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.

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Have You Seen Me?

His rise in New York politics surprised many, but his departure was even more stunning. August 6, 1930, he left friends on the sidewalk outside More

Walter Cronkite: A Few Last Words

November 4 marks Walter Cronkite's 100th birthday. Cronkite made his last regular newscast 35 years ago yet continues to be remembered fondly. This March 16, More

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

The Politics of Rage

As the election season advances and campaign rhetoric gets more heated, candidates will be tempted to make more attention-grabbing statements. 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

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

More than a century has passed since Mother's Day became a national holiday. In the years since then, Americans have become accustomed to the annual More

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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