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January 7, 2008


  • Robert Dallek:"What is there to hold them together? They want to win. They want to control." - US News, 1-4-08
  • Gil Troy: All eyes on N.H. as race to White House tightens (Video) - CTV Newsnet, 1-4-08
  • Stanley Kutler: Watergate historian says Thompson should be regarded principally as"Baker's man," taking his cues from the senator and going no further."What I'm saying to you diminishes severely Fred Thompson's role as some sort of intrepid independent investigator. He is neither intrepid nor independent nor much of an investigator." - AP, 1-4-08
  • Richard Norton Smith on"Propelling unknown candidates":"This is the state historically where someone can come in with very little in the way of financial resources or name recognition and ... it is theoretically possible for someone to catapult themselves into the front rank." - PBS, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 1-3-08
  • Beverly Gage on"Small, committed electorate": Iowa itself has developed a committed group of activists, a way of doing business that you wouldn't see anywhere else." - PBS, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 1-3-08
  • Michael Beschloss on"Notable Iowa races":"[T]o have Iowa with so much importance in the beginning, it's going to affect so much the outcome probably in New Hampshire four or five days later, I think people have to set a little bit more in context than they seem to be doing." - PBS, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 1-3-08
  • Michael Beschloss:"It's pretty important for a future president to be able to connect with voters and explain him or her self. Iowa makes them do that." - KXAN Austin News, 1-3-08
  • Alan Lichtman on"Showdown in Iowa: For GOP and Dems alike, it may be a photo finish":"The point is, this is the first real vote, as opposed to opinion polls." - Salt Lake Tribune, 1-3-08
  • But Watergate historian Stanley Kutler says Thompson should be regarded principally as"Baker's man," taking his cues from the senator and going no further."What I'm saying to you diminishes severely Fred Thompson's role as some sort of intrepid independent investigator," Kutler said."He is neither intrepid nor independent nor much of an investigator."
  • Alan Lichtman on"US Presidential Contenders Enter Final Week Before Iowa Vote":"The Iowa caucuses are important because they are the first nominating contest in the election year. They are caucuses, but that simply means you have to come to a meeting to vote." - VOA, 12-27-07
  • Sean Wilentz:"There is a unity but right now its born of 40 years of howling at the moon. By all historical precedents, the Democrats should be poised for a big comeback. But there are no guarantees." - NYT, 1-6-08
  • Robert Dallek:"This is roughly like the time of the beginning of the Cold War, when the country was searching for a wise policy to meet the international challenges. That's really the big issue of this election." - Bloomberg, 1-3-08
  • Julian Zelizer:"The issues are immense. One of the big questions the next president will need to deal with is the economic insecurity of middle-class Americans. Another will be health care, which both parties now agree has become a serious problem." - Bloomberg, 1-3-08
  • Stephen M. Gillon on"Edwards brings fighting words Populist message stirs old passions in a different era":"What's surprising is that he has made the calculated decision to return to this unvarnished populist message that's unfiltered, unrestrained, and recalls the legacy of earlier Democratic campaigns. The question is whether the world has changed so much in the past 40 years that the language can still work." - Boston Globe, 1-1-08
  • Tom Morain on"Iowa Braces for the Morning After":"We have a job to do and people are watching. But once the circus moves on, I don't think we expect anyone to continue to pay attention to us. We'll want to think that we acted responsibly, that we took the measure of the candidates and did a respectable job." - Time, 12-31-07

  • Reporter's Notebook: Highlights from the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Wash. DC) - HNN, 1-3-08
  • The AHA 2008 General Meeting – Prizes and Awards - AHA Blog, 1-4-08
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • New Feature: On This Day in History...
  • 07/01/1927 - Transatlantic commercial telephone service began between New York and London.
  • 07/01/1953 - Harry Truman announced that the U.S. had developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 07/01/1979 - Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge government.
  • 07/01/1999 - The impeachment trial of President William Clinton began in the Senate.
  • 08/01/1790 - George Washington delivers 1st state of union address (or Jan 4)
  • 08/01/1815 - Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew
  • 08/01/1853 - 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Wash
  • 08/01/1867 - Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite Pres Johnson's veto
  • 08/01/1918 - Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 08/01/1918 - Pres Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WW I
  • 08/01/1925 - 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
  • 08/01/1958 - Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • 08/01/1964 - President Lyndon B Johnson declares"War on Poverty"
  • 08/01/1975 - Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison
  • 09/01/1349 - 700 Jews of Basel Switzerland, burned alive in their houses
  • 09/01/1570 - Tsar Ivan the terrible kills 1000-2000 residents of Novgorod
  • 09/01/1839 - Daguerrotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science
  • 09/01/1861 - Mississippi becomes 2nd state to secede
  • 09/01/1861 - 1st hostile act of Civil War; Star of West fired on, Sumter, SC
  • 09/01/1905 - Bloody Sunday-demonstrators fired on by tsarist troops (1/22 NS)
  • 09/01/1945 - US soldiers led by Gen Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines
  • 10/01/1776 -"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, published
  • 10/01/1811 - Louisiana slaves rebell in 2 parishes
  • 10/01/1861 - Florida becomes 3rd state to secede from US
  • 10/01/1863 - 1st underground railway opens in London
  • 10/01/1878 - US Senate proposes female suffrage
  • 10/01/1920 - League of Nations established
  • 10/01/1928 - Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky
  • 10/01/1943 - 1st US pres to visit a foreign country in wartime-FDR leaves for Casablanca, Morocco
  • 10/01/1946 - UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)
  • 10/01/1966 - Julian Bond denied seat in Ga legislature for opposing Vietnam War
  • 10/01/1967 - PBS (the National Educational TV) begins as a 70 station network
  • 11/01/1785 - Continental Congress convenes in NYC
  • 11/01/1803 - Monroe and Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy La
  • 11/01/1861 - Alabama becomes 4th state to secede
  • 11/01/1897 - M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • 11/01/1986 - 1st black gov since reconstruction sworn in (Douglas Wilder of Va)
  • 11/01/1991 - Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
  • 12/01/1863 - President Davis delivers his"State of Confederacy" address
  • 12/01/1915 - House of Reps rejects proposal to give women right to vote
  • 12/01/1944 - Churchill and de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh
  • 13/01/1559 - Elizabeth I crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 13/01/1630 - Patent to Plymouth Colony issued
  • 13/01/1733 - James Oglethorpe and 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
  • 13/01/1794 - Congress changes US flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes
  • 13/01/1869 - Colored National Labor Union, 1st Black labor convention
  • 13/01/1888 - National Geographic Society founded (Washington, DC)
  • 13/01/1898 - Emile Zola publishes his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Dreyfus
  • 14/01/1601 - Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome
  • 14/01/1699 - Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting"witches"
  • 14/01/1784 - Revolutionary War ends; Congress ratifies Treaty of Paris
  • 14/01/1864 - General Sherman begins his march to the South
  • 14/01/1878 - US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional
  • 14/01/1943 - FDR and Winston Churchill confer in Casablanca concerning WW II

