Roundup: Talking About History
This is where we excerpt articles about history that appear in the media. Among the subjects included on this page are: anniversaries of historical events, legacies of presidents, cutting-edge research, and historical disputes.
SOURCE: WSJ (7-3-11)
Mr. Heubusch is the executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library.
Speaking at Westminster Hall earlier this year, President Barack Obama hailed the British-American relationship as "indispensable to the goal of a century that is more peaceful, more prosperous and more just." The central threats he was referring to include the spread of terrorist networks and the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the modern age. Some 29 years earlier, President Ronald Reagan also stood before a joint session of parliament and pledged that the march of freedom and democracy, led by the United States and Britain, would "leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history."
Such declarations of a shared destiny are important between these two nations that constitute the greatest alliance of the last 100 years. Both Britons and Americans must never forget the impact their "special relationship" has had on world peace—first in its restoration, second...
SOURCE: Salon (7-2-11)
Felisa Rogers studied history and nonfiction writing at the Evergreen State College and went on to teach writing to kids for five years. She lives in Oregon’s coast range, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
The table is set with an elegant fusion of Southern comfort food and fine French cuisine. The beef and lamb are grass-fed; the artisan smoked hams are from locally raised pigs. The produce is locally grown and, of course, organic. All this local bounty is enhanced by fine imports: Italian Parmesan, French wine, and extra virgin olive oil. No, you're not sitting down to eat with Michael Pollan; you're at the table of Thomas Jefferson, statesman and gourmand extraordinaire.
Despite his service as legislator, the governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, and president of the United States, Jefferson likely believed his famous statement: "The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its...