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September 1, 2008




Martin Luther King, Jr."I have a dream speech": 45 years Later:

  • Recalling the"Dream" Speech, 45 Years On - WaPo, 8-28-08
  • Witnesses to Dream Speech See a New Hope - NYT, 8-28-08
  • Years Later, Lewis Watches History Being Made - WaPo, 8-28-08
  • Obama Readies for Historic Speech; From MLK 'I Have a Dream' to 'Yes We Can' First Black Major Party Nominee Speaks on Martin Luther King March Anniversary - ABC News, 8-28-08

Chicago 1968: 40 years Later:

  • Convention of '68 pivotal in U.S. history: The struggle framed the breakdown of both social order and political discourse in the 1960s, historian David Farber writes in his book,"Chicago '68.""Chicago '68 was seen by almost all who participated in it and by most of those who watched it on TV as more than just another protest marked by violence, intolerance and excess," he wrote."Chicago '68 marked a crisis in the nation's political and cultural order."...
    "The convention uncovered the polarization of America," said Lendol Calder, an associate professor of history at Augustana College in Rock Island, who teaches a course on the 1960s."It put it on television for everybody to see." - Quad City Times, 8-27-08
  • Tom Wilson: 1968 Democratic Convention unforgettable - Galesburg Register-Mail, IL, 8-26-08
  • Essay: Norman Mailer's Great American Meltdown - NYT, 8-24-08
  • Jeremi Suri on"Inouye's 1968 speech was look at future": Jeremi Suri, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the 1968 convention showed how much the Democratic Party, split by race and the Vietnam War, was changing. Inouye had endorsed Humphrey and was aligned with the establishment, but Suri said Inouye — as a symbol — did not represent the Democratic political machine or the majority of delegates inside the International Amphitheatre."It didn't tell people where the party was then. It told them where the party was going," said Suri, author of the book"Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente," which examined the 1960s. - Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08
  • Michael Kazin on"Inouye's 1968 speech was look at future": Michael Kazin, a history professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., who was arrested at the Chicago protests, said Inouye's speech did not have much impact on those outside the convention."I don't think he was all that visible," he said."Clearly, he was a symbol of a nonwhite Democrat who had been a war hero despite what had happened to Japanese-Americans during the war." The bitterness over Humphrey's nomination in 1968 led the party to give more weight to the primary system, Kazin said, and opened up the nomination process to politicians from outside the establishment like Jimmy Carter — a populist Georgia governor — in 1976 and Obama this year."If you want to look at one event that made it quite public that the Democratic Party was not the same party which had won all these elections and really controlled the political dialogue, this is the event to look to," said Kazin, the co-author of"America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s." - Honolulu Advertiser, 8-25-08


  • Robert Dallek: Legacy of LBJ endures 100 years after his birth -"Johnson was as strong a personality as we have had in the White House," said historian Robert Dallek, author of a two-volume biography of Johnson."As was said of Lincoln, his ambition was an engine that never ceased running." - Seattle Post Intelliger, 8-26-08
  • Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial:"I want to remember him in his days of just undiluted glory," says Caro, a Pulitzer Prize winner currently in the middle of his fourth and final Johnson volume, which will cover his vice presidency and presidency...."You listen to the ones who were concerned with what Lyndon Johnson did on the domestic side, and you say, 'There never was a surer touch. There never was more of an understanding of what exactly needed to be done to get this legislation passed,'" Caro says."Then you turn to Vietnam, reading the minutes of the meetings, talking to people. You have a sense of a man who didn't know what to do. ... If I write this book correctly, that contrast will emerge."...."I see Barack Obama as the apex of the Lyndon Johnson legacy," Caro believes, saying that his presumed nomination would not have been possible without the civil rights legislation that enabled millions of blacks to vote."But you can't talk about Iraq without talking about Vietnam," he adds."You can't leave that out. His presidency did not end in triumph." AP, 8-24-08
  • Michael Beschloss on"Robert Caro speaks of the LBJ centennial":"Every generation pays very close attention to the major controversies of the time and when Johnson left office, in 1969, Vietnam was still raging and a lot of Americans were furious at Johnson," Beschloss says."They weren't thinking about a lot of things they had liked about him, like civil rights. And in 1969 people were not as aware as historians are now of the efforts he made to get the country out of the war." - AP, 8-24-08




    On This Day in History....

