History

History, Psychology

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Once upon a time, Jesse Grant and Thomas Hamer were good friends. They had a lot in common. Both were self-made men who had risen from poverty. Both had come to the Ohio frontier to seek their fortune, and both had found it–Grant as a businessman and Hamer as a […]

History

The Facebook Effect in the 19th Century

The American Civil War has its share of unkillable myths. Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball. The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the United States. Civil War surgeons did not regularly hack off limbs without administering anesthesia. Of course, people didn’t just invent these stories out of thin […]

History

Beautiful Loser

When I was a kid, my mom took my brother Matt and I to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Civic Arena. It was a hell of a show, even for a kid like me who wasn’t much into sports. I never gave much thought to the Washington Generals, the […]

History

Some Things Never Change

In a previous post, I explained that I am interested in history because I love stories. Not everyone shares this interest, however, and they reasonably ask why they ought to study history at all. Peter Stearns offers a strong response to this objection and describes the many practical benefits of an historical education. […]