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.



Medical Examiner

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The XX Factor
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Subprime Loans Are Back

And believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

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Over There
Sept. 22 2014 1:29 PM “That’s Called Jim Crow” Philip Gourevitch on America’s hypocritical interventions in Africa.
Sept. 22 2014 5:38 PM Apple Won't Shut Down Beats Music After All (But Will Probably Rename It)
Dear Prudence
Sept. 22 2014 3:33 PM Killing With Kindness My in-laws want to throw me a get-well-from-cancer bash. There’s no way I can go.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 7:43 PM Emma Watson Threatened With Nude Photo Leak for Speaking Out About Women's Equality
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Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 9:17 PM Trent Reznor’s Gone Girl Soundtrack Sounds Like an Eerie, Innovative Success
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 6:27 PM Should We All Be Learning How to Type in Virtual Reality?
  Health & Science
Sept. 22 2014 12:15 PM The Changing Face of Climate Change Will the leaders of the People’s Climate March now lead the movement?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.