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November 10 & 17, 2008






    On This Day in History....

  • 11-10-1954 - Iwo Jima Memorial (servicemen raising US flag) dedicated in Arlington
  • 11-10-1982 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened
  • 11-11-1620 - 41 pilgrims land in Mass, sign Mayflower Compact (just & equal laws)
  • 11-11-1918 - Armistice Day-WW I ends (at 11 AM on Western Front)
  • 11-11-1938 - Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David
  • 11-12-1998 - Then Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signs the Kyoto Protocol.
  • 11-13-1789 - Ben Franklin writes"Nothing . . . certain but death and taxes"
  • 11-13-1956 - Supreme Court strikes down segregation of races on public buses
  • 11-13-1986 - US president Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran
  • 11-14-1906 - Theodore Roosevelt becomes 1st US president to visit a foreign country (Panama)
  • 11-14-1968 -"National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" features draft card burning
  • 11-15-1763 - Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • 11-15-1777 - Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
  • 11-15-1864 - Union Major General William T. Sherman burns Atlanta
  • 11-15-1969 - 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Washington DC against the Vietnam War
  • 11-16-1973 - President Richard Nixon authorizes construction of Alaskan pipeline
  • 11-17-1800 - John Adams is the 1st president to move into the White House
  • 11-17-1800 - Congress held 1st session in Wash DC in incompleted Capitol building
  • 11-17-1973 - President Richard Nixon tells AP"...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"
  • 11-18-1805 - Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean, 1st Americans to cross continent
  • 11-18-1961 - JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam
  • 11-19-1861 - Julia Ward Howe committed"Battle Hymn of the Republic" to paper
  • 11-19-1863 - Lincoln delivers his address in Gettysburg;"4 score and 7 years..."
  • 11-19-1919 - US Senate rejects (55-39) Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations




  • Andrew Roberts: "Prince Charles turns 60 waiting for throne":"It can't be easy. Most of us can look forward to our new jobs, but the circumstances under which her reign comes to an end means that he can't, emotionally and psychologically.... AP, 11-13-08
  • Robert Lacey"Milestone for a prince whose life has been a waiting game":"I think he is finally coasting home, perhaps coming to the realisation that he will never be king or, if he does, he'll be like one of those elderly leaders at the end of the Soviet era - a sort of royal Andropov, with only a few years. His significance will lie in what he has accomplished as Prince and what he does to get the next king ready." - Guardian, UK, 11-13-08
  • Eric Hobsbawm: Global financial crisis is the"end of the era" for capitalism:"The present crisis is certainly the end of the era in the development of the global capitalist economy." -, 11-3-08




  • Jack Fischel on Samuel S. Kassow: Forget us not: memorializing the Warsaw Ghetto: Who Will Write Our History? Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, The Warsaw Ghetto and The Oyneg Shabes Archive - NJ Jewish News, 11-13-08
  • Jon Meacham: Elites and Rivals, Beware: He’s Tough as Old Hickory - AMERICAN LION Andrew Jackson in the White House NYT, 11-9-08
  • Thomas J. Sugrue: Uncommon Ground SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North - NYT, 11-9-08
  • Thomas J. Sugrue:SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, First Chapter - NYT, 11-9-08
  • Peter Ackroyd: Troubled Water THAMES The Biography - NYT, 11-9-08
  • Carlo D'Este: An Officer and a Bulldog WARLORD A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945 - NYT, 11-9-08
  • Tricia Starks: University of Arkansas Historian Publishes Book on Soviet Health and Hygiene - University of Arkansas Daily Headlines, AR, 11-13-08
  • The new book, Wartime Courage, confirms that the British PM's dogged desire to keep his old craft skills as a historian alive - Independent (UK), 11-7-08
  • Douglas Brinkley on Jon Meacham, David S. Reynolds, Robert V. Remini: HISTORY The Warrior President Andrew Jackson fought the British, the Indians and the bankers. AMERICAN LION Andrew Jackson in the White House, WAKING GIANT America in the Age of Jackson, ANDREW JACKSON - WaPo, 11-2-08
  • H.W. Brands: HISTORY Overcoming Privilege Polio crippled FDR physically but strengthened him morally TRAITOR TO HIS CLASS The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt WaPo, 11-2-08
  • Fred Kaplan: Jonathan Yardley on 'Lincoln' The Literary Preparation of a Great President LINCOLN The Biography of a Writer - WaPo, 11-2-08
  • James M. McPherson, Craig L. Symonds: HISTORY | BIOGRAPHY Commander-in-Chief How Lincoln learned the art of war. TRIED BY WAR Abraham Lincoln as Commander In Chief, LINCOLN AND HIS ADMIRALS Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War - WaPo, 11-2-08
  • Harold Holzer: The Travails of Lincoln's Transition LINCOLN PRESIDENT-ELECT Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 - WaPo, 11-2-08


