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:

Truth and the Gunfighters

July 21st, according to American history books, is the anniversary of the first Western gunfight. On this date in 1865, James B. Hickok faced Davis... More

Strategic Hatred

American outrage has run high since September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda’s vicious attack roused our country to a combative anger, which has had little opportunity to... More

Remember General Motors?

Is it possible that the great General Motors Corporation is fated to join the list of more than 500 failed U.S. auto makers?... More

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More Than a Flag

It was proclaimed by President Wilson in 1916. It became official with an Act of Congress in 1949. It is “observed” today at all federal... More

American Speed

Any tradition honored for so long is bound to stir emotions. The Indy 500 is a particularly emotional event because it brings together high-risk sports,... More

Memorial Day

The observation of Decoration Day, eventually renamed Memorial Day, gains new importance with each war, and our coverage of this commemorative occasion over the decades... More

A Modern Mothers’ Day

Ninety-five years have passed since Mother's Day became a national holiday. In the years since then, Americans have become accustomed to the annual flood of... More

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The Kentucky Derby

From training to naming, the business of the "two most exciting minutes in sports" unfolds before our eyes as we delve into the archives for... More

Playing Dirty

Before the days of performance-enhancing drugs, crafty pitchers were engaging in this less sophisticated form of cheating.... More

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