy really a great president?

OCTOBER 23, 2013

Does Mimi Alford's New Memoir Finally Mean the Death Knell for the Camelot Myth of JFK? by Vaughn Davis Bornet

The confirmation of the philandering JFK.

MARCH 5, 2012

Who Really Won the 1960 Election? by David Stebenne

November 8, 2010 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the presidential election of 1960, which still very much interests those who care about disputed elections.

NOVEMBER 14, 2010

Did the 1960 Presidential Debates Really Matter? by James L. Baughman

Probably not, but they have been election rituals ever since.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

1963: 11 Seconds in Dallas by Max Holland and Johann Rush

Within hours of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, the Kodak film exposed by Abraham Zapruder became the most important home movie ever made.

NOVEMBER 23, 2007

The Kennedy Brothers and Civil Rights by Sheldon M. Stern

In The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality, Basic Books, 2006, Nick Bryant concludes that JFK was too cautious and hesitant on civil rights.

MAY 27, 2007

Errors Still Afflict the Transcripts of the Kennedy Presidential Recordings by Sheldon M. Stern

Everything has a history including the writing of history itself.

FEBRUARY 21, 2005

The Cuban Missile Crisis Myth You Probably Believe by Sheldon M. Stern

Debunking the Trollope Ploy narrative propagated by RFK.

OCTOBER 24, 2004

Why the History Channel Had to Apologize for the Documentary that Blamed LBJ for JFK's Murder by Stanley I. Kutler

LBJ's family and friends heatedly protested the program.

APRIL 7, 2004

Why We Are Still Preoccupied with the Kennedy Might-Have-Beens by William C. Kashatus

After forty years, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy continues to ignite countless conspiracy theories, rising from the strange circumstances and seemingly inexplicable actions surrounding it.

NOVEMBER 16, 2003

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HNN Hot Topics: Government Shutdowns

Click HERE for our most recent articles.

Articles from the 2013 Shutdown:

How Will Historians Be Affected by the Government Shutdown? By David Austin Walsh

Most federal agencies -- including archives and parks -- are closed. It just got a LOT harder to do history in the United States.

HISTORIANS/HISTORY

The Worst Shutdown in Modern U.S. History by Ellen Fitzpatrick and Theda Skocpol

Why? Because it undermines the democratic process.

CNN

Tearful WWII veteran turned away from Ohio museum

88-year-old Joe McGrain was turned away from the U.S. Air Force museum.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Why The Right Fights by Ross Douthat

Movement conservatives actually want smaller government.

NEW YORK TIMES

Roots of current impasse go back to 1974

The Budget and Impoundment Control Act set up Congress for an October shutdown.

NEW YORK TIMES

The Government Shutdown: Lincoln Said It Best

The Economy Hub cites Abraham Lincoln as a source of inspiration to create peace in Congress.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Shutdown Standoff Is One of the Worst Crises in American History by John B. Judis

Welcome to Weimar America.

THE NEW REPUBLIC

The Real Story of the Shutdown: 50 Years of GOP Race-Baiting by Joan Walsh

Nixon's Southern strategy reaps its bitter fruit.

SALON

Shutdown Fulfills GOP’s Confederate Fantasies by Steven Rosenfeld

It's a way of acting out a deeply held secessionist dream.

ALTERNET

The Right Gets Its ’60s by Bill Keller

Obamacare is their Vietnam.

NEW YORK TIMES

Lessons from the last government shutdown

Lesson #1: the shutdown was NOT a political disaster for the Republican Party.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade

The veterans are visiting Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Network.

CNN

A government shutdown history lesson

What to expect from here.

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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Hot Topics: Syria

The Winners and Losers of the U.S.-Russia Deal by Juan Cole

The Kerry-Lavrov agreement may be the inflection point when the U.S. stops being the sole superpower.

NEWS ABROAD

Syria: A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Zimmerman

Is it any worse to eat dead people than it is to kill them in the first place?

ROUNDUP

Obama's Syria speech unlikely to sway a skeptical public

Nixon failed to change public opinion on Vietnam by addressing the nation.

BREAKING NEWS

The Hill to the Rescue on Syria? by Andrew Bacevich

Don't hold your breath.

