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


Mary Lincoln’s Mostly Tragic Life

It is not easy being First Lady, as Mary Todd Lincoln could attest.  The job — and that’s what it is — demands fortitude and grace because of the living-in-a-fishbowl life and the white-hot spotlight of expectations. Unfortunately, Mary Lincoln possessed, as her most generous critics put it, an “excitable...Read More »

Greetings from our Nation’s Capital

This week (July 9) in 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, approving the creation of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.   This lesson focuses not on its history, but on Washington today.

It is a company town, and the federal government is the company.  Nearly everyone in Washington and the surrounding suburbs...Read More »

The Declaration of Independence: Now and Then

To most Americans, the most famous section of the Declaration of Independence is the Preface, including the immortal “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal …” passage.

But in July of 1776 it was the Declaration’s middle section that had the undivided attention of...Read More »

The Female Babe Ruth

Mildred Didrikson was born this week (June 26) in 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas, where she earned the nickname “Babe,” after Babe Ruth, because as a young girl she could hit a baseball farther than anyone, male or female, in that Texas town.   In 1934, aged 22, “Babe” Didrikson took...Read More »

Operation Bagration and the Soviet Contribution to WWII

Soviet military historians have long complained about the overly generous credit most military historians have given to the Allies on the Western front for defeating Nazi Germany in World War II.   To give just one example, many thousands of history books, documentaries, television shows, novels and, of course, movies (“The...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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