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 6 2005 6:39 PMThe Judge WarsBorking didn't start with Bork.
History Book Blitz
May 17 2005 4:53 PMAcademics Historians vs. Popularizers
History Lesson
March 11 2005 3:47 PMHistory for DummiesThe troubling popularity of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.
History Lesson
Jan. 18 2005 6:45 PMAsk Not Why Inaugural Addresses Are So RottenWe have the answer.
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Dec. 28 2004 3:02 PMTricky Dick FlicksThe trouble with Nixon movies (including Sean Penn's new one).
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Nov. 22 2004 6:19 PMThe Sorry Lot of a Bush Cabinet SecretaryThey've been powerless since the 1700s. But Bush's have it worse than most.
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July 14 2004 5:04 PMNixon's Michael MooreThe filmmaker who pestered Tricky Dick.
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June 9 2004 3:24 PMThe Man, the MythsDon't believe everything you hear about Ronald Reagan.
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April 19 2004 6:16 PMSaigon and SaddamThe use and abuse of Vietnam analogies.
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Jan. 16 2004 11:00 AMTax Cuts in Camelot?JFK lowered taxes, but supply-siders wrongly claim he's their patron saint.
Nov. 13 2003 12:30 PMEverybody Loves ReaganHow a divisive president became an American Idol.
History Lesson
Sept. 16 2003 4:51 PMCincinnatus for PresidentListen up, Wesley Clark! Here's how generals get elected president.
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July 22 2003 6:53 PMThe Cuban Missile Tape CrisisJust how helpful are the White House recordings?
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June 2 2003 11:44 AMAdolf's Alive!Saddam Hussein and the persistent myth of Hitler's survival.
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March 26 2003 3:32 PMAdvise and DissentHow anti-war protest movements have made the U.S. stronger.
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June 1 2005 7:42 PMThroat ClearingWatergate conspiracy theories that still won't die.
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May 10 2005 1:23 PMKnow Thy AlliesWhat Bush got wrong about Yalta.
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Feb. 9 2005 6:10 PMThe Watergate PapersDebating Woodward and Bernstein's legacy.
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Jan. 14 2005 5:36 PMThe Gay Emancipator?What's wrong with The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln.
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Dec. 10 2004 4:17 PMSchool for ScandalRevisiting Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin.
Book Blitz
Oct. 12 2004 7:37 AMThe FactsPhilip Roth revisits an era when America's pluralist future was far from certain.
History Lesson
June 29 2004 5:19 PMPresidential LegaciesWhy Reagan and Clinton remain partisan heroes.
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June 4 2004 12:32 PMD-Day ODWhy World War II nostalgia has gone too far.
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March 25 2004 2:56 PMLincoln, Roosevelt, and … Bush?Does war help presidents get re-elected?
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Nov. 20 2003 1:55 PMDallas Through the Looking GlassThe plot to link JFK's death and Watergate.
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Oct. 2 2003 9:26 AMNixon the PopulistThe Democratic presidential candidates are falling into the trap Nixon set 50 years ago.
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Aug. 15 2003 5:03 PMWhere Have All the Looters Gone?Why there wasn't more crime during the blackout.
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June 6 2003 9:49 AMNotes From the UndergroundA documentary about the Weathermen shows how far we've come since the '60s.
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April 1 2003 10:41 AMThe POW in the American ImaginationWhy we're obsessed with American soldiers captured by the enemy.
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Feb. 20 2003 10:50 AMFallout Can Be FunHow the Cold War civil-defense programs became farce.




Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
Buy a Small Business
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 PM Inking the Deal Why tattoo parlors are a great small-business bet.
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 9:39 PM Tom Cruise Dies Over and Over Again in This Edge of Tomorrow Supercut
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?