History

Maybe America Was Never ‘Great’?

Maybe America Was Never ‘Great’?

By now all of you have heard or seen Trump’s slogan of “Make America Great Again.”

9th Grade Reading Lists: 1922 vs. Today

9th Grade Reading Lists: 1922 vs. Today

Have you ever thought that high school graduates today… well, just don’t seem to know or understand as much as they once did?

Anthropology is Far From Licking the Problem of Fossil Ages

Anthropology is Far From Licking the Problem of Fossil Ages

Difficulties in dating fossils have plagued anthropology since its inception.

Should We Stop Calling Liberals ‘Liberal’?

Should We Stop Calling Liberals ‘Liberal’?

The term has gone through a considerable evolution, or devolution, depending on whom you ask. 

Alexander Hamilton Predicted How the Colonies Would Defeat Britian

Alexander Hamilton Predicted How the Colonies Would Defeat Britian

'This was more than just precocious knowledge: this was intuitive judgment of the highest order.'

Pursuing the Good Life

Pursuing the Good Life

Here's some advice on a starting point.

What Should be the Goal of Education?

What Should be the Goal of Education?

A new poll suggests Americans answer that question differently than America’s Founders would have. Who’s right?

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know World History?

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know World History?

Test yourself with these 15 questions on world history.

Why is the Influence of Literary and Religious Figures Often Overlooked by Historians?

Why is the Influence of Literary and Religious Figures Often Overlooked by Historians?

Without Moses there would be no Bible, no Judaism, no Christianity, and no Islam.

Can we learn from Thucydides' writings on the Trump of ancient Athens?

Can we learn from Thucydides' writings on the Trump of ancient Athens?

A few months ago Donald Trump was Alcibiades. This week he is Cleon.

Americans Say U.S. Schools Stink (But Not Their Own)

Americans Say U.S. Schools Stink (But Not Their Own)

Why do Americans continue to have such confidence in their local schools?

Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers

Is this what's actually going on?

It's Up to America to Save Western Civilization

It's Up to America to Save Western Civilization

When it comes to Western civilization, we have reached a moment of decision.

Can You Identify These Famous People From The Middle Ages?

Can You Identify These Famous People From The Middle Ages?

Here are 20 medieval rulers, saints, men and women depicted in medieval art.

Morgan Freeman Destroys Black History Month
National Geographic: Jesus Not an Influential Figure of the Ancient World

National Geographic: Jesus Not an Influential Figure of the Ancient World

National Geographic's list of "the most influential figures of ancient history" is comprised mostly of strong men, and it omits a key religious figure.

9 Surprising Quotes on Welfare Reform

9 Surprising Quotes on Welfare Reform

President Clinton had some strong words for the welfare system... as did these eight other men.

10 Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors

10 Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors

Vespasian's last words: 'Oh dear, I think I'm becoming a god.'

Were Cavemen more civilized than Millennials?
6 Forgotten Tips from America’s Oldest Public School

6 Forgotten Tips from America’s Oldest Public School

Would the practices of the Boston Latin School help restore order and rigor to today’s classrooms?

When Pinball was a 'Menace to Society' in America

When Pinball was a 'Menace to Society' in America

For much of the twentieth century, political leaders and moralists vilified pinball machines as gateways to gambling and excess.

250-Year-Old Pamphlet Offers Clue on Fixing Education

250-Year-Old Pamphlet Offers Clue on Fixing Education

Ben Franklin read this work and approved of the idea.

When Fewer Men Farm, A Civilization Dies

When Fewer Men Farm, A Civilization Dies

Is America suffering from "the Punic Curse"?

Has Common Core Made Writing Worse?

Has Common Core Made Writing Worse?

Jay Mathews asserts that today’s Common Core writing standards bore students and discourage writing, and insists we must choose another way.

Universities Should Bring Back Military History

Universities Should Bring Back Military History

The U.S. military is everywhere, except history books.

'Romeo and Juliet' is not a Romance

'Romeo and Juliet' is not a Romance

We read this tragedy through the emotion-obsessed eyes of Romanticism, a movement that did not emerge until 200 years after the play was written. 

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

Mirza Salih was invited to Cambridge to help translate the Bible into Persian.

Stalin Erased His Enemies From History (Literally)

Stalin Erased His Enemies From History (Literally)

The Soviet Premier had a habit of erasing from history those who fell out of his favor. Here is a wonderful example. 

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