Political Mudslinging–An American Tradition

politics 1 (This is a repost of an article a year ago.  It is appropriate as we enter the new presidential election season.) My Facebook friends crack me up sometimes.  Around election time there are all these comments about how ugly politics and campaigning is today.  Today!  People, political backstabbing, mudslinging, name-calling, etc. is as American Tradition. […] Continue reading →

Southern v. Confederate Culture

flag 1 Americans mourn those murdered in the recent South Carolina shootings. Pundits and politicians wasted no time in turning that tragic event into a partisan political battle over gun control, race, and the Confederate flag.  Many equate the Confederacy with Southern culture with conservatism.  Is this a fair comparison?  LofH will take a look at the issue […] Continue reading →

Blood in Congress

sumner brooks 2 Yeah, I know…when hasn’t there been bloodshed in Congress.  But in this case the blood was real, seeping out of the wounded head of Senator Charles Sumner from a severe caning given him by Representative Preston Brooks. Bleeding Kansas In 1856 anti and pro slave factions were fighting an undeclared war in the Kansas Territory brought on […] Continue reading →

Hair Styling through the Ages

hair 8 LofH tends to focus on “big history” (no not the French concept of the “longue duree”) such as important people and events.  Today and in future posts, a look at lesser known topics is offered for our readers pleasure (at least I hope its pleasurable).  Today’s topic: Hair Styling and Cosmetology. (Note: This post focuses […] Continue reading →

Reading, Discussing, & Writing About History: Four Vital Skills Every Young Historian Needs

history This is the last of four posts dealing with Vital Skills Every Young Historian Needs.  Unlike earlier posts, the lessons/strategies offered here are not grouped by age but by objective.  I hope you find them useful in getting students to read, discuss, and write about history.  Reading Getting students to read is a real challenge today.  […] Continue reading →

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 →