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Archive for March, 2014

Lecture: The Nixon Years

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Here is my lecture on The Nixon Years, 1969-1974

Domestic and foreign policies addressed

Lecture: The New Left

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Here is my lecture on the social justice movements of the 1960’s and 70’s.

Lecture Outline:

  • Students for a Democratic Society (1962)
  • Free Speech Movement (1964-65)
  • The Weather Underground (1969)
  • Youth International Party or YIPPIES (1968)
  • The American Indian Movement (1968)
  • Second Wave Feminism
  • Chicano Movement
  • Gay Liberation Movement
  • Environmental Movement


What’s gone wrong with democracy?

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Faith in democracy flares up in moments of triumph, such as the overthrow of unpopular regimes in Cairo or Kiev, only to sputter out once again. Outside the West, democracy often advances only to collapse. And within the West, democracy has too often become associated with debt and dysfunction at home and overreach abroad. Democracy has always had its critics, but now old doubts are being treated with renewed respect as the weaknesses of democracy in its Western strongholds, and the fragility of its influence elsewhere, have become increasingly apparent. 

Why has democracy lost its forward momentum?

(original with gorgeous layout here)

Cool interactive map

Child Labor Laws Before Federal Regulation

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

These maps, which come from a 1933 Department of Labor report on child labor,document the uneven effects of state laws regulating the employment of children and teenagers.

During the first decades of the 20th century, progressives sought to regulate what they saw as exploitative employment of poor and immigrant children. Photographers such as Lewis Hine documented impossibly tiny newsboys, textile workers, and field hands, making a visual appeal to middle-class Americans, who were properly horrified.


10 interpretations of who started WWI

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

As nations gear up to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, academic argument still rages over which country was to blame for the conflict.

Here 10 leading historians give their opinion

LBJ Orders Some New Haggar Pants

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

President Johnson called the Haggar clothing company to order some new pants, providing specific (and sometimes graphic) instructions on how they should be customized for him.

Civil War Helped Make Christmas a Permanent American Tradition

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Thomas Nast was perhaps the most famous artist to marry Christmas and the Civil War [PDF], but other commercial artists of lesser distinction followed suit. This large engraving, by popular Boston publisher Louis Prang & Company, opts for a more positive, universal vision of Christmas spirit across the land. The overflowing frame holds domestic scenes of boys and girls in bed, a tabletop Christmas tree “within” the house and a sleigh-ride “without,” and a smiling Santa Claus holding a steaming figgy pudding and what might be a bowl of warm punch.