About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives and a website editor. He is a specialist in American History, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes our website's weekly Retrospective feature, and is directing the program of digitally converting the magazine's 190 years of issues.

Posts by Jeff Nilsson:

Sullivan, Indiana in 1939
Everyday Life in 1939

European war dominated national front-page headlines in 1939. But on the local front, a vanishing murderer, duck hunting season, and menacing grass fires trumped war-torn... More

two Parisian women in furs and hats, winter 1914 fashion
The Great War: October 24, 1914

A former prime minister pleads his country’s case, a journalist shares his POW story, and American fashionistas cope with Parisian withdrawal.... More

Burning Belgian farmhouse
The Great War: October 10, 1914

A forgotten American humorist returns to turmoil in Belgium, the war finds an unofficial theme song, and a doctor’s optimistic prediction of death is proved... More

Student Peace Strike at the University of California at Berkeley
A Bad Choice for Spokesman

Milton Mayer, whose outspoken editorials would spur contention for the Post, was one of many students who believed the U.S. should stay out of Europe.... More

Belgian refugees from Ostend
The Great War: October 3, 1914

A Post war correspondent gets swept up with Belgian refugees fleeing the advancing German army, Americans become desperate to get home, and tragedy jars the... More

I AM AN AMERICAN
The Suspect Americans

An off-color and offhanded remark about Japanese immigrants from a World War I veteran foreshadowed the internment of thousands of U.S. citizens.... More

American Battle Fleet
He Saw the War Coming

A science fiction writer lays out a suspiciously accurate plan of how the Navy would fight Japan two years before the Attack on Pearl Harbor.... More

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Jewish Pawns

Why the U.S. turned down 20,000 immigrant children and how a senseless prejudice became a political tool in the hands of Japan and Italy in... More

“Hitlerites From the Country Districts of Bavaria”
Those Wacky Nazis

Bavarians, bicycles, and beer. The real reasons Hitler and the National Socialist Movement weren’t scaring anyone.... More

Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria, 1931
Japan’s Bigger Game

With one-sixth the population of China, did Japan really think it could conquer 450 million people and control over 4 million square miles? ... More

Women consider magazines
No War Here

When I’m interviewed as the Post’s archives director, I often find myself addressing the misconception that the magazine was a newsmagazine. Actually, it was more... More

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