Blog Archives

The History Behind the Mystery: A Death of No Importance

by Mariah Fredericks One of my favorite books as a kid was an illustrated chronicle of famous disasters. Pompeii, Titanic, the Chicago Fire.  I loved that book. I wore it out. The spine was cracked; the pages came loose. I

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Modern History

The 18th-Century Politics of Santa Claus in America

by Judith Flanders Instead of deriving from folklore, or quaint colonial customs, or religion, the American emergence of Santa Claus was rooted in late-eighteenth-century politics, in the formation of clubs and societies based around ethnic or cultural groups, which came

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Modern History

The NYPD’s Most Decorated Detective

by Ralph Friedman, with Patrick Picciarelli I was constantly on the prowl to make quality arrests, the important word being quality. I doubt there’s a police officer in New York who couldn’t lock someone up thirty minutes into a shift. There’s

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Contemporary History

How Police Brutality Shaped New York City

by Bruce Chadwick Headlines about New York City police officer violence against civilians, including murders, have splashed across the front pages of newspapers and television screen for years. Just recently, a member of the NYPD choked to death Eric Garner, father

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Modern History

Marilyn & Truman: Beautiful Children of NYC

by Elizabeth Winder 1955. It’s springtime in New York and unseasonably balmy. Cherry blossoms dot Central Park with pale pink, and “Melody of Love” drifts from the radio. The Pajama Game is on Broadway, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are on

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Contemporary History
CLOSE SIGN UP

Sign up for The History Reader Newsletter!

By submitting this form, I agree to receive updates from The History Reader and other communications from Macmillan and its related companies.