  • 31/08/1850 - Calif pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 31/08/1864 - Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 31/08/1907 - England, Russia and France form Triple Entente
  • 31/08/1914 - Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
  • 31/08/1935 - FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
  • 31/08/1963 -"Hot line" between Moscow-Washington, DC installed
  • 01/09/0069 - Traditional date of destruction of Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1267 - Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1535 - French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal)
  • 01/09/1666 - Great London Fire begins in Pudding Lane. 80% of London is destroyed
  • 01/09/1752 - Liberty Bell arrives in Phila
  • 01/09/1807 - Aaron Burr acquitted of charges of plotting to set up an empire
  • 01/09/1836 - Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
  • 01/09/1849 - California Constitutional Convention held in Monterey
  • 01/09/1864 - 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro Georgia, about 3,000 casualties
  • 01/09/1864 - Battle of Petersburg VA
  • 01/09/1939 - WW II starts, Germany invades Poland, takes Danzig
  • 01/09/1941 - Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1941 - Jews living in Germany are required to wear a yellow Jewish star
  • 01/09/1945 - Japan surrenders ending WW II (US date, 9/2 in Japan)
  • 01/09/1962 - UN announces Earth population has hit 3 billion
  • 02/09/1743 - England/Austria/Savoye-Sardinia sign Treaty of Worms
  • 02/09/1752 - Last Julian calender day in US and England (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • 02/09/1796 - Jews of the Netherlands are emancipated
  • 02/09/1870 - Napoleon III surrenders to Prussian armies
  • 02/09/1901 - VP Theodore Roosevelt advises,"Speak softly and carry a big stick"
  • 02/09/1944 - During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane
  • 02/09/1944 - Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz
  • 02/09/1945 - V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WW II ends)
  • 02/09/1945 - Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France (National Day)




  • Curtis Sittenfeld: First Lady, Second Version AMERICAN WIFE - NYT, 8-28-08
  • Curtis Sittenfeld: AMERICAN WIFE, First Chapter - NYT, 8-29-08
  • Fall Books Preview 2008 - WaPo, 8-31-08
  • Andrew J. Bacevich: Speaking Truth to a Superpower We consume too much . . . go to war too often . . . and don't govern ourselves wisely enough THE LIMITS OF POWER The End of American Exceptionalism - WaPo, 8-31-08
  • Phillip N. Raccine: Letters tell first-hand accounts of Southern life Gentlemen Merchants : A Charleston Family's Odyssey, 1828-1870 - North Florida NewsDaily, FL, 8-25-08
  • Kristie Macrakis: Her new book exposes the amazing array of tricks used by Stasi to spy on people - Harvard Magazine, 7-1-08








  • Stevenson's 1952, Clinton's 1992 Speeches Among Historian Favorites - NPR, 8-28-08
  • Q & A - DAVID WILLIAMS: Historian suggests Southerners defeated Confederacy Valdosta State professor pens Bitterly Divided: The South's Inner Civil War - Atlanta Journal Constitution, 8-23-08




  • Rick Perlstein The Yippie Show How some media-savvy leftists inadvertently helped the right, and vice versa: In Nixonland, his insightful study of the period, the historian Rick Perlstein points out that Nixon"welcomed conflict that served him politically. A briefing paper came to the president's desk in the middle of March instructing him to expect increased violence on college campuses that spring. 'Good!' he wrote across the face." - Reason Online, 8-27-08


  • September 4, 2008: Nautical Archaeologist and Historian David C. Switzer will speak at Portland Harbor Museum on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Switzer's illustrated talk is entitled,"The Submarine O-9: Lost and Found in the Gulf of Maine in 1941." -, ME, 8-16-08
  • September 6, 2008: Morristown New Jersey Fall museum programs begin with spooky history -, NJ, 8-16-08
  • September 15, 2008: Douglas Brinkley at Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) season at Fairfield University. OVF, the lecture series presented by University College at Fairfield University, which presents political pundits, historians, actresses and activists with diverse, provocative and lively views of current and historical topics, will start out with historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. - Redding Pilot, CT, 8-2-08

    ON TV: History Listings This Week

  • The Weather Channel's original program:"When Weather Changed History": Season 2 debuts October 5 with an episode dedicated to the Chicago Fire of 1871. Repeats of Season 1 are on Every Sunday at 9pmET with re-airings through out the week. - When Weather Changed History
  • Ken Burns: PBS to air his national parks series next year - AP, 7-13-08
  • History Channel:"Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers," Saturday, August 30, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest: Boneless Horror," Sunday, August 31, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Tougher In Alaska," Marathon Monday, September 1, @ 2-8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The True Story of Killing Pablo," Tuesday, September 2, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Organized Crime: A World History: Colombia," Tuesday, September 2, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Organized Crime: A World History: Russia," Tuesday, September 2, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld: New York: Secret Societies," Tuesday, September 2, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Life After People," Wednesday, September 3, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Mega Disasters: Glacier Meltdown," Wednesday, September 3, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond: Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond," Wednesday, September 3, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest: American Werewolf," Wednesday, September 3, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Jurassic Fight Club: Hunter Becomes Hunted," Wednesday, September 3, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hillbilly: The Real Story," Thursday, September 4, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Tougher In Alaska: Extreme Isolation," Friday, September 5, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: Civil War Tech," Friday, September 5, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire: The First Barbarian War," Friday, August 29, @ 10pm ET/PT


  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #1 -- (4 weeks on list) - 9-7-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #6 -- (3 weeks on list) - 9-7-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #14 -- (5 weeks on list) - 9-7-08


  • Robert Dallek: Harry S. Truman (REV), September 2, 2008
  • Mary C. Henderson: The Story of 42nd Street: The Theatres, Shows, Characters, and Scandals of the World's Most Notorious Street (First Edition), September 2, 2008
  • Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez: Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War, (Paperback edition), Yale University Press, September 2, 2008.
  • Paul Douglas Lockhart: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, September 9, 2008
  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain's Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Carlo D'Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008

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