July 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton's hard-fought entry into the history books as the first woman a major party has nominated for president is the culmination of generations of struggles and sacrifices. Women have fought for equal footing with men since the nation's earliest days. Just a year after the colonists met in Philadelphia to declare their independence from England, the states enacted laws prohibiting women from participating in the new nation by voting. Those laws were followed by further statutes and court decisions relegating women to second-class status when it came to owning property, working, and controlling their bodies.
April 2, 2016 |
When author Erik Larson started research for his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania , about the 1915 sinking of the luxury ocean liner, he wasn't expecting many surprises. As with the Titanic, everyone knows the ending: Almost 1,200 passengers died when a German submarine torpedoed the ship off the coast of Ireland. The attack has widely been seen as a catalyst for the United States' entry into World War I, as Pearl Harbor was in World War II. Except it wasn't.
February 6, 2016
ISSUE | HOLOCAUST Meeting a hero I had the privilege of meeting Nelly Toll at Central Elementary School in Haddonfield about 20 years ago, when she accepted my invitation to tell her story of surviving the Nazi occupation of Poland ("True survivor honored," Wednesday). For people of all ages, there is nothing quite so moving as hearing a story firsthand rather than reading it in history books. I am happy that even the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, was moved by Toll's experience and is using her watercolors in an exhibit to confront anti-Semitism.
July 4, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) Zero in on some friends who seem to have the whole Fourth of July routine down. You will witness a lot of fun talk and friends socializing tonight. Toss yourself right in the middle of the whole scene. There is no telling whom you might meet as this party continues until late Sunday, when you need some downtime and vanish ... hopefully not alone. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (*****) The bull is center stage, and wherever you appear, all eyes turn to you. Whether you are the host or hostess of the celebration is not even relevant: Others cannot get their gaze off you. You seem to be very much in touch with others' needs.
May 23, 2014 |
History books have been kind to Philadelphia - the city William Penn hewed with its rational lines and ordered grid system; the city that gave birth to the Declaration of Independence. Yet historians have all but ignored the rich culture our area enjoyed before Europeans claimed it for their own. So argues "A Lost World," the sixth episode of the documentary series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment , which tells the story of the Lenape, who called the Delaware Valley home for 13,000 years before Penn made landfall.
April 25, 2014 |
In China, Maura Cunningham says, if you're going to hold an online discussion of the Tiananmen Square massacre, you'd better speak in code. Don't mention June 4, the date the tanks rolled against unarmed protesters. Instead, try "May 35th" - a count of that month's 31 days plus four in June. It's a way around the censors and to avoid the lurking presence of the state security apparatus. The game being played between citizen and government isn't exactly cat-and-mouse, said Cunningham, a scholar of Chinese history from Philadelphia.
September 2, 2013 |
When he was arrested that October evening in 1777, Jonas Cattell did not realize his detention would help the patriot cause, much less affect the outcome of a Revolutionary War battle. The 18-year-old was corralled with other suspected rebels by Hessian mercenaries when he overheard talk of an attack on Americans at Fort Mercer in Red Bank, N.J., and he knew what he had to do. Released the next day, Cattell ran 10 miles, bypassing Hessians along the way, to alert fellow colonials who then repelled the larger enemy force, killing hundreds.
July 19, 2013 |
Deirdre Kelleher spent Wednesday with her head in a hole, arm-deep in dirt. This is the Temple University anthropology doctoral student's second summer orchestrating a "public archaeology" excavation in Old City's historic Elfreth's Alley. Kelleher and a crew of volunteers are searching for clues about the lives of 19th-century immigrants, in one of the first projects of its kind in Philadelphia. "The 19th century is overshadowed by previous history," said Michele Schutte, assistant and curator at the Elfreth's Alley Museum, referring to Philadelphia's fascination with colonial times.
July 11, 2013 |
Edmund S. Morgan, 97, a leading scholar of the colonial era who helped reinvigorate the reputations of the Founding Fathers, probed the country's racial and religious origins, and, in his 80s, wrote a best-selling biography of Benjamin Franklin, died Monday in Connecticut. Mr. Morgan died at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia, said his wife, Marie. A professor emeritus at Yale University, he was the author of more than a dozen books, including Birth of the Republic , The Puritan Dilemma , and Inventing the People , winner in 1989 of the Bancroft Prize.
August 3, 2012
I would like to know how the police commissioner and the mayor can publicly praise the Police and Fire departments for their professionalism and service to the city, but, when it comes to the plaque dedications for the police officers and firefighters, they seem to always have something else to do. When the announcements are printed up for these services, it is always noted that "the mayor or his designate" and "the police commissioner or...