The April issue of The Throwback, my monthly history-themed e-newsletter, includes a recommendation of a new Netflix series on Malcolm X, a book on John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trials co-authored by an ABC legal analyst, along with a podcast recommendation and a plea for indie bookstores in these difficult times. Click here to…

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It was great to take a break from our “new normal” last week and talk about more fun subjects, like say, Irish immigrants attacking Canada 150 years ago with BYU Radio’s Constant Wonder program. Kudos for the Canadian Bacon and South Park clips in the intro! Listen here: https://bit.ly/3awaa4q

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My monthly e-newsletter, The Throwback, is filled with history stories that will make you say “Wait? What?” Click here to read this month’s edition, in which I talk about George Washington’s connection to St. Patrick’s Day and how hatred of the Irish resulted in a scar on the Washington Monument that is still visible today.…

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This St. Patrick’s Day, hoist a book with that Guinness! Happy to announce that When the Irish Invaded Canada is now available in paperback from Anchor Books. When the Irish Invaded Canada tells the incredible true story of the Irish-American Civil War veterans who undertook one of the most fantastical missions in military history—to seize…

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Shortly after noon on August 26, 1961, Hollis Watkins and Curtis Elmer Hayes filled two vacant stools at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in McComb, Mississippi. When the two African American students were refused service at the segregated dining spot, police arrested the pair for failing to “disperse and move on” in violation of Jim Crow laws.…

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My monthly e-newsletter, The Throwback, is filled with history stories that will make you say “Wait? What?” Click here to read this month’s edition, in which I talk all things presidential. I talk about two of America’s greatest presidents along with one of the worst. Also, presidential drinking habits, a presidential podcast, and a new…

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“This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government by the corporations, of the corporations and for the corporations.” Rutherford B. Hayes, 1886. Gilded Age political corruption thrived because many public officials didn’t earn salaries but a cut of fees or taxes they collected,…

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It was a dark day for brewers 100 years ago today when Prohibition took effect. During the ensuing 13-year ban on beer production during Prohibition forced America’s biggest brewers to find creative ways to remain in business. Brewers produced soft drinks, malted milk and fruit juices but pinned their real hopes on non-intoxicating beers that…

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My monthly e-newsletter, The Throwback, is filled with history stories that will make you say “Wait? What?” Click here to read this month’s edition, in which I talk turkey about the time when Thanksgiving was more like Halloween and the origins of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Also some tips for fellow history geeks on…

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My monthly e-newsletter, The Throwback, is filled with history stories that will make you say “Wait? What?” Click here to read this month’s edition, in which I discuss the struggle for workers’ rights in America and how just days after President Grover Cleveland established Labor Day as a federal holiday, he sent federal troops to…

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