Remembering Cultural Historian and Scholar Bruce Franklin – Crash Course : From the Good War to the Forever War

We remember cultural historian and scholar Bruce Franklin. H. Bruce Franklin, a regular guest here on Law and Disorder, passed away last week, on May 19, at the age of 90. He was one of the country’s leading historians, and a scholar in American studies, science fiction, and other diverse fields. Bruce Franklin’s memory lives on through his many books, and his hundreds of professional articles.

Crash Course : From the Good War to the Forever War

US Army Ranger turned conscientious objector Rory Fanning recently wrote in this in The Guardian newspaper: Last week Sunday ,November 11, we celebrated Veterans Day. It used to be called Armistice Day and was a celebration of peace after the slaughter of World War One. Now it is called Veterans Day. The United States has 668 military bases around the globe. The United States has conducted military operations in 2/3 of the worlds countries since September 11, 2001. It has spent 3/4 of $1 trillion each year on its military ” more than the next 13 countries combined. The US has taken hundreds of thousands of lives around the world these past 14 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

Guest ” H. Bruce Franklin, is one of Americas leading cultural historians, H. Bruce Franklin is the author or editor of nineteen books and more than 300 articles on culture and history published in more than a hundred major magazines and newspapers, academic journals, and reference works. He has given over five hundred addresses on college campuses, on radio and TV shows, and at academic conferences, museums, and libraries, and he has participated in making four films. He has taught at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, and Yale and currently is the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University in Newark. Before becoming an academic, Franklin worked in factories, was a tugboat mate and deckhand, and flew for three years in the United States Air Force as a Strategic Air Command navigator and intelligence officer.Professor Franklin is touring the country to speak about his just publish bookCrash Course : From the Good War to the Forever War.

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