American History

New York Times

In The Moment ... May 31, 2018 Show 348 Hour 2

Consider, for a moment, the year 1968. The Tet offensive. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The assassination of Bobby Kennedy. America was embroiled in divisiveness, even as passionate voices such as Kennedy's called out for change. Consider the lessons of history for today.

June 5th marks the 50th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy's death. Bill Walsh joins us today. He's a longtime friend of the Kennedy family, a former campaign advisor for Edward Kennedy, and the former owner of the Franklin Hotel in Deadwood.

In The Moment ... November 9, 2017 Show 217 Hour 1 

Stephen Jackson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Sioux Falls joins us for a conversation about America's most sung-about founding father and what his legacy means for liberal arts education in America.

“Hugh Glass, Grizzly Survivor” is a new biography written by Mitchell author (and professor emeritus of history at Dakota Wesleyan University) James D. McLaird. Little is known about fur trapper Hugh Glass’s early years, but his encounter with a bear in northwestern South Dakota launched a legend that endures  today. James McLaird joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about Glass, grizzlies, and the intersection between western lore and history. 

Historian Joe Amato

Oct 21, 2013

In a series of essays published in the journal Historically Speaking, Joe Amato explores place and American history. “Although never entirely static and fixed, traditional places are shaped by recurrent seasons and structured by age-long customs, practices, and beliefs. They host the regular, the normal, the repeated, and the local—what we call the ordinary and every day,” said Amato, emeritus professor of history and dean of local and regional history at Southwest Minnesota State University and humanist advisor for the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History.