In her groundbreaking history of the class system in America, extending from colonial times to the present, Nancy Isenberg takes on our comforting myths about equality, uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing––if occasionally entertaining––”poor white trash.” The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement.
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under the world s spotlight and we need him now more than ever. Hamilton was a self-starter. Scrappy. Orphaned as a child, he came to America with nothing but a code of honor and a hunger to work. He then went on to help
In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s generous terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln’s dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society.
What’s your name, man? Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. There’s a million things I haven’t done. Just you wait, just you wait. Why yes, I did just sing that from memory. I *might* be a little obsessed. OK…more than a little. GUYS GO LISTEN TO HAMILTON IMMEDIATELY I COMMAND YOU. SON. CALL ME
Certain moments define a generation. They are the points in our history that we talk about forever, the stories we put in our books, the memories we tell our grandchildren. For my generation, that moment was 9/11. I will never forget sitting in a testing room with 20 of my classmates, finishing early and hearing
Some books trail just at the edge of my memory. Pieces of their plots or familiar characters are remembered when I read other stories, or I think about them when I’m having a conversation about a similar subject. The Gargoyle is one of those books for me. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately–it sits at
I feel a bit like I am waking up, being born. I understand, now, those grumpy Victorian men in movies who think women should not be allowed to be educated–“It isn’t right! They’ll get ideas!” Yes…I am getting ideas. I am learning. The world is getting smaller. The more I know, the more I want
Today’s “History” themed post was going to be all about my love of British lore, but you guys have heard me wax poetic about that stuff a million times. And then this morning, something brilliant happened. My twitter feed started exploding with links and hashtags as the European Space Agency got closer to landing the
I grew up in a family that loves musical theatre. From the time I was young, we watched Disney movies and acted them out in our living room. The carpet was light blue, so it was often the ocean. Or, in the reenactment I remember most vividly, it was the Nile River, since The Prince
My dad has always been more of a nonfiction reader than the rest of us–always reading things on the field he’s interested in at the time (sometimes books on actual fields…since he was a farmer…badaCHING!). Agriculture, business, and now, more and more, politics. But, he instantly latched on to Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series when