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February 4, 2008


  • Allan J. Lichtman on"McCain Surge Has Jewish Dems Worried McCain Up, Giuliani Out As Super Tuesday Looms":"His strategy was absolutely baffling. He did everything possible to take himself out of it." Lichtman, like some Jewish Republicans, said Giuliani's early lead was misleading. Giuliani, who supported abortion and gay rights as mayor of New York and whose personal life troubled many in the party’s Evangelical base,"was never right for the Republicans," he said."But his numbers were high at first because the Republican field was seen as weak." Giuliani also polled high early in the race when international threats were top issues for voters. McCain’s resurgence, Lichtman said, the growing strength of Romney and the sudden shift away from foreign policy concerns and toward economic worries neutralized that initial advantage. Giuliani's collapse means a big boost for McCain among Jewish Republicans, Lichtman said,"because of his national security experience and his strong stands on the Middle East. People know him, he has a record." - New York Jewish Week, 1-30-08
  • Stephen Hess on"Relative Power We Elect Our Leaders, and Dynasties Are Few, but Sometimes Ascension Looks Like an Inheritance":"Initially it was a question of who is best prepared to serve. Then over time it be comes a question of branding." The nation's first leaders were chosen from"the creme de le creme of the country." - WaPo, 2-3-08
BIGGEST STORIES: Black History Month

  • America Still Draws Lessons from an Era when Humans Were Property As Americans observe Black History Month this February, considerable attention is being focused on a single stroke of a pen, 200 years ago. 2008 marks the bicentennial of a law that banned future U.S. participation in the international slave trade. VOA's Ted Landphair reports, that historic measure was the topic of a day-long symposium at the National Archives in Washington. - VOA, 2-4-08
  • Feb. 29, 2008: A historian, educator and author will present a plenary address at the fifth annual Midwest Black History Conference on Feb. 29 at Luther College - WCF Courier, IA, 1-30-08
  • Detroit Black History Events - Dtroit Free Press, 2-3-08
  • The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Defending the right to organize Employees, unions struggle for justice in a climate that favors business over people - Commercial Appeal, 2-3-08
  • Revealing a truth history had hidden Black re-enactors being called on to tell the story of slavery in the region - Albant Times-Union, 2-3-08
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Project Includes Famous and Obscure Black Americans 'African American National Biography' tells the stories of 4,000 historical figures - The Ledger, 2-1-08
  • Barrington Walker: Why we need Black History Month February's designation reminds Canada of its multiracial origins, work remaining to be done - Queens Journal, 2-1-08
  • Slave ties to British revealed - Bucks County Courier Times, 2-1-08
  • Black historical figures get their due The African American National Biography shines light on the famous, overlooked - WaPo, LAT, 1-28-08
  • Museum of Black History Celebration events - Evansville Courier Press, 1-10-08
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:This Week in History:

