History MattersApril 1 to April 15, 2020

On April 2, 1513, Ponce de Leon arrived in the New World, focused on finding the elusive Fountain of Youth. He landed near what is now of St. Augustine, FL, and claimed it on behalf of the Spanish monarchy. Because his arrival coincided with Easter he named–what he thought was an island–La Florida, or “Land of Flowers”. He returned eight years later to establish a Spanish colony…

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A Patriotic Pick March 2020: “1776” by David McCullough

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Chris Stevenson, winner of 2016’s Grateful American Book Prize for The Drum of Destiny.

1776 by David McCullough. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian McCullough so skillfully captures the drama, chaos, and uncertainty of the American Revolution’s early days that readers may momentarily forget George Washington and his army do eventually turn things around.

Patriotic Picks is a monthly feature in partnership with the Washington Independent Review of Books.

A Patriotic Pick March 2020: “1776” by David McCullough

A Patriotic Pick: March 2020

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by Chris Stevenson, winner of 2016’s Grateful American Book Prize for The Drum of Destiny: 1776 by David McCullough. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian McCullough so skillfully captures the drama, chaos, and uncertainty of the American Revolution’s early days that readers may momentarily…

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History Matters Special Edition: The Spanish Flu, Polio and COVID-19

The past is prologue to the future, and–here we are–102 years later, in the midst of another calamitous pandemic. The Spanish Flu reached the U.S. in March of 1918; now, just after another Ides of March, the country is plagued—literally—by another deadly influenza. This one is COVID-19. We’ve come far since the Spanish Flu surprised the world a century ago; little was known about how…

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History Matters Special Edition: The Spanish Flu, Polio and COVID-19

The past is prologue to the future, and–here we are–102 years later, in the midst of another calamitous pandemic. The Spanish Flu reached the U.S. in March of 1918; now, just after another Ides of March, the country is plagued—literally—by another deadly influenza. This one is COVID-19. We’ve come far since the Spanish Flu surprised the world a century ago; little was known about how…

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