  • David J. Garrow on Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore: Early Warriors in the Fight for Racial Equality DEFYING DIXIE The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950 - N"YT, 1-4-08
  • Hugh Kennedy:The Early Days The Great Arab Conquests How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In - NYT, 1-6-08
  • John Kelsay: Soldiers of Allah ARGUING THE JUST WAR IN ISLAM - NYT, 1-6-08
  • Tony Platt on Dana Frank: Local Girl Makes History Exploring Northern California's Kitsch Monuments - San Francisco Chronicle, 1-4-08
  • Anne Harrington: The Cure Within - A History of Mind-Body Medicine - Health News Digest, 1-2-08
  • Robert Dallek: Says Condi Rice's reputation tied to Iraq failures (Dallek in the NYT in the course of a review of a new biography of Condoleezza Rice by NYT reporter Elisabeth Bumiller) - NYT, 12-27-07

  • James MacGregor Burns: Political historian takes new direction at age 89 - AP, 12-22-07

  • John Voll on"Caliph Wanted Why An old Islamic institution resonates with many Muslims today":"You begin to see groups that do not see the world according to the state-oriented model of politics. You get postmodern Islamists, notably jihadists, who see politics in a global way...and with Ayman al-Zawahari [the Egyptian physician who became bin Laden's chief strategist], you get the idea of global jihad." - US News, 1-2-08
  • Jeffrey Peck: Germany's Jews Latkes and vodka Immigrants from the former Soviet Union are transforming Jewish life in Germany - Economist, 1-3-08

  • Jan 10, 2008: National Archives Hosts Public Symposium on Slave Trade Act Thursday, January 10, 2008, 9 AM - 5:30 PM William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC. -, FL, 12-9-07
  • Jan 14, 2008:Timothy Naftali: Author of GEORGE H.W. BUSH, American Enterprise Institute Washington, DC, 5:30 PM
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • PBS:"Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency" Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m.
  • C-Span2, BookTV: In Depth - Author Nell Painter, Sunday, January 6, from 12-3 PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel:"Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem," Sunday, January 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Fort Knox: Secrets Revealed," Sunday, January 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Nazi America: A Secret History," Monday, January 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special : Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel Story.," Tuesday, January 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :'80's Tech," Tuesday, January 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Biggest Machines in the West," Tuesday, January 8, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Deadwood Tech," Tuesday, January 8, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels : Private Collections," Wednesday, January 9, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :60's Tech," Wednesday, January 9, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :70's Tech," Wednesday, January 9, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Native American Tech," Wednesday, January 9, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past :The Real Sorcerer's Stone," Wednesday, January 9, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 : D-Day," Thursday, January 10, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Biggest Machines in the West," Thursday, January 10, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Gang Tech," Thursday, January 10, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Ancient Monster Hunters," Thursday, January 10, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hippies," Friday, January 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Wild West Tech :Massacre Tech," Friday, January 11, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Antichrist," Saturday, January 12, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem," Saturday, January 12, @ 8pm ET/PT

  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #4 -- 8 weeks on list - 1-13-08
  • Joseph J. Ellis: AMERICAN CREATION #16 -- 9 weeks on list - 1-13-08
  • Geoffrey C. Ward: THE WAR #20 - 1-13-08
  • David Halberstam: THE COLDEST WINTER #32 - 1-13-08

  • The Great Experiment, by Strobe Talbott (S&S, Jan.). How mere tribes became great nations.
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?, (Houghton, Jan.). The rejection of violence after World War II redefined a continent. Europe chose material well-being over war.
  • John Dickie: Delizia!: The Epic History of the Italians and Their Food, January 8, 2008.
  • Mark Puls: Henry Knox: Visionary General of the American Revolution, February 5, 2008.
  • Fidel Castro: Fidel Castro: My Life: A Spoken Autobiography, February 5, 2008.
  • Brian McGinty: Lincoln and the Court, February 15, 2008.
  • H. David Stone: Vital Rails, February 28, 2008.
  • John Fea: The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America ( U of Pennsylvania Press), February 29, 2008
  • James Donovan: A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn - the Last Great Battle of the American West (REV), March 24, 2008.
  • Scott McClellan: What Happened, April 28, 2008

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