April 13, 2009 History Buzz: “We Shall Remain” Premieres on PBS





  • OAH Roundup: Highlights from the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians – HNN
  • David Levering Lewis: On John Hope Franklin’s Moral and Intellectual Poise – The Chronicle of Higher Ed, 4-10-09





  • WALTER ISAACSON on Richard Beeman: A Delicate Balance PLAIN, HONEST MEN The Making of the American ConstitutionNYT, 4-12-09
  • Mark L. Bradley: Reconstructing Reconstruction Historian meticulously documents civil-military relations in North Carolina Bluecoats & Tar Heels: Soldiers and Civilians in Reconstruction North CarolinaNews & Observer, 4-12-09
  • James Carroll: The Believer PRACTICING CATHOLIC – NYT, 4-12-09
  • James Carroll: PRACTICING CATHOLIC, First Chapter – NYT, 4-12-09
  • Paul Buhle: The Mad Ones THE BEATS A Graphic History Text by Harvey Pekar and others, Art by Ed Piskor and others, Edited by Paul Buhle – NYT, 4-12-09
  • Simon Baatz on Jeff Guinn, Paul Schneider: TRUE CRIME Robbers of Romance: GO DOWN TOGETHER The True, Untold Story of Bonnie And Clyde, BONNIE AND CLYDE The Lives Behind the LegendWaPo, 4-12-09
  • Mark Rudd: HISTORY Tales from the Cult: UNDERGROUND My Life with SDS and the WeathermenWaPo, 4-12-09
  • Stefan Aust: TERRORISM At Least They Weren’t Nazis: BAADER-MEINHOF The Inside Story of the R.A.F.WaPo, 4-12-09


  • Robert Weisbrot “What Obama’s Great Society challenge is, says Great Society historian”: Robert Weisbrot, co-author of “The Liberal Hour: Washington and the Politics of Change in the 1960s,” says the Great Society revolution was “tremendously liberating” for members of the most vulnerable groups in America.
    But historical circumstances won’t permit Obama to push through his own Great Society, Weisbrot says. “Obama is living in a different age,” Weisbrot said. “The circumstances won’t permit him to be another Lyndon Johnson.” – CNN, 4-7-09
  • Douglas Brinkley: Obama is America’s first global president: Barack Obama “is our first global president,” according to historian Douglas Brinkley. “Obama came of age, really, after the Cold War, with the Internet being the transformative engine of society, and he now takes his multicultural heritage and the geographical diversity of his upbringing” to the world, Brinkley said in an interview Tuesday as Obama wrapped up his first trip abroad. Brinkley, who has written about presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan, said Obama “is playing to the world right out of the gates, whereas most presidents have not.” – USA Today, 4-7-09



  • Jeffrey Wasserstrom: Now agrees that Shanghai IS China’s most cosmopolitan city Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: A History in Fragmentshttp://www.cibmagazine.com, 4-1-09


  • Jacob Soll: Rutgers–Camden Historian Receives Guggenheim to Study Libraries of The Enlightenment – News from Rutgers, 4-9-09



  • April 14, 2009: Frostburg State University will host a panel discussion, “The Road to Obama: Celebrating African American Leadership,” will on Tuesday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane University Center at Frostburg State University. – Appalachian Independent, 4-11-09
  • April 17-18, 2009: University faculty and leading scholars from across the nation will gather Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at the Law School for “Slavery, Abolition and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Thirteenth Amendment” a conference on the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. – The University of Chicago Chronicle, 4-2-09
  • April 20, 2009: Clifford E. Trafzer, UC Riverside professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, will discuss his research about the incident on Monday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 17 W. Hays St., Banning. – UC Riverside, 4-9-09
  • May 2, 2009 The War of 1812 Revisited at Conference: The Fort La Présentation Association of Ogdensburg, NY is sponsoring a War of 1812 War College Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Press Release, 4-1-09


  • PBS, Tuesday at 10 p.m: Television: HIGHLIGHT AMERICAN FUTURE: A HISTORY BY SIMON SCHAMA – Globe & Mail, 4-10-09
  • PBS, Monday April 13, at 9pm: Seeing History Through Indians’ Eyes: “We Shall Remain” NYT, 4-12-09 (pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain)
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Patton 360” – Friday, April 17, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Black Blizzard ” – Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Next Nostradamus” – Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT



  • Stephanie Cooke, In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age, April 14, 2009
  • Vincent Bzdek, Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled, April 27, 2009
  • Alex Storozynski, Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, April 28, 2009
  • Thomas Childers: Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II, May 13, 2009
  • Simon Schama, American Future: A History, May 19, 2009
  • Geoffrey Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific, May 25, 2009
  • Douglas Brinkley, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919, June 30, 2009


  • Sidney Fine: University of Michigan Historian dies at 88 – Free Press, 4-6-09
  • J.M.S. Careless: Canadian historian dies ay 90 – CBCNews, 4-6-09
  • Steven Lee Carson: 66, dies. Wrote a play about Lincoln’s son. – WaPo, 4-7-09
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