Category Archives: Public History

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Polio Vaccine

In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton looks back at the devastating polio epidemic of the 20th century and the Salk vaccine, first field tested 66 years ago this week, that eventually eradicated the virus.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: Paul Revere’s Ride

“The 18th of April in ’75”: This weekend marks the 245th anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride and the battles of Lexington & Concord. Dr. Deaton takes a look at the Midnight Ride, Longfellow’s poem, and the rise of an American legend.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: A Georgian on the Titanic

April 15 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Dr. Deaton discusses a forgotten Georgia writer onboard that night: Jacques Futrelle.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: Franklin D. Roosevelt

With this Sunday marking the 75th anniversary of FDR’s death, Dr. Deaton looks back at our 32nd president’s leadership during another national crisis, the Great Depression–and how the New Deal changed the way every president since FDR has responded to a crisis.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The History of Toilet Paper

In the latest Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path, Dr. Deaton discusses the history of an often overlooked but essential item.