4 Professional Paths You Can Take with a Degree in Military History

There are a number of different careers a person with a degree in military history might pursue. Many people might think first of teaching, but below are four other potential career fields. Prospective students can learn more about military history and jobs in the profession from the Society for Military History.

Military Analyst

The CIA hires people who have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in American history or military history.… [Read more]

Second Amendment: What are Your Real Rights?

In very recent history, an individual’s right to bear arms has become a hot topic of debate. The Second Amendment is commonly quoted in order to argue the individual’s rights, but when the Second Amendment was first conceptualized this individualistic rights approach was far from the contemporary interpretation. Originally the meaning behind the highly debated phrase was interpreted to apply strictly to those involved in militia service especially after the rebellion.… [Read more]

How the Irish Take Over the World On St. Patrick’s Day

The 17th of March is the annual celebration of St. Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint. For a small island with less than 5 million inhabitants, the day certainly leaves its mark with St. Patrick’s Day being celebrated by the Irish diaspora and Irish Communities across the world.

There are 34.5 million Americans who list their heritage as being primarily or partially Irish and the Irish American population is 7 times larger than the actual population of Ireland.… [Read more]

‘Hysteria’ and Women’s Health

Last night my wife and I watched a movie called Hysteria and we recommend it to anyone, especially women, who need a break from the mundane or usually violent movies that you see. I, in no way, mean this post to be offensive to women. It’s about an era to which the radical right would probably like to see us return.… [Read more]

History 101—One way WWII had a positive impact for women

In my spare time {groan} I’ve been reading Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation. I enjoy reading about and studying history, and WWII is one of my favorite subjects. You remember WWII , you know, that war we fought to clean up the mess from WWI. You remember WWI, the ‘war to end all wars’. As the men went to war, women went to the workplace and, even though they were ‘fired’ at the end of the war, their presence in the workplace created more opportunities for women.… [Read more]

Textbooks: The Bad, the Worse, the Politics

If you haven’t been keeping up, since President Obama’s re-election, Republicans have morphed into a bunch of embittered, whiny, cranky crybabies. Mitt Romney, blaming his loss on Obama “gifts” to special groups. Paul Ryan, blowing dog-whistle about the large turnout of the “urban vote.” And then there’s the pièce de résistance, Peter Morrison.

This little-known Tea Party wacknut in Texas is demanding “an ‘amicable divorce’ from…the ‘maggots’” who voted for Obama.… [Read more]

Oh, Canada…

Dear America,

I have a beef with you.

But let me back up.  During last week was Canada Day.

Of course as a 34-year old American I have no fricking clue what Canada Day is.  So what did I do?  I asked twitter, of course.

After I wished my Canadian tweeps a happy Canada Day first.… [Read more]

The Ancient Hawaiian Legacy of Kahiko Hula

In seclusion on an island in Hawaii, men move in strong succinct, yet graceful, motions guided by the rhythm of a polished gourd struck with purposeful motion of the chanter. The ocean rails against the shore competing with their calls, their chanting, and their hula.

Kahiko is the most ancient form of hula and it is never performed with a grass skirt nor accompanied by a ukulele and steel guitar.… [Read more]

Thanks, Booker T., For Red Tails

I purchased my ticket to see Red Tails yesterday! It’s the story of the first Black pilots to fly under the banner of the U.S. armed forces. They were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477 Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and they served in a segregated U.S. Army during World War II.… [Read more]

The Simple Life

In researching my family history recently I discovered a few amazing facts. My maternal grandmother, Bridie Barry Sullivan, grew up on a remote isle off the cost of southern County Kerry, Ireland. Every day she and her family would catch fresh fish and would take a small boat into the shores of Chirseveen, Ireland for school times.… [Read more]