Category: History

Uh oh, Memorial Day might have originated in the Confederacy

Perhaps that will trouble the hard left fanatics who want to scrub the nation clean of anything that recalls the Confederacy. And who labels anyone who doesn’t agree with the militants a racist and someone who longs for the return of the good old days of slavery. President Lyndon Johnson and Congress in their infinite... Read more »

The cultural (mis)appropriation of St. Patrick's Day

Now comes the latest offense…. Wait, I can’t say it’s the latest, because these things keep popping up every day. Well, for me, cultural (mis)appropriation is relatively new. Some examples: A white guy wears dreadlocks. Black Americans wearing African-style clothing. Wearing a Native American feather headdress. Actors performing in roles not of their race or ethnicity. (Except,... Read more »

The attack on the 'racist' National Anthem should provoke a history lesson

The California chapter of the NAACP’s call to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” has ignited the usual alarms and condemnations, huffing and puffing from both sides. A history lesson is in order. To bring some sense to this highly emotional fray. The lyrics were composed by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812,... Read more »
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Tear down the Abe Lincoln statue in Chicago's Lincoln Park

Why not? Even though he led the Union in a fight to abolish slavery, we all know that he was a racist at heart and ending slavery wasn’t his purpose at all. It is Fred Kaplan’s argument according to a book review by Manisha Sinha: Unlike the abolitionists, Lincoln — in Kaplan’s telling — opposed emancipation... Read more »

For those needing a reminder of what the Nazis did

Every new generation needs another reminder of the fathomless evil of the Nazis, especially now that so many Americans seem to proudly identify with them and their allied white supremacists such as the Ku Klux Klan. As appalling as it was for the Greatest Generation to discover the depravity of the Nazi death camps as they... Read more »

July 4th invitation from Zoozil, my young adult book publisher

An invitation from Zoozil, publisher of my young adult book, 1812. Celebrate your independence with a book that lets you control the story. 20+ decisions in each book, adventures based on world-events. Participate in the world’s most amazing moments & discoveries! The book is a young adult version of my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812. Learn... Read more »
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King George III makes his first speech responding to the American Revolution

Confronted with the uprising of the British colonies in America, King George III holds out the hand of “kindness” and “tenderness” toward his subjects while assembling forces that will “deliver a smart blow” to the “rebels.” His majesty’s tone is conciliatory, but warns of the great damage that will be done to his empire if the... Read more »

Yet another assault on American history by Donald Trump

There he goes again (as President Ronald Reagan often said of his critics), this time Donald Trump asserting that he is the victim of the “single greatest witch hunt” ever against U.S. presidents. One thing most likely true is he is the president who is most ignorant ever about American history. It didn’t take long for... Read more »

2016: The. Worst. Year. Ever? STFU

Is there anything that is more indicative of the self-absorption, egoism and narcissism that has enveloped this generation than the question: Is 2016 the worst year ever? Lord, the debate, pro and con, has taken over the Internet from where it has spawned even more debate in media that should know better. This tweet is typical:... Read more »
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Hey, hey, it's Columbus Day. Time to bash the old devil. Again

Once a year, as Columbus Day rolls around, we have another great opportunity to mock, belittle and condemn the explorer who discovered America and the people (mostly Italians) who honor him. Over and over, we are reminded how he opened the door to the “European invasion”  that decimated and enslaved the  innocent and peace-loving First Peoples... Read more »
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