NEWS ABROAD

The Real Goal of Obama's Syria Policy by James L. Gelvin

A limited bombing campaign won't bring down Assad, but that's not the point -- it's to convince the government that the military situation is stalemated.

NEWS ABROAD

The Case for Intervention in Syria by Robert Brent Toplin

Chemical weapons must be off-limits in war.

NEWS ABROAD

Syria in Historical Context by Victor Davis Hanson

ROUNDUP

Credibility is Not a Good Reason to Attack Syria by Rajan Menon

"Credibility" is what led to Vietnam.

ROUNDUP

The Syrian Problem -- and an International Solution by Lawrence S. Wittner

Look to the United Nations. It's the legal thing to do.

NEWS ABROAD

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The Battle of Gettysburg at 150 Hancock at Gettysburg by Thure de Thulstrup. Credit: Wiki Commons.

The Battle of Gettysburg marks its 150th anniversary this week (so does the Union victory at the siege of Vicksburg, but good luck seeing anything about that in the media).

To mark the occasion, we've assembled a list of resources -- digital collections, books, and news stories -- about the battle and the Civil War that are worth closer examination.

And of course, please share your favorite Civil War books in the comments! We're pretty well read here at HNN, but considering that the amount of works published on the Civil War easily numbers in the tens of thousands, we certainly haven't read (or even heard of) them all!

Digital Resources

  • The first stop for anyone interested in the sesquicentennial should be the New York Times blog "Disunion," featuring the nation's leading Civil War historians. A resource that will be used for years, if not decades, to come.
  • The National Park Service is livetweeting the battle at @GettysburgNMP starting tomorrow. The NPS is also livestreaming the re-enactment of Pickett's Charge on July 3.
  • Harvard's Henry Louis Gates, Jr. answers the question: "Did black men fight at Gettysburg?" At the actual July 1-3 battle, possibly (the records are unclear). Did black people play a pivotal role in the runup and aftermath to the battle? Absolutely.
  • Smithsonian Magazine is hosting an interactive map of the battle, the culmination of a digital history research project involving faculty and students at Middlebury College.
  • The Civil War Trust also features a number of maps.
  • The front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 29, 1863: "TO ARMS! CITIZENS OF PENNSYLVANIA!! The rebels are upon us!"
  • The Civil War Trust has an app for those braving the July heat to visit the battlefield.
  • The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has a dedicated page highlighting the state's role in the battle.
  • And, of course, the indomitable Kevin Levin has a series of thought-provoking blog posts up at Civil War Memory (and he's just written an article for HNN about the terror facing African Americans in the wake of Confederate occupation.)
  • Books Worth Reading

    Histories of the Civil War Era

    Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson (1988). Still the definitive single-volume history of the Civil War. More of a socio-political history than a military history, but absolutely essential reading for to understand the underpinning issues of the Civil War.

    Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 by Eric Foner (1988). One of the most influential history books written in the past thirty years, Eric Foner transformed historical intepretations of the Civil War and Reconstruction by putting the agency of freed slaves at the center of his analysis.

    Battle Histories

    Glory Road by Bruce Catton (1952). Catton is in many ways the granddaddy of Civil War studies. In fact, if you're of a youthful cast, Catton was the one Civil War author your granddaddy probably read. Civil War studies, and historical scholarship in general, has come a long way since the 1950s, but for pure narrative history and lyrical beauty, Catton is still worth reading.

    Gettysburg by Stephen W. Sears (2004). Sears stakes out firm positions in the perennial debates over the Gettysburg campaign (Did Lee make a mistake with the invasion? Was his judgment impaired when ordering Pickett's Charge? etc.), coming firmly down on the side of Lee by examining the larger strategic picture facing the Confederacy in 1863 (the looming loss of Vicksburg most prominently).

    Gettysburg: The Last Invasion by Allen C. Guezlo (2013). Allen Guezlo offers the most recent narrative history of the battle, an hour-by-hour, ordinary-soldier's-eye-view of Gettysburg. He relies on postwar memoirs, regimental histories, and survivors' letters to provide a visceral, sensory experience of the fighting.

    Regimental Histories

    Last Full Measure: The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers by Richard Moe (1993). Widely considered to be one of the best regimental histories, former president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Richard Moe traces in this volume, the history of the Firs Minnesota Volunteers, one of the first Union regiments mustered and which was decimated during the second day of the battle.

