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


Flynt Versus Falwell

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, a Life in the Law

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 »

Vietnam: Our First “Class” War

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 »

The 13th Amendment Passes, Barely

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 »

Winston Churchill’s Many Vices

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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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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