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Feb 21, 2022 4:32 PM CST
Presidents Day Should Be History
Mythologizing past leaders doesn't seem to fit a democracy, John Harris writes
- The reconsidering of US history, especially its leaders, has made Presidents Day a little awkward. Woodrow Wilson, for example, was ranked highly by historians until his racial views received more attention recently; he's now largely disappeared from such conversations. Wilson isn't the only one who benefited from the...
Florida Rules Out
Jun 11, 2021 1:48 PM CDT
Florida Rules Out Teaching Critical Race Theory
Gov. DeSantis scores a victory
- Florida's state Board of Education banned "critical race theory" in public school classrooms Thursday, adopting new rules it said would shield schoolchildren from a curriculum that could "distort historical events." The state joined a national debate about how race should be used as a lens in...
Tom Hanks: My Industry
Ignored Tulsa for Too Long
Jun 4, 2021 9:00 AM CDT
Tom Hanks: My Industry Ignored Tulsa for Too Long
He says he had never heard of race massacre before last year
- Tom Hanks considers himself a reasonably well-informed "lay historian"—he has appeared in more than a few historically based movies and TV shows—but he had never heard of the Tulsa Race Massacre before last year. In an opinion piece at the
New York Times
, the actor says...
Apr 20, 2021 11:31 AM CDT
Harriet Tubman's Long-Lost Maryland Home Is Found
Likely site of her father's home discovered in Maryland
- In a marshy woodland in Maryland, a teenage Harriet Tubman learned the skills that would carry herself, her family, and countless others out of slave states along the Underground Railroad. And now, we know exactly where that was. Archaeologists have located the likely site of the home Tubman's father...
7 Years Historians Say
Were Worse Than 2020
in case you missed it
Jan 3, 2021 6:30 PM CST
7 Years Historians Say Were Worse Than 2020
The US has seen plenty of bad times
- You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who'd say 2020 was great, but a group of 28 historians says there have been other years in US history that were even worse than this one, CBS News reports. In a survey conducted by self-help therapy app company Bloom, the academics...
Utah Senator Blocks
National Latino Museum
Dec 11, 2020 8:12 AM CST
Utah Senator Blocks National Latino Museum
And one for women, with Mike Lee saying we don't need 'separate but equal' Smithsonian museums
- For more than 25 years, there's been an effort to establish a national Latino museum within the Smithsonian Institution's museum family. And that dream seemed closer to coming to fruition this week, with bipartisan legislation toward that end on the Senate table. Enter Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who...
Trump: New Executive Order
Will Push 'Patriotic Education'
Sep 18, 2020 7:43 AM CDT
Trump: New Executive Order Will Push 'Patriotic Education'
President criticizes 1619 Project
- President Trump says he'll sign an executive order to "promote patriotic education" after bashing a
New York Times
project investigating how the the legacy of slavery impacts Black Americans as "toxic propaganda." In what the AP sees as "a defense of white culture," Trump...
'Mystery Is Over'
in case you missed it
Aug 22, 2020 7:00 AM CDT
Lost Colony of Roanoke's 'Mystery Is Over'
Colonists went off with their Native allies and didn't try to hide it, according to a new book
- The legend goes that the Lost Colony of Roanoke might have been the first English settlement in North America had its inhabitants not mysteriously vanished. But "they were never lost … it was made up," researcher Scott Dawson tells the
, concluding the colonists joined their indigenous...
Raccoon for Thanksgiving?
Not So Weird a Century Ago
Nov 28, 2019 12:26 PM CST
Raccoon for Thanksgiving? Not So Weird a Century Ago
President Calvin Coolidge wasn't a fan, though
- Long before President Trump pardoned his first turkey, another US president saved a racoon intended to become his Thanksgiving dinner. The
has the wild story of how a raccoon sent to President Calvin Coolidge in November 1926 by a Mississippi resident promising a tasty meal became his beloved...
A Century Ago We
Had a Lesbian
Jun 21, 2019 9:36 AM CDT
A Century Ago We Had a Lesbian First Lady
Rose Cleveland's letters to female lover are published
- Pete Buttigieg thinks the US has already had its first gay president. Now researchers are pointing out a first lady who carried on a same-sex relationship—Grover Cleveland's sister, Rose Cleveland. As it was typical for a female relative to fill the role of first lady for a bachelor...
