Category Archives: History

Should we celebrate Head Start’s 50th anniversary?

Answering the above question depends on whether the $8 billion program actually produces lasting benefits for low-income children. In an interview with PBS Newshour, Russ Whitehurst, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, raises doubts about the efficacy of Head Start, The evidence is that it did some good when it was first introduced in theContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Carolina Journal Online reports on the uncertain future ahead for the N.C. House’s $22.1 billion General Fund budget plan. Troy Kickler’s Daily Journal highlights N.C. banjo pioneer Charlie Poole’s legacy.

Daily Caller focuses on left’s lies about Bush’s ‘lies’

Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller reminds readers that, despite the resurgence of left-wing claims to the contrary, George W. Bush’s administration did not “lie” about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Liberals, please stop it with the Iraq war lies. There is plenty of criticism that can be leveled against George W. Bush’s decisionContinue Reading

Leef’s latest Forbes column compares Ford and Tesla

George Leef asks Forbes readers to compare the experiences of Henry Ford and Elon Musk. … [V]ery few people know that Ford had to fight against a cartel to be allowed to sell his vehicles. In this 2001 article published in The Freeman, “How Henry Ford Zapped a Licensing Monopoly,” Melvin Barger goes into theContinue Reading

Barron’s Donlan hopes we can learn lessons from 1940

As the world marks the 70th anniversary of the end of European conflict in World War II, Thomas Donlan of Barron’s turns his attention to events that took place five years earlier. In a season of many anniversaries, May and June hold one that nobody celebrates. Seventy-five years ago, the “phony war” ended with enormousContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Ashbrook Center executive director Roger Beckett’s insights about the importance of studying original historical documents. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal explains North Carolina’s renewable energy debate is not designed for the faint of heart.

A Russian novel’s role in waging the Cold War

Anyone who has read Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago — or seen the David Lean movie based on that novel — can understand why its story proved provocative at the height of the Cold War. Peter Finn and Petra Couvée’s book The Zhivago Affair details the role Zhivago played in the long-running battle between free andContinue Reading

Washington’s actions during his ‘interlude’

George Washington earns a spot in the American history books as both the commander of the army that won the Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States. It makes sense that most biographies of Washington would focus heavily on those two periods of his life — each of which extended over roughlyContinue Reading