    Stand Firm Ye Boys From Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign by Thomas A. Desjardin. The 20th Maine is famed for its defense of Little Round Top on the second day of the battle. Their ammunition exhausted, regimental commander Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain ordered a bayonet charge into the advancing Confederates. It worked. Little Round Top remained in Union hands for the rest of the battle.

    A Scythe of Fire: A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment by Steven E. Woodworth and Warren Wilkinson. The Eighth Georgia Infantry served at nearly ever major battle fought by the Army of Northern Virginia. At Gettysburg, the regiment fought as part of Anderson's Brigade, where it saw heavy fighting in the Wheatfield on July 2S

    Journal Articles

    "A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead" by J. David Hacker (Civil War History, 2011). Perhaps the most important article to appear about the Civil War in the past decade. Using census records, demographer and social historian J. David Hacker revised the estimated number of deaths during the Civil War upward, from around 600,000 to nearly 850,000.

    Reader's Picks

    For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War by James M. McPherson (1997).

    Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War by Drew Faust Gilpin (2004).

    Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North by Jennifer L. Weber (2006).

    This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust (2008).

    Sesquicentennial News

  • National Parks Service livestreaming Gettysburg reenactment (6-28-13)
  • Re-enactors and spectators descend on Gettysburg (6-28-13)
  • New map may explain Lee's decisions at Gettysburg (6-28-13)
  • Apps mix history with technology at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (6-27-13)
  • New Gettysburg museum explores role of faith in Civil War (6-25-13)
  • Gettysburg residents seek black history museum (6-25-13)
  • Shaped by history, Gettysburg celebrates milestone (6-24-13)
  • A Gettysburg battle plan: The field as it once was (6-24-13)
  • Gettysburg readies for anniversary (5-26-13)
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    HNN Hot Topics: MOOCs Image via Shutterstock/Flickr.

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    HNN Hot Topics: Terrorism Aftermath of bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Credit: Flickr

    Click HERE for our most recent articles. 

    Historian's Take

    ● Historian of terrorism worried about rise in militia groups (ABC News, 3-30-10)

    ● Gérard Chaliand: Why We Need a Cool Assessment of Terrorism (History News Network, 7-29-07)

    ● Walter Laqueur: Terrorism Won't Be Defeated in Our Lifetime (Wall Street Journal, 7-12-05)

    Histories of Terrorism

    ● Jeffrey William Lewis: A Brief History of Suicide Bombing (History News Network, 3-25-13)

    ● Aziz Huq: Review of The History of Terrorism From Antiquity to Al Qaeda, ed., Gérald Chaliand and Arnaud Blin (History News Network, 12-29-07)

    ● J. Frederick Fausz: The First Act of Terrorism in English America (History News Network, 1-11-06)

    Counter-Terrorism

    ● Fighting Terrorism, French-Style (New York Times, 3-31-12)

    ● Jill Lepore: Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and the Law of Torment (New Yorker, 3-18-13)

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    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/151537 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/151537 0
    Pope Francis Click HERE for our most recent articles.

    News

  • Priest 'not denounced' by pope (3-20-13)
  • Slum Priests: Pope Francis's Early Years (3-20-13)
  • Francis and Argentina's "disappeared" (3-14-13)
  • Did Pope Francis collaborate with the Argentine junta? (3-13-13)
  • Why the new pope's name matters (3-12-13)
  • Commentary: Historians

  • Conrad Black: Pope Francis, Say Yes to the Pill (3-21-13)
  • Anthea Butler: A Pope of Firsts, But Will Francis Actually Change the Vatican? (3-20-13)
  • Anne M. Martinez: Tenemos un Papa! (3-18-13)
  • David Austin Walsh: The Catholic Church's Long Struggle over Accommodating to Authoritarian Regimes (3-18-13)
  • David M. Perry: What the Name 'Francis' Means for the Modern Church (3-14-13)
  • David M. Perry: How History Can Help Us Predict the Next Pope (3-12-13)
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    HNN Hot Topics: The Iraq War U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian L. Wickliffe.

