Kenneth C. Davis


Kenneth C. Davis appears in the following:

The History of Labor Day

Monday, September 05, 2011

On this Labor Day many are celebrating a free day off from work with barbecues and beach trips. The holiday originally started in 1882 in New York City as a way for early unions to organize for basic workers rights. On the first Labor Day 30,000 union members to a picnic with their families in Union Square Park.


Why Are Kids So Bad at History?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

American students are worse at U.S. history than any other subject. This is not a new fact, but continues to be troubling, particularly for Kenneth Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned." The New York Times reports that only 12 percent of high school seniors demonstrated "proficiency" in U.S. history and 55 percent scored "below basic" in nationwide testing. In other words: we don't know our own history and haven't improved for the past two decades. Davis takes a closer look at the reasons behind this continued lack of historical knowledge.

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US and Israel Standoff Over 1967 Borders Continues

Monday, May 23, 2011

Relations between the White House and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain strained, after a confluence of U.S. policy statements and Israeli response has left the two countries' leaderships at odds on the path towards peace. The diplomatic strife comes mainly from comments the president made in a speech last week saying that land swaps and a general return to pre-1967 borders in the area was the best way forward for Palestinians and Israelis. But what has America's relationship been with these borders for the last 44 years? 

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Stump the Historian

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kenneth Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About Nothing series including Don't Know Much About the Presidents, has his knowledge of U.S. Presidents tested by listeners.

Here's how it works: Call in with two truths and one lie about any US President - you'll have to do a little research - and Ken will try to guess which one is made up. Stump him, win a tote bag!

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Southern Groups Celebrate Civil War's 150-Year Anniversary

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Celebrating the Civil War may not sound like a joyful party for southerners, and celebrating the Confederacy is far from politically correct. Yet some groups in the South are planning to mark the 150th anniversary of the Confederacy's secession from the United States by doing exactly that.


History Teacher Shares Unkown Parts of U.S. History

Thursday, October 21, 2010

There have been several cases this week of public officials and public schools incorrectly describing aspects of U.S. history and civics. We talk with Mark Oglesby, a high school history teacher, about some important, yet unknown, facts from U.S. history that he believes all his students — and all Americans — should be armed with. Author Kenneth Davis also joins in.

We've been putting Takeaway listeners to the test. You can see how historically literate you are by taking this online, mini-quiz

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Virginia 4th Grade Textbook Claims Thousands of Blacks Fought for Confederacy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A textbook distributed to Virginia's fourth graders states that African Americans served in the Confederate Army by the thousands. The book, "Our Virginia: Past and Present" was distributed for the first time last month to outcry from parents and educators.

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Working Knowledge

Friday, August 31, 2007

We kick off the Labor Day weekend with our Labor Day news quiz and your stories about moonlighting. Quizmaster Ken Davis is the author of the "Don't Know Much About" series, including the latest, Don't Know Much About Anything: Everything You Need to Know but Never Learned About People, Places, ...

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Working Knowledge

Friday, August 31, 2007

More than 7 million Americans work more than one job. On our next program, we'll kick off the Labor Day weekend with your moonlighting stories, which you can post on this website. Also, a Labor Day news quiz from historian Ken Davis, the potential taxi strike next month, a rundown ...

A State of Abstinence

Monday, May 28, 2007

Ken Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, explains the meaning and history of Memorial Day.

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Memorial in Sound

Monday, May 28, 2007

For Memorial Day, Dave Isay brings a personal tribute to one American soldier killed in Iraq from his two sisters recorded at the StoryCorps booth. Also: historian Ken Davis on the Civil War origins of the holiday; a proposal for a United States Department of Peace; class conflict in African ...