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:

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Huddled Masses Need Not Apply

The arguments for immigration control in this 1907 Post article are remarkably similar to many of the arguments we hear today; only the names have... More

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Memories of Mark Twain

In 1900, a Post reporter hunted up the old schoolmates of Mark Twain who recalled their adventures with the young author.... More

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The Fight for Women Doctors

Though the first woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree graduated in 1849, it would take more than a century for “doctor” to... More

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Who Was Carry Nation?

Journalist William Allen White wrote an editorial in 1901 defending the woman who aimed to put an end to alcohol abuse while wielding an ax.... More

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Using Refugees as Pawns

Comparing the refugee situation before World War II to the Syrian refugee crisis today: A report from the Post archive illustrates how then, as now,... More

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