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The History Behind The Holidays

Kids Corner friend and historian Kenneth C. Davis is the author of Don’t Know Much About History, which spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and gave rise to the Don’t Know Much About® series, which has a combined in-print total of some 4.7-million copies.

Ken joins us on Kids Corner to teach us the history behind some of our most-familiar holidays; from Christmas to the Fourth of July and everything in between!

Listen below to some of Ken's recent visits on Kids Corner!

The History Behind Memorial Day - part 1
The History Behind Memorial Day - part 2

The History Behind President's Day - part 1
The History Behind President's Day - part 2

The History Behind Valentine's Day

The History Behind Black History Month - part 1
The History Behind Black History Month - part 2

The History Behind Halloween

The History Behind Columbus Day - part 1
The History Behind Columbus Day - part 2
The History Behind Columbus Day - part 3
The History Behind Columbus Day - part 4

The History Behind Labor Day - part 1
The History Behind Labor Day - part 2
The History Behind Labor Day - part 3

In May 2012, Don’t Know Much About History: Anniversary Edition was released in paperback by HarperCollins (after a successful hardcover release in 2011). A newly revised, updated and expanded edition of the book that started the series, it now presents a complete survey of American history, from before the arrival of Columbus in 1492 right through the events of the past decade –from 9/11 through the election of Barack Obama and the first years of his administration.

Kenneth C. Davis, who has been dubbed “The King of Knowing” by Amazon.com, aims to become a subject expert in all of the areas he writes about – the Bible, Mythology, the Universe, the Civil War, for example. Ken has also been a “Wise Man” on Who Wants to be a Super Millionaire and a “Life Line” on the regular edition of the show.

Davis' approach is to refresh us on the subjects we all should know by busting myths, setting the record straight and always remembering that fun is not a four-word letter word. Learn more at DontKnowMuch.com