Bruce's History Lessons: The First Five Years (2001 - 2006)

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iUniverse, Nov 18, 2008 - History
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This collection of columns by historian Bruce G. Kauffmann is must reading whether you are a history buff or not. Unlike most historians Kauffmann writes in a style that is entertaining as well as educational, and because his columns are short - just 450 words - they aren't a huge commitment in time. Read one each day, or as many as you like. A recurring theme in the correspondence Kauffmann gets from readers is how much they wish history had been taught in school the way he writes it in his column. As reader Cynthia Scarlett wrote, "Mr. Kauffmann, I truly enjoy your columns! How I wish someone with your flair could have been around when I was in high school. I would have been a lot smarter than I am now. I think you are a real asset to learning and I hope someone in the academic arena understands that and helps spread your fascinating columns throughout the country, or world." Even teachers are fans, and countless numbers of them use his column in their classroom. Regardless of your age, or past interest in history, you will enjoy this book.
 

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Contents

Hitlers Struggle
261
A Ford in Our Past
263
The Top Secret Mission of the USS Indianapolis
265
Damn the Torpedoes
267
The Babe
269
The 19th Amendment
271
Not a Man of His Time
273
Searching for Bobby Fischer
275

JamesMadison TheMostUnderrated Founder
17
Magellans Slave Enrique Around the World First
19
Lyndon Johnson The Flawed Giant
21
The Death of a King
23
Houston Weve Had a Problem
25
Tax Day April Fools
27
Shut Up and Eat
29
A Day in the Life of a Freedom Rider
31
Winston Churchill Prime Minister
33
History and the Homestead Act
35
The Constitutional Convention
37
LBJ and Memorial Day
39
The DDay Weatherman
41
Pioneer 10 From Here to Eternity
43
Burning the Flag
45
The 26th Amendment Old Enough to Vote
47
A Bomb and a Bombshell
49
Storming the Bastille Myth vs Reality
51
A Bold Eagle
53
KelloggBriand and the End of War
55
The Whiskey Rebellion
57
Nagasaki and the End of Nuclear War
59
Nixon to Reagan Stonewall
61
Lincolns Letter to Greeley
63
Thar She Blows and Gushes
65
Tom Jefferson and Sally Hemings
67
The Death of The Kingfish
69
Day of Infamy 2001
71
War and Remembrance
73
Sputnik
75
Eleanor Roosevelt ER
77
Grace Bedell and Abe Lincolns Historic Beard
79
The Volstead Act Putting Teeth into Prohibition
81
The Code Talkers
83
Elizabeth Cady Stanton The Making of a Feminist
85
The Vietnam Memorial
87
Watergate and the 18 Minute Gap
89
Play It Again Uncle Sam
91
Delaware Why Its The First State
93
An Affair to Remember Alexander Hamilton Comes Clean
95
Willard Libby Dates Us
97
Kreating the Ku Klux Klan
99
The Emancipation Proclamation
101
The UBoat Attacks Sink Germany
103
John Kennedys Inaugural Address
105
God Takes A Hero
107
The Order of Succession
109
Tippecanoe and the Modern Presidential Campaign
111
Maggie Thatcher The Iron Lady
113
The Communist Manifesto
115
Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee
117
Alexander the Great and Lucky
119
Amerigo Amerigo God Shed His Grace on Thee
121
Hogwash
123
The China Syndrome
125
The Creation of NATO
127
The Man Who Wowed Em at Gettysburg
129
Nixon Act Two
131
Americas Library
133
Eva Braun Takes a Husband
135
The Pill Pushers
137
The Birth of Israel
139
A Bridge Grows in Brooklyn
141
Joan of Arc Burns at the Stake
143
An Unsung Sailor Saves the Day at Midway
145
Jeanette Rankin The Pacifist Suffragette Representative
147
The 1964 Civil Rights Act
149
Historys Hapless Chauffeur
151
The Declaration of Independence Americas Mission Statement
153
Americas Most Courageous
155
Wilmer McLean and the Battle of Bull Run
157
Joy to the World
159
JFK and PT109
161
Adolf Hitler Meet Jesse Owens
163
Fulton Speed Ahead
165
The PT Barnum of Baseball
167
LBJ The Tall Tale Texan
169
Tragedy at the Olympic Games
171
September 12th and the Invocation of NATOs Article 5
173
The Battle of the Sexes
175
The Man Who Put Supreme in the Supreme Court
177
Of Machines and Men
179
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Wins the Nobel Prize
181
The Controversial Confirmation of Clarence Thomas
183
Shootout At Actually Near the OK Corral
185
Happy Birthday John Adams
187
The Iranian Hostage Crisis
189
The Only Woman Medal of Honor Winner
191
Madisons Federalist 10
193
Abe Lincolns Thanksgiving
195
The Infamous Day Before Pearl Harbor
197
What If ?
