Jill Johnson

5/2/14 – Flying Before 9/11: a Review of The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

Editor’s note: Today’s blog is from our office manager and (one of our) resident book worms, Jill Johnson. In late November 2000, I found myself tired and long way from home. Having just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand from the U.S., my powers of observation were not the best. Nonetheless, when I boarded my onward… Read the Rest »

2/22/13: Book Review – “Call the Midwife” Trilogy

Today’s blog post is courtesy of SHRA’s resident non-historian, our office manager Jill Johnson, who is reviewing a series of memoirs about the lives of London midwives and their service to the working class in the post-World War II world.   Last Autumn, PBS ran the BBC series Call the Midwife. It recounted the stories… Read the Rest »

11/16/12: “Franksgiving” – Why Thanksgiving is when it is

Next week, we will sit down and observe that most American of celebrations – Thanksgiving. For generations, the fourth Thursday of November has been set aside to mark this tradition, and few people today realize that Thanksgiving was not nationally recognized until the late 19th century, let alone that it did not enjoy a fixed… Read the Rest »

7/27/12: The Path to the Modern Olympics

In the run-up to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, there has been a deluge of print, TV and internet coverage on everything from infrastructure upgrades, security concerns, cost overruns, political shenanigans and especially the human interest stories that make the athletes and their accomplishments transcend from the simply incredible to the mythic. Much is also… Read the Rest »

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