Category Archives: Politics

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Concise History of the Crusades”


The Concise History of the Crusades. By Thomas F. Madden. Lanham, MD: Roman and Littlefield, 2014, third edition. I have been enthralled by the story of the Crusades since my high school days. I have read several books on the … Continue reading

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An Account of the Evacuation of Nauvoo by the Mormons in 1846


After a lengthy period of conflict between the Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois, and their non-Mormon neighbors, they negotiated a treaty, dated September 16, 1846, which gave the remaining Mormons five days to leave the city. A few days after this, on … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “People of Plenty”


People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character. By David M. Potter. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1954. I first read this book while in graduate school now more than thirty years ago and I found it stimulating enough … Continue reading

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Wednesay’s Book Review: “The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois”


The Nauvoo Legion in Illinois: A History of the Mormon Militia, 1841-1846. By Richard E. Bennett, Susan Easton Black, and Donald Q. Cannon. Norman, OK: The Arthur H. Clark Company, An imprint of the University of Oklahoma Press, 2010. 436 … Continue reading

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The Power of the Past in American Consciousness and the Fight over History Curricula


The current flap over the right wing politics of Mary Lou Bruner, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the District 9 seat on the Texas State Board of Education, brought to mind the longer-standing debate over the nature of … Continue reading

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What Were the Origins of Mormon/Non-Mormon Conflict in 1840s Nauvoo?


The non-Mormons of Hancock County, Illinois, in the early 1840s probably disliked the Mormons from the first, in the same way that most Americans have generally disliked what they have viewed as religious fanaticism, but they were initially disposed toward toleration … Continue reading

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America the Great?


As we enter into the Thanksgiving season it is appropriate to give thanks for those good things around us: our loved ones, the joys in our lives, the work and play we enjoy, and the happiness in our souls. But it … Continue reading

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What Do You Do for an Encore after You’ve Been to the Moon?


As early as January 1964 NASA administrator, James E. Webb, had been asked by President Lyndon B. Johnson for a well-developed proposal of future space objectives after the Apollo Moon landings. Webb did not want to respond; instead he tried … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Dreams of Other Worlds”


Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration. By Chris Impey and Holly Henry (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2013). Pp. 450. $35. ISBN: 978-0-691-14753-6. Should scientists write history? Most of the time, I don’t think so. This … Continue reading

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Protesting Cassini’s Launch


The Cassini space probe—the largest interplanetary probe ever launched, weighing 6.3 tons, and extending 22 feet in length—was a joint NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and Italian Space Agency (ASI) mission to study Saturn and its rings, moons, and magnetic … Continue reading

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