History

League of Women Voters celebrates 100 years: A look back

BY: - March 5, 2020

It took nearly 150 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed for women to fully achieve the right to vote. Once they got it, though, it took no time at all for the male-dominated political establishment to seek to capitalize.  Nowhere was that more true than in Ohio. The 19th Amendment giving equal voting […]

Black history, childhood trauma, coronavirus, and scamming seniors

BY: - February 27, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: History Thursday. As we come to the end of Black History Month, the Ohio […]

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Civil rights in Columbus: The Vanguard League

BY: - February 27, 2020

Most of us have heard the national story of civil rights. But did you know that many cities and towns across Ohio had (and still have) incredibly active local civil rights organizations? The Ohio History Connection holds the papers of one of these local organizations: the Vanguard League. In May 1940, in the home of […]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns of fascism at forum

BY: - February 21, 2020

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned of fascism in the United States during an East Lansing appearance Wednesday. She was speaking at the former Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum at Michigan State University. Albright served under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001 and was the first woman to hold that role. She […]

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On the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, a look back at what was lost

BY: - February 20, 2020

During the half century that baseball was divided by a color line, black America created a sporting world of its own. Black teams played on city sandlots and country fields, with the best barnstorming their way across the country and throughout the Caribbean. A century ago, on Feb. 13, 1920, teams from eight cities formally […]

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A brief history of impeachment in America

BY: - January 30, 2020

Three American presidents have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives through our history; all have been acquitted by the U.S. Senate. They are Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and (likely to be acquitted) Donald Trump. A fourth, Richard M. Nixon, faced articles of impeachment, but resigned from office after they were approved by committee […]

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Celebrating the suffrage centennial: Three Ohio women you should know

BY: - January 23, 2020

The 19th Amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, and all women across the United States won the right to vote. Over the last year, I’ve had the great privilege to work with a lot of individuals and organizations on planning for the suffrage centennial. Through this work I’ve been encouraging partners around the state […]

History Thursday: The 1920 Presidential election

BY: - January 2, 2020

History Thursday A hundred years ago, in 1920, Warren G. Harding was the last Ohioan to be elected president. The Republican Harding won the 1920 election over another Ohioan, Democratic Ohio Gov. James M. Cox, who had Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate. Cox would retire from politics after the 1920 election to focus […]

Trump becomes 3rd president impeached by U.S. House

BY: - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.  Trump was impeached on largely party line votes on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political […]

History Thursday: The Afghanistan/Pentagon Papers

BY: - December 12, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: History Thursday. CNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting, “The Washington Post’s publication of US government papers about the 18-year-long […]

Thaddeus Stevens and John A. Bingham before the Senate, arguing the case of President Andrew Johnson's impeachment.

Ohio Republican congressman once tried to oust a president who played ‘king of the people’

BY: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — A president was on trial. Unpopular with leaders in Congress since the day he was elected, he made a firing decision that became the final straw. And a congressman from Ohio was left to argue the case for his impeachment. It was 1868. The first president to face impeachment in the United States […]