Week of November 26, 2012

HNN Rundowns

Up Front: Lincoln

How Historically Accurate is Spielberg's "Lincoln"?

Louis Masur: Not everything in the movie is 100% accurate, but most of it is, and the level of detail's incredible. [PODCAST]

HNN Hot Topics: Lincoln the Movie

Pictured at left: Abraham Lincoln. The real one. But Daniel Day-Lewis is pretty convincing.

Daniel Day-Lewis's Abe Lincoln: (Racial) Trailblazer
Jim Cullen

His Lincoln is a (racial) frontiersman in the spirit of John Wayne.

How True is Lincoln?
David O. Stewart

It's surprisingly accurate.

Lincoln: Jesus Christ! God Almighty! What a (Biblical) Movie!
Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica

Abe the prophet.


A New "New Cold War" in the Mideast?
Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica

“The good guys” can become “the bad guys” awfully fast in our national security discourse.

HNN Teacher's Edition: For Grade School

HNN’s Teacher’s Edition is designed to help busy teachers build classes around topics in the news. With just a few minutes preparation, teachers will be able to teach a class on current events, even if they haven't been in a position to follow the news closely.

What Does the President Actually Do?

Lesson Plan
What Does the Vice President Actually Do?

Lesson Plan


News at Home

General Motors vs. General Electric
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer

Which company is better representative of twentieth-century capitalism?

The Origins of the Latino "Immigration Problem"
Amy S. Greenberg

It goes back to the U.S.-Mexican War ... from the peace movement.

Mitch McConnell and the Art of Dysfunction
Stanley Kutler

New Senate rules will be necessary to keep him in check.

Channelling George Washington: How Much Should the Majority Rule?
Thomas Fleming

Guard against class hatred, for down that road lies revolutionary France.

News Abroad

Sucking Up to the Military Brass
William J. Astore

Generals who run amuck, politicians who could care less, an “embedded” media... and us.

How Morsi Took Power in Egypt
Daniel Pipes and Cynthia Farahat

He staged a coup ... against his own generals.

Morsi’s Second Coup Provokes Mass Protest in Egypt
Juan Cole

Thousands take to Tahrir Square to demonstrate against new government decrees.

Historians & History

Unions and Strikes Through the Camera Lens
Robin Lindley

Interview with Carol Quirke on news photography and the labor movement.

Lessons from the Dust Bowl
Walter G. Moss

With climate change upon us, what can we learn from one of the worst environmental disasters in American history?

Culture Watch

A Chilling New Look at Anti-Semitism in Stalin’s Russia
Bruce Chadwick

The Twenty-Seventh Man an appropriately bleak look at Stalinist repression.

Holiday Theater from the Past
Bruce Chadwick

The sudden yearning for Christmases of the past.


Review of Jon Wiener's How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America
Jim Cullen

A counterintuitive, but extremely valuable, book.

Review of Hal Holbrook's Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain
Luther Spoehr

Not a classic memoir, but a useful one about Hal Holbrook's one-main Twain show.


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