FDR Resolved Question of US Economy: Mixed, Neither Rigidly Capitalist Nor Fully Socialist

It is generally acknowledged, by historians, both liberals and conservatives, ranging from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Newt Gingrich, that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, through his various programs during three full terms and 12 years in power, was  more pragmatic than ideological. He did a great deal to strengthen the American free enterprise system, the republican … Continue reading FDR Resolved Question of US Economy: Mixed, Neither Rigidly Capitalist Nor Fully Socialist

Gingrich As Historian: Arrogant, Overly Partisan, Not Rigorous, Critics Say

I've posted quite a few links to Newt Gingrich's "What if" series on Facebook, and will continue to do so when I find them thought-provoking or illuminating. But I would be remiss not to report criticisms of Gingrich as a historian. When Gingrich "left academia for Congress in 1978, he also left behind the most … Continue reading Gingrich As Historian: Arrogant, Overly Partisan, Not Rigorous, Critics Say

American Independence ‘What If’s’ from Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, a PhD historian, in his short video series on Facebook, has posted several "what ifs" about the run-up to the American war for independence and its aftermath. What if the French won the French and Indian War? (1754-63) King George III accepted American representation in Parliament? (1770) the French did not help the … Continue reading American Independence ‘What If’s’ from Newt Gingrich

Gingrich: US Civil War ‘What If’s

Newt Gingrich, a PhD historian, has a series of brief videocasts on the "what if's" of history. What If: NY Governor William Seward won the Republican nomination in 1860 instead of Abe Lincoln? Stephen Douglas of Illinois won the presidency in 1860? Stonewall Jackson wasn't shot at Chancellorsville? Lee won at Gettysburg? Part 1 Lee … Continue reading Gingrich: US Civil War ‘What If’s

Newt Gingrich Launches ‘What If’ Video Series on Facebook

One prominent Ph.D. historian who takes a great interest in "What If" scenarios is Newt Gingrich. He has created a video series on Facebook of short lectures, with visuals, asking "what if" on, so far, mostly questions about war: the French and Indian War (1754-63); the American Revolution; the Civil War; World War I, World … Continue reading Newt Gingrich Launches ‘What If’ Video Series on Facebook

Studying History and the Alternatives: Cure for Hyper-Partisanship?

Newt Gingrich, a PhD historian, has attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers and more than 75,000 subscribers for his web series, "What If: History That Could Have Been." While I agree with most of his premises as stated here on the value of asking "What If" questions, there's a danger if such questions are asked … Continue reading Studying History and the Alternatives: Cure for Hyper-Partisanship?