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Published: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

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Earth Day Feature

Before the Gold Rush There Was This

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

A half-century boom in the fur trade that decimated California otters.



Can Books by a Fired High Official Like James Comey Damage a President?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

It’s happened before. The president? Andrew Jackson, Trump’s favorite.



The US, France and Great Britain Helped Make a Mess of the Middle East

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Missiles won’t clean it up.




Why No One Should Be Shocked at Paul Ryan’s Retirement

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Whatever his personal reasons, structural changes in Congress make life tough for any House Speaker.



We Solemnly Chant “Never Again.” Now, We Know Better.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

The new battleground is not in some basement or backyard where hate is brewing. It’s not on the street. It’s in your phone and on your screen.



Roundup Top 10!

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.



Highlights of the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians: 2018

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

What happened at the annual meeting held in Sacramento.



How Come Wall Street Hasn’t Been Caught Up in the #MeToo Movement?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

The short answer: They’ve already been here before.



A Short Chat at a Party with Some Ambassadors from Former Soviet Republics and Suddenly this Historian Was an “Informed Source in Jerusalem”

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

It happened twenty years ago when Bill Clinton launched missiles in the midst of his sex scandal.



We Generate More Data Driving to Work Each Day than Did Alexander the Great’s Entire Army Marching to India and Back

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

But that didn’t stop this courageous historian from trying to quantify Alexander’s wealth.



What You May Not Realize About the Supreme Court Ruling that Backed Affirmative Action

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

40 years after the Bakke decision its endorsement of diversity may have been an ironic legacy of Jim Crow.



A Writer at The Atlantic Uses History to Make a Point About the 2016 Election – And Historians Moan

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Here's why they aren't celebrating this attempt at a usable past.



Which Nations Are the Happiest?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

And guess who’s not on the list: the three countries that claim to be the most powerful.



A Perfect Recipe for a Nuclear War?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Worries in the wake of the U.S.-led bombing of Syria.



How We Got Trump

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

The change in our political structure that led directly to Trump’s election.



They Thought He Was Black, so They Claimed the Inn Was Full.

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Motels and race relations in the Mississippi Delta in the 1970s.



The Rare Pundit Who Understood War & Militarism: In Memoriam

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

William Pfaff's death represented a serious loss of columnists willing to challenge our politics of war and militarism.



These Are the Women in Richard the Lionheart’s Life You Should Know About

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

First and foremost there’s his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine.



The Awful War to End All Wars: Now on Display

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

The Minnesota exhibit is touring various large museums across the country. Go see it!



What We Really Have to Worry About Isn’t Trump

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

It’s if a more competent politician who exploits rural grievances succeeds him.



What’s Wrong with “Chappaquiddick,” the Movie

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

It passes off as fact the myth that Ted Kennedy allowed Mary Jo Kopechne to suffocate.



“Washington Is Going to Burn, Washington Is Going to Burn” 

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

How a white eight year old who lived in DC experienced the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.



Trump and Jackson: Two Power Grabbers, but with a Difference

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Trump is self-serving, while Jackson used his power to advance democracy.



Roundup Top 10!

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.



The Real Threat We Face Won't Be Solved by a Wall

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

We need to spend more on missile defense.



This Massacre of Black Soldiers During the Civil War Is Reason Enough to Bring Down the Confederate Statues

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

It was the Fort Pillow Massacre. And it was ghastly.



Does MAD really work?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

So far it has due to plain dumb luck.  But eventually, luck runs out. 



Why Ike Keeps Going Up Up Up in Scholarly Polls

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

It’s because his legacy keeps becoming more and more relevant.



The Lesson General Grant Taught Us that's Still Relevant

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

On the anniversary of the end of the Civil War, it's worth remembering, as we read about other countries facing the challenge of national healing.



Democracy in Latin America Is Once Again Under Threat, but that’s Not the Whole Story

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

We need to remember that many of these countries helped lead the way to the establishment of republican government.



The Most Important Naturalist You Never Heard of

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

His name is Henry Walter Bates.  He's finally getting the credit he deserves.



Review of Robert J. Cook‘s “Civil War Memories, Contesting the Past Since 1865”

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

We’ve never stopped fighting over the meaning of the war.



What People Are Talking About

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:11:34 +0000

Links to important discussions about topics in the news this week.