A.S. Burleson and the Nationalization of AT&T

The question of whether telegraph, and then telephone lines, should be private or government-controlled has been discussed in Congress since the 1840s. In 1918, the United States entry into the Great War provided Postmaster General A.S. Burleson the opportunity to nationalize the nation’s electric communications. The History Guy recalls the little remembered American dalliance with government-run telecommunications.

The Strange Path of the Trelawny Maroons

Almost from the moment African slaves were taken to Jamaica, they started escaping into the mountains of the island’s interior. The Jamaican Maroons held off the British, but the Maroons of Trelawny Town would be given a unique path. The History Guy recalls the story of escaped slaves and warriors whose unique culture and history still affects societies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nortraship: The Norwegian Fleet and WWII

Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, and defeated the Nordic nation in a 62-day campaign. But Norwegians continued to serve the Allied cause throughout the war. One of the least remembered, most important, and most unique roles was not about strength of arms, but about gross tonnage. The History Guy remembers the critical role played by “the largest shipping company in the world.”

U.S. Automotive History and the Chevy Vega

Facing increasing competition from economy cars from Japan and Europe, General Motors roared into the subcompact market with an innovative design based on cutting edge technology. The Chevrolet Vega was the 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year, but problems were soon to follow. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the dawn of “subcompact” cars and “the car that nearly destroyed G.M.”