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:

Protecting Animals from Beasts

Post editorials of the 1860s reflect a long campaign for animal rights, which helped establish the ASPCA in New York 144 years ago this month.... More

The Wild Heart of Sam Houston

The successes of Sam Houston's life were as remarkable as its failures. Again and again, as Houston saw his fortunes collapse, he looked for solace—retreating... More

Longfellow in the Post

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—a contemporary of Sam Houston—is one of the most American of our poets. Certainly he is better known than most, even if all... More

The Book of Numbers

Those of you who joined us in the last 20 years probably don't know how much previous generations relied on telephone directories.... More

The Eagle That Never Flew

What is the greater challenge to our economy: the ambition of government programs or the cupidity of powerful corporations?... More

The Controversial Hero

Any American who sparks such extreme opinion must represent something deep and valuable in the national character.... More

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