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 [email protected]

Posts by Jeff Nilsson:

Googling the Computer Revolution

One reason we rely so heavily on computers for information is the search-engine company: Google, Inc., which turns 11 years old on September 15th. More

The History of the Pullman Car

The appearance of the Pullman sleeper car wrought changes affecting American business, social class, labor unions, and race relations over the years. More

Edward Moore Kennedy: 1932-2009

He was belittled for his family connections, his good looks, his privileged upbringing, and, of course, for several occasions of bad judgment as an adult. More

Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009

She merited a eulogy all her own. Her lifetime of advocacy for those with special needs—the mentally retarded—earned her a reputation far beyond the coincidental More

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

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