Gil Troy Gil Troy blog brought to you by History News Network. Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/author/4 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network The Secrets of the Woman in Hitler’s Bathtub Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153769 http://hnn.us/blog/153769 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The NY Rens Were The ‘Greatest Basketball Team You Have Never Heard Of’ Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153748 http://hnn.us/blog/153748 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The German Jew Who Became an Ottoman Pasha Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153742 http://hnn.us/blog/153742 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Filming Rodney King’s Beating Ruined His Life Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153741 http://hnn.us/blog/153741 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Sorry Hillary, America Already Had Its First Female President Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153731 http://hnn.us/blog/153731 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Hercules Mulligan: The Spy Who Saved George Washington—Twice Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153729 http://hnn.us/blog/153729 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Baseball’s First Naughty Hall of Famers Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153727 http://hnn.us/blog/153727 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Jew Who Silenced America’s Earliest Anti-Semites Americans besieged by today’s hateful rhetoric would be wise to look up Jacob Henry, whose seminal defense of his own faith—and others’—was once memorized by school children everywhere.]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153724 http://hnn.us/blog/153724 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Man Who Brought Us T-Rex Barnum Brown is perhaps the most important paleontologist—and without him there likely would not have been a Jurassic Park.]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153721 http://hnn.us/blog/153721 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 How Obama has turned back the clock on race relations 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.]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153720 http://hnn.us/blog/153720 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 We, the People, Were the Losers at the Republican Debate Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153719 http://hnn.us/blog/153719 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 These Are the Five Revolutions of the 1990s (And One Counter-Revolution) Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153692 http://hnn.us/blog/153692 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Gay Marriage Fight Between Hillary and Bernie: Setting the Record Straight Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153686 http://hnn.us/blog/153686 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 It's Time to Acknowledge that Bill Clinton Dominated His Era Just as Reagan Did His Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153684 http://hnn.us/blog/153684 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Challenges of Writing about the Age of Clinton Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153681 http://hnn.us/blog/153681 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The ASA Advances the Longstanding Anti-Zionist War on Academia Boycotts are as anti-peace as they are anti-academic.

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Barack Obama’s Dainty Presidency ]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:43:42 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153174 http://hnn.us/blog/153174 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 America -- The Republic of Nothing?
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Cross-posted from the National Post.

As the United States celebrates its 237th anniversary this week, the country is undergoing dramatic changes demographically, structurally and ideologically. Last week, the Supreme Court made historic decisions about race relations and gay marriage, while the Senate advanced a major immigration reform, proposing a 13-year-process for transforming 11 million illegal aliens into citizens. America’s face is changing. But as the country becomes more diverse, dynamic, and broadminded, the challenges of retaining some ideological glue, some social stability, and some cultural thickness are growing exponentially. As America builds a Republic of Everything, it must not build a Republic of Nothing.

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How Come We Don’t Call RFK’s Assassination Palestinian Terrorism?
RFK moments after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Credit: Wiki Commons.

Forty-five years ago, on June 6, 1968, New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy died of gunshot wounds. His assassination, coming five years after his brother Jack’s and two months after Martin Luther King’s, traumatized America. Amid the tumultuous 1960s, with youth rioting, crime soaring, blacks protesting, the Vietnam War souring, and these young, visionary leaders dying, Americans wondered: “is ours a sick society?” While America then needed reforming, the soul-searching around Robert Kennedy’s assassination was unmerited. The truth -- which most overlooked then -- was that this Kennedy assassination was the first major act of Palestinian terrorism targeting the United States.

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Why the Brits -- But Not the Yanks -- Quarreled over Thatcher's Finale
Credit: Flickr/rahuldlucca

Most Americans are surprised that Margaret Thatcher’s death and funeral proved so divisive in Great Britain. In the United States, the eulogies hailing the “Iron Lady” for resurrecting British spirit, saving England’s economy and helping to defeat the Soviet Union, paralleled the warm farewell Americans gave Ronald Reagan when he died in June 2004. The more contentious British reaction -- including the surprising campaign to propel “Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead” to the top of the charts -- reveals differences in Thatcher’s and Reagan’s leadership styles, as well as enduring contrasts between British and American political culture.

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