Historical Inaccuracy in the Preview of “Texas Rising”

When the History Channel comes out with a preview of their next production, I no longer get excited. Instead, I cringe. When I heard that they would be releasing a Texas and Alamo themed mini-series this May, my heart almost stopped, because of the soft spot I have for the Alamo story and how I…

Abraham Lincoln: Man of Conflict, Man of Dissent

Introduction Nearly 150 years after his death, Abraham Lincoln remains a polarizing figure. To some, he is the greatest president the United States of America ever had, a man who freed the slaves and saved the Union. To others, he was a power-hungry tyrant, who invaded his own country and used back-room, sometimes scandalous politics…

The Invented History of the Spy House

There is an old saying that goes, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.” That is exactly what the late-Gertrude Neidlinger, former curator of the Spy House Museum in Port Monmouth, did during her time from the 1970’s through the 90’s; only she went one step further: she did not just print the legend, she…

The Worst Alamo Movie Ever Made Now Preserved Forever on DVD

Before a bloating Alec Baldwin was causing trouble with his bicycle in New York, he was starring as the dashing commander of the Alamo garrison in the Texas War for Independence, Colonel William Barret Travis, in the 1987 television mini-series The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory. However, his performance is far from perfect, even though…

I’m Just About Ready to Give Up on AMC’s “Turn”

I knew the next few episodes of Turn would be painful, when towards the end of episode five, the character of George Washington makes a dramatic entrance into the scene like Jesus Christ in Ben-Hur, where we do not see his face until the final, fleeting seconds, when he grumbles a line that I had…

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is America at Its Finest

Can you buy a t-shirt at Auschwitz? How about enjoy a burger or hot dog at the Oklahoma City Federal Building? No and no, but rest assured, you can accomplish both of those things at the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum, built on location at the site of the worst mass-slaughter of civilians in American…

Writing History with Lightning: Racism in Early Hollywood

Due to the fact that I often blog about movies and history, I have decided to share this following article with you, which was written as a research paper for a history course I took this semester, called Boom and Bust: The United States, 1870-1940. We were allowed to research and write about any topic…

Ignorance, Denial, and the Eradication of a Culture

It is not often that I blog about something that happens in my college classes, but the following event is something so astounding that I could not resist. I am currently taking a course titled Rethinking Teaching, and as part of the requirements, each one of us has to teach a lesson by the end…