Dr. Bruce Smith

Dr. Smith is a retired professor of history and a lifelong observer of politics and world events. He holds degrees from Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to writing, he works as a caretaker and transforms properties into retirement havens and retreats. His non-fiction book The War Comes to Plum Street, about daily life in the 1930s and during World War II, may be ordered from Indiana University Press.

Most Recent Articles by Dr. Bruce Smith:

No, Really. It’s a Depression

Apr 15, 2016 — Dr. Bruce Smith

It was my great good fortune to be a son of depression parents. My mother and father were born in the early 1920s. They were observant, sensitive, thoughtful parents who took the time to tell stories. They reflected on and spoke of their early years often to their sons, sharing the hopes and fears of their upbringing as we grew up ourselves. They showed us how to observe the world around us. One set of grandparents were loyal Democrats, the other staunch Republicans. These were tremendous gifts for this future historian. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, but through the stories I heard I knew what it was like to grow up in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. My father and my uncles served in World War II, so I read everything I could get my hands on about the war because they wouldn’t talk about the war very much. My parents lived a frugal lifestyle carried over from their days as children and teens in the dark days of the depression of the 1930s. So I began to read widely to understand how such a national calamity and such a brutal war could have happened. I wanted to know how my parents came to be the way they were, and how my world came to be.

Only a Scalia II Can Save SCOTUS, and the Country

Feb 19, 2016 — Dr. Bruce Smith

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the greatest living defender of the United States Constitution died suddenly and unexpectedly. His death plunged our nation into a crisis worthy of comparison to 1941, 1861, and 1775. Those were all crises in which the nation’s survival was at stake. This is another.

Ironically, we find ourselves in a fortunate spot. Just before it is certainly too late, we have been blessed with a wake-up call we must not fail to heed. Justice Scalia, the bulwark of our Constitution which has been the last hope for the country, has died, and in doing so, has given his life to awaken us to our duty.