  • New Feature: On This Day in History...
  • 04/02/1586 - Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Neth
  • 04/02/1787 - Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
  • 04/02/1789 - 1st electoral college chooses Washington and Adams as Pres and VP
  • 04/02/1822 - Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
  • 04/02/1847 - 1st US telegraph co established in Maryland
  • 04/02/1854 - Alvan Bovay proposes name"Republican Party," Ripon, Wisc
  • 04/02/1855 - Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
  • 04/02/1861 - Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time, Montgomery Ala, Ga, Fla, La, Miss and SC elect Jefferson Davis pres of Confederacy
  • 04/02/1864 - 24th Amendment abolishes Poll tax
  • 04/02/1887 - Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
  • 04/02/1914 - US Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
  • 04/02/1942 - Clinton Pierce becomes 1st US general wounded in action in WW II
  • 04/02/1945 - FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta
  • 04/02/1997 - Sec of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
  • 05/02/1649 - Prince of Wales becomes king Charles II
  • 05/02/1778 - Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
  • 05/02/1861 - Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress
  • 05/02/1865 - Battle of Hatcher's Run, VA (Armstrong's Mill, Dabney's Mill)
  • 05/02/1930 - 5th Aliyah to Israel begins
  • 05/02/1937 - FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court," court packing" plan failed
  • 05/02/1969 - US population reaches 200 million
  • 06/02/1862 - Gen Ulysses S Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
  • 06/02/1862 - Ulysses S Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • 06/02/1865 - Robert E Lee appointed Confederate General in Chief
  • 06/02/1899 - Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate
  • 06/02/1918 - Britain grants women (30 and over) vote
  • 06/02/1933 - 20th Amendment goes into effect: Pres term begins in Jan not March
  • 06/02/1956 - U of Alabama refuses admission to Autherine Lucy (because he's black)
  • 06/02/1974 - US House of Reps begins determining grounds for impeachment of Nixon
  • 06/02/1978 - Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • 07/02/1569 - King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
  • 07/02/1795 - 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
  • 07/02/1839 - Henry Clay declares in Senate"I had rather be right than president"
  • 07/02/1862 - Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
  • 07/02/1864 - Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
  • 07/02/1950 - Sen Joe McCarthy finds" communists" in US Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 07/02/1956 - Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to U of Alabama, is expelled
  • 07/02/1962 - President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
  • 07/02/1964 - Beatles land at NY's JFK airport, for 1st US tour
  • 07/02/1973 - Senate creates Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
  • 07/02/1983 - 1st female secretary of transportation sworn-in (Elizabeth Dole)
  • 08/02/1622 - King James I disbands the English parliament
  • 08/02/1690 - French and Indian troops set Schenectady settlement NY on fire
  • 08/02/1837 - 1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)
  • 08/02/1861 - Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Ala
  • 08/02/1865 - 1st black major in US army, Martin Robinson Delany
  • 08/02/1887 - Dawes Act passed (indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship)
  • 08/02/1894 - Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise blacks
  • 08/02/1904 - Russo-Japanese War begins
  • 08/02/1915 -"Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA
  • 08/02/1940 - Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
  • 08/02/1942 - Congress advises FDR that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn't oppose the US war effort
  • 08/02/1944 - 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin
  • 08/02/1969 - Last edition of Saturday Evening Post
  • 08/02/1971 - South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • 08/02/1973 - Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal
  • 09/02/1775 - English Parliament declares Mass colony is in rebellion
  • 09/02/1825 - House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president
  • 09/02/1861 - Tennessee votes against secession
  • 09/02/1861 - Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens elected president and VP of CSA
  • 09/02/1942 - Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US
  • 09/02/1943 - FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry
  • 09/02/1950 - Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists
  • 09/02/1964 - 1st appearance of Beatles on"Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
  • 10/02/1676 - Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all men in Lancaster Mass
  • 10/02/1763 - Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to England
  • 10/02/1840 - British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
  • 10/02/1855 - US citizenship laws amended all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship
  • 10/02/1890 - Around 11M acres, ceded to US by Sioux Indians opens for settlement
  • 10/02/1934 - 1st Jewish immigrant ship to break the English blockade in Palestine
  • 10/02/1954 - Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • 10/02/1967 - 25th Amendment (Presidential Disability and Succession) in effect
  • 10/02/1989 - Ron Brown chosen 1st black chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • 11/02/1531 - Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
  • 11/02/1752 - Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the US, opened
  • 11/02/1768 - Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
  • 11/02/1790 - Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • 11/02/1811 - Pres Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
  • 11/02/1861 - US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
  • 11/02/1861 - President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Wash DC
  • 11/02/1945 - Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
  • 11/02/1953 - Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple

  • Sally McMillen: Seneca Falls: The story of the women who changed the world A historian looks at the early women's rights movement and the reformers America has forgotten - Christian Science Monitor, 2-5-08
  • Jacob Weisberg: Who's Your Daddy? THE BUSH TRAGEDY - NYT, 2-1-08
  • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY, First Chapter - NYT, 2-1-08
  • Ethan Rarick: DESPERATE PASSAGE The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West - NYT, 2-3-08
  • Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore: BOOK REVIEW 'Defying Dixie:' by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore The origins of the U.S. civil rights movement from 1919 to 1950 Defying Dixie The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950 - LAT, 2-3-08
  • Alan Pell Crawford: Thomas Jefferson, Reexamined An account of his later years depicts him as a hypocrite and possibly a swindler TWILIGHT AT MONTICELLO The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson - WaPo, 1-31-08
  • Jonah Goldberg: Sticks and Stones Who has more affinity with fascism -- liberals or conservatives? LIBERAL FASCISM The Secret History of the American Left From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning - WaPo, 2-3-08
  • Seth Shulman: Telephone Tag Did a great inventor claim credit for the telephone after peeking at someone else's work? THE TELEPHONE GAMBIT Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret - WaPo, 2-3-08
  • Hugh Wilford: The spooks who ruled the States Hugh Wilford's masterful study of the CIA, The Mighty Wurlitzer, points up its unparalleled influence on American affairs, says Peter Preston The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America - Guardian UK, 2-3-08
  • Margaret Tennant: New book traces history of welfare in New Zealand The Fabric of Welfare: Voluntary Organisations, Government and Welfare in New Zealand, 1840-2005 - Massey University News, 2-4-08
  • Russell L. Peterson: Scholar argues that late-night comedians, by offering political cynicism instead of satire, foster electoral apathy - Chronicle of Higher Ed, 2-1-08
  • Mark E. Neely Jr.: His new book given a blistering review by James McPherson - James McPherson in the NY Review of Books (subscription only), 2-14-08
  • David Oshinsky: In the Heart of the Heart of Conspiracy Disses the new book on Joe McCarthy - NYT Book Review, 1-27-08

