History

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The long history of U.S. racism against Asian Americans, from ‘yellow peril’ to ‘model minority’ to the ‘Chinese virus’

BY: - April 16, 2020

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang called upon Asian Americans to become part of the solution against COVID-19. In the face of rising anti-Asian racist actions – now at about 100 reported cases per day – Yang implores Asian Americans to “wear red, white, and blue” in their efforts […]

History Thursday: Ohio’s first epidemic rock star doctor, Samuel Hildreth of Marietta

BY: - April 9, 2020

The star of Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton continues to rise during the coronavirus pandemic as she has established herself among the most insightful, reassuring and trustworthy voices for Ohioans in this unsettling time. Acton is the calm-yet-determined highlight of Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily 2 p.m. news briefings, which have themselves become […]

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7 lessons from ‘Hidden Figures’ NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson’s life and career

BY: - March 12, 2020

Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who made critical contributions to the space program at NASA, died Feb. 24 at the age of 101. Johnson became a household name thanks to the celebrated book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race,” which later […]

History Thursday, energy efficiency, illicit drug trends, and water bill tax liens

BY: - March 5, 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. Today the OCJ’s Tyler Buchanan took a look back at 100 years of […]

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 […]