David Greenberg

David Greenberg, a professor of history and media studies at Rutgers and author of three books of political history, has written the "History Lesson" column since 1998.

History Lesson
July 3 2008 11:09 AMHow the "Patriotism" Debate Might Actually Help Obama
June 17 2008 11:39 AMWhite WeddingsThe incredible staying power of the laws against interracial marriage.
History Lesson
May 22 2008 7:00 AMCold FusionHistory suggests an Obama-Clinton ticket could work.
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March 5 2008 11:33 AMThe Long GoodbyeIt's too early to talk about Hillary's withdrawal.
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Nov. 20 2007 4:09 PMDog-Whistling DixieWhen Reagan said "states' rights," he was talking about race.
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Oct. 8 2007 1:20 PMWho's Afraid of Socialized Medicine?Two dangerous words that kill health-care reform.
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Aug. 6 2007 7:18 AMGeorge Bush, HegelianThe president's quest for a sense of "history."
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June 11 2007 12:01 PMMy Vote Means NothingHow presidential primaries backfired.
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April 20 2007 1:31 PMPlaying the Tolerance CardHow Obama is like JFK.
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Jan. 31 2007 11:40 AMGeorge Bush Goes to CollegeShould SMU accept his presidential library?
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Nov. 8 2006 5:33 PMThe Myth of the Six-Year ItchThe laws of history didn't doom the Republicans.
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Aug. 16 2006 1:22 PMThe Lamont QuestionWill the Democratic Party repeat the political mistakes of the Vietnam era?
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June 7 2006 1:47 PMRichard HofstadterThe pundits' favorite historian.
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Nov. 14 2005 4:16 PMRough DraftScholars grapple with Bill Clinton's legacy.
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Sept. 23 2005 1:11 PMThe '60s TrapWhy critics ignore the rest of Dylan's career.
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July 2 2008 1:46 PMHow the Republicans Claimed the "Patriotism" Mantle in Presidential Politics
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June 4 2008 6:59 AMAfter the AssassinationHow Gene McCarthy's response to Bobby Kennedy's murder crippled the Democrats.
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April 7 2008 1:44 PMThe Lincoln-Douglas Debates UnpluggedA new book strips away the nostalgia around this classic encounter.
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Feb. 12 2008 3:34 PMMemo to Obama FansClinton's presidency was not a failure.
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Nov. 16 2007 1:05 PMToo Good for PoliticsIs Barack Obama just another high-toned liberal doomed to failure?
Sept. 5 2007 3:37 PMReagan in 100 PagesA discussion with Andrew Helfer, the writer of Ronald Reagan: A Graphic Biography.
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June 12 2007 6:57 AMMy Vote Means NothingNearly 20 states are moving up their primaries, but it won't change a thing.
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May 2 2007 4:46 PMThe President Who Never Came In From the ColdHow Frost/Nixon gets Nixon right.
March 1 2007 6:50 PMNot Just Camelot's HistorianThe vibrant scholarship of Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
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Dec. 15 2006 3:06 PMA Very Ecumenical ChristmasWhy conservatives despise the phrase happy holidays.
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Sept. 5 2006 4:59 PMHelp! Call the White House!How the 1927 Mississippi Flood created big government.
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July 24 2006 3:32 PMClass WarfareWhy the villain of The History Boys is the better teacher.
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Jan. 24 2006 3:37 PMAnother Nixon PardonWhen will scholars get the chance to legitimately assess his legacy in Vietnam?
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Oct. 5 2005 3:17 PMSupreme Court CronyismBush restarts a long and troubled tradition.
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Sept. 8 2005 7:25 AMThe Legend of the Scopes Trial Science didn't really win.




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The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

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The XX Factor

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Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PM The Self-Made Man The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 29 2014 3:10 PM The Lonely Teetotaler Prudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 29 2014 11:56 PM Innovation Starvation, the Next Generation Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 29 2014 11:32 PM The Daydream Disorder Is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.