No. 1,307 Every few years on President’s Day, somebody conducts a survey of history professors to determine the rankings of Presidents. Lincoln always wins and Washington is always second. The two Roosevelts follow behind. There hasn’t been much movement in these top ranks. James Buchanan has been ranked at the bottom of this poll. The […]
Who was Rushmore anyway? A nobody. He was an attorney who used to come to that location to hunt. Look it up.
Everybody knows the aphorism about falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater. I am pretty sure that I heard it for the first time in class in elementary school and then countless times thereafter. The concept is universally accepted, or is as close to universal acceptance as any such statement is likely to be.
There are several originals of Magna Carta in existence. I saw one of them in 1957 at the Jamestown Festival, commemorating the 350th Anniversary of the settlement in Virginia. I remember being impressed by what a medieval document actually looked like. While others whizzed by it, I stood and looked for quite a while. I remember having a conversation with the armed guard, who told me I would be learning about Magna Carta in school.
This Blog Post about former Justice John Paul Stevens will brighten your day. It appears in Neil Steinberg’s Blog: Every Goddamn Day. There is no point in me embellishing on Steinberg’s riveting story. Just read it.
No. 1,104 Making time to watch “The Roosevelts”, Ken Burns’ latest PBS production, for two hours every night for six successive nights required a certain amount of planning and self-discipline. For me, it was worth it. Yes, it was about politics and policies — sometimes still controversial and still evoking strong emotion. But this was […]
It should not pass without notice that on September 8, 1974 President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon. That was 40 years ago. Thus ended the Watergate era.
In 1790, in the midst of the French Revolution, the population of France was 30 million. It was by far the most populous country in Europe — a condition that would soon be of great practical benefit to Napoleon.
By contrast, the recently-independent United States had a population of less than 3 million.
No. 1,062 In the last post I discussed the use of this sentence, which I had heard attributed to Learned Hand, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and to his cousin Augustus Noble Hand, also a Judge on the same court. But I found it used in the famous US Supreme Court […]