HISTORY

  • [By Ivan Perkins:] The coup-free state

    Did President Richard Nixon contemplate a coup d’état against Congress? The evidence, while inconclusive, is startling — especially in light of our general assumption that coups “can’t happen here.” As the Watergate crisis escalated in the fall of 1973, rumors darted a...

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  • 60 years ago today: The rock 'n' roll era begins.

    On July 19, 1954, Sun Records released the Elvis Presley record "That's All Right." During an uneventful recording session at Sun Studios on the evening of July 5, 1954, Presley, [Scotty] Moore, and [Bill] Black were taking a break between recordings when Presley started f...

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    • Happy common-law birthday!

      An odd fact: Under the common law, as reported by Blackstone’s Commentaries: [F]ull age in male or female is twenty one years, which age is completed on the day preceding the anniversary of a person’s birth. And here is ...
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    • Anne Hollander, Ave Atque Vale

      … I’m saddened to note the passing of Anne Hollander, a leading scholar and essayist of the history, art, and aesthetics of clothing, fashion, and style.   She died on July 6, at the age of 83 (New York Times obituary here).  She leaves behind a rich body of work, books and journal and magazine essays both–a splendid example of an independent…

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    • 60 years ago today: The rock 'n' roll era begins.

      … On July 19, 1954, Sun Records released the Elvis Presley record "That's All Right." During an uneventful recording session at Sun Studios on the evening of July 5, 1954, Presley, [Scotty] Moore, and [Bill] Black were taking a break between recordings when Presley started fooling around with an up-tempo version of Arthur Crudup's song "That's…

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    • 100 Years Later: Patents of the World War I Era

      …June 28, 2014, marked the one-hundred year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the precipitating event which catapulted the globe into World War I. Across the world, events to commemorate the First World War Centenary will take place between now and 2018, the centennial anniversary of the war’s end…

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    • Happy common-law birthday!

      … An odd fact: Under the common law, as reported by Blackstone’s Commentaries: [F]ull age in male or female is twenty one years, which age is completed on the day preceding the anniversary of a person’s birth. And here is the explanation from Edward Christian, who edited the 1803 edition of Blackstone, If he is born on the 1st of January…

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    • Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia. Movie review

      … Gore Vidal was one of the most important American public intellectuals from the late 1940s until the early 20th century. If you’re not familiar with him, then I highly recommend that you view the new biographical movie Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia, which is available as video on demand. The kind of person who reads the VC and other…

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    • [By Ivan Perkins:] The coup-free state

      … the commanders’ silent response, Nixon faced his humiliating trial with stoic resignation, not Machiavellian machinations. This was a rare event in American history — a leading politician or military commander insinuating the possibility of a coup.  But why is this so rare?  And why have we never experienced a coup d’état, or even a coup attempt…

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    • Emmy nomination: 1973 time machine episode of Colorado Inside Out

      … I’m thrilled to announce that the Colorado Public Television program “Colorado Inside Out” has been nominated for another regional Emmy Award. Colorado Inside Out is a weekly roundtable show about current events. Once a year, we produce a “time machine” episode, which debuts on the Friday of the July 4 weekend. Last year, the time machine took us…

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    • The Ancient Laws of Cambria: book review

      … legends and stories from Welsh history. In this Welsh nationalist version of things, the Welsh were the first humans to settle Britain. Their problems began when the “Caesarians” [the Romans] invaded for revenge after a Welshman rescued a woman whom the Romans and kidnapped; the Romans only won because the Welsh allowed them to land, for the Welsh…

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    • Songs about history

      … I was just listening again to Mark Knopfler’s Done with Bonaparte, which I like very much, and it reminded me how rarely one hears good songs about history. Obviously, there are the patriotic songs — Star-Spangled Banner is one obvious example — but I mean modern songs that are (1) explicitly about historical matters (rather than just protest…

    • Two new and intriguing reviews of Rehabilitating Lochner

      …. New York and its legacy: Howard Gillman’s book The Constitution Besieged, and a recent essay by Georgetown law professor Victoria Nourse, A Tale of Two Lochners: The Untold History of Substantive Due Process and the Idea of Fundamental Rights.” Schweber tries to show that each reviewed work is an example of “law school historiography,” which he…

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