When The True Believer made his name, Eric Hoffer was a San Francisco longshoreman. Decades later, the zealots he labeled “true believers,” are still “everywhere on the march.”
Once Frederick Douglass rose to speak, Independence Day no longer seemed so free.
When the Supreme Court considered the pledge of allegiance, soldiers were coming home in flag draped caskets. What would a patriot do?
Those Fifties TV fathers may have been corny, but they sowed the seeds of a revolution.
When Grace Hopper met those beastly first computers, they spoke only in numbers. “Grandma COBOL” soon taught them English.
June 6, 1944 — Sgt. Salinger, with drafts of The Catcher in the Rye in his pack, lands at Normandy.
The streets taught Geoffrey Canada hard lessons. His Harlem Children’s Zone is teaching success.
When the Massachusetts team went South, its star black player came face-to-face with Jim Crow. And guess what the whole team did for Bunny?
Children were to be “seen and not heard” until Arnold Gesell’s clinic changed childhood.
Most toys were stupid and dull. But one company owned American childhood.
From “behind the curtain of my mind,” the fabulous Belle da Costa Greene masterminded the Morgan Library.
Think April is “the cruelest month?” E.E. Cummings will cure your despair.
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
All that rolling, rollicking past. So little time. Watch 200 years of American history (up to 1968) in three minutes — American Time Capsule.