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May 11, 2008 | Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune
Rob Walker is 28, and his brother, Michael, is 23 -- young enough to dream of life away from home but old enough to know they don't want to end up anywhere else. The Walker men are farmers, just as their father was before them, as his father was and so on back to the early origins of Illinois. Seven generations of Walkers have farmed this land that hugs the Indiana border in southeastern Illinois, a familial thread that spans 222 years of American history. The first Walker, Thomas, laid claim to the fertile property along the winding Wabash River in 1786.
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
September 24, 1995 | Robert Dawidoff, Robert Dawidoff chairs the history program at the Claremont Graduate School. His collection of essays, "White Liberalism: Is There Any Other Kind?" will be published next year by Temple University Press
Out of the classroom and into the sound bite--Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas wants to make history a campaign issue. Dole blames elitist academic historians--such as those who prepared the voluntary national history standards--for emphasizing "some of our worst moments" as a society to the exclusion of the triumphs in our national history. In a recent speech, the Republican presidential front-runner asked, "Do we embrace ideas that unite us, regardless of our sex, color or religion? .
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.
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
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
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