Weeks of December 17 and 24, 2012
Is Christmas a Pagan Holiday?
We hear this "fact" a lot, but there's little in the historical record about non-Greco-Roman, non-Christian religions in Europe.
The New Age of Austerity
What any student of Econ 101 should have known, bu the pols in the UK didn't.
Lincoln, Spielberg, Sandburg, Kennedy, and Compromise
The art of compromise--the double entendre.
The Federal Government Should Hold On To General Motors
The Founding Fathers would hang onto those GM shares.
Florida Historians Standing Up to Rick Scott
His attempt to devour the liberal arts at the University of Florida is meeting resistance.
Where Howard Zinn's A People's History Falls Short
It's closer to classic (and flawed) textbooks than most want to admit.
HNN Special: Gun Violence
The Sandy Hook massacre must not rob us of our zest for life, or our faith in ourselves.
Gun Control: The New Abolitionism?
Is Newtown the Uncle Tom's Cabin moment for the gun control movement?
One simple, bipartisan way to respond to the Newtown massacre.
How Could This Happen?!
The deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut will restart a debate on gun control. Here's what historians have to say.
News at Home
The "Invisible Guest" world food campaign of the 1920s should be a model for us today
The Words that Mattered in 2012
From "You didn't build that!" to the "47 percent."
Sam Ervin was also a segregationist, but he's celebrated as the hero of the Watergate hearings.
The Myth of the Skyscraper Index
Skyscrapers can't be used to predict the ups and downs of the business cycle.
Everything you always wanted to know about Christmas but were afraid to ask.
Better Dictators than Elected Islamists
Mubarak was more interested in maintaining power than radically changing the structure of Egyptian society.
Historians & History
Erwin Rommel: Courageous Hero or Cynical Opportunist?
The debate in Germany over the one "good" general of World War II.
The Historical Dimension of the Spy Thriller
Why World War II remains the pre-eminent setting for historical fiction ... and espionage.
Revival of 1930s Golden Boy Is an Historical Knockout
Clifford Odets's classic is back at the historic Belasco Theatre.
Lincoln's Unfinished Work
When will a movie tackle Reconstruction?
Actors as Historians
From John Wayne to Daniel Day-Lewis, actors have (unwittingly) made historical arguments with their performances.
Probably not for a long time, but by unionizing the MLB, he changed the game forever.
Just in time to cash in on the Lincoln movie phenomenon, a issue of a 1973 classic.
Review of H.W. Brands's The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace