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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Most Recent Bruce’s History Lessons
This week (May 23) in 1533, Thomas Cranmer, England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, ruled in a special court that the marriage of King Henry VIII to his wife Catherine of Aragon was “null and void.” Five days later Cranmer ruled that Henry’s subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn was “good and proper.”
“The...Read More »
It’s not every rock-and-roll song that prompts the U.S. Attorney General to direct the FBI to conduct a year-long investigation, costing thousands of taxpayer dollars, into whether that song’s possibly dirty lyrics violated the Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material Act. But that was the case with the song “Louie Louie,”...Read More »
Among the many professions — firefighter, chimney sweep, librarian, electrician, inventor, advice columnist — that can trace their origins back to Benjamin Franklin, add this one: political cartoonist.
For it was this week (May 9) in 1754, in The New York Gazette, that Franklin published the first political cartoon in America. ...Read More »
Every student of American history knows the story of how, back in the day, we swindled some gullible Indian tribe by paying it a measly 24 bucks for what is now Manhattan Island, the richest and most famous of the boroughs that comprise New York City. But what else do...Read More »
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Time for my annual “Spring Cleaning” column, in which I address reader issues and recommend my favorite books of the past year.
This year’s chief reader issue was, do I lecture on historic topics and what do I lecture about? I lecture often, and my topics can be found on my...Read More »
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