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September 15, 2008



CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2008 WATCH:

CHICAGO 1968:

Chicago 1968: 40 years Later:

BIGGEST STORIES:

BIGGEST STORIES: 9/11

  • Allen Matusow on"Grappling with the lessons of 9/11": The 9/11 attacks seemed like a historic moment, but are they truly history, ripe for study? Yes, says Rice University history professor Allen Matusow, and most historians agree. Recent events can be approached historically even when their half-life is measured in months."There is such a thing as contemporary history," said Matusow, who specializes in 20th century American history."People who live through it know things. One is how they felt when it was happening. The mere fact of distance does not get you closer to the truth about an event. The best history of the Peloponnesian Wars was by Thucydides, and he fought in it." Matusow has the luxury, actually the necessity, to have his students explore the origins of 9/11 in unabbreviated fashion. One of his courses traces the evolution of anti-Western Islamic thought and the birth of al-Qaida in the Afghan war of a generation ago. For younger students, and those who teach them, the hurdle is context in the face of time constraints. - Houston Chronicle, 9-10-08
  • McCain, Obama Arrive for 9/11 Anniversary - NY Sun, 9-10-08
  • Gil Troy: 9/11 and the race for the White House - Jerusalem Post, 9-10-08
  • David McQuilkin on"Sept. 11 leaves confused legacy on college campuses": David McQuilkin, a history and political science professor at Bridgewater, says the 9/11 attacks are no longer the major discussion topic that they once were in his classroom, and students rarely raise the issue. From his perspective as a historian, this is to be expected, because McQuilkin thinks 9/11 will not figure as prominently into the American story as the bombing of Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier. The difference, McQuilkin said, has been the response. After Pearl Harbor, America's immediate, unified, sustained reaction saw the country through World War II and established it as a world power (this, at least, is the generally-accepted narrative)."We haven’t seen 9/11 reach that kind of visceral level within the American experience," said McQuilkin. - Rocktown Weekly, VA, 9-11-08
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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History....