    HNN Full Coverage

  • The History of Iraq
  • The Looting of Iraq's Heritage
  • Iraq Analogies: It's Vietnam. It's Lebanon. (What historians said about the Iraq War in 2003.) 
  • Now What?:  The Aftermath
  • Iraq War: 3rd Anniversary 
  • Joyce Appleby's Petition Against the Iraq War
  • Select News Stories

  • Long-Awaited Chilcot Report:  Britain’s Role in Iraq War (7-6-16)
  • 10 years later, an anniversary many Iraqis would prefer to ignore (3-19-13)
  • Polls

  • Poll: Has the Media Been Open Enough About Its Role in the Iraq War?
  • Poll: Iraq War not worth it (3-17-13)
  • Iraq: The spies who fooled the world (3-17-13)
  • Commentary

  • Glenda Gilmore:  The Chilcot Report:  Hollow Vindication for the War's Critics  (7-6-16)
  • Greg Mitchell: When Chris Hedges, 10 Years Ago, Warned About Coverage of the Iraq Invasion (3-21-13)
  • Michael H. Hunt: The Iraq War: Learning Lessons, Ignoring History (3-20-13)
  • David Ignatius: The Painful Lessons of Iraq (3-20-13)
  • James Jay Carafano: History and the Blame Game Ten Years After Iraq (3-19-13)
  • Rajiv Srinivasan: Iraq War Legacy -- Are Today’s Vets Better Off? (3-19-13)
  • John R. Nagl: What America Learned in Iraq (3-19-13)
  • James Joyner: Washington's Losing Streak (3-19-13)
  • Jonathan Zimmerman: What’s Not Being Taught About the Iraq War (3-19-13)
  • Martha K. Huggins: Ten Years of "Police Advisors" in Iraq (3-19-13)
  • Fouad Ajami: Ten Years Ago, an Honorable War Began With Wide Support (3-18-13)
  • Mark Kukis: What the U.S. Invasion Looked Like to Iraqis
  • Paul Krugman: Marches of Folly (3-18-13)
  • Eric Boehlert: Could Twitter Have Prevented the Iraq War? (3-18-13)
  • Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite: The Iraq War -- How Our Nation Lost Its Soul (3-14-13)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/151180 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/151180 0
    HNN Hot Topics: Hugo Chavez, 1954-2013

    News

  • Hugo Chávez of Venezuela dies (3-5-13)
  • Commentary: Historians

  • Greg Grandin: The Legacy of Hugo Chávez (3-5-13)
  • Commentary: Media

  • Mac Margolis: Hugo Chávez’s House of Cards (3-7-13
  • Tariq Ali: Hugo Chávez and Me (3-6-13)
  • Francisco Toro: What Fidel Taught Hugo (3-5-13)
  • Past Controversies: South of the Border

  • Stone's, Weisbrot's, and Ali's Letter to the NYT (7-24-10)
  • Larry Rohter: Oliver Stone Still Doesn't Get It (7-26-10)
  • Oliver Stone, Mark Weisbrot, and Tariq Ali: Responding to the New York Times's Broadside at Our Documentary (8-1-10)
  • Oliver Stone: Misstatements and Factual Errors from Critics (8-1-10)
  • Mark Weisbrot: Rohter Strikes Out Yet Again on South of the Border(8-3-10)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/150947 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/150947 0
    HNN Hot Topics: The Howard Zinn Debate Howard Zinn speaking out against the Iraq War in 2004. Credit: Wiki Commons.

    For the Prosecution:

  • David Greenberg: Agit-Prof: Howard Zinn’s Influential Mutilations of American History (3-19-13)
  • Jim Loewen: "The Other Civil War": Howard Zinn, Abraham Lincoln, Lerone Bennett, Stephen Spielberg, and Me (12-29-12)
  • Sam Wineburg: Where Howard Zinn's "A People's History" Falls Short (12-17-12)
  • Ron Radosh: Howard Zinn’s FBI Files: What It Reveals (8-5-10)
  • Michael Kazin: Howard Zinn's Disappointing History of the United States (2-9-10)
  • Rick Shenkman: The Left's Blind Spot (2-9-10)
  • Howard Zinn's show has been "hyped" says Ron Radosh in a highly critical review (12-12-09)
  • Larry DeWitt: Howard Zinn: The Historian as Don Quixote (1-25-09)
  • Daniel J. Flynn: Howard Zinn's Biased History (1-9-03)
  • For the Defense:

