Grammar Versus Slang: An American Tradition

Davy Crockett at the fall of the Alamo

by Rosemarie Ostler

It only takes a quick surf around the internet to see that Americans are fascinated by their own language use. Countless blogs offer grammar and usage advice, or simply complain about the falling off of standards. At the other end of the spectrum, dozens of websites celebrate the latest slang and buzzwords. Whether you worry that people use too many texting abbreviations—LOL—or want help with your own usage, or just want to read about this year’s Words of the Year, there’s a blog post for you. Read more ›

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Infamy: A Q&A With Author Richard Reeves


The History Reader

Infamy is the latest work by bestselling author Richard Reeves. It begins in the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an event that inflamed the nation and drew the United States into the Second World War. At this time, President Roosevelt signed an executive order declaring parts of four western states to be a war zone operating under military rule. Thousands of Japanese-Americans were rounded up and forced into imprisonment. Through Reeves’s interviews with survivors and consideration of private letters, memoirs and archives we find a new narrative of this atrocity. Therefore, we’ve asked Reeves to share more details behind his research and writing:
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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

A Passion for Paris: Alexandre Dumas and the Ghosts of Romantic Fiction

Alexander Dumas

by David Downie

Romantic-era novelist Alexandre Dumas may well have created the world’s first fiction factory in Paris in the mid-1800s, a factory populated by ghosts. How many of Dumas’ hundreds of millions of readers realize that the plots and treatments for some of his mega-bestselling novels were written by others, one man in particular, a man sometimes known as the “fourth musketeer?” Read more ›

Posted in Ancient & Medieval History, Modern History

Remembering the Stories of the Holocaust

by The History Reader

This year, during the 70th anniversary marking the end of the Holocaust and the beginning of Yom HaShoah—Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day—we remember the stories that shed light on one of the darkest periods in contemporary history.
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Shocking Paris: Soutine, Chagall, and the Outsiders of Montparnasse

Shocking Paris - Street scene in the Jewish quarter of Paris

by Stanley Meisler

The mass migrations of European peoples to this country in the late 19th and 20th centuries have become such clichéd events in American history that we often forget that the United States was not the only refuge for the emigration. Since American immigration was almost completely unrestricted, it made sense for most emigrants to head there. But France and Britain also accepted a limited number. Read more ›

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

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