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Andrew Jackson = Donald Trump? Lessons from the Election of 1824

On March 15, 2017, President Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters that Andrew Jackson was one of his inspirational heroes. “They say my election was most similar to his.” Trump continued, “that’s a long time ago. Usually, they go … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Big Government Can SAVE Capitalism and American Democracy #LeadershipMatters

The COVID-19 crisis highlights the dramatic failure of “small government” ideology during a national crisis. The Philadelphia Inquirer headline is a chilling prediction that worst is yet to come. State and local authorities in collaboration with private business and charities … Continue reading

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COVID-19 #StayHome

Today’s easy access to international travel spread the novel corona virus at a very fast pace. Learning from the past and applying modern science will hinder COVID-19’s spread. Simply put, human hosts multiply the virus. Just like in 1918-1919, stopping … Continue reading

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History Students and the 21st Century Skills

History Students and the 21st Century Skills.

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History Students and the 21st Century Skills

http://linkis.com/insidehighered.com/7WQIy @Inside Higher Ed 4/20/15 Digital Studies will not “save” the humanities and social sciences, but we cannot stand still and ignore the digital skills students need to succeed in the 21st-century job market. Moving and still images, mapping, database … Continue reading

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Immigration History on Parade in South Philly

Living immigration and ethnic history in the October 12, 2014 Columbus Day Parade in South Philadelphia:  As expected, Mummers, high school marching bands, and ethnic heritage societies happily dominated the parade, proudly reflcting the event’s Italian American theme and long … Continue reading

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The Baby Strikes and Ending Child Labor

Larry Price is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist. His pictures of child miners in Africa are heart wrenching. In the early 20th century,  Lewis Hine used similar images of American child workers to advocate for child labor laws. Price’s photographs … Continue reading

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Good Public Policy and Summer’s Hidden Dangers

“Water was rough where tuber went missing,” noted a headline in the August 12, 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer. A similar story in the Washington Post read, “In the Potomac’s grip: Why people drown at Great Falls.”  Both articles warned that each summer the … Continue reading

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Another Historic Wrong Turn: June 28, 1914

Yesterday, a frenzied crowd surrounded Pope Francis’ car in Rio de Janeiro. The scene made security experts around the world cringe and was a huge embarrassment for Brazilian police. Apparently, the pontiff’s own driver took a wrong turn. (“With Modesty, … Continue reading

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Dateline: July 5, 2013–Philadelphia

Living in Philadelphia is a kick for an American historian. I’m especially a sucker for the city’s 4th of July celebrations. This year’s program at Independence Hall  emphasized the importance and complex history of the struggle for civil rights in … Continue reading

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