  • Jesse Lemisch, Staughton Lynd, and Robert Cohen: Rebutting David Greenberg's Broadside on Howard Zinn (3-19-13)
  • Robert Cohen: When Assessing Zinn, Listen to the Voices of Teachers and Students (1-7-13)
  • Peter N. Kirstein: The People's Historian and the FBI Zinn Files (8-17-10)
  • Eric Foner: Howard Zinn's Critical History (2-4-10)
  • In memoriam

    Howard Zinn: Tribues, Memorials, and Obituaries

  • Guy Mount: Zinn Lives: Scholars Remember the Person Behind A People’s History (3-21-10)
  • Joseph A. Palermo: Remembering Howard Zinn (2-9-10)
  • Sheldon M. Stern: Howard Zinn Briefly Recalled (2-9-10)
  • Ron Briley: Thank You, Howard Zinn (2-9-10)
  • Michael Honey: Howard Zinn's Disputed Legacy (2-9-10)
  • Staughton Lynd: The Howard Zinn I Remember (2-9-10)
  • News and Misc.

  • Ron Briley: Review of Martin Duberman’s Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left (1-10-13)
  • New biography of Howard Zinn published (12-8-12)
  • John Tirman: Review of Martin Duberman's "Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left" (12-8-12)
  • Zinn makes final list of "least credible history book in print" (7-16-12)
  • Inside Howard Zinn's FBI Files (7-30-10)
  • 'People's History' author Howard Zinn dies at 87 (1-27-10)
  • Howard Zinn: On "The People Speak," the Supreme Court, and Haiti (1-26-10)
  • Howard Zinn: Roasted in New Criterion (2-1-08)
  • Howard Zinn: His publisher rides to his defense (6-24-07)
  • Howard Zinn: BU's John Silber says he had grounds for firing Zinn (12-28-05)
  • Tim Goodman: Howard Zinn: Rock Star (10-13-04)
  • Howard Zinn, Q & A (February 2004)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/150142 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/150142 0
    Is "Lincoln" the Movie Historically Accurate?

    News

  • Is 'Lincoln' the real deal?: Interview with James McPherson (11-28-12)
  • Eric Foner: "['Lincoln'] offers a severely truncated view" (11-27-12)
  • NPR Asks a Historian: Just How Accurate Is 'Lincoln'? (11-22-12)
  • Spielberg, with new ‘Lincoln’ film in theaters, speaks at ‘Gettysburg Address’ commemoration (11-19-12)
  • NBC singles out Doris Kearns Goodwin's role in the new Lincoln film (11-15-12)
  • Lincoln biopics go back to the ‘talkies’ (11-14-12)
  • Historical sound effects captured in Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ (11-13-12)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis faces criticism for giving a voice to Abraham Lincoln (11-9-12)
  • NYT calls "Lincoln" "among the finest films ever made about American politics" (11-9-12)
  • Shooting Lincoln: How local talent and the Virginia film industry made Spielberg’s blockbuster possible (11-6-12)
  • Abe Lincoln as You’ve Never Heard Him (10-31-12)
  • Mr. Lincoln Goes to Hollywood (10-29-12)
  • Commentary: Historians

  • Gregory L. Kaster: The Law of Slavery Lies at Heart of Both "Lincoln" and "Django" (1-7-13)
  • Jon Wiener: 'Django Unchained' ... Quentin Tarantino’s Answer to Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (12-25-12)
  • Sean Wilentz: Lincoln in Hollywood from Griffith to Spielberg (12-21-12)
  • Patrick Rael: "Lincoln's" Unfinished Work (12-17-12)
  • Alan Singer:  Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up? (12-10-12)
  • Kelsey McKernie: How Historically Accurate is "Lincoln"? (12-10-12)
  • Barbara Krauthamer: Slavery’s Grotesque and Relentless Violence (12-4-12)
  • Kate Masur: A Filmmaker’s Imagination, and a Historian’s (11-30-12)
  • Louis P. Masur: Lincoln at the Movies (11-26-12)
  • Jon Wiener: The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (11-26-12)
  • Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica: "Lincoln": Jesus Christ! God Almighty! What a (Biblical) Movie! (11-25-12)
  • Harold Holzer: What’s True and False in “Lincoln” Movie (11-22-12)
  • David O. Stewart: How True is "Lincoln"? (11-20-12)
  • Jim Cullen: Daniel Day-Lewis's Abe Lincoln: (Racial) Trailblazer (11-19-12)
  • Kate Masur: In Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln,’ Passive Black Characters (11-13-12)
  • Commentary: Media

