May 6, 2012 |
The most famous speech in American history begins this way: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. " Lincoln's eloquence at Gettysburg was lyrical but not historically accurate. For no such thing as a "new nation" had been proposed in 1776; only a temporary union of sovereign states, declaring their independence from Britain, then presumably going their separate ways.
September 13, 1989 |
Commonly used high school textbooks too often give students a picture of American history that is without color, passion, point or interest, a study released by the American Federation of Teachers said today. The 158-page critique by historian Paul Gagnon analyzed five books and said they neglect the role of religion in American history, give short shrift to Old World roots and fail to explore deeply the thinking of such major figures as Abraham Lincoln.
February 16, 2012 |
Shukree Hassan Tilghman's relationship with Black History Month is complicated. On the one hand, Tilghman is grateful that PBS is airing his first documentary, "More Than a Month," along with a number of other such projects during Black History Month. On the other hand, in the film, he wanders New York's Times Square wearing a sandwich board sign reading, "End Black History Month. " "Yes, the irony is not lost on me," Tilghman, 29, said with a smile prior to a screening of his project in Pasadena.
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
June 20, 2013 |
Paula Deen is trying to clean up the kitchen after whipping up some racial comments that threaten her TV and cookbook empire. The celebrity chef -- who in a videotaped court deposition last month admitted using the N-word and planning to attire black waiters as antebellum slaves at a party -- had her PR team issue another statement on Thursday that blamed her Southern upbringing for her comments. "During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," the statement said.
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