Woodrow Wilson’s Stroke

On October 2, 1919, Edith Wilson found her husband, US President Woodrow Wilson, unconscious on the floor of his private bathroom. The nation spent the next 17 months not knowing Wilson’s condition or prognosis. Woodrow Wilson’s stroke changed world policy, our understanding of the presidency, and might even have affected who would be elected the next president.

The Battle of Wilson’s Creek and the Fight for Missouri

While the Battle of Bull Run, also called the Battle on Manassas- the first major battle of the U.S. Civil War- is well known, the second major battle of the war is nearly forgotten. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek was the first major battle of the war fought west of the Mississippi and represented the conflicted loyalties of the border states. The History Guy recalls a little remembered battle over control of Missouri.

Submarine Chasers of the U.S. Navy

Among the strategies for dealing with the U-boat threat to U.S. shipping was a series of small vessels, designed to be built cheaply and quickly, and optimized to find and hunt submarines. The sub chasers were small, but ended up playing out-sized roles along the coasts of the United States and around the world. The History Guy tells the forgotten story of the submarine chasers of the U.S. Navy.

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.”