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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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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How to Police the Police

In response to 1964 Harlem riots, John Lindsay, then mayor of New York, proposed a civilian board that would review complaints against the city’s police.... More

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Happy Birthday, Jeeves

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest literary duos in Western literature: P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster.... More

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Vintage Auto Ads: Cadillac

Long before the Cadillac Motor Company was known for making the luxury cars that embodied American opulence, the company was known for its exceptional engineering.... More

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Lessons in Hype from P.T. Barnum

Hyperbole, spin, and image. You think hucksters are bad now? Learn how P.T. Barnum created a media circus that turned a relatively unknown opera singer... More

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