Professor Buzzkill

About Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill sometimes goes by the alias Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. In addition to his Oxford doctorate, Coohill has an MA in history from the University of Melbourne (where he was a big fan of Essendon Aussie Rules Football Club) and a BA from Humboldt State University in California (where he was the only non-stoner). He is the author of Ideas of the Liberal Party and Ireland: a Short History (4 editions), as well as many articles and internet pieces on history.

November 2019

1919: a Year in the Life of the United States

By |2019-11-13T04:58:11-05:00November 13th, 2019|Myths|

1919 was one of the most tumultuous years in American history. Economic struggles, labor unrest, the Red Scare, anarchist bombings, and race riots plagued the country. 1919 saw the end of the Progressive Era, the [...]

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Frederick Taylor, The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

By |2019-11-05T20:21:38-05:00November 5th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In the definitive history on the subject, Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials, and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the Wall's rise and fall. A physical manifestation of the struggle [...]

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October 2019

Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History

By |2019-10-26T18:56:41-04:00October 26th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Sernett compares the larger-than-life symbolic Tubman with the actual “historical” Tubman. He does so not to diminish Tubman’s achievements but rather to explore the interplay of history and myth in our national consciousness. Analyzing how [...]

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Harriet Tubman, “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” Quote or No Quote?

By |2019-10-26T18:40:42-04:00October 26th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

November 1st sees the release of the long-awaited film, “Harriet,” loosely based on the life and work of the famous abolitionist and civil rights pioneer, Harriet Tubman. Of course, Tubman is best known for her [...]

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Ryan Swanson, The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

By |2019-10-12T11:06:34-04:00October 12th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In full and intricate detail, featuring an amazing cast of characters from the worlds of politics, athletics, entertainment and more, this is the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt helped shepherd in an American sports [...]

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Teddy Roosevelt and American Sports

By |2019-10-12T11:58:33-04:00October 12th, 2019|Myths|

Professor Ryan Swanson explains the complex history of the relationship between President Theodore Roosevelt and the modernization of American sports culture. We learn about TR’s “tennis cabinet,” his fitness programs, and his role as the [...]

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David Cohen, Churchill and Attlee: The Unlikely Allies Who Won the War

By |2019-10-09T18:56:26-04:00October 9th, 2019|Bookshelf|

In 1940, Clement Attlee took Labour into the wartime coalition government and serving under Churchill, becoming Britain’s first Deputy Prime Minister. Churchill concentrated on the war effort, while Attlee was left in charge of domestic [...]

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Winston Churchill: “An empty taxi pulled up and out stepped Clement Attlee” Quote or No Quote?

By |2019-10-09T18:53:50-04:00October 9th, 2019|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

As many of you know, Lady Buzzkill can’t stand me. Sometimes I can’t blame her, though. Imagine what it must be like watching a history-based movie or TV series with me. I go ballistic at [...]

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Susan Ware, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

By |2019-10-02T14:27:28-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Bookshelf|

Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.

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