Bruce’s History Lessons

Often fascinating, off-beat and ironic, but always real stories about the people who have shaped our history, published weekly nationwide in newspapers and your email


Your guide to American and world history is Bruce Kauffmann, who worked at CBS News as CBS News Anchorman Dan Rather’s top radio writer and speechwriter before launching his syndicated newspaper column, Bruce’s History Lessons, which runs weekly in newspapers across the country.  Every week Bruce picks a historic event that occurred that week in history and writes about it in a short (just 450 words), entertaining and informative manner. The result has been a new interest in history among readers of all ages and interests, especially among teachers who read the column in their newspapers and use the column to teach in their classrooms.


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If you prefer to get your History Lessons “to go,” you can read them anywhere, anytime by bookmarking this page, or you can subscribe (it’s free!), and he will email you two columns every week.  You can also receive the column as one of Bruce’s social media friends, so be sure to follow and “Friend” him through the icons at the top of this page.


Most Recent Bruce’s History Lessons


The “Constitutionality” of Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, the Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate this week was extremely controversial when it was first proposed to Congress by Representative Elias Boudinot in 1789, on the day Congress passed the constitutional amendments that would become our Bill of Rights.  Thankful for the spirit of compromise and cooperation...Read More »

Churchill and the Bombing of Coventry

This week (Nov. 14) in 1940, one of the most famous bombing raids in all of World War II occurred when German bombers flew repeated sorties over the British city of Coventry, dropping both explosive and incendiary bombs that reduced the city’s buildings to rubble, including Coventry’s famous Coventry Cathedral. ...Read More »

Teddy Kennedy Inherits a Senate Seat

Senator Ted Kennedy, called the “Lion of the Senate” by admirers, was barely a lion cub when he ran for his first term in that office in 1962, having just turned 30 years old, the minimum age necessary to run.  That “Teddy” would win the election was, to most observers...Read More »

Harry Truman: Civil Rights Hero

“When a Mayor and a City Marshall Can take a negro Sergeant off a bus in South Carolina, beat him up and put out one of his eyes, and nothing is done about it by State Authorities, something is radically wrong with the system.” ­ – Harry Truman

This week (Oct....Read More »

Lady Liberty

This week (Oct. 28) in 1886, President Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication of a statue dubbed, “Lady Enlightening the World,” known today as the Statue of Liberty, or “Lady Liberty,” as she is nicknamed.

Five months earlier the statue, dismantled into more than 300 pieces for shipping, had arrived in...Read More »


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What Readers Are Saying

“I very much enjoy each subject matter with its insightful and sometimes little known facts regarding specific events in history.  Thank you for your inspiration and contributions to bringing history alive.” Michael Mobley, North Canton, OH

“…as an educator I think they would make an excellent teaching tool.  You get a Gold Star!!!”  Ginny Decker, Alabama

Thank you for writing this tremendous story. I have had the pleasure to read your column for many years, but I personally thank you for writing this article on Desmund Doss [link to Desmund Doss column].. -WALTER M. SOMMERS, History Docent Volunteer At The Candles Holocaust Museum on 3rd Street.


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