For students of history of almost every generation, there are moments when time stands still, to be relived over and over: what if the central characters had acted differently? What if Gavrilo Princip did not successfully murder Archduke Franz Ferdinand and set off WWI? What if it was raining (as predicted) and the roof went up on … Continue reading Moments When Time Stands Still and History Changes Dramatically: Just Before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, 1863
A movie documentary and a docudrama (with actors) illustrate the remarkable life of "RBG" or Ruth Bader Ginsberg, available on Youtube as well as various streaming services. "At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique … Continue reading Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Legal and Women’s History
"60 Minutes" opens the archive on previous stories on U.S. pandemic preparedness after being challenged by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. Specifically, the program reported on the potential of pandemics in 2009 and 2005, with Dr. Anthony Fauci warning even then about the potential to wreck havoc. Avian or bird flu turned out not … Continue reading Pandemics, Unsurprisingly, Demonstrate Power of Nature Over Humanity, Especially the Poor, and Modern Over-reliance on Biomedicine
NYT Magazine 1619 Project: "Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed by doctors today." By Linda Villarosa, director of the journalism program at the City College of New York and is a contributing writer for the NYT Magazine. Direct link to article. She describes the excruciatingly painful … Continue reading Medical Experimentation on Slaves and Freed African Americans Still Influences Physicians, Researchers Assert
"Banana Republic" was for many years -- since the novelist O. Henry coined the phrase at the turn of the 20th century -- the US cultural stereotype of Latin America. Henry based his fictional country on Honduras, describing it as totally dependent on bananas, the one economic product it produced. The 1971 Woody Allen comedy … Continue reading Nation-Building in Latin America From the 1940s to Today
Russel Crowe plays Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News. Roger was a Republican party strategist who went on to create Fox News Network and change the way news is delivered in America today. Related: Would Fox News Exist If Not for Richard Nixon and Watergate?
What if the Middle East developed the way the United States did and the U.S. developed the way the Middle East did? Living in the Middle East, I began to ponder this possibility when camping in Oman and noting the similarities between Middle Eastern tribes and Native American tribes. But of course Native American tribes … Continue reading What if Middle East and US Traded Places?
Turning Points are like dominoes falling. One thing leads to another. They can sometimes be social constructs, oversimplify causality, enlarge events that may be less connected and more isolated, or miss significant events that were perhaps turning points that we don't recognize until much later, but still it's a useful exercise to search for and … Continue reading 1930s to Present: Turning Points in US History
The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was a central organizing principle for both countries from the mid-1940s (after the end of WWII) until the USSR collapsed in 1990. It was a bipolar world, full of proxy wars, a competition or race to introduce new weapons technology, to conquer space, over … Continue reading 1945 to Present. Cold Wars, Old and New: Turning Points. What Should Be Done?
Since well before the nation's founding, awakening, rebellions, and social movements have been an integral part of American society. Vocalizing injustices, asserting oneself, participating in social movements -- becoming a rebel or an activist -- is a way to engage with history and perhaps turn the tide in a more positive direction. Many historians believe … Continue reading 1776 to Present: Social Movements, Revolutions, Evolutions. Leaders As Gamblers