Gil Troy Gil Troy blog brought to you by History News Network. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://m.hnn.us/blog/author/4 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network The Builder of World’s ‘Eighth Wonder’ Who Died of Stress A tunnel connecting New York City with New Jersey long bedeviled engineers and city planners, until one determined genius solved the puzzle.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154005 http://hnn.us/blog/154005 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Confederate General Who Became a ‘Race Traitor’ Once General Robert E. Lee’s right-hand man, General Longstreet would become known as ‘the Judas of the Lost Cause.’]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154003 http://hnn.us/blog/154003 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Man Who Created Yankees’ Murderers’ Row Edward Barrow changed the face of modern sports, ushering in megastars like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, while also introducing the playing of the national anthem before games.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153999 http://hnn.us/blog/153999 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Casting Couch Perverts Who Peddled Fairy Tales Hollywood always has, still is, and likely will be full of predators. But two of the most prolific were also two men who dramatically changed the industry.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153989 http://hnn.us/blog/153989 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Teen Killer Who Radicalized the NRA Harlon Carter transformed the NRA from a rifle club into the take-no-prisoners anti-gun-control powerhouse. But he also had a very dark past.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153988 http://hnn.us/blog/153988 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The One-Armed Orphan Who Brought Human Rights To The World The human wrongs many experienced during the twentieth century—individually and collectively—spawned today’s human rights movement.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153983 http://hnn.us/blog/153983 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Preacher Whose Statue Was Booted for Reagan

A decade ago, the anti-slavery preacher Thomas Starr King was removed from the Capitol and replaced by Ronald Reagan. Maybe his statue should be placed in a certain white house.


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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153979 http://hnn.us/blog/153979 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
The Surprisingly Glamorous History of New Jersey Presidential Vacations

Long before it was the capital of gym, tan, and laundry (or President Trump's "working vacation") New Jersey coastline was the chosen high-end destination for presidents.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153974 http://hnn.us/blog/153974 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
The Truth About Colonel Klink: When America's Favorite Comedy Nazi Commandant Was Played by a Jewish Refugee

Thirty years after fleeing the Nazis, Werner Klemperer skewered the Nazis by playing them in one of TV's greatest hits.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153971 http://hnn.us/blog/153971 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
This Anti-Slavery Crusader Was The Enemy of Lincoln John C. Frémont’s biography, like California’s history, was rocked by earthquakes.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153967 http://hnn.us/blog/153967 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age As we swim in invisible waves transmitting energy all around us, and spend our lives with wireless devices catching a hail of transparent messages, we live in Tesla’s world.
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153965 http://hnn.us/blog/153965 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
How the Great Yankee Wife Swap Scandalized—and Changed—America Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153958 http://hnn.us/blog/153958 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Rabbi Who Captured a Town Alone Shlomo Goren was the Israeli Army’s first chief rabbi—and in one of Israel’s defining moments gave it the spiritual strength to reverse what looked to be a devastating loss.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153937 http://hnn.us/blog/153937 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Ed Murrow and Marlene Dietrich's Secret Affair This was no mere fling between Airhead Beauty and Brainiac Beast, but it did place Murrow in a long line of brilliant men who fell for Dietrich.

 

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153926 http://hnn.us/blog/153926 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
The Ivanka Trump of the 19th Century She played hostess for the president most often accused of being gay—and used technology to become world famous.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153922 http://hnn.us/blog/153922 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 When Nixon Floated—Then Gaslit—the First Female Supreme Court Candidate The notorious president came close to naming a woman to the Supreme Court, sneering: ‘One thing about the woman conservative. These bastards can’t vote against her.’]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153913 http://hnn.us/blog/153913 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Jew Who Changed Football Forever There would have been no Tom Brady or Johnny Unitas if it hadn’t been for one determined son of Orthodox Jews from Cleveland, Ohio.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153906 http://hnn.us/blog/153906 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Progressive Attorney General Who Raided Immigrants—And Paid the Price Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153899 http://hnn.us/blog/153899 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Most Patriotic Act of Treason in American History? Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153893 http://hnn.us/blog/153893 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 She Was the Steve Bannon of the Great Depression Elizabeth Dilling screeched ‘America First!’, oozed hatred, and inspired Sinclair Lewis. In the era that saw the rapid rise of populists, she became famous on the back of hatred for minorities, Jews, and foreigners.]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:37:02 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153888 http://hnn.us/blog/153888 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0