The Price of Historical Ignorance…

“Great president. Most people don’t even know he was a Republican. Does anyone know? Lot of people don’t know that.” President Donald J....

The Price of Historical Ignorance…

“Great president. Most people don’t even know he was a Republican. Does anyone know? Lot of people don’t know that.” President Donald J....

America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

For the People

Put a man on the moon in the decade of the 1960’s and return him safely to Earth – no problem. Create a Peace Corps and send idealistic...

The Age of Unreason

“If there is that degree of disruption, that lack of certainty, that lack of trust in the US signature, it would mean massive disruption...

The War That Never Ended

What lives they must have led. As young men, boys really, they had participated in battle that both saved the Union and served as the...

The Defining Event

The author and historian Shelby Foote, his narrative history of the Civil War  – all 1.5 million words of it – remains one of the...

The Defining Moment

Of course the great and terrible American Civil War – across the country we are commemorating its 150th anniversary – eventually became a...

Shiloh

April 6, 1862 – 150 years ago today – Americans came to understand that their Civil War would be not be over easily or soon. Edward...

Effective and Not

They celebrated Jefferson Davis’s inauguration yesterday in Montgomery, Alabama. Actually, it was a day late. One hundred fifty years ago...

Still Fighting the War

This just in: Civil War still rages. From nullification battles in Idaho and several other states to a Mississippi proposal to remember...

Nullification

As Idaho and a half dozen other states prepare legislation to attempt to “nullify” the federal health care law, including apparently...

Yup, It Really Was About Slavery

On the grounds of the Texas State Capitol in Austin stands a massive monument commemorating the side that lost the Civil War. The...

A Very Fine Line

There is a fundamental rule in politics – the first and most important rule, perhaps – that is ignored by any politician at considerable...