  • Hendrik Hertzberg: “Lincoln” v. Lincoln (12-17-12)
  • Kelly Candaele: Film History: Columnists and Historians Assess Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (12-14-12)
  • Ricky Kreitner: 'Lincoln,' Thaddeus Stevens and Why American Politics Still Needs Radicals (12-10-12)
  • Doyle McManus: The Lessons Obama Can Draw from 'Lincoln' (11-28-12)
  • Peggy Noonan: Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ (11-28-12)
  • Lynn Parramore: What Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Conveniently Leaves Out (11-25-12)
  • David Thomson: Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a Film for our Political Moment (11-13-12)
  • Peter Galuszka: 150 Years After the War, Richmond Embraces ‘Lincoln’ (11-13-12)
  • Jim Castagnera: Daniel Day-Lewis *is* Lincoln (11-9-12)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149560 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149560 0
    HNN Hot Topics: "Lincoln": The Movie

    News

  • Is 'Lincoln' the real deal?: Interview with James McPherson (11-28-12)
  • Eric Foner: "['Lincoln'] offers a severely truncated view" (11-27-12)
  • NPR Asks a Historian: Just How Accurate Is 'Lincoln'? (11-22-12)
  • Spielberg, with new ‘Lincoln’ film in theaters, speaks at ‘Gettysburg Address’ commemoration (11-19-12)
  • NBC singles out Doris Kearns Goodwin's role in the new Lincoln film (11-15-12)
  • Lincoln biopics go back to the ‘talkies’ (11-14-12)
  • Historical sound effects captured in Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ (11-13-12)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis faces criticism for giving a voice to Abraham Lincoln (11-9-12)
  • NYT calls "Lincoln" "among the finest films ever made about American politics" (11-9-12)
  • Shooting Lincoln: How local talent and the Virginia film industry made Spielberg’s blockbuster possible (11-6-12)
  • Abe Lincoln as You’ve Never Heard Him (10-31-12)
  • Mr. Lincoln Goes to Hollywood (10-29-12)
  • Commentary: Historians

  • Gregory L. Kaster: The Law of Slavery Lies at Heart of Both "Lincoln" and "Django" (1-7-13)
  • Jon Wiener: 'Django Unchained' ... Quentin Tarantino’s Answer to Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (12-25-12)
  • Sean Wilentz: Lincoln in Hollywood from Griffith to Spielberg (12-21-12)
  • Patrick Rael: "Lincoln's" Unfinished Work (12-17-12)
  • Alan Singer:  Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up? (12-10-12)
  • Kelsey McKernie: How Historically Accurate is "Lincoln"? (12-10-12)
  • Barbara Krauthamer: Slavery’s Grotesque and Relentless Violence (12-4-12)
  • Kate Masur: A Filmmaker’s Imagination, and a Historian’s (11-30-12)
  • Louis P. Masur: Lincoln at the Movies (11-26-12)
  • Jon Wiener: The Trouble With Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (11-26-12)
  • Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica: "Lincoln": Jesus Christ! God Almighty! What a (Biblical) Movie! (11-25-12)
  • Harold Holzer: What’s True and False in “Lincoln” Movie (11-22-12)
  • David O. Stewart: How True is "Lincoln"? (11-20-12)
  • Jim Cullen: Daniel Day-Lewis's Abe Lincoln: (Racial) Trailblazer (11-19-12)
  • Kate Masur: In Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln,’ Passive Black Characters (11-13-12)
  • Commentary: Media

  • Hendrik Hertzberg: “Lincoln” v. Lincoln (12-17-12)
  • Kelly Candaele: Film History: Columnists and Historians Assess Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' (12-14-12)
  • Ricky Kreitner: 'Lincoln,' Thaddeus Stevens and Why American Politics Still Needs Radicals (12-10-12)
  • Doyle McManus: The Lessons Obama Can Draw from 'Lincoln' (11-28-12)
  • Peggy Noonan: Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ (11-28-12)
  • Lynn Parramore: What Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Conveniently Leaves Out (11-25-12)
  • David Thomson: Spielberg's "Lincoln" is a Film for our Political Moment (11-13-12)
  • Peter Galuszka: 150 Years After the War, Richmond Embraces ‘Lincoln’ (11-13-12)
  • Jim Castagnera: Daniel Day-Lewis *is* Lincoln (11-9-12)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149340 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149340 0
    The Petraeus Affair David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell in 2011. Credit: Flickr/U.S. Navy.