199
The Winter of Valley Forge
201
The Visit From St Nick
203
Guadeloupe and Americas Birth
205
Power Play The Adoption of the Designated Hitter Rule
207
Elizabeth I
209
The 24th Amendment
211
Julia Ward Howe and the Battle Hymn of the Republic
213
Birth of a Nation
215
Tragedy in the Sky
217
The Accidental Planet
219
The Birth of the Republican Party
221
Reversal of the Republican and Democratic PartyPart II
223
FDRs Fireside Chats
225
King James the First nonsmoker
227
The Equal Rights Amendment
229
The Pony Express
231
Old Soldiers Never Die They Just Get Sacked
233
The Death of Lincoln
235
Earth Day
237
Washingtons First Inaugural Address
239
The 2nd Continental Congress
241
Blood Sweat and Tears
243
Bonnie and Clyde
245
Madison Democracy a Republic and Iraq
247
The Israeli Osirak Attack
249
Poetic Justice The Miranda Decision
251
The Greatest Treasure Hunt in US History
253
Watergates Smoking Gun
255
Jefferson and Adams Live
257
The Lady is a Veep Candidate
259
The 28th Amendment
277
James Garfield and the Disappointed OfficeSeeker
279
Her Sandra Day in Court
281
Big Red
283
Lincolns Editor
285
The OPEC Oil Embargo
287
Reach Out and Touch Someone
289
The Power to Make War
293
The UN Declares Zionism is Racism
295
The Stealth Bomber
297
Mr Hitsville USA
299
The Election of 1824
301
A Good Walk Spoiled
303
The Wright Stuff
305
A Christmas Present from George
307
The Lord of Middle Earth
309
The Lesson of Der Alte
311
Madison Weighs In
313
The Birth of Robert E Lee
315
The King Who Lost America
317
The Hedgehog
319
The St Valentines Day Massacre
321
The Indispensable Baron
323
Uncle Walter Turns Against the War
325
Lincolns Second Inaugural
327
Jemmy Madison Underrated and Mostly Ignored
331
Liberty Death and Immortality
333
The 15th Amendment to the Constitution
335
Saving Mount Vernon
337
Under God
339
The Mystery of William Shakespeare
341
Barbies Dollmaker
343
The Miracle Mile
345
What Churchill Faced
347
Brown vs the Board of Education
349
A Treasonous Gathering
351
Spring Cleaning
353
Youve Lost That Loving Ruling
355
Auschwitz The Scene of the Crime of the Century
357
Ronald Reagan RIP
359
Madisons Pen
361
For Whom the Bell Tolls
363
Elbridge Gerrymanders
365
The Plot to Kill Adolf Hitler
367
The Riddle of Jimmy Hoffa
369
Hiroshima
371
The Wall
373
Wendell Willkie At the Waters Edge
375
Chicago the Summer of 68
377
The American Scholar
379
Telecommunications One Legacy of 911
381
The Star Mangled Banner
383
The Constitutional Amendment Process
385
The Dan Rather I Knew
387
Eugene McCarthy Runs for President
389
Teddy Roosevelts LifeSaving Speech
391
Flunking College
393
The Charge of the Light Brigade
395
The Electoral College Part 2
397
And the Wall Came Tumbling Down
399
The Heidi Game
401
DB Coopers Perfect Crime?
403
Rosa Parks
405
Pearl Harbor and Cultural Ignorance
407
Ludwig Beethoven Superstar
409
Americas Tiny Ally
411
The Wall of Separation
413
EMails We Get EMails The Year in Review
415
Thomas Nast
417
A Royal Wedding
419
Betsy Ross Did She or Didnt She?
421
Washington Elected President
423
Happy Birthday Honest Abe
425
The Japanese Internment
427
The Sandinista Defeat
429
The Articles of Confederation
431
Old Hickory and the Volunteer State
433
The Man Who Made Abe Lincoln President
435
Trumans Loyalty Oath
437
Adolf HitlerPolitical Prisoner
439
Dixie
441
Coining The Cold War
443
Paul Reveres Ride
445
The Birdman of America
447
The Original GMan
449
WWII and The Leadership Gap
451
Hello Dolley
453
A Man on the Moon JFKs Memorable Challenge
455
The Marshall Plan
457
A Dickens of a Taleand Life
459
West Points First AfricanAmerican Graduate
461
Five Who Made a Difference
463
UBoote
465
July 4th What the Revolution Wrought
467
Madison Weighs In Again
469
George McGovern War Hero
471
A Top 10 Great Americans List
473
Richard Nixons Last Night on the Presidential Yacht
475
David Atchisons
477
Napoleon Bonaparte Not Another Washington
479
The Misunderstood Guillotine
481
Strom Thurmonds Record Breaking Filibuster
483
Elvis Meets Mr Ed
485
George Wallace An American Original
487
Washingtons Farewell
489
The Townsend Letter
491
No Jack Kennedy
493
General Lee Goes to College
495
The Olympic Black Power Salute
497
Agincourt
499
The Earl of Sandwich
501
The Weird Attempt to Kill Hitler
503
The Teddy Bear
505
The Lesson of The Hollywood 10
507
The Premature Birth of Winston Churchill
509
President Adams Goes Back to Congress
511
Bush v Gore
513
The Christmas Bombings
515
Manifest Destiny
517
FDRs Four Freedoms
519
Broadway Joes Guarantee
521
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