December 7th, 2007


An Historian Comments On Historians and Genealogy

Professional historians, like all skilled tradespeople, have their own status rules. One of the most basic of these–so basic that our postgraduate students do not even need to be told, so clearly do we silently communicate our snobbery– is this: do not ever become involved with the practice of genealogy: it is a necropolis of the mind and anyone who …Continue reading →

That Sunday Morning

December 7, 1941 . . . was a Sunday. The two persons who would eventually become my parents had yet to meet, lived 800 miles apart, and were just nine years old.That day would be the most important day of my then yet-to-be life. On December 7, 1941, America, isolated by geography and an idiosyncratic culture, was drawn not just …Continue reading →

The Most Important Day of My Life . . .

. . . occurred thirteen years before I was born . . . . Dispatch from Pacific Fleet 7 Dec 1941 USS Arizona Images from Library of Congress, American Memory collection

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