Gil Troy

Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University. His latest book — his tenth — is The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s .

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  • The Racist Origins of the SAT

    by Gil Troy

    While it unintentionally aided the disadvantaged in its earlier forms, the SAT was the fruit of a very poisonous tree.

  • Westway, New York's Great Highway That Never Was

    by Gil Troy

    The idea was to transform four miles of the West Side into one hundred acres of urban parkland that would embrace houses, shops, and offices—with a six-lane highway underneath. But Westway never happened.

  • The Secrets of the Woman in Hitler’s Bathtub

    by Gil Troy

    Discovered for her beauty when she was almost run over, Lee Miller went on to have one of the greatest careers that was later undermined by the horror she saw and experienced.

  • Filming Rodney King’s Beating Ruined His Life

    by Gil Troy

    Twenty-five years ago, George Holliday awoke to the sound of sirens and helicopters, hit ‘record’ on his new video camera, and preserved one of the most racially volatile moments in U.S. history.

  • Baseball’s First Naughty Hall of Famers

    by Gil Troy

    Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner were not exactly role models off the field when picked eighty years ago for the first Hall class.

  • The Man Who Brought Us T-Rex

    by Gil Troy

    Barnum Brown is perhaps the most important paleontologist—and without him there likely would not have been a Jurassic Park.

  • How Obama has turned back the clock on race relations

    by Gil Troy

    Americans celebrating Martin Luther King Day today should be proud of the incredible progress made since the civil-rights leader’s birth 87 years ago. At the same time, we should lament one of President Obama’s greatest failures.
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