Douglas Linder

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  • Oct 15, 2020
    No trial provides a better basis for understanding the nature and causes of evil than do the Nuremberg trials from 1945 to 1949.  Those who come to the trials expecting to find...
  • Jul 10, 2020
     Theodore Roosevelt said of William Jennings Bryan, “By George, he would make the greatest Baptist preacher on earth.” A Baptist preacher he might have been, too,...
  • Jun 26, 2020
    One of the most consequential crimes in United States history occurred on a summer day in 1844 when a mob stormed a jail in Carthage, Illinois and murdered two of its occupants,...
  • Jun 22, 2020
     It was an old-fashioned lynching, carried out with the help of county officials, that came to symbolize hardcore resistance to integration.  Dead were three civil rights workers,...
  • May 15, 2020
     In May, 1868, the Senate came within a single vote of taking the unprecedented step of removing a president from office.  Although the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson...
  • May 4, 2020
    When an anarchist--whose identity remains a mystery even today--tossed a homemade bomb into a great company of Chicago police at 10:20 P.M. on the night of May 4, 1886, he could not...
  • Mar 23, 2020
     The McMartin Preschool Abuse Trial, the longest and most expensive criminal trial in American history, should serve as a cautionary tale. When it was all over, the government...
  • Mar 3, 2020
    Although it has been over two centuries since the moonlit March night in 1770 when British soldiers killed five Bostonians on King Street, people still debate responsibility for the...