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History as Written by Joseph Stalin

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 12 October 31st, 2017 By the time of his death, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin was responsible for the deaths of at least three million Soviet citizens. According to the BBC article “Stalin- Purges and Praises” these deaths could more accurately be described as executions. Stalin’s murderous spree began after…

Combating the Moon Myth

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 11u October 18th, 2017 Doctor Roger Launius faithfully serves as Chief Historian for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and his career has been dedicated to the historical study of aerospace and the United States’ role in space exploration. In 2017 Dr. Launius posted an article onto his personal blog…

How One Satellite Spread Fear in America

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 10g October 17th, 2017 In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik: the world’s first artificial satellite. Plans to build the orbital space technology can be traced as far back as 1954 when Soviet scientist Sergei Korolev passed his blueprints along to the nation’s leaders. By the time the President Eisenhower…

Feminist History in the Civil War

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog Post 9u October 10th, 2017 The United States Civil War is often remembered in popular memory as a war of the states, a war over slavery, and war led by men of both the North and South. However, when approached from this perspective a rather significant portion of the population…

The Two Sides of Rural Electrification

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 8g October 5th, 2017 As accounted for in Clayton Brown’s essay “North Carolina Rural Electrification”, the traditional narrative of electricity’s spread to the rural areas of America starts with the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. Initiated as a part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the wake of the Great…

How Revisionist History Works (Pages 1-3)

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Blog 4g September 14th, 2017 The first half of Cristen Conger’s “How Revisionist History Works” strongly illustrates the principles and concepts of modern revisionist history. Conger begins by generally defining this particular form of history as the amendment of previously established historical facts due newly discovered information. This definition is exemplified…

Analyzing the Reviews of Gar Alperovitz’s “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb”

Jason Arquette Professor Hirsh Alternative Interpretations September 12th, 2017 Gar Alperovitz’s The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb is a prime example of ‘alternate histories’ in historical literature. These works intend to challenge the standard version of histories (narratives commonly believed by the general public) and illustrate plausible alternative explanations for why an event occurred,…