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
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.
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.
August 13, 2012 |
For a 77-year-old, Social Security is looking pretty spry today, the anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt's signing of the Social Security Act in 1935. The program covers more than 54 million Americans, providing a dignified retirement and keeping the families of premature deceased workers out of poverty. Among those who should be celebrating: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., the newly-anointed GOP candidate for vice-president. As has been widely reported , Ryan's father died in 1986, when the future congressman was 16. The younger Ryan collected Social Security survivor benefits, which he put away for college, until the age of 18. Yet he returned the favor by proposing one of the most draconian plans to privatize Social Security in 2005.