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


Slavery in the Constitution

The U.S. Constitution, which was signed this week (Sept. 17) in 1787, was, and remains, the best model for human governance ever created, but chief among its many flaws was the acceptance of slavery.

At the outset of the Constitutional Convention delegates from several southern states stated clearly that should slavery...Read More »

Trying to Serve God

“Will the defendant, God, please rise?  Or at least show up?”

This week (Sept. 14) in 2007, Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers filed a lawsuit against God for causing several natural disasters in his home state, as well as for not preventing “terrorist threats” against America.  Chambers filed the lawsuit despite...Read More »

Londoners Cheerfully Weather “The Blitz”

“The Blitz,” as it became known — the long, terrifyingly indiscriminate bombing of British cities, especially London, by Nazi Germany­ — began this week (Sept. 7) in 1940, and if ever there was a testament to the indomitable spirit of the British people, this was it.

For nine months Londoners endured...Read More »

The Olive Branch Petition

The First Amendment includes five rights, four of which — freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly — we are all familiar with.  Less familiar is our fifth right, to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” which actually has a tradition dating back to pre-American Revolution days, and,...Read More »

The Power to Pardon and Impeach

Can President Trump pardon his son-in-law and son?  Can, and will Congress impeach President Trump?  Those are some of the questions readers have been asking me, having read some of my columns on the Constitution.  So brace yourselves.

Constitutionally (Article II, Sec. 2) President Trump has the plenary (unrestricted) power to...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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