March 8, 1998 |
Paul Johnson is brave and bold, comprehensive and versatile: brave and bold, in that he writes a 900-page single-volume history of the United States without having studied its history at school (Stonyhurst) or university (Oxford) where, in any case, in his day no American history was taught.
February 14, 2010 |
The boy's only light was the firelight. It flickered on the walls of the log cabin and danced in his deep, serious brown eyes. It was late -- the middle of the night -- his favorite time of day -- his time for reading. He especially liked to read Aesop's fables, the Bible and "The Life of Washington. " George Washington's words flickered in the firelight: "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them . . . . Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission.
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July 11, 1985 |
The "Second American Revolution" was killed two weeks ago in an obscure Senate committee vote against President Reagan's nomination of William Bradford Reynolds to be associate attorney general. A lot of history, to be sure, separated that vote from the collection of grievances known as the "Second American Revolution."
November 22, 1997 |
It's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's a big Boston Tea Party of a PBS event. So give me "Liberty!" or give me nothing! Airing here in three parts, this documentary about the Revolutionary War is that dazzling--a great old story retold smartly and captivatingly with folk melodies, splendid reenactments, historians' lively comments and costumed actors addressing the camera persuasively as both 18th century VIPs and ordinary citizens.
January 10, 2013
Re "Holocaust's children," Column One, Jan. 4 Doris Small's story, in which she escaped Nazi Germany before World War II thanks to the rescue mission Kindertransport, is indeed very moving and poignant. But let's not forget that there was an effort by a few Americans to actually try to do the same thing the British government was doing then. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1939 urged her husband to support a bill in Congress to allow 20,000 Jewish children to come to America and be temporarily adopted by American parents for the duration of the hostility.
April 22, 2001 |
Aristocratic by temperament, but democratic by conviction; instinctually conservative, but intellectually audacious. The attributes so frequently applied to the American republic's founders might be used with equal justice to describe the Huntington Library, the understated powerhouse among contemporary Los Angeles' significant cultural institutions.
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September 12, 2000
Vergie Mae Newby Berger, a retired saleswoman, died Friday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura after a brief illness. She was 88. Berger was born Aug. 16, 1912, in Palmer, Okla. She attended schools in Galey, Stratford and Vanoss in Oklahoma, where she excelled in academics and demonstrated a natural set-shot in basketball. She was an excellent seamstress and needleworker who enjoyed sharing her skills with friends and family members. She married William Woodrow Berger in Ada, Okla.
January 10, 1996 |
The line between myth and history can be extremely fine. Five members of an angry, jeering mob shot dead by a handful of frightened soldiers in 1770--subsequent events transformed what could have been an unfortunate, soon-forgotten clash into the Boston Massacre. Who now cares that the soldiers' first shots were very likely accidental, that the mob threw chunks of ice?