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:

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

Revitalized American workforce
The World War They Knew

I’m interested in seeing how America’s media covers the 75th anniversary of World War II in the coming weeks. Or if they cover it. In... More

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