“Forget the Alamo” Synthesizes Revisionist Scholarship for Today’s History Wars

2021-08-16T06:39:42-04:00August 16th, 2021|

In recent years an intense struggle has been waged between Democratic officials in San Antonio and the state’s hard-right conservative leadership, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick [R], an avid Trump supporter. The Republicans insist on maintaining the traditional myth surrounding Alamo, a story that contemporary historians call “the Heroic Anglo Narrative.” The [...]

The Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive

2021-08-16T06:44:16-04:00March 21st, 2021|

In August 1942, SS Major Otto Wachter was feeling frustrated. He was working long hours, setting up a concentration camps in German-occupied Ukraine, but he couldn’t find anyone to perform maintenance work at his headquarters in Lemburg. In a letter to his wife, Charlotte, he complained “the Jews are being deported in increasing [...]

Neal Gabler’s “Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour”

2021-08-16T06:45:07-04:00March 9th, 2021|

During the past 12 years, the U.S. Senate under Mitch McConnell has served as a black hole for progressive legislation, so it is hard to imagine that the upper house was once an engine of major social reform. But in the “liberal hour” of 1964-68, the Senate passed a historic series of bills [...]

An Interview with Ian W. Toll – Author of “Twilight of the Gods”

2021-08-16T06:46:53-04:00December 17th, 2020|

Books about World War II generally fall into two categories. The first is the hour-by-hour account of individual battles, often told via accounts of individual soldiers. One example is Eugene Sledge’s With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, which was the basis for the HBO mini-series The Pacific. The second type is [...]

Is There Anything Left to Learn about Hitler?

2021-08-16T06:47:55-04:00December 17th, 2020|

Is there anything new we can learn about Adolf Hitler? More than 128,000 books have been written about the dictator, including acclaimed biographies by historians Richard Evans, Alan Bullock and Hugh Trevor-Roper. However, pieces of new information continue to surface (e.g. diaries, archives) and each passing year provides authors with a different historical [...]

UCLA Historian Carla Pestana Debunks Myths About the Pilgrims

2021-08-16T06:49:00-04:00December 17th, 2020|

In the traditional view of the Pilgrims, one told in many 20th century textbooks, the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts on the Mayflower to make a break with old England and start a unique society. In her new book, The World of the Plymouth Plantation, Dr. Carla Gardina Pestana corrects the “false impression that [...]

Corporate Money Turns Democracy Upside Down in California Initiative Process

2021-08-16T06:49:59-04:00October 11th, 2020|

The California ballot initiative process, created in 1911 by the progressive movement to control the influence of corporations, has instead been turned upside down by massive corporate spending. Corporate interests now use referenda to defeat popular legislation and grassroots reform efforts. The most glaring example is the current fight over Proposition 22 on [...]

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