  • 15/09/1620 - Mayflower departs from Plymouth England with 102 pilgrims [OS May 8]
  • 15/09/1656 - England and France sign peace treaty
  • 15/09/1776 - British forces capture Kip's Bay Manhattan during Revolution
  • 15/09/1862 - Confederates conquer Union-weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry WV
  • 15/09/1914 - Battle of Aisne begins between Germans and French during WW I
  • 15/09/1923 - Gov Walton of Oklahoma declares state of siege because of KKK terror
  • 15/09/1935 - Nuremberg Laws deprives German Jews of citizenship and makes swastika official symbol of Nazi Germany
  • 15/09/1941 - Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
  • 15/09/1959 - Soviet Premier Khrushchev arrives in US to begin a 13-day visit
  • 15/09/1963 - 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham
  • 15/09/1981 - US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor
  • 16/09/1630 - Mass village of Shawmut changes name to Boston
  • 16/09/1782 - Great Seal of US used for 1st time
  • 16/09/1848 - Slavery abolished in all French territories
  • 16/09/1908 - Carriage-maker, William Durant, founded General Motors Corp
  • 16/09/1940 - Luftwaffe attacks center of London
  • 16/09/1940 - FDR signs Selective Training and Service Act (1st peacetime draft)
  • 16/09/1941 - Jews of Vilna Poland confined to Ghetto
  • 16/09/1968 - Richard Nixon appears on"Laugh-in"
  • 16/09/1971 - 6 Klansmen arrested in connection with bombing of 10 school buses
  • 16/09/1974 - Pres Ford announces conditional amnesty for US, Vietnam War deserters
  • 17/09/1562 - Council of Trente takes ecclesiastical canon
  • 17/09/1691 - Colony Massachusetts Bay gets new charter
  • 17/09/1787 - US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention
  • 17/09/1796 - Pres George Washington delivers his farewell address
  • 17/09/1850 - Great fire in San Francisco
  • 17/09/1862 - Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)-bloodiest day of Civil War, 23,110 die
  • 17/09/1900 - Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 17/09/1952 -"I am an American Day" and"Constitution Day" renamed"Citizenship Day"
  • 17/09/1986 - US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice
  • 18/09/1502 - Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage
  • 18/09/1759 - Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British
  • 18/09/1793 - Pres Washington lays cornerstone of Capitol building
  • 18/09/1812 - Fire in Moscow destroys 90% of houses and 1,000 churchs
  • 18/09/1850 - Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law as part of Compromise of 1850
  • 18/09/1851 - NY Times starts publishing (2› a copy)
  • 18/09/1862 - General Read army pulls out of Antietam Creek Virginia
  • 18/09/1895 - Booker T Washington delivera"Atlanta Compromise" address
  • 18/09/1914 - Battle of Aisne ends with Germans beating French during WW I
  • 18/09/1945 - 1000 whites walk out of Gary Ind schools to protest integration
  • 18/09/1947 - National Security Act, passes
  • 18/09/1987 - US and Russia sign accord to remove mid range missiles
  • 19/09/1676 - Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon set Jamestown Va on fire
  • 19/09/1777 - Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga
  • 19/09/1796 - George Washington's farewell address as president
  • 19/09/1863 - Battle of Chickamauga GA (near Chattanooga) begins; Union retreat
  • 19/09/1873 - Black Friday: Jay Cooke and Co fails, causing a securities panic
  • 19/09/1911 - Red Tuesday-20,000 protest for universal rights
  • 19/09/1941 - Nazi's force German Jews, 6 and over to wear Jewish stars
  • 20/09/1530 - Luther advises protestant monarch compromise
  • 20/09/1664 - Maryland passes 1st anti-amalgamation law to stop intermarriage of English women and black men
  • 20/09/1797 - US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
  • 20/09/1850 - Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue
  • 20/09/1861 - Battle of Lexington, MI-captured by Union
  • 20/09/1863 - Battle of Shepardstown VA
  • 20/09/1863 - Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tenn, ends
  • 20/09/1881 - Chester A Arthur sworn in as 21st president
  • 20/09/1961 - James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • 20/09/1963 - JFK proposes a joint US-Soviet voyage to the moon
  • 20/09/1976 - Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women
  • 20/09/1990 - Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message
  • 21/09/1621 - King James of England gives Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling
  • 21/09/1745 - Battle at Preston Pans: Bonnie Prince Charles beats English army
  • 21/09/1776 - 5 days after British take NY - Great fire in NY
  • 21/09/1784 - Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser 1st success US daily newspaper
  • 21/09/1792 - Proposal by Collot D'Herbois, to abolish the monarchy in France - 1st French Republic forms
  • 21/09/1814 -"Star Spangled Banner" published as a poem
  • 21/09/1863 - Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
  • 21/09/1897 - NY Sun runs famous"Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus," editorial
  • 21/09/1922 - Pres Warren G Harding signs a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine
  • 21/09/1981 - Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice
IN THE NEWS:

IN THE NEWS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Ron Suskind: Reign of Counterterror THE WAY OF THE WORLD A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism - NYT, 9-14-08
  • Ron Suskind: THE WAY OF THE WORLD A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, First Chapter - NYT, 9-14-08
  • Andrew J. Bacevich: We Got Trouble THE LIMITS OF POWER The End of American Exceptionalism - NYT, 9-14-08
  • Fergus M. Bordewich on Annette Gordon-Reed: American Roots THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO An American Family - WaPo, 9-14-08
  • Bob Woodward: Yes Men What happens when the president's advisers don't speak up THE WAR WITHIN A Secret White House History 2006-2008 - WaPo, 9-14-08
  • Mark A. Noll: Undressing the Body Politic GOD AND RACE IN AMERICAN POLITICS A Short History - WaPo, 9-14-08
OP-EDs:

OP-EDs & LETTERS:

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BLOGS:

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FEATURES:

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QUOTED:

QUOTED:

