Women’s History

Margaret Chase Smith, Kamala Harris, and the very long road to the White House

In what might be the most honest assessment of political odds ever given by a presidential candidate, Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine opened her historic bid for the 1964 Republican nomination by acknowledging she would surely lose.

Which is why she had to run.

“This argument contends that I…

Mary Trump’s new book exposes the “toxic positivity” driving Donald Trump’s deadly mishandling of the pandemic

Donald & Fred Trump Sr.

In her new bestseller, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, Mary Trump shares a story about patriarch Fred Trump’s handling of a tenant complaint about lack of heat in their Trump-owned Brooklyn apartment.

In her telling, after the tenant let the landlord…


Military leaders in World War I turned to Confederate names to reduce sectional friction

How did THIS happen? (Source: AP)

In August 1918, the Daily News of Greensboro, North Carolina reported on the new Army base under construction near Fayetteville: it was going to be designated as “Camp Bragg.”

The officer in charge of naming the…

Keeping a record of your experience of life during the pandemic could help you and future historians

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

With millions of schoolchildren suddenly finding themselves facing an indefinite period of homeschooling — and tens of thousands of teachers suddenly trying to come up with new lesson plans — historian and educator Kevin Levin has a suggestion.

“Ask/require your students to keep a daily journal during the next few…

Why one small Italian town is the “healthiest place in Europe”

The small village of Vò, Italy, about an hour west of Venice, is now the “healthiest place in Italy,” thanks to an almost accidental epidemiological experiment.

On February 22, when there were only two verified cases of COVID-19 in town, researchers decided to test all 3,000 residents, whether they were…

Spokesperson said firing longtime columnist and Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll was a “business decision”

A spokesperson for Hearst, parent company of Elle Magazine, told the New York Times on Friday that the firing of longtime advice columnist and Donald Trump accuser E. Jean Carroll was “a business decision and had nothing to do with politics.”

“Ask E Jean” ran in Elle almost every month for 26 years

The statement came after days of questions over whether…

Elle’s longtime advice columnist axed weeks after she filed suit against Trump, new court documents show

Carroll wrote about her alleged rape for New York Magazine in June

Writer E. Jean Carroll wrote yesterday on Twitter that she had been fired from Elle, where she had spent 26 years penning her popular advice column, “Ask E. Jean.”

“Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, & dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, ELLE fired me,”…

Heather Michon

Current obsessions: politics (of course) & history. But a little science & politics, too. Motto: It's more complicated than that...

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