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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Hayes of the Twenty-Third”


Hayes of the Twenty-Third: The Civil War Volunteer Officer. By T. Harry Williams. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965. Rutherford B. Hayes may have become president after the disputed election of 1876 through Republican Party machinations, but before that experience … Continue reading

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Considering Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th Amendment


The recent Lincoln biopic by Steven Spielberg, with its masterful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, has raised to a new level interest in the process whereby slaves achieved freedom during the Civil War. The film focuses on … Continue reading

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The Movie, “Gods and Generals,” Only Seems like it Was as Long as the War Itself


I re-watched Gods and Generals over the weekend.  I had seen it when it first came out in 2003 and didn’t like it, but I had been wanting to watch it again to see if my first impressions remained the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “School Book Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War to the Present”


School Book Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War to the Present. By Joseph Moreau. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003. The premise of School Book Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering, Safe Districts, and Political Extremism


It is a truism of elective office that whenever a politician has little fear of being turned out from office by the electorate s/he is more likely to take hardline positions and to refuse efforts to compromise on thorny issues. … Continue reading

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Alexander Doniphan and Antebellum Missouri


Last week I had the opportunity to meet with the Alexander Doniphan Committee in Kansas City. I had no idea that such a committee existed, although I am heartened by its commitment to reinforcing the civic ideals that Doniphan espoused. … Continue reading

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The Three Spheres of Individual Memory


One of the great debates raging in the United States at present is over differing perspectives on the past, and those perspectives drive perceptions of the present and then, in turn relate to how we deal with issues currently facing … Continue reading

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