  • Gregory Wilson: History teacher's specialty is 1968 U of Akron professor concludes America's major issues reached apex that year - Beacon Journal, 2-4-08
  • Eric Weitz: Historian Says Weimar Republic Holds Potent Lessons for Today - Deutsche Welle, 1-30-08

  • Feb. 5, 2008: 6:30 P.M. Jesse J. Holland, a congressional reporter for the Associated Press, presents a lecture,"The Hidden History of Washington, D.C.: The African-American Presence in the Capitol, the White House and the National Mall," drawn from his recent book Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, D.C., at the Cleveland Park Branch Library, Connecticut Ave. & Macomb St. NW, 202-282-3080. - WaPo, 2-3-08
  • Feb. 6, 2008: Omer Bartov, Distinguished Professor of European History, Brown University, Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine (Princeton University Press, 2007), Jewish Heritage Museum - Jewish Heritage Museum
  • Feb. 6, 2008: Holocaust historian and interim director for the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, Francis R. Nicosia, will lecture on"Hachschara and Haavara: Jewish Sources and Nazi Emigration Policy Before the Final Solution" at the University of Vermont on Wednesday, February 6 at 3 p.m. in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill - This Week @ UVM, 2-4-08
  • Feb. 7, 2008: Historian and scholar David Blight will be at Wilton Public Library, CT on Thursday, Feb. 7 to discuss his new book"A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Narratives of Emancipation" (Harcourt, 2007) - Wilton Villager, 1-4-08
  • Feb. 9, 2008: Eric Arnesen, University of Illinois-Chicago professor of history and African-American studies, will give a free presentation on what roles African-Americans played in the railroad industry titled,"Black Railroaders and the Making of a Civil Rights Movement," @ 2 p.m. at the National Railroad Museum's Fuller Hall Theater - Green Bay Press Gazette, 1-20-08
  • May-September 2008: Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Deborah A. Lee, Lectures Showcase Leesburg's History for 250th Anniversary - WaPo, 1-18-08
  • David Zabecki: Hooks up with Stephen Ambrose Tours / Zabecki will lead the 14-day tour to visit historic World War II sites in Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw and Berlin from May 16-30, 2008.- Press Release--Stephen Ambrose Tours, 1-10-08
ON TV:History Listings This Week:

  • History Channel:"Decoding The Past : Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle," Tuesday, February 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries," Tuesday, February 5, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :The Mysteries of Devil's Triangles," Tuesday, February 5, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Lost Worlds :The Pagans," Tuesday, February 5, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Gold Mines," Tuesday, February 5, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"An Alien History of Planet Earth," Wednesday, February 6, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"UFO Files :The Pacific Bermuda Triangle," Wednesday, February 6, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"UFO Files :The Pacific Bermuda Triangle," Wednesday, February 6, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Stalking Jihad," Thursday, February 7, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :Vietnam," Thursday, February 7, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld :02 - City of Caves," Thursday, February 7, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Return of the Pirates" Friday, February 8, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries :Secret Plunder: GI Looters" Friday, February 8, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels :Silver Mines," Friday, February 8, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Caligula: Reign of Madness," Friday, February 8, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Band Of Brothers," Marathon Saturday, February 9, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Alaska: Big America," Saturday, February 9, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Little Ice Age: Big Chill," Saturday, February 9, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom Author: David Blight, Saturday, February 9, @ 1& 10pm ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: Michael Long, editor of"First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson" interviewed by Kevin Merida, associate editor of The Washington Post, Saturday, February 9, @ 9pm ET & Sunday, February 10, @ 9pm ET- C-Span2, BookTV

  • Jonah Goldberg: LIBERAL FASCISM #6 -- 3 weeks on list - 2-10-08
  • Drew Gilpin Faust: THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING #15 -- 1 week on list - 2-10-08
  • Tom Brokaw: BOOM! #17 2-10-08
  • Mark Booth: THE SECRET HISTORY OF WORLD #26 - 2-10-08
  • Jacob Weisberg: THE BUSH TRAGEDY #31 - 2-10-08

  • 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.
  • Matthew Dennison: The Last Princess: The Devoted Life of Queen Victoria's Youngest Daughter, February 19, 2008
  • Nick Taylor: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work, February 26, 2008.
  • Howard Taylor: Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret, February 28, 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
  • Joseph Balkoski: From Beachhead to Brittany, March 10, 2008
  • Susan Nagel: Marie-Therese, Child of Terror: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter, March 18, 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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