Moments When Time Stands Still and History Changes Dramatically: Just Before Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, 1863

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

Gettysburg in the Collective American Unconscious: Ghosts, & Heroes on Both Sides

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2StlW9XuA2g Last Reunion of Gettysburg Veterans https://youtu.be/mumPcoIZa_I Historian Shelby Foote on Gettysburg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bhOqObhz3o Gettysburg: the 1993 movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC7bYDBj_eA Actor Martin Sheen on Favorite Stories from Gettysburg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPFinBuDJ-M Filmmaker Ken Burns Discusses the Greatness of General Robert E. Lee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PzVdvN-BkA More Youtube videos on Gettysburg

Big Mistake: Always Fighting the Last War

"I think one of the great disasters (in military history) is the way that the Second World War has become the defining reference point for every crisis and every conflict." -- Antony Beevor, English military historian. After the success of World War II, leaders under-estimated the challenge of the Korean War, which ended in stalemate … Continue reading Big Mistake: Always Fighting the Last War

Coming to Terms with Military History: Civil War, WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Iraq

I have not posted much on this blog about the powerful military leaders, strategies and battles in history, when in fact there are whole courses, schools and museums devoted to military history. For some students, especially those who go on to serve in the military, that IS what history is mostly about, war games. For others, … Continue reading Coming to Terms with Military History: Civil War, WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Iraq

Multiple Perspectives on the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Massacre

On the night of March 5, 1770, several Boston residents were shot and killed by British soldiers in what became known as the Boston Massacre. What follows are several images and first-hand accounts from eyewitness to and participants in the event. Following each primary source are questions to help you examine and interpret the information. … Continue reading Multiple Perspectives on the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Massacre

History Teacher Honored for Honoring Veterans

Here's something any high school history teacher can do that is really appreciated by the community of veterans: Invite veterans to come speak to your classes about their experiences in the military, and especially in war: the few remaining World War II veterans, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, or military service around the globe. Ask students to … Continue reading History Teacher Honored for Honoring Veterans

Prelude Or Events Leading Up to the American Revolution

"John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we've labored the point here, but they weren't the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this war played out … Continue reading Prelude Or Events Leading Up to the American Revolution

When America Almost Succumbed to Military Dictatorship

The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right by Sally Denton. When Franklin Roosevelt assumed the presidency in March, 1933, America was desperate. This book explores two startling events that have been largely ignored by historians: "anarchist Giuseppe Zangara's assassination attempt on Roosevelt, and a plutocrats' … Continue reading When America Almost Succumbed to Military Dictatorship

Without Wars, the World Might Be Worse Off

In the above video, John Green of Crash Course "talks about whether humanity is naturally warlike, hard-wired to kill, or if perhaps war is a cultural construct. John will talk about the Hobbes versus Rousseau debate, the effects that war has on human social orders, and the effects that war has on individuals. So is … Continue reading Without Wars, the World Might Be Worse Off

Prominent Historians Tackled the Great ‘What If’s’ of 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries

It is fascinating to discover American military historian Robert Cowley's collections of essays on counter-factual history known as "What If..." He edited three volumes between 2000 and 2004, in which prominent historians explored some of the close calls of history. Among the eminent historians contributing to these volumes were Stephen Ambrose, David McCullough, James McPherson, … Continue reading Prominent Historians Tackled the Great ‘What If’s’ of 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries