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Reparations for Descendants of Slavery?

Apparently several Chicago Mayoral Candidates support the idea of “reparations for descendants of slavery.” Am I the only one who wonders how on God’s Green (er, sun blasted over heated Co2 saturated…) Earth this is accomplished? Does anyone agree with … Continue reading

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Isolationism, The Myth of the Founders?

With so much talk recently of the United States’s involvement in the Middle East and how it violates our Founding principle of “isolation,” I had an interesting discussion recently with my students concerning the historical theme “Isolationism.” The debate centered … Continue reading


The Blue Eagle

The Blue Eagle, a blue-colored representation of the American thunderbird, with outspread wings, was a symbol used in the United States by companies to show compliance with the National Industrial Recovery Act. It was proclaimed the symbol of industrial recovery … Continue reading

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Last Surviving World War I Veteran

Frank Woodruff Buckles is our lone surviving WWI veteran and still going strong at 110 years of age. A story in the May 30, 2010, edition of Parade magazine on Buckles said he lied about his age in 1917 when … Continue reading


Life As a History Teacher

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The Civil War: A Concise History

The Civil War: A Concise History Louis P. Masur Hardback, 136 pages From the Publisher: Louis P. Masur’s The Civil War: A Concise History offers a masterful and eminently readable overview of the war’s multiple causes and catastrophic effects. Masur … Continue reading

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Was Keith Olbermann Right? Civil War Nothing to Celebrate!

I remember back in November (busy time of year for me and didn’t get a chance to discuss it) when former MSNBC host of The Countdown with Keith Olbermann, proposed the question, Why would the any state want to celebrate … Continue reading


George Washington’s First War: His Early Military Adventures

George Washington’s First War: His Early Military Adventures, David A. Clary; Simon & Schuster; 352 p. George Washington was a brash, self-confident, driven, and often daring and dashing young man, he was also at times indecisive and prone to make … Continue reading

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Shopping in the Social Justice Store!

Ever wonder what you can purchase in a store dedicated to “Social Justice”? Let’s take a look! There’s actually some really nice things that you can purchase: “The medieval feminist,” Joan of Arc. T-shirt, coffee mug, water jug, lots of … Continue reading

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Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration…

Do I dare show this to my U.S. Studies Class? We are approaching the American Revolution…

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