Tag: American history

Jennifer Horn is a former state chair of the NH GOP, and current co-chair of the NH Log Cabin Republicans. She was kicked out of last week’s state convention in part because her fellow Republicans did not want to debate her proposal to change the state party platform over the issue of marriage equality.  She joins us on the BTBW podcast to make her case and to defend Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to sign a bill banning “transgender discrimination” in the Granite State.

Speaking of marriage, we also talk Royal Wedding….

This is a special announcement on behalf of our friends at Wondery podcast network.

Introducing their new “American History Tellers” podcast:

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Just a heads up about a long-running project I came across: http://bandofbrotherswherearetheynow.blogspot.com/ Ross Owen of the Ross Owen Show acts as producer. Haven’t heard of Ross Owen? Neither had I. He has an interview show that features mostly actors, and I should mention he’s Welsh so you’re not surprised by his accent. Ross is also […]

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ACF Middlebrow#5 The Great American Christmas

 

It’s almost Christmas and here at the American Cinema Foundation, we have a surprise-podcast, part of the series on middlebrow. We’re talking about how American Christmas came to be. My friend — and fellow Ricochet member — Eric Cook has the story for you, I’m just along for the ride. He goes from the Dutch in New Amsterdam to the family bounty Christmas of the ’50s, from New England to Pennsylvania and to the South, and back to Europe, ancient, medieval, and modern to pick up all the strands needed to weave together to make for a Merry Christmas. Listen, comment, and please share!

In this special “Holiday Formerly Known As Columbus Day” edition of the podcast, Michael Graham explains why, yes, the progressives are absolutely right to use “Indigenous People’s Day” to remember the horrors of slavery and oppression. In fact, they have no idea just how right they are.

Also, historian J. Mark Powell of “Holy Cow History” notes some significant dates from history this week, including a key moment for fans of “nattering nabobs of negativism.” And the story of “The Jewish Cowboy” who became a movie legend.

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A few weeks after the election, a couple of friends now working in the Trump White House asked me to write a memo on what’s American about American art. They hoped to learn something themselves but also to show it to others. I taught American art history for years and was a museum director and […]

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(Click on the image above or here to view the full video) Across America today a debate is raging over the removal of confederate statues. Some say they are shameful reminders of a past best forgotten while others worry about the wisdom of erasing history this way and wonder where it will all end. In […]

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Everyone is familiar with the Klu Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and White Supremacists. They have been marching in rallies, trying to spread their hate for decades. They hide in the shadows, pull out their polyester hoods every once in a while to make a statement, and are largely ignored. But who made up the counter-protestors? The […]

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Recorded on July 20, 2017

How do you remedy Americans’ lack of historical knowledge? By picking up a copy of On This Date–from the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day At a Time. The book’s author, Carl Cannon, is the Real Clear Politics Washington bureau chief and Hoover media fellow. In the book he reflects on his favorite calendar dates and the current state of relations between the Trump White House and the DC press establishment.

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I am working through the Great Courses Series A History of the United States, 2nd Edition. Something that I didn’t realize / never thought about was how complex the political environment was before the Revolutionary War. The Loyalist population (in my wonderful education, both in material presented and retained) was little more than acknowledged.  Preview Open

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The American Dream by Russell A Baker is a book about Faith, Family, Friendships, and American history, all wrapped in a blanket of adventure.  The goal is to introduce the youth of America to their country’s exceptional history.  Check it out, www.theoconnorchronicles.com  Preview Open

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The new season of “Man in the High Castle” was released on Friday, and what a doozy it is. For those unfamiliar with the show, the conceit is that it’s 1962 in a world where the Axis powers won WWII and have occupied the United States. The titular Man is collecting films of other realities — some in […]

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Since this is the anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal, it gives me an excuse to plug a book I narrated for Audible last year: Building the Empire State. It starts with the process of “settling the Revolution,” deciding how much of royal government structure to retain while designing a new country and economy. […]

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Well, That Didn’t Take Long!

 

shutterstock_65361118My son entered high school last week. In his American History class, the teacher wasted no time with the indoctrination: The very first assignment was a selection from the work of Howard Zinn. Before you suggest I summarily withdraw him from the school, let me say that I think this is a good thing. I want him to be exposed to progressive thought, the more ridiculous the better.

Furthermore, the assignment required the students to assess Zinn’s biases, which my son did with gusto. He told me it was absurd for Zinn to judge Christopher Columbus by modern standards. I couldn’t have been more proud.

Addendum:  See my Comment #27.  Although the teacher is definitely a progressive, I may have been too quick to judge, as he appears to encourage critical thinking, notwithstanding his bias.

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review ‘Suspected of Independence’ a biography of an important Founding Father […]

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Let’s step back for some perspective. Forget history books and documentaries. When in your own experience did America seem most troubled? When, other than now, did you most worry about our nation’s future?  Was it during the riots and assassinations of the 1960s? Was it later during the oil embargo and Cold War jitters? Was […]

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