Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. The ship is resting level on the bottom. The supporting structure for the gun director tripod mast has collapsed and so the mast has tilted. Wikimedia Commons

Join Hilary and Geoff as they discuss the legacy of Pearl Harbor. Elements of the Japanese Navy attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and FDR delivered one of the most famous speeches in presidential history on the 8th. How should we remember Pearl Harbor? Was is really a surprise or had the US and Japan been involved in a simmering conflict for some time? To learn more join us for this special episode of An Incomplete History.

The Second Amendment

The U.S. ideal of the citizen soldier, in the militia, depicted by The Concord Minute Man of 1775, a monument created by Daniel Chester French and erected in 1875, in Concord, Massachusetts.

Hilary and Geoff are back to discuss the Second Amendment (that’s the one about guns). Join us as we trace the antecedents to the Second Amendment. How did English common law and the 1689 Bill of Rights influence its conceptualization? How formative were the state constitutions of 1776/77? How have major Supreme Court decisions influenced out own views? We even discuss a major historical work first celebrated then vilified for its take on America’s gun culture.