Week of May 20, 2013
|How Did the IRS Get Investigatory Authority, Anyway?|
Douglas M. Charles
The IRS didn't have an investigations division, until they decided to take on the Mafia.
Tags: IRS, Kefauver Committee, organized crime, scandals
|The Real Story of the MS St. Louis|
Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman
Critics say FDR condemned nearly 1,000 Jews to death by turning them away from American ports, but the reality is quite different.
Tags: FDR, Cuba, Holocaust, MS St. Louis
|HNN Hot Topics: Memorial Day|
Tags: Memorial Day, holidays, Hot Topics, veterans
News at Home
|Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea|
There's no sound economic argument for austerity.
Tags: austerity, economics, financial crisis, welfare state
|Is Russia Drinking Itself to Death?|
The Russian love affair with vodka is slowly destroying the nation.
Tags: alcohol, public health, Russia, vodka
| Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Carter: Political BFFs? |
Lee P. Ruddin
It's true -- Anglo-American relations would probably have been better if Jimmy Carter had been re-elected.
Tags: Falklands War, Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan
Historians & History
|Beware Social Nostalgia|
Personal nostalgia is fine, but social nostalgia can distort our understanding of the world.
Tags: gender, New York Times, nostalgia, sexuality
|A Different Thomas Jefferson Tried to Eliminate Slavery in Virginia|
TJ's grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, sponsored a bill for gradual emancipation in the Virginia legislature.
Tags: Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Virginia, emancipation, Nat Turner
|1983: The Most Dangerous Year of the Cold War|
David Austin Walsh
The National Security Archive releases new documents on Able Archer 83.
Tags: Able Archer 83, Cold War>, National Security Archive, Soviet Union
|Was Joseph Kennedy Really an Anti-Semite?|
It depends on your definition of "anti-Semite." He was certainly no friend to the Jews, though.
Tags: anti-Semitism, Holocaust, Joseph P. Kennedy, World War II
|Allen Weinstein's Truth to Tell About Alger Hiss|
The former National Archives head's 1973 book Perjury has just been reissued.
Tags: Allen Weinstein, Alger Hiss, Richard Nixon, communism
|At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer|
Lawrence S. Wittner
The outrageous salaries of college presidents are damaging higher education.
Tags: income inequality, tuition, universities, higher education
|Review of David Simonelli's Working Class Heroes|
An academic -- but accessible -- look at the impact of rock music on British society.
Tags: David Simonelli, rock music, Great Britain, Beatles
|Review of Harold Holzer's The Civil War in 50 Objects|
Bernard von Bothmer
An excellent and accessible introduction to the War Between the States.
Tags: books, Civil War, Civil War in 50 Objects, Harold Holzer
Week of May 13, 2013
News at Home
|The Tea Party Isn't Conservative|
Christopher S. Parker
It's the latest manifestation of the pseudo-conservative paranoid style in American politics. And here's the statistical proof.
Tags: Tea Party, Richard Hofstadter, paranoid style, John Birch Society
|Why is Our Government Prosecuting Whistleblowers?|
William J. Astore
What happens when the White House becomes the Kremlin?
Tags: Barack Obama, federal government, United States, whistleblowers
|Pray the Way I Do|
A scandal in Israel: Women praying at the Wailing Wall.
Tags: Israel, Judaism, prayers, Wailing Wall
|Terrorism in the Workplace|
Don't mourn the dead in Dhaka -- organize.
Tags: Bangladesh, labor, safety, unions
|Happy Birthday, Kosovo!|
Serbia and Kosovo have signed an historic agreement to end two decades of conflict.
Tags: civilization, EU, Kosovo, Serbia
Historians & History
| Ira Katznelson: The Racist History of the New Deal |
Ira Katznelson on the New Deal in the age of Roosevelt and Truman.
Tags: Ira Katznelson, New Deal, racism, South
|Marc Lendler: "Every Idea is an Incitement..."|
Marc Lendler on the continuing relevance of Gitlow v. New York, the landmark free speech trial from the Red Scare.
Tags: free speech, Gitlow v. New York, Marc Lendler, Red Scare
| Why Historians' Memoirs are So Valuable |
James M. Banner, Jr.
John Elliott's new memoir is a must-read to understand the practice of history over the past sixty years.
Tags: John Elliott, memoirs, Spain, Weekly Standard
|Thomas Jefferson's Nightmare|
The specter of a slave revolt haunted the South until the outbreak of the Civil War.
Tags: Civil War, Haiti, slavery, Thomas Jefferson
|Republicans Should Like Ike|
Keith W. Olson
His example offers the party a way forward.
Tags: Dwight D. Eisenhower, GOP, Republican Party, Tea Party
|Review of James Patterson's The Eve of Destruction|
Jeffrey Aaron Snyder
Did 1965 really change America?
Tags: 1965, books, Eve of Destruction, James Patterson
|Review of Jill Lepore’s The Story of America|
A worthy successor to the tradition of Richard Hofstadter.
Tags: books, Jill Lepore, Luther Spoehr, The Story of America