Category Archives: Politics

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Birth of Modern Politics”


The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828. By Lynn Hudson Parsons. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. This is an enjoyable and enlightening new book on the election of Andrew Jackson in … Continue reading

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Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #15


For those in the Washington, D.C., area on March 30, 2015, we will be holding our next Space Policy and History Forum where we will feature Teasel Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics presenting “Astronaut Ambassadors: The Apollo 11 … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American Landscape”


Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American Landscape. Edited by Paul A. Shackel. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001. This is an interesting collection of essays on various aspects of public memory. The editor, University of Maryland professor Paul … Continue reading

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Are There No Great Movies about the American Revolution?


I have been watching the AMC series, “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” of late. This series is based on a fine book, Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring (2006), which is both informative and exciting to read. This … Continue reading

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An Account of the Evacuation of Nauvoo by the Mormons in 1846


After a lengthy period of conflict between the Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois, and their non-Mormon neighbors, they negotiated a treaty, dated September 16, 1846, which gave the remaining Mormons five days to leave the city. A few days after this, on … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Sex, Sin, and Science”


Sex, Sin, and Science: A History of Syphilis in America. By John Parascandola. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2008. John Parascandola, former historian of the Public Health Service, and a veteran of several other public historian positions in the federal government, … Continue reading

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Whither Space Astronomy?


The space age provided astronomers an opportunity to expand research far beyond the capabilities offered by ground-based observatories of earlier eras. During the 1960s they began using space-based technology to enhance humanity’s understanding of the universe. In addition to greatly enhanced … Continue reading

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Have You Ever Seen the “Abilene Paradox” in Action?


I’m pretty sure you have seen this dynamic, although you may not be aware of it with this name. It is fundamentally a construct of Jerry B. Harvey, now a retired professor of Management at George Washington University. He first described … Continue reading

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Willa Brown: Out from the Shadows of Aeronautical History


Willa Bernice Brown was an aviation pioneer and flight instructor, but she is unknown to almost all, even those knowledgeable about the history of flight. Born in Glasgow, Kentucky, in 1907, her parents gave her more opportunities than most other African Americans … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Empire of Conspiracy”


Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America. By Timothy Melley. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000. Americans, certainly, and perhaps all the cultures of the world, love the idea of conspiracy as an explanation of how and why … Continue reading

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