    News

  • For Petraeus, echoes of that other warrior David (11-14-12)
  • Adultery, an ancient crime that remains on many books (11-14-12)
  • The quandary for biographers: get up close, but how personal? (11-13-12)
  • With digital trail, an end to the hushed affair (11-10-12)
  • A short history of spies and their sex scandals (11-9-12)
  • Commentary

  • Juan Cole: The Arab Reading of the Petraeus/Allen Affair (11-14-12)
  • Amy Davidson: The Kay Summersby Defense (11-14-12)
  • Mark Perry: The Cult of the General from Douglas MacArthur to David Petraeus (11-14-12)
  • Con Coughlin: Petraeus Affair ... All the Presidential Men (11-14-12)
  • Max Boot: Petraeus ... A Necessary Man (11-13-12)
  • Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica: The “Fiscal Cliff” and THE SCANDAL (11-13-12)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149339 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149339 0
    HNN Hot Topics: Natural Disasters Hurricane Sandy from space as it approaches the Atlantic coast of the United States, October 28, 2012. Credit: NASA.

    Hurricane Sandy

  • Matthew Algeo: Grover Cleveland’s Hurricane (11-1-12)
  • Walter Russell Mead: Nature and Nature’s God (10-31-12)
  • Carl Zimring: How Hurricane Sandy Affected One Historian (i.e. Me) (10-31-12)
  • Q & A

  • Why Hurricanes Have Names: The History Behind Hurricane Nomenclature (8-25-11)
  • "Category Five": How a Hurricane Yardstick Came to Be (12-20-05)
  • Normand Forgues-Roy: Was Katrina the Biggest, the Worst Natural Disaster in U.S. History? (10-23-05)
  • Historic Natural Disasters

  • Map of World Hurricanes since 1851 (8-27-12)
  • An Earthquake in Virginia? It's Happened Before. (8-23-11)
  • David Welky: When the Levee Doesn’t Break (5-10-11)
  • James Boyden: Explaining the Apocalypse: The Impact of Hurricane Katrina (4-10-10)
  • Hannah Regan: Think the East Coast Blizzards Were Bad This Year? Try 1947 (3-21-10)
  • James Ridgeway: Mother Jones: The Secret History of Hurricane Katrina (8-29-09)
  • 1900 Hurricane Changed Galveston and Forecasting (9-12-08)
  • Colin Fisher: San Diego's Natural Disaster Wasn't Entirely Natural (10-27-07)
  • Great New England Hurricane of 1635 Even Worse Than Thought (11-21-06)
  • Kevin R. Kosar: The Executive Branch’s Response to the Flood of 1927 (10-30-05)
  • The Ten Worst Natural Disasters (8-29-05)
  • Melissah J. Pawlikowski: When Hemingway Took the Government to Task for a Hurricane Disaster that Cost Hundreds of Lives (9-26-05)
  • Katrina ... Greatest Natural Disaster in Our History? (9-17-05)
  • Interview with Erik Larson: The Hurricane that Destroyed Galveston in 1900 (9-9-05)
  • Interview with Pete Daniel: The Great Flood of 1927 (9-8-05)
  • Eliot Kleinberg: The Florida Flood that Accounted for the Most Deaths of Black People in a Single Day (Until Katrina) (9-6-05)
  • John M. Barry: The 1927 Flood -- The Worst in History (Until Now) (9-5-05)
  • Willie Drye: How FDR Handled the Fallout from the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (9-2-05)
  • Dan Murphy: How History Was Affected by Krakatoa: The Effect of Natural Disasters (12-30-04)
  • ]]>
    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:36:01 +0000 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149014 https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/149014 0