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.
History Lesson
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.
History Lesson
Oct. 8 2007 1:20 PMWho's Afraid of Socialized Medicine?Two dangerous words that kill health-care reform.
History Lesson
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.
History Lesson
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.
History Lesson
Nov. 14 2005 4:16 PMRough DraftScholars grapple with Bill Clinton's legacy.
History Lesson
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.



The Slatest

Ben Bradlee Dead at 93

The legendary Washington Post editor presided over the paper’s Watergate coverage.

This Scene From All The President’s Men Captures Ben Bradlee’s Genius

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again

The XX Factor

I’m 25. I Have $250.03.

My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I’m 25. I Have $250.03. My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Free Speech

The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 3:13 PM Why Countries Make Human Rights Pledges They Have No Intention of Honoring
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
Oct. 21 2014 5:38 PM Justified Paranoia Citizenfour offers a look into the mind of Edward Snowden.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.