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Lincoln’s Legacy, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Modern Slavery

This wasn’t the review I thought I was going to write. But in answering the last question of the evening, Allen Guelzo reminded the audience that ‘