  • Leonid Petrov on"Kim rumours provide a wake-up call": For Leonid Petrov, North Korea historian at Australian National University, this tug of war over reforms is key to how North Koreans will respond to the demise of Kim Jong-il. He says the population was badly traumatised by the death of Kim Il-sung - partly because of the personality cult which surrounded him, but partly also because it heralded a period of intense isolation and impoverishment in which more than a million people may have died. Dr Petrov suggests any internal candidate able to preserve short-term stability would probably be more conservative than Kim Jong-il. But he warns against any such candidate attempting to roll back the economic reforms that have allowed North Koreans a little more room to make an independent living. - BBC News, 9-10-08
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  • September 17, 2008: Proctor.Michael Gannon, professor emeritus of history from UF, will open the Samuel Proctor Florida History Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Pugh Hall Ocora with a talk titled"Ponce De Leon and the Discovery of Florida." The series is sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. - University of Florida, Gainesville, 9-12-08
  • September 17, 2008: Princeton historian Barbara Oberg, general editor of"The Papers of Thomas Jefferson," will deliver a Constitution Day lecture on"Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Princeton University - Princeton University, NJ, 9-10-08
  • September 18, 2008: Dr. Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, will deliver the Richard S. Wells Lecture. Lepore's topic will be"Paper Trail: The Rise and Fall of the Paper Ballot." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaylee M. Mead Auditorium of the Patricia A. Sullivan Science Building at the University of North Carolina Greensboro - UNCG University News, NC, 9-15-08
  • October 18, 2008: History buffs and students alike are encouraged to attend"The Legacy of Stones River: Pathways to Freedom" in Murfreesboro, an Oct. 18 symposium focusing on the demise of slavery during the Civil War and feature distinguished speakers. - Murfreesboro Post, TN, 9-15-08
ON TV:

    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:"Mega Disasters: Earthquake in the Heartland," Monday, September 15, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Journey to 10,000 BC," Monday, September 15, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery: Houdini: Unlocking the Mystery," Tuesday, September 16, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Surviving History: - Surviving History," Marathon Tuesday, September 16, @ 4-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Ancient Discoveries: Mega-Structures of the Deep," Tuesday, September 16, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Special: An Alien History of Planet Earth," Wednesday, September 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"UFO Files: UFOs and the White House," Wednesday, September 17, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest: Bigfoot in New York," Wednesday, September 17, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest: Lake Monsters of the North," Wednesday, September 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Jurassic Fight Club: Raptor's Last Stand ," Wednesday, September 17, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Day the Towers Fell. ," Thursday, September 18, @ 12pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Journey to 10,000 BC," Thursday, September 11, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Last Stand of The 300," Thursday, September 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers," Friday, September 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Antietam," Friday, September 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Journey to the Center of the World," Friday, September 19, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: Gold Mines," Friday, September 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"MonsterQuest," Marathon, Saturday, September 20, @ 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy," Saturday, September 20, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Forbidden City Revealed," Sunday, September 21, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution Author: Tony Williams - Saturday at 12:00 PM ET - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Author: Douglas Blackmon - Saturday at 1:30 PM - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams Author: Panel of Speakers - Saturday at 4:00 PM - C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: 2008 Virginia Festival of the Book - Sear Carr,"The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm" Author: Sean Carr Saturday at 10:40 AM, Saturday at 2:40 PM, and Sunday at 10:40 PM - C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):

SELLING BIG (NYT):

    Week of September 14, 2008

  • Jerome R. Corsi: THE OBAMA NATION #2 -- (6 weeks on list) - 9-21-08
  • David Freddoso: THE CASE AGAINST BARACK OBAMA #5 -- (5 weeks on list) - 9-21-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #6 -- (5 weeks on list) - 9-21-08
  • Kaylene Johnson: SARAH #13 -- (1 week on list) - 9-21-08
  • Thomas Frank: THE WRECKING CREW #16 -- (4 weeks on list) - 9-14-08
  • Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway: WE ARE SOLDIERS STILL #19 - 9-21-08
  • T. J. English: HAVANA NOCTURNE #26 - 9-21-08
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: SOUTHERN STORM #29 - 9-21-08
FUTURE RELEASES:

FUTURE RELEASES:

  • Jeffry D. Wert: Cavalryman of the Lost Cause: A Biography of J. E. B. Stuart, September 23, 2008
  • Tom Chaffin: The H. L. Hunley: The Secret Hope of the Confederacy, September 30, 2008
  • James M. McPherson: Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, October 7, 2008
  • Jeff Belanger: Who's Haunting the White House?: The President's Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, October 7, 2008
  • David Hackett Fischer: Champlain's Dream, October 14, 2008
  • Joe Hilley: Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, October 16, 2008
  • Harold Holzer: Lincoln: President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Winter of Secession, 1860-1861, October 21, 2008
  • Laurence Bergreen: Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, October 21, 2008
  • H. W. Brands: Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 4, 2008
  • Carlo D'Este: Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945, November 11, 2008
  • Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, November 11, 2008
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
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