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
Aug. 2 2012 11:41 AMStop Eulogizing Gore VidalHe was a racist and an elitist, forever mourning the decline of his era of aristocratic privilege. 
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Nov. 10 2011 12:37 PMHot for CoolidgeWhy are Republicans so obsessed with Silent Cal?
Aug. 25 2011 7:13 AMDorothy Burlingham's TwinsThe study that explained why it's not so wonderful to have a look-alike.
History Lesson
April 20 2011 2:28 PMDemocracyWhy it's the only lasting anonymous Washington novel.
History Lesson
Jan. 10 2011 6:01 PMOf Course It Was PoliticalThe phony debate about assassins like Jared Loughner.
History Lesson
Nov. 19 2010 7:16 AMGive 'Em Hell, BarryObama needs a little of the Truman touch.
History Lesson
Sept. 24 2010 7:16 AMRewinding the Kennedy-Nixon DebatesDid JFK really win because he looked better on television?
History Lesson
May 21 2010 5:54 PMElena Kagan Could Have Been a Superb HistorianTwo history professors read the nominee's undergraduate thesis.
Dec. 10 2009 10:09 AMChristmas for JewsHow Hanukkah became a major holiday.
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Oct. 9 2009 1:30 PMThe Old Soldier Hasn't DiedForget about McChrystal; Obama's real problem is MacArthurism.
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April 29 2009 3:36 PMSpecter's ShadowWhy Arlen Specter's defection should terrify the GOP.
Feb. 12 2009 11:11 AMThe Man Beneath the HatThe truth about Lincoln's sexuality.
Dec. 4 2008 6:56 PMThe President Who Never Came in From the ColdHow Frost/Nixon gets Nixon right.
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Oct. 24 2008 4:34 PMPresidential FirepowerHow FDR saved capitalism in eight days.
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Sept. 25 2008 5:41 PMYou Won't Learn Much From the DebatesBut you should watch them anyway.
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Feb. 27 2012 12:39 PMSick to His StomachJohn F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religious freedom gives Rick Santorum a bellyache—it shouldn’t.
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Oct. 21 2011 12:05 PMJohn Morton BlumThe death of a legendary historian.
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July 1 2011 4:56 PMLeft BehindYale solved its anti-Semitism crisis, but a deeper problem remains.
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Jan. 14 2011 6:57 AMBeware the Military-Industrial ComplexEisenhower's farewell address has been completely misunderstood.
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Dec. 27 2010 8:47 AMThe Hidden History of the Espionage ActThe much-maligned 1917 law had a real purpose—stopping spies and saboteurs.
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Oct. 22 2010 7:12 AMHating Woodrow WilsonThe new and confused attacks on progressivism.
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July 15 2010 1:35 PMToo Big To Fail, the 1912 VersionHow Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations.
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Jan. 29 2010 5:12 PMObama's Achilles' HeelWhat the deficit-commission idea says about his politics.
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Nov. 17 2009 3:41 PMSarah Palin = Dan QuayleThere's no way she will be president.
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Sept. 23 2009 1:17 PMThe Obama HatersWe still don't understand how fringe conservatism went mainstream.
Feb. 12 2009 11:12 AMThe Lincoln-Douglas Debates, UnpluggedAllen C. Guelzo's book strips away the nostalgia around this classic encounter.
Jan. 19 2009 6:54 AMThe Riddle of Herbert HooverHow the hypercompetent technocrat failed.
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Nov. 5 2008 4:49 PMMcCain Ran the Sleaziest Campaign in History?Not even close.
Oct. 3 2008 10:42 AMCheney's HandiworkUnveiling his methods, and some of his motives.
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Aug. 25 2008 1:35 PMThe Write Stuff?Why Biden's plagiarism shouldn't be forgotten.




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Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows


The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

We Could Fix Climate Change for Free. What Exactly Is Holding Us Back?

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 7:03 PM Once Again, a Climate Policy Hearing Descends Into Absurdity
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 5:56 PM Watch Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg, and More on New YouTube Channel
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 7:23 PM MIT Researchers Are Using Smartphones to Interact With Other Screens
  Health & Science
Sept. 17 2014 4:49 PM Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music Is it art or a true threat of violence?
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.