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Moses’s great boondoggle, continued: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part II].

Part I of my article on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair ran last night; the link is here. Just like the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, the sequel in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are we really greener? A reminiscence on Earth Day.

As I’m sure media (and social media) will tell you repeatedly, today is Earth Day. As my blog deals often with history, including environmental history, you might expect this blog … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Moses’s great boondoggle: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part I].

Forty-nine years ago today, on April 21, 1965, the New York World’s Fair opened for its second season. (Tomorrow, April 22, is the anniversary of the opening of its first … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Adventures in the Archives: The Living Past

Originally posted on Nursing Clio:
The stereotype of historians isolated in archives with dusty papers and dim lighting has more than a grain of truth to it. Granted, my archive…

April 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hitler’s Laziness

Originally posted on The Bully Pulpit:
“Adolf Hitler – remarkably, in a man whose father was the son of an illegitimate housemaid – had grown up with the middle-class confidence…

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

The death of Hu Yaobang: the first chapter of a story that changed the world.

Twenty-five years ago today, on April 15, 1989, a man named Hu Yaobang died in a hospital in Beijing, China following a heart attack he’d suffered several days earlier. You’ve … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The last thing Lincoln ever saw: the play “Our American Cousin.”

One hundred and forty-nine years ago tonight, April 14, 1865, was the most famous “night out” in American history. On that Friday evening Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Decider speaks: my (fictional) conversation with George W. Bush.

Last night I had a dream about George W. Bush. I dreamed that I was at his presidential library–which in reality is called the George W. Bush Presidential Center–and happened … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rome’ s Masculine Imperium

Originally posted on mikeaztec:
The ancient Romans admired the characteristics that they believed allowed them to establish hegemony over their rivals. It comes as little surprise then that the hyper-masculine…

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment
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