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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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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Race and Reunion”


Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. By David W. Blight. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001. One of the most powerful elements of historical study in the last thirty years is the nature of memory. The analysis … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Enacting History”


Enacting History. Edited by Scott Magelssen and Rhona Justice-Malloy. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011. The challenge of presenting the past has long been a topic of discussion among museum professionals, historians both academic and other, as well as a … Continue reading

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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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