About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives. 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 weekly features for the website. Contact Jeff at j.nilsson@satevepost.org.

Posts by Jeff Nilsson:

The Great Berlin Escapes

The world was stunned when the East German government began building a massive wall to imprison its people 54 years ago. But thousands refused to... More

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Vintage Auto Ads: Ford

A look back at the evolution of Ford automobiles, through the advertisements that appeared in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post.... More

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What’s the Matter with College?

Higher education draws as much media attention, and criticism, as other big businesses. Articles from the Post archive reveal the institution’s critics have been around... More

Enter the King, Bob Dylan

In the first eight years of his career, Bob Dylan already had five gold records, but he never let that go to his head according... More

Life After Lincoln

Seven days after Lincoln was shot, an editorial appeared in the Post that reflected the North’s dwindling hope for a quick and merciful reconciliation with... More

Selma and the Fight to Vote

Last year, voter turnout reached an ultimate low. But just 50 years ago Americans were willing to die to get their names on the voter... More

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