When Free Speech Ends and Hate Speech Begins

speech 1 Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote a piece for the National Review Online about the stifling of free speech by the government and media.  It prompted LofH to ask the question: What is the history behind freedom of speech in America? Socrates Trial According to Plato’s rendition of Socrates trial and suicide, the old philosopher promoted […] Continue reading →

Evaluating Evidence: Four Vital Skills Every Young Historian Needs

1917 LP 2 So far in this series about history skills the topics of Timelines and Map Reading were covered.  The next skill deals with evaluating evidence. Evaluating Evidence Being able to tell the difference between primary and secondary sources, analyzing different types of historical evidence, and generating appropriate questions about and answers to evidentiary material are vital skills every […] Continue reading →

Understanding Eminent Domain

ed 1 I live in the Central Valley of California, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.  A topic of interest for every Californian is the building of a High-Speed Rail (HSR) line from the LA area to San Francisco. One of the key issues in the HSR controversy is the meaning of eminent domain.  […] Continue reading →

The American Hobo

hobo LofH came across a great history about the American Hobo.  Although lengthy, it’s nicely written and exhaustively researched.  The article includes links to other works about the misunderstood role hoboes played in American society.  Even if you don’t read it the photos are well worth a look! Don’t Call Them Bums: The Unsung History of America’s Hard-Working Hoboes […] Continue reading →

The Problem of Presentism

presentism 1 LofH encourages people to understand and use history when discussing current events and important issues of the day.  One huge problem results for this: PRESENTISM! The key-master of all things wordy, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, defines presentism as: “an attitude toward the past dominated by present-day attitudes and experiences.”   What does that mean? When historians, students, […] Continue reading →

Homerun Record is Broken

hank 3 On this day in 1974, Hank Louis Aaron Jr., broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing home run record. Entering the Major League’s eight years after Jackie Robinson broke the color-barrier, Aaron played for the Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers.  Known as a home run slugger, Aaron was in fact a dependable batter and contributed significantly to […] Continue reading →