Category Archives: Historians

Shenandoah Civil War Battlefields could be lost to development

—————- Website of the Civil War Trust I am writing to you today to ask your support in helping to save two incredible tracts at the Cedar Creek battlefield. In all the years that we’ve been saving Civil War battlefield … Continue reading

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Teaching Counterfactuals and Historical Contingency

I did not get a chance to post anything on December 7 in honor of Pearl Harbor, but every class I had that day it was a point of discussion. From simple discourse on how something like that (a massive … Continue reading

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Today’s Tea Party Isn’t Quite Like 1773′s?

I would generally agree with this pretty fair article by NPR, Today’s Tea Party Isn’t Quite Like 1773′s. The current Tea Party movement is not protesting the lack of representation like their 1773 counterparts who had no representation at all. … Continue reading

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American Historical Profession and the Meaning of Progress, 1870-1920; Part III

[I wanted to extend this to 5 parts but I am on my way out of town, so here is a big final part. This was a paper I submitted during my masters program.] Henry Adams was a descendant of … Continue reading

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FBI Had File on Howard Zinn and his Communist Ties

FBI “File No. 100-360217 was begun in March 1949 in response to an order from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to Edward Scheidt, special agent in charge of the Bureau’s New York office. Zinn’s name had previously surfaced in connection … Continue reading

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American Historical Profession and the Meaning of Progress, 1870-1920; Part II

Edmund Fisk Green (better known as John Fiske) was educated at Harvard and is a key “transitional” historian as he is sometimes compared with Bancroft as well as the scientific historians we will look at shortly. Though a believer in … Continue reading

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American Historical Profession and the Meaning of Progress, 1870-1920

The idea of progress in American society and history is as old, perhaps, as the founding of this great country. In the study of American history the idea of progress has played a key role in the evolution of historical … Continue reading

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One Man’s Opinion of What Makes a Good Teacher

I found this article today in the Chicago Tribune written a week or so ago by Cory Franklin who was motivated to write a piece on teachers when he received word that one of his favorite history teachers had passed … Continue reading

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Siena College Research Institute Survey of U.S. Presidents

Since 2002 Franklin Delano Roosevelt has ranked number one in New York’s Siena College Research Institute Survey of U.S. Presidents, which ranks the best Commander-in-Chiefs of all time in a number of different categories, and has done so five times. … Continue reading

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Civil War Land or Sea Torpedo?

Please post your comments if you have some useful input!! [Note Civil War soldiers referred to what we know as land mines as either "land torpedoes" or "sub-terra" shells or mines.] Fellow reader Drew Armstrong notified me of an “unknown … Continue reading

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