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What to Look for in Sandy's Aftermath

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 6:48 PM

I am teaching a course at Yale this semester on the history of disasters, and Hurricane Sandy has made landfall on the syllabus right between a class on terrorism as disaster, and a class on the 1927 Mississippi River Flood. As Sandy unfolds, I have been reminded of the pioneering...

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Why Sarah Palin Thinks Barack Obama Wants to Undo the Civil War

(23) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 5:40 PM

Believe it or not, on Fox News Friday Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of wanting to return America to the days before the Civil War. There is a video going around of a young Obama, in his days as a Harvard Law School student, voicing his...

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Historic Whoppers at the Republican Debate

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 12:48 PM

Hyperbole is no stranger to political campaigns, and Wednesday night's Republican debate saw some historical (if not historic) whoppers. Here are a few that I noticed:

Mitt Romney:

"I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious...

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An Andrew Jackson History Lesson for Newt Gingrich

(35) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 12:29 PM

As the presidential candidate with a doctorate in history, Newt Gingrich might help the American public understand how history shapes today's complicated political debates. But Gingrich, evidently, is not up to the job. Judging by his gaffe at Monday night's Republican debate, one wonders if he was really worth

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A Natural Disasters History Lesson for Ron Paul

(381) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 4:54 PM

As Hurricane Irene pummeled the East Coast this weekend, flooding homes and businesses, knocking out power, and killing at least ten people, Texas Congressman and Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul asserted that the federal government should not help with disaster recovery. Americans, Paul said, need to "transition out...

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