Author Archives: Fred Zilian

Bob Hope, Patriotic Entertainer

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on July 13, 2021.) Eighty years ago, Bob Hope, comedian, actor, singer, dancer, and author, broadcast his first United Services Organization (USO) show on the radio from an Army … Continue reading

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1896 Court Case Reinforces Segregation

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on May 18, 2021.) The Civil War ended slavery, but it did not end prejudice, racism and the unequal treatment of races in America. One-hundred and twenty-five years ago … Continue reading

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A Reflection: Fifty Years, A Father

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on April 17, 2021.) In the early morning hours fifty years ago, serving as a young Army officer in then West Germany, I became a father. On April 18, … Continue reading

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Dorothea Lange and “Migrant Mother”

(Note: A version of this essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on April 5, 2021. It is the sixth in a series on Notable Women.) Eighty-five years ago this month, in the middle of the Great Depression, … Continue reading

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Women as Warriors Have Long History

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on March 1, 2021, and by the History News Network on March 14, 2021.) The American experience with true women warriors—not just our wonderful Hollywood Wonder Woman—has only recently … Continue reading

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King’s Final Book: Both Political Roadmap and Passionate Sermon

(Note: This essay was originally published in two segments by the Newport Daily News, RI, on February 1 and February 2, 2021. It was subsequently published on the History News Network on February 14, 2021.) In his final book before … Continue reading

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Princess Red Wing – Shining Light of the Original Americans

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on January 10, 2021. Note: This is the fourth essay in a series on Notable Women.) Princess Red Wing of the Seven Crescents—educator, historian, artist, and storyteller—spent her life … Continue reading

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250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s Birthday: A Cause for Celebration and Music

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on December 28, 2020.) Nine months after the “Boston Massacre” here in the New World, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in the Old, and Western music would never be … Continue reading

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The Plague in Ancient Athens: A Cautionary Tale for America

(Note: This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on December 7, 2020, and by the History News Network on December 20, 2020.) Twenty-four hundred fifty years ago the ancient Greek city-state of Athens—Western civilization’s first democracy and … Continue reading

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Zora Neale Hurston: Harlem Renaissance Writer

(Note: This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on November 16, 2020, and at the History News Network on November 22, 2020.) Against the strong headwinds of racism and resistance against women’s rights, Zora Neale Hurston forged … Continue reading

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