Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944: The Affluence of America in the Mid-20th Century

As World War II came to an end, Congress saw fit to pass the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, now commonly referred to as the GI Bill. This bill, created to provide financial assistance to those coming home from war, had a greater impact on American society and economics than could have ever been foreseen by members of Congress. This Act would lead to the growth of the automobile industry,… Read More »

The History of Climate Change

The history of climate change is covered in exacting detail in the book The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by author and climate scientist Daniel Yergin. This Pulitzer-prizewinning writer brings the reader on a journey spanning centuries of climate change science and seeks to clarify the issues that have today made this topic one of political and scientific controversy. The data concerning climate change is… Read More »

The Irony of the Freedom Train and the Loss of American Rights

With the start of the Cold War, an ironic twist of fate occurred in regards to America’s freedoms. The United States, having just fought a world war in the name of democracy, was now going to impede upon the rights of its own citizens in the fight against communism. On September 17, 1947, the American government allowed the Freedom Train to pull away onto the American railway. This train, painted… Read More »

The History of Board Games

For many people, board games represent a staple of family gatherings. But board games actually go back much further than many of us might initially think. Let’s take a brief look into the history of the board game, how it has changed over the years and what players today can expect from modern day board games. The earliest ever recorded board game is senet traces of which have been found… Read More »

Harry Truman: Now on your Money and on my Top 5

When looking at the presidents that have shaped America’s history, many don’t think of President Harry S Truman. His face doesn’t appear on Mount Rushmore or on any American currency*, he wasn’t a Founding Father or Revolutionary War hero, and he didn’t get America out of the Great Depression. While he tends to rank well in scholar surveys, he doesn’t rank as high as he should in popular opinion polls.… Read More »

The Cold War Frenemies: A Relationship Built on Self-Preservation

Looking back on my earliest recollection of the Cold War, I always thought it bizarre that the United States and USSR were engaged in such a tense (and potentially dangerous) standoff. They were allies during World War II, in both the European and Asia-Pacific theatres. It didn’t make sense to me that as soon as the war was over, that they would so quickly go from friends to enemies. However,… Read More »