Revealed: the Last
African-Born Slave in US
Apr 3, 2019 10:50 AM CDT
Revealed: the Last African-Born Slave in US
Sally Smith, aka Redoshi, arrived on Clotilda slave ship as a child: researcher
- The last known survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave ships lived out her final days on the Alabama plantation that had formerly been her prison. Sally Smith, kidnapped by slave traders from a village in what is now Benin in 1860, died in 1937—two years after the former slave previously...
1935 Footage of FDR Made
Head of His Library 'Gasp'
Jun 28, 2018 6:56 AM CDT
1935 Footage of FDR Made Head of His Library 'Gasp'
White House visitor Fred Hill recorded president walking in 1935
- For seven seconds, the footage shows an American president walking to a White House railing to wave at a crowd. But "when I saw [it] ... I gasped," says Paul Sparrow, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, which has acquired the silent film of the...
Teacher on Leave After
'Gross' Slavery Assignment
Apr 20, 2018 9:57 AM CDT
Teacher on Leave After 'Gross' Slavery Assignment
Worksheet at Texas charter school asked students to list both negative and positive aspects of slavery
- When Roberto Livar's wife picked up their son Wednesday from Great Hearts Monte Vista charter school in San Antonio, Texas, the 8
-grader was "distraught" over an assignment in history class, Livar tells KABB . The worksheet he completed was entitled "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View,"...
The Most Important Event
in the History of Each State
Mar 23, 2018 6:39 PM CDT
The Most Important Event in the History of Each State
Yes, even Nebraska
- Every state has been home to at least one major historical event—yes, even Nebraska—and 24/7 Wall St. has picked the most majorly historical event for each of the 50 states. The website chose the events—which range from court battles to actual battles, scientific discoveries to natural disasters—...
2 Men Alive Today
Are Grandkids of
Our 10th President
Mar 8, 2018 8:44 AM CST
2 Men Alive Today Are Grandkids of Our 10th President
John Tyler's descendants have second wives to thank
- "I think it had to do with second wives." Pretty much. CBS News is out with a good bit of historical trivia: John Tyler, who was born in 1790 when George Washington was president and became America's 10th president in 1841, has two living grandsons. As the...
Reporter May Have Found
the Last American Slave Ship
Jan 24, 2018 7:44 AM CST
Reporter May Have Found the Last American Slave Ship
Ben Raines of Al.com thinks he's uncovered the Clotilda in Alabama
- Russell Ladd remembers seeing the shipwreck as a boy fishing with his father at low tide. His father told him it was the Clotilda, the last American slave ship, though Ladd wasn't sure he believed him. He might now. Using Ladd's account and historical records, including the journal...
Harkens Back to
Witch Hunts of
WWII, Cold War
Dec 15, 2016 8:13 AM CST
Current Hysteria Harkens Back to Witch Hunts of WWII, Cold War
We risk repeating the 'tragedy' of civil rights violations of past, 1.2K historians warn
- Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it—which is why 1,200 US history scholars have a lesson for America. In a statement, they ask people to recall World War II, when 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned simply because of racism and hysteria. Next fast-forward...
Scientists Explain Deadly Wave
of Molasses in Boston
Nov 28, 2016 3:58 PM CST
Scientists Explain Deadly Wave of Molasses in Boston
A 'tsunami' of sticky syrup claimed the lives of 21 people and several horses, too
- Nearly a century after what researchers call a "tsunami of molasses" descended on Boston, Harvard physicists say that fluid dynamics equations that hadn't yet been written now explain why the disaster proved so deadly—and that the cold weather is partly to blame. In January of 1919, 2....
She Robbed a Single
Stagecoach, Became Infamous
Nov 25, 2016 12:59 PM CST
She Robbed a Single Stagecoach, Became Infamous
The 'Bandit Queen' was a media sensation
- You've heard the story before—a girl is born wealthy, rebels and runs away as a teen, gets mixed up with drug dealers and pimps, and finds herself in and out of prison by 30. Only this story is more than 100 years old, and the woman, Pearl Hart,...
New Theory May Explain
Mrs. Lincoln's Odd Behavior
Jul 22, 2016 12:36 PM CDT
New Theory May Explain Mrs. Lincoln's Odd Behavior
Doctor thinks Mary Todd Lincoln suffered a vitamin deficiency
- She's been described as perhaps the most troubled first lady to set foot in the White House, with fearsome moods, depression, and paranoia. Now a doctor says he may have uncovered the secret to Mary Todd Lincoln's behavior: a vitamin deficiency. Interestingly, this latest theory in
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