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
As the Supreme Court has reaffirmed over the years, the “freedom of speech” protection in the First Amendment applies to all kinds of speech, including what might be called “pornographic speech,” the right to which was upheld this week (Feb. 24) in 1988. In Hustler Magazine v Falwell, the court...Read More »
Robert H. Jackson, born this week (Feb. 13) in 1889, is the only American in history to have served as U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, and Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Not bad for a guy who never graduated from law school, and today he is considered...Read More »
This week (Feb. 9) in 1965 the first U.S. combat troops, a Marine Corps Hawk air-defense missile battalion, were sent to Vietnam, paving the way for America’s first “class war.” By that I mean there was a certain socio-economic class of young men, mostly well-off, well-educated and with family connections,...Read More »
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. – 13th Amendment
When Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 declaring that slaves residing in any state...Read More »
Older Entries »
The story goes that a man of advanced years — in his late 80s — having never poisoned himself with alcohol, tobacco, or high-caloric diet, consented to a temperance society’s request that he sign a statement saying his abstention from these vices was why he had lived so long.
He was...Read More »
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