Tag Archives: U.S. History

John Lewis Inspires Us to Get in the Way

“I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate President,” said Civil Rights icon and longtime U.S. Congressman John Lewis. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.” After … Continue reading

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Gun Control and the War at Home

Today is Pearl Harbor Day  It’s hard to believe that 74 years have passed since a stealth attack by Japanese air and naval forces decimated our U.S. naval base at Oahu Island’s Pearl Harbor.  It was a day–December 7, 1941–that would forever be stained … Continue reading

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Last Days in Vietnam Not To Be Missed on American Experience

I’ve always been fascinated by the offspring of super achievers. If their moms, dads, grandparents or great grandparents are heavy hitters in politics, the arts, medicine, sports, the military or scholarly pursuits, these kids have quite an act to follow. Independent filmmaker Rory Kennedy, … Continue reading

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The Big Burn Lights a Fire on PBS

“The question of forest fires, like the question of slavery … sooner or later, it must be faced.”  So said Gifford Pinchot, the zealous conservationist who founded the U.S. Forest Service in 1905. The back story and legacy of the … Continue reading

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Teddy Toplines Episodes 1-3 of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re well aware that the first episode of Ken Burns’ monumental and much-ballyhooed seven-part series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, debuts tonight on PBS (Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET).  It … Continue reading

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CBSNEWS.com to Stream Historic 1963 JFK Assassination Coverage

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Friday, November 22, 2013, and as a follow-up to my review of the fine PBS documentary, American Experience: JFK (see blog post 11/11/13), I urge you to … Continue reading

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