History

Theodor Aman's The Battle With Torches

Hate on Patrick Conley Exposes Progressives’ Need to Dominate

By Justin Katz | October 13, 2021 |

Phil Eil’s attack on RI Historian Laureate Patrick Conley is not the perspective of a tolerant person; it is the voice of an ideological movement that seizes power through division and dishonest appeals to fairness and then crushes all dissent the moment it thinks it has succeeded.

Dan McKee cuts a ribbon

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Flustering McKee

By Justin Katz | October 12, 2021 |

John and Justin discuss ways in which the controversies of the day illustrate a surprising (and disappointing) tendency of the McKee administration.

A water drop and ripples

Modern autocracies are benefiting from the Sparta spin.

By Justin Katz | October 8, 2021 |

In an EconTalk episode, Russ Roberts evoked a fascinating response from University of North Carolina historian Bret Devereaux when he asked why, considering that the Spartans were so evil by today’s standards and also mediocre at warfare, they’ve enjoyed such a positive legend: The Spartans get really good press in our ancient sources. And part…

Pawtucket William Blackstone statue

WPRI promotes division, declaring a new holiday in solidarity with progressives.

By Justin Katz | October 8, 2021 |

Don’t bother looking on your calendar as you attempt to interpret this headline on an Eli Sherman article on WPRI: William Blackstone statue rally planned for Indigenous Peoples Day in Pawtucket By “Indigenous Peoples Day,” WPRI means Columbus Day.  It’s just that radicals looking to divide our nation have been insisting we change the name of…

A water drop and ripples

Extending the Holocaust analogy provides a helpful framework for survival.

By Justin Katz | September 29, 2021 |

Related to the controversy in North Smithfield over analogizing between mask mandates and the Holocaust, well-known conservative and Jewish writer Dennis Prager’s latest column is titled, “Who Would Hide a Jew If Nazis Took Over America?“: So, then, here are two questions for American Jews to ponder: If a Nazi-like doctrine took over America, and…

Racist Democrat Party poster from the Civil War era

A prime example of controlling the present to control the past to control the future.

By Justin Katz | September 15, 2021 |

Owing to the fact that a local union official and I have the same name, I’ve been peripherally following a controversy in Boca Raton, Florida, involving an unnamed teacher who was suspended for showing his high school history class Civil War–era political imagery, including the one used as the featured image for this post.  These…

The North Tower collapses

A Lingering Lesson from 9/11: Think for Yourself.

By Justin Katz | September 11, 2021 |

Even two decades on, September 11 continues to teach us that we can never be complacent.

The Twin Towers

Teen Vogue is taking advantage of its audience’s lack of 9/11 memory.

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2021 |

As I write in my latest article for Accuracy in Media, the oldest teenagers alive today were born in 2001, so no teens have memories of 9/11/2001 and probably very few memories of that entire decade.  UMass Amherst history professor Asheesh Kapur Siddique attempts to take full advantage of that fact by framing September 11 as…

A water drop and ripples

It’s becoming more and more important to put things in historical context.

By Justin Katz | August 26, 2021 |

That’s why I love when Marc makes use of his advanced history education.  We wouldn’t be having the social troubles we’re having if we were teaching history like we should.  History has points like this, about how the Pequots attacked and harried the English settlers’ Saybrook Fort: Lessons learned during the siege of Saybrook escalated…

Engraving of the capture of Mistick Fort

If a cow-riding hermit like Rev. Blackstone is akin to Hitler…

By Marc Comtois | August 26, 2021 |

…then what do you call, for instance, the 200 or so Narragansett’s who helped wipe-out the Pequots at Mistick Fort? On May 23, a force of approximately 80 English (10 remained with the ships), 60 Mohegan and River Indians under Uncas, and 200 Narragansett marched 30 miles to present-day Mystic, Connecticut….Mistick Fort was engulfed in…

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