June 21, 1987
Thank you and congratulations to Channel 28 and PBS for broadcasting the Iran- contra hearings. Far from diminishing my interest, it has heightened my interest, even to canceling my other activities. As an American, I find it compelling to learn how our government has operated. This is history--American history, and extremely relevant. Gwendolyn F. Kozman, Irvine
August 12, 2012
Re "The slave link," Opinion, Aug. 8 Declaring President Obama a direct descendant of the first black American slave is an example of how history can be manufactured to satisfy contemporary excitement. John Punch was not the first legally defined slave in American history, as Erin Aubry Kaplan and others have declared. Massachusetts, not Virginia, was the first colony to legally recognize slavery. It legalized slavery in 1641, thus creating the first legal slaves in American history, while Virginia did not do so until 1662.
June 11, 1989 |
As I sat down to review Sara Evans' new history of women in America, "Born for Liberty," a recent television docudrama came to mind. The story of Jessica McClure, the little girl who fell into an abandoned well in her aunt's back yard, at first glance seems far removed from a scholarly text, albeit highly readable and engaging, written by one of the important pioneers in the field of women's history. Yet, the film's theme, the spirit of voluntarism in American history, resonates with Evans' book except for one particular--the conspicuously minor role for women in the televised account of citizen response to crisis.
January 20, 1991
Once more, PBS has shown "The Civil War" series and once more I watched it in its entirety. It continues to hypnotize me with its hundreds of still pictures that are woven into a fascinating and touching story of that awful war that encompassed and destroyed the lives of so many people. This series should be shown in our schools because of the lack of knowledge our young people have of American history. Frederick D. Mullen, Upland
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1987
The Gary Hart episode reveals the hypocrisy of our society more than any recent event I can think of. If every man and woman in the country who has had an extramarital affair or a non-monogamous relationship had voted for Hart in the general election he would have won by the largest landslide in American history. FRED MORAMARCO San Diego
June 11, 1989
There are book reviews and there are character assassinations, and it saddens me to find the Book Review slipping into the latter with Gail Lumet Buckley's review of Steven Corbin's "No Easy Place to Be" (Book Review, May 21). Buckley is not criticizing the book as much as airing her hatred for a fine author who has done an admirable job of re-creating a time and place in American history. ROSS H. FARLEY LOS ANGELES
September 27, 2012 |
The late Edward M. Kennedy is being honored with a new drama prize in his name. The annual award, which will be given through Columbia University Libraries in New York, will recognize a new play or musical that explores American history in a meaningful way. The first recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History will be announced Feb. 22, which is the former senator's birthday. Winners will receive a monetary prize of $100,000. Kennedy served as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts from 1962 until his death in 2009 at age 77. In a statement sent Thursday, Jean Kennedy Smith said that her brother "loved the arts - museums, books, the performing arts.