Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town” that is. Backstreets recently posted the Columbia Records’ advanced marketing plan for the album (see above). It was released June 4, 1978.
Joe Biden wants to reform the Supreme Court. This kind of judicial reform also happened in the 1790s, 1850s, 1890s, 1930s, 1970s, and 2010s. Here is a taste of Syracuse University political scientist Thomas Keck‘s piece at The Washington Post: […]
I learned the preamble to the United States Constitution from watching School House Rock on Saturday mornings. (I often break into the “The Preamble” song when I cover the Constitution in my lectures). Historian Paul Ringel wants to revise the […]
I’ve always been a Jimmy Carter fan, so I was eager to watch Mary Wharton‘s documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President” last Sunday night. On one level, it did not disappoint. I knew very little about Carter’s relationship with […]
Everyone knows what this means. But if you want more information I encourage you read these posts. Here and here. So how should we think about Trump’s call to save the suburbs in the light of American history? Today I […]
In Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump, I wrote: [Billy] Graham’s relationship with Richard Nixon brought him closer to the world of presidential politics than he had ever been before. The two stayed in close contact during the years […]
“One Win Choice” Seaside Heights, New Jersey, 1978 Source: Library of Congress
1978, Seaside Heights Source: Library of Congress
If you are unfamiliar with what Ronald Reagan said to Richard Nixon in 1971 you can get up to speed here. Tim Naftali, a history professor at New York University, published the text and audio of the tape in which […]
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0KQWTBljjg&w=560&h=315] Find some historical context for this song here.
Matt Lakemacher of Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, IL is back with another post from the annual meeting of the American Historical Association going on this weekend in Chicago. You can read all his posts here. –JF Could there be […]
RIP Daryl Dragon: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QNEf9oGw8o&w=560&h=315]
I am happy to contribute to this video posted today at The New York Times. Retro Report spent over an hour interviewing me at Messiah College back in August. I was apparently not as engaging as Cal Thomas, Jerry Falwell Jr. […]
Over at The Conversation, David Swartz, a historian of the evangelical Left, has a nice piece on Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “malaise” speech. Here is a taste: It was a penetrating cultural critique that reflected Carter’s spiritual values. Like the writers […]
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-x_WyBjO6Y&w=560&h=315] Do you want to know what evangelicalism was like before the Christian Right came along and politicized it? Check out Greg Thornbury‘s piece at The Washington Post: “What evangelicals looked like before they entered the political fray.” Thornbury has just […]
Alan Taylor of The Atlantic has gathered some great pictures from forty years ago. Check them out here.
Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer and Brandeis University historian Martin Keller wonder if current comparisons between Watergate and the firing of James Comey are just another way for liberals, progressives, and Democrats to score political points. Here is a taste […]
Historian Rick Perlstein recently turned up a gem from the November 3, 1978 issue of the Spokane Daily Chronicle (I assume it was syndicated) and linked to it on his Facebook page. In this article Ronald Reagan, two years before he became President of […]