Category: History

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Series! World Series of the 1940’s

Since baseball in present time is on hold for the duration, let’s resume our travels through its past. We began post-WWII and proceeded through the Nationals’ first championship in 2019

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Knitting in WWII: A Photoessay

Even before Pearl Harbor, Life Magazine answered the question “What can I do to help the war effort?” with a single word: “Knit.”

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The Truth Behind Dresden

Bad faith arguers/actors on the world stage unite each year in using the Dresden narrative as a bloody shirt to wave away any criticism of authoritarian regimes.

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The Case for Monopoly

Board Game Symposium: If anything, Monopoly teaches that, despite your best planning, wise investment, and sound judgment, sometimes the universe has other plans (or no plan at all).

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MLK Day

For this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The New Yorker compiled various pieces on the man and his legacy in their Sunday Reading

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Dorie Miller: A Damn Fine Name for a Ship

The fourth Ford-class Aircraft Carrier will be named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris “Dorie” Miller, the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for his actions during the Pearl Harbor attack.

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A Cultural History of Anemia

I began to wonder, could that ancient diagnosis of hysteria really just be anemia mixed with a distrust of women’s sexuality?

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The Best of Ordinary Times 2019

This was a strong year for Ordinary Times, with contributions from many different authors. It included strong debuts from new voices and dynamite content from our regular contributors

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Syphilis

What is the true meaning of Christmas anyway? I’m going to set that question aside for a little bit to talk about syphilis.

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Thanksgiving Spin: Arlo Guthrie

Have you ever flipped on the radio during Thanksgiving, only to find that your local station is playing an 18-minute song about a restaurant, twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored glossy photographs, and a “Massacree?”

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Turkeys and Drumsticks 2019

I take advantage of the Thanksgiving Holiday to give out my awards for Turkeys of the Year and Golden Drumsticks

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Whereas It is Fitting: Veterans Day in America

As long as this great experiment in a free people self governing is to continue, it is good and proper to reflect on those Americans who carried the load when it mattered the most

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The Great Cases: United States v. Nixon

U.S. v. Nixon was, beyond doubt, the most consequential decision Burger ever wrote and probably the most politically consequential decision between Brown v. Board of Education and Bush v. Gore.