AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

I wanted to commemorate Black History Month before it ends, but as African-American history is not my area there’s not much I can write about it that would be worth anybody reading. One area where the general thrust of this blog sort-of intersects with African-American history is in terms of African Muslims who were sold… Continue reading AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

Today in American history: the burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)

It seems pretty odd to imagine a modern-day aircraft carrier or guided missile cruiser falling into the hands of an enemy during wartime, but that’s pretty much what happened in the case of the Philadelphia. She was one of the biggest ships in the (admittedly still small) American navy, but more importantly she was more… Continue reading Today in American history: the burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)

Today in Black History: Eli Whitney, wait what the fu

Please help me for a moment. yearly reminder that half the country was incorrectly taught that eli whitney was black — Rembert Browne (@rembert) February 1, 2017 I’m so sheltered that not only did I not learn that Eli Whitney–this guy: was Actually Black, I didn’t even know that learning that Eli Whitney Was Actually… Continue reading Today in Black History: Eli Whitney, wait what the fu

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

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I wanted to commemorate Black History Month before it ends, but as African-American History is not my area there’s not much I can write about it that would be worth anybody reading. One area where the general thrust of this blog sort-of intersects with African-American…

Today in American history: the burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)

Stephen Decatur (d. 1820) is one of the US Navy’s first famous figures, right up alongside Revolutionary War captain John Paul Jones, and among the first famous American military figures in general. Technically we should call him Stephen Decatur Junior, so as not to confuse him with his father, who was also an important early… Continue reading Today in American history: the burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)

US Presidents and the Middle East: Teddy Roosevelt and the Perdicaris Affair, 1904

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On President’s Day, people who write about other parts of the world often write about curious historical anecdotes involving some past American head of state and whatever part of the world they write about. Basically, on President’s Day you’re exponentially more likely to read about…

Today in Middle East history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)

The United States enjoys two things more than just about anything else: doing war and making presidential doctrines about doing war. This country has been involved in some kind of military conflict or another for more than 90% of its existence, and of our 44 presidents, at least a quarter of them have issued some… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: the Eisenhower Doctrine, or: They All Lived Happily Ever After (1957)