About Steve Hochstadt

Steve Hochstadt is professor of history at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and author of Sources of the Holocaust (2004) and Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich (2012), both from Palgrave Macmillan. He writes a weekly column for the Jacksonville (IL) Journal-Courier and blogs for the History News Network. "His latest work is presented at www.stevehochstadt.com."

Will Right-Wing Warmongerers Gin Up Another Foolhardy War?

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Steve Hochstadt: The genuine ignorance of the American public about world affairs is troubling. The willful ignorance of our political leaders about the consequences of their political posturing is deadly.

Making Girls Into Women

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Steve Hochstadt: To those who want to mold little girls into their narrow vision of what women should be, who anxiously search for any signs of “immorality”, it’s never too early to wield the sword of discipline on deviators.

Payday Loans: How All Those ‘Theories’ Really Work

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Steve Hochstadt: Add it all up. Republican legislators try to prevent the government from protecting citizens from payday vultures, use payday money to tilt elections so they can eviscerate any possible regulations, while making it more difficult for the poor and minorities to vote.

Black and White in a Small Midwestern Town

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Steve Hochstadt: Many local whites did business at Norvell’s Shoe Repair, but did not challenge the system that kept the Norvells out of local restaurants.

The Choices My Mother Must Face

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Steve Hochstadt: If she could take a pill and pass away, would she? I don’t know and won’t ask. Probably not, because she has always let others make the big decisions for her. So she’s waiting for natural processes to run their course.

Ukraine Without Crimea?

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Ukraine Without Crimea: If the loss of Crimea is the price for Ukrainian independence from Russia, that would be well worth paying.

Who Is the Tea Party, Anyway?

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Tea Party Candidates: These older, overwhelmingly white evangelical Christians believe America is in a downward spiral toward socialism.

The Privilege of My Whiteness

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White Privilege in America: The privilege of having white skin is that I will be treated as any person should be treated: with respect.

Talking with Another American

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Today’s angry Americans are wrong. Not because of their political principles, but because they won’t listen to those with other ideas.

Tough Luck for Small Business

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Small Business — The trouble is that rhetoric pays no bills. Private lenders have favored big business lately.

Do Poor People Deserve Help?

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Do Poor People Deserve Help — Americans who reject public help for our poor embrace those myths which seem to justify their selfishness.

The Myth of Political Correctness

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Political Correctness — Shouting about political correctness has become ingrained in conservative criticism of America.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

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Poverty And America — If the US is the greatest nation on earth, then why do we allow such misery to continue generation after generation?

Oklahoma!

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Oklahoma City Bombing — In carefully planned rows facing the pool, sit 168 empty chairs with the names of everyone killed that day.

Is There a Perfect Gift?

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Perfect Gift — Much better was the photograph of a Wisconsin barn from our children and their partners, framed in barn wood.

What Kind of Post Office?

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Steve Hochstadt: We need a better national conversation about what public services we need and want. Cost is one of the issues, but not the only one.

How History Has Changed

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Gender Balance in Academia — The unquestioned dominance of white men in America is long gone, in the history profession in particular.

Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

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Steve Hochstadt: Cooking and talking, bumping into one another constantly, checking each other’s dishes, cleaning up and making a mess again – it brings us all together with a common purpose and a shared understanding of who our family is, what we believe in, and what we want to eat.

The Disadvantage of Being White

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Steve Hochstadt: Until the late 1960s the preferential treatment of whites and men was so normal that questioning it made headlines. That form of white male privilege is gone.

The Website That Didn’t Work

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Steve Hochstadt: The Obama administration failed to deliver what it promised. Republican obstructionism contributed to the failure. But now more people who are eligible are enrolling for Medicaid. People who have signed up are already saving money on insurance.

Distrusting Government: Tea Party Doesn’t Walk Its Talk

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Steve Hochstadt: Conservatives talk a lot about shrinking government, but when they are in power they do no such thing. Federal spending increased in each year of the Reagan administration and each year of George Bush’s presidency.

The Beauty of the Liberal Arts

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Steve Hochstadt: So why does the right wing hate institutions of higher education? One reason is that many courses deal with subjects that make extreme conservatives uncomfortable. Biologists teach evolution, not creationism. Scientists believe that global warming is caused by human action. Men and women are treated equally in the content of our courses.

Keep Religious Beliefs Out of State Laws

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Steve Hochstadt: The opponents of same-sex marriage wish to do what our Constitution forbids: have their minority religious beliefs be state law.

Is the Crisis Really Over?

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the billions in damage to our economy that the shutdown caused and the unanimous warnings from economists across the world that a government default would create much worse damage, Republican politicians did not budge.

Aaron Schock, You’re Costing Us Money!

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have been saying that are saving money by shutting the government down, they all voted to give all furloughed government workers back pay when the shutdown is over, negating all of those savings.

Government Shutdown: It’s All About Partisanship

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are really that Americans will now discover the advantages of the ACA. Then their made-up statistics about job losses will evaporate into thin air.

Trickle Down Poverty

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are trying to slash the programs which have allowed most people who fell into poverty during the recession to get out of it.

Litterbugs: Polluting Political Discourse

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Steve Hochstadt: We can discourage political littering by naming the litterbugs and choosing not to follow their example. Set an example for others; make positive contributions to our political community.

Dreaming of Moral Leadership

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Steve Hochstadt: As Americans recognized the hatefulness of discrimination and the ethical superiority of the movement for civil rights, King’s dreams have become plausible goals.

Between Treason and Privacy

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Steve Hochstadt: Has he weakened America? Is our society weaker now that we know more about what our government has been doing for years, still is doing, and wants to keep doing?

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