Category: History

History, Social Studies

Debate #1, H.L.Mencken & the Election of 1920

Thoughts about Last Night's Debate, H.L. Mencken and the Election of 1920 So my wife and I didn't watch the debate last night. The reason we didn't watch, was we figured we knew how it would end. Hillary would do well and Trump not so well. But in the end even if Hillary blew him away and Trump was awful it wouldn't matter to Trump's supporters. We both believe that Trump speaks the truth when he says he could shot and kill someone in Times Square and people would still vote for him! A few weeks ago I was thinking about how long...

American History, Social Studies

Thoughts About Donald Trump and Reconstruction

America's Founding Radical Concept On November 19,1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, one of the greatest political speeches in American history. The speech opened with...... Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.” The concept that "All Men are created Equal" was radical in a time of Kings and Queens.. I wish the concept was 'all men and women were created equal". But I guess that would be a little too radical. Anyway it took a civil...

American History, Social Studies, US Politics

Donald Trump and Horace Greeley – Repeated History?

Thoughts of the 2016 Campaign and Horace Greeley... So one of my earliest political memories is sneaking down the stairs as a nine-year old to see if John F Kennedy was going to win the 1960 Presidential election.I have followed politics ever since. I could rattle off a litany of my favorite politicians.  The majority of them are Democrats i.e Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, etc, But through the years there were Republican politicians that I respected like Everett Dirksen, Nelson Rockefeller and Edward Brooke, hell although I despised the man at the time I can say the...

American History, Social Studies

Vinnie Ream and the Lincoln Statue

July 28, 1866 - Vinnie Ream receives a commission from the United States government for a statue of Lincoln   Ok so think back on what you were during in the summer when you were eighteen. Let's see, ok well some of us may take a little while to answer because we have to think back a little farther!! Hmm, I was eighteen in 1969. Oh, yeah I was probably waiting to see if my draft number was high enough that I wouldn't have to move to Canada. I was also going into my senior year of high school. So...

Inventions, Social Studies, Today in History

First Loaf of Sliced Bread Sells July 7,1928.

Using a Machine Designed by Otto  Rohwedder Sliced Bread Sells for the First Time - July 7, 1928 Ok so was Otto  Rohwedder, a jeweler by trade, was just sitting around one day and thought " I think I can design a machine that slices bread!" Must be nice! I sure wish I had those kinds of thoughts! Anyway that's what he did and in 192 7, Rohweder not only designed a machine that slice bread, but the machine also wrapped it!! After applying for patents, he sold his first machine to a friend,  Frank Bench, who was a baker. The machine was installed in the...

Social Studies, Today in History

The Van Buren Sisters motorcycle across the U.S.

July 5, 1916 - The Van Buren Sisters Begin Their Motorcycle Trip across America   On July 5, 1916,the Van Buren sisters Augusta and Adeline (Gussie and Addie) began day two of their 60-day motorcycle journey from New York City to Los Angeles. The "Society Girls" were descendants of President Martin Van Buren. At the time of their trek both women were in their 20s and active in the national Preparedness Movement. The women wanted to prove that women could ride as well as men and should be allowed to serve as military dispatch riders. As such men would be freed up...