Gil Troy Gil Troy blog brought to you by History News Network. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://blog.hnn.us/blog/author/4 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network America’s First Jewish Sex Symbol John Garfield was a handsome actor who took his talents into his own hands, until his Communist sympathies brought him down.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154054 http://hnn.us/blog/154054 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 America's Year of Living Trumpishly: Oh My! Fittingly, America’s year of living Trumpishly ended in a government shutdown.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154053 http://hnn.us/blog/154053 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 When Trump Hatchet-Man Roy Cohn Sued Martin Luther King for Libel Believe it or not, Roy Cohn, the slimy lawyer who unintentionally helped make ‘McCarthyism’ American for ‘smear,’ once sued Martin Luther King Jr. … for libel.

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154046 http://hnn.us/blog/154046 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
The Colonel Who Plotted the 14 Points of World Peace Edward M. House was an oil tycoon who became the Wilson whisperer.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154044 http://hnn.us/blog/154044 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Labor Journalist Blinded by Union Thugs While fighting to keep the labor movement pure, Victor Riesel became a walking, wounded symbol of unions’ corruption, when a thug blinded him with acid.
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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154042 http://hnn.us/blog/154042 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
How a Shy Jewish Boy’s Nose Issues Gave America Rudolf for Christmas Crafting a parable, Robert Lewis May remembered the taunts he endured as a Jewish kid for his nose. Why not make an “underdog – a loser … triumphant in the end,” he thought.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154038 http://hnn.us/blog/154038 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 How America’s First Black Ambassador Became a Popular Hero Ebenezer Bassett was the first American diplomat to offer a dissident asylum— and in doing so, became the first to defy his bosses at the Department of State.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154037 http://hnn.us/blog/154037 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 How the American Sappho Published the First Book of Lesbian Love Poetry Elsa Gidlow helped invent the stereotype of the mellow, mindful, bed-hopping, pagan-worshiping, self-indulgent, perpetually seeking Northern Californian.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154035 http://hnn.us/blog/154035 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Female Reporter Broke Epic Congressional Sex Scandal—In 1850 A brave female journalist took on one of America’s most powerful senators in history. He lost the nomination, she lost her job.
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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154031 http://hnn.us/blog/154031 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
Director Peter Glenville Was a Brilliant Artist, a Conservative—and in the Closet in 1960’s Hollywood Peter Glenville led a multifaceted life: a prominent Cold War-era director who worked with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, a staunch conservative Catholic, and a gay man.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154027 http://hnn.us/blog/154027 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 Samuel Untermyer: The Superlawyer Who Took on Hitler The cut-throat qualities that made Untermyer the first American lawyer to nab a one-million-dollar fee morphed into aesthetic impulses that made his multi-million bulb garden grow.
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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154025 http://hnn.us/blog/154025 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
Samuel Untermyer: The Superlawyer Who Took on Hitler The cut-throat qualities that made Untermyer the first American lawyer to nab a one-million-dollar fee morphed into aesthetic impulses that made his multi-million bulb garden grow.
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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154026 http://hnn.us/blog/154026 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
The Builder of World’s ‘Eighth Wonder’ Who Died of Stress A tunnel connecting New York City with New Jersey long bedeviled engineers and city planners, until one determined genius solved the puzzle.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154005 http://hnn.us/blog/154005 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Confederate General Who Became a ‘Race Traitor’ Once General Robert E. Lee’s right-hand man, General Longstreet would become known as ‘the Judas of the Lost Cause.’]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154003 http://hnn.us/blog/154003 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Man Who Created Yankees’ Murderers’ Row Edward Barrow changed the face of modern sports, ushering in megastars like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, while also introducing the playing of the national anthem before games.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153999 http://hnn.us/blog/153999 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Casting Couch Perverts Who Peddled Fairy Tales Hollywood always has, still is, and likely will be full of predators. But two of the most prolific were also two men who dramatically changed the industry.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153989 http://hnn.us/blog/153989 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Teen Killer Who Radicalized the NRA Harlon Carter transformed the NRA from a rifle club into the take-no-prisoners anti-gun-control powerhouse. But he also had a very dark past.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153988 http://hnn.us/blog/153988 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The One-Armed Orphan Who Brought Human Rights To The World The human wrongs many experienced during the twentieth century—individually and collectively—spawned today’s human rights movement.]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153983 http://hnn.us/blog/153983 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0 The Preacher Whose Statue Was Booted for Reagan

A decade ago, the anti-slavery preacher Thomas Starr King was removed from the Capitol and replaced by Ronald Reagan. Maybe his statue should be placed in a certain white house.


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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:03:52 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153979 http://hnn.us/blog/153979 Gil Troy Gil Troy 0
The Surprisingly Glamorous History of New Jersey Presidential Vacations

Long before it was the capital of gym, tan, and laundry (or President Trump's "working vacation") New Jersey coastline was the chosen high-end destination for presidents.

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