  • James M. McPherson: TRIED BY WAR #15 -- (4 weeks on list) - 11-16-08
  • Andrew Bacevich: THE LIMITS OF POWER #23 - 11-16-08




  • Interview: Elizabeth Perry of Harvard University is the outgoing president of the Association for Asian Studies China Beat, 11-11-08
  • Harold Holzer & James McPherson ask: WWLD? (What would Lincoln Do?) - Chicago Tribune, 11-9-08
  • Andrew Doyle: 2-minute Tuesday: Andrew Doyle, Associate professor of history at Winthrop University - Herald Online, 11-4-08


  • U.S. history a hot topic for publishers - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11-11-08
  • James Gregory"UW project sheds light on Klan history":"People in Washington state really have not known about the strength or impact of the KKK here during the 1920s. Historians focus on the Klan as a powerful force in places like Oregon, in Midwest states and of course in the South. But the Klan had tens of thousands of members right here in Washington." - Bellingham Herald, WA, 11-13-08




  • W. Fitzhugh Brundage: UNC professor speaks on South's differing racial perceptions: "It seems especially relevant in the aftermath of the election...and the way in which many Southerners voted.... These struggles...draw our attention to the profound transformation at work in the contemporary South... Southerners can no longer assume that their version of the past will be promoted in public places.... We could turn to an era where the culture wars become extremely political." - Tennessee Journalist, TN, 11-12-08


  • November 15, 2008: FDR-Obama Comparison Is Theme of Columbia Conference"Restoring America Through a New New Deal: Policy Priorities for the First 100 Days" - Press Release, 11-11-08
  • November 18, 2008: HOWARD ZINN, At Back Pages Books - Back Pages Books, 289 Moody St., presents a post-election State of the Union discussion with acclaimed historian, professor, and activist Howard Zinn, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Zinn is the author of"The People's History of the United States of America" and the recently published graphic work"The People's History of the American Empire." Cost is $12. - Daily News Tribune, 11-13-08
  • April 3-4, 2009:The Obama Phenomenon: Race and Political Discourse in the United States Today, University of Memphis


  • PBS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Oswald's Ghost - Monday, November 17 at 9pm on PBS -- American Experience Mondays at 9pm on PBS (check local listings.)
  • History Channel:"The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth," Friday, November 14, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Antietam," Friday, November 14, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Horrors at Andersonville Prison: The Trial of Henry Wirz," Friday, November 14, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Gettysburg," Friday, November 14, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Modern Marvels: Civil War Tech," Friday, November 14, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Antichrist," Saturday, November 15, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon," Saturday, November 15, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Quest for the Lost Ark," Sunday, November 16, @ 3pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Hell: The Devil's Domain," Monday, November 17, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries: Hell's Angels," Monday, November 17, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Einstein," Monday, November 17, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Violent Earth: Nature's Fury: New England's Killer Hurricane," Tuesday, November 18, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Wrath Of God: Buffalo Blizzard: Seige and Survival," Tuesday, November 18, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem," Wednesday, November 19, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Organized Crime: A World History: Colombia," Wednesday, November 19, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The True Story of Charlie Wilson," Thursday, November 20, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Stalking Jihad," Thursday, November 20, @ 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"History's Mysteries: Ship of Gold," Thursday, November 20, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Cities Of The Underworld: Secret Sin City," Thursday, November 20, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Street Gangs: A Secret History," Saturday, November 22, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy," Saturday, November 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel:"Kennedys: The Curse of Power," Saturday, November 22, @ 8pm ET/PT


  • 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
  • Michael Burlingame: Abraham Lincoln: A Life, November 14, 2008
  • Peter W. Kunhardt: Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon, November 18, 2008
  • Scout Tufankjian: Yes We Can: Barack Obama's History Making Presidential Campaign, December 1, 2008
  • Gary May: John Tyler: The American Presidents Series: The 10th President, 1841-1845, December 9, 2008
  • Jonathan Brent: Inside the Stalin Archives, December 9, 2008
  • Time Magazine: Time President Obama: The Path to the White House, December 16, 2008
  • George S. McGovern: Abraham Lincoln: The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865, December 23, 2008
  • Rudy Tomedi: General Matthew Ridgway, December 30, 2008
  • Anthony S. Pitch: "They Have Killed Papa Dead!": The Road to Ford's Theater, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance, December 30, 2008
  • William E. Leuchtenburg: Herbert Hoover: The 31st President, 1929-1933 (REV), January 6, 2009
  • James J. Sheehan: Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?: The Transformation of Modern Europe, January 13, 2009
  • Gwen Ifill: The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, January 20, 2009
  • Daniel Mark Epstein: Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries, January 27, 2009


  • Studs Terkel's Legacy: A Vivid Window on the Great Depression - NYT, 11-8-08

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