History Buzz July 6, 2009: Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard President’s Tough Choices & July 4th Myths




  • Drew Gilpin Faust “Harvard President School has tough choices in decline”: Drew Gilpin Faust started as Harvard’s president when the university’s prosperity seemed limitless. With its ballooning wealth, Harvard planned almost frenzied growth, from a building boom into Boston to vast increases in student financial aid. Billions of lost endowment dollars later, though, Faust faces a much different reality. “We can’t have chocolate and vanilla and strawberry. We have to decide which one,” she said… – AP, 7-5-09
  • Peter de Bolla “Expert: Fourth of July lore not accurate”: Cultural history Professor Peter de Bolla of King’s College at Britain’s Cambridge University said in a Los Angeles Times story published Saturday that while the Fourth of July is commonly tabbed as Independence Day, July 2 would actually be a more accurate day to celebrate. July 2, 1776, was the day colony delegates voted at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to seek independence from Britain, de Bolla said. The history professor said July 4, 1776, was simply the day officials from the 13 colonies chose to make their July 2 ruling public…. – Times of the Internet, 7-5-09
  • Ken Davis “Fun Fourth of July Facts: A Pop Quiz!”: Author Ken Davis Tests “The Early Show” Anchors’ Knowledge of Independence Day – CBS News, 7-3-09




  • Harold James: Who is to Blame?: Now that the economic crisis looks less threatening (at least for the moment), and forecasters are spying “green shoots” of recovery, an ever more encompassing blame game is unfolding. The financial crisis provides an apparently endless opportunity for unmasking deceit, malfeasance, and corruption. But we are not sure quite who and what should be unmasked…. – IBTimes, 7-2-09
  • SARAH VOWELL: A Plantation to Be Proud Of – NYT, 7-5-09


  • John Ferling: First in War, First in Peace, First in Hogging the Credit THE ASCENT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON The Hidden Political Genius of an American IconWaPo, 7-5-09
  • Raymond Arsenault: CIVIL RIGHTS Let Freedom Ring Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened AmericaWaPo, 7-5-09
  • Raymond Arsenault: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America, First Chapter – WaPo, 7-5-09
  • Jeffrey Rosen on James MacGregor Burns: THE LAW Black Robe Politics PACKING THE COURT The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court WaPo, 7-5-09
  • Alan Brinkley on Richard Brookhiser: God and Man at National Review RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE Coming of Age With William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative MovementNYT, 7-5-09
  • Richard Brookhiser: RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE Coming of Age With William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement, Excerpt – richardbrookhiser.com
  • Jackson Lears on D. D. Guttenplan: Paper Trail AMERICAN RADICAL The Life and Times of I. F. StoneNYT, 7-5-09
  • Henry Waxman with Joshua Green: POLITICS Moustache of Justice THE WAXMAN REPORT How Congress Really WorksWaPo, 7-5-09
  • Vladislav Zubok: HISTORY Breaking the Bloc ZHIVAGO’S CHILDRENWaPo, 7-5-09


  • Doris Kearns Goodwin “Barack Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard days to come”: The Obamas face a similar situation that the Clintons did: Neither have their own vacation home or estate. “Unlike FDR, who had Hyde Park, or Lyndon Johnson or George W. Bush who had their own ranches, they need to find a place where they can relax, which the others did by going to their own homes,” said author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The presidential getaway is no small matter: The off-hours have given shape to the imagery of the presidency. Ronald Reagan cultivated a sun-baked masculinity by spending time at Rancho del Cielo, his California ranch. “Once, when an aide told President Reagan that it might be better if he didn’t go to his ranch so much, he said: ‘You can tell me a lot of things, but you can’t tell me that,'” said Goodwin…. Politico, 7-5-09


  • Peggy Noonan calls David McCullough our greatest living historian: On David McCullough: … He is America’s greatest living historian. He has often written about great men and the reason may be a certain law of similarity: He is one also…. – WSJ (7-3-09)


  • Greg Grandin “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City”: The book tells the story of Henry Ford, the richest man in the world in the 1920s, a nd his attempt to build a rubber plantation and a miniature Midwest factory town deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Democracy Now, 7-2-09
  • Johann N. Neem: A nation of joiners, an interview – Boston Globe (6-28-09)


  • John W. Hall in place as the first Ambrose-Hesseltine Professor in U.S. Military History: University of Wisconsin at Madison hires military historian – Inside Higher Ed (7-2-09)



  • W.Va. Civil War group debuts at Harpers Ferry Sesquicentennial of John Brown’s Raid kicks off – Journal News, 6-26-09
  • August 1, 2009: An Evening with Ken Burns: Kens Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns’ films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.” This evening will afford Chautauqua an opportunity to hear one of the most influential documentary makers of all time. Chautauqua Institutition. For more info 716-357-6200. – Jamestown Post-Journal, 5-21-09


  • Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money Brings The Economic Crisis Down to Earth on PBS each Wednesday in July – About.com, 6-29-09
  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest” Marathon – Monday, July 6, 2009 at 2-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem” – Monday, July 6, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Crumbling of America ” – Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake” – Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Aliens” – Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Crime Wave: 18 Months of Mayhem” – Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: 13 – Underground Bootleggers” – Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Art of War” – Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Secrets of the Founding Fathers” – Friday, July 10, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents: 1977-Present” – Friday, July 10, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers” – Friday, July 10, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Expedition Africa” Marathon – Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 8-12pm ET/PT



  • Mike Evans (Editor): Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World, July 7, 2009
  • Roger S. Bagnall: Oxford Handbook of Papyrology, July 14, 2009
  • David Maraniss: Rome 1960: The Summer Olympics That Stirred the World (Reprint), July 14, 2009
  • Buzz Aldrin: Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon, July 23, 2009
  • Alice Morse Earle: Child Life in Colonial Times (Paperback), July 23, 2009
  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009


  • Togo W. Tanaka dies at 93; journalist documented life at Manzanar internment camp: In 1942, Togo W. Tanaka and his family were evacuated to Manzanar internment camp, where his “rich daily accounts of everyday life” and his unflinching support of the United States “got him into a lot of trouble,” historians say. Many of his reports were critical of camp administrators and the policy that led to the internment of 10,000 people of Japanese descent, most of whom were U.S. citizens from Los Angeles County. – LAT, 7-5-09
  • Alice L. Cochran: historian and professor at Webster University, dies – www.stltoday.com, (7-2-09)
Comments are closed.
%d bloggers like this: