This week our class discussed the end of WWII, post-WWII America, and the Cold War. We discussed the ethics and reasoning behind the decision to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The propaganda tells us the bombs had to be dropped to “save lives.” Landing on multiple beachheads and…

This week our class touched on The Great Depression. It was a worldwide depression that began in 1929 and lasted a decade. It is a well-documented part of worldwide history though what caused the depression is still debated today. It surely wasn’t just one event, person, or thing. It was…

When I think of the roaring ’20s I thought of a booming economy and an America in rapid growth. Much of America benefitted from great prosperity. The rich got richer and many jobs were created. I believed it was a time when most people were happy or content with American…

This week our class learned a little bit about the flu pandemic of 1918, better known as the Spanish Flu. We then drew comparisons from that flu and COVID-19. Recalling what I had learned in previous years about the Spanish Flu, I remembered stories of rapid deaths. In one case…

This week the class covered the era pre-Jim Crow in America. Some historical scholars refer to it as the “nadir.” Nadir means a lowest point of fortune in a person or an organization. The term nadir is then referring to a low point in our country. This era was from…

History is documented, researched, reviewed, revisioned by historians. An event or period can have a single story for decades. In many cases the story will persist unchanged through the eons due to a lack of primary and secondary sources. To add to documented history, often a researcher or historian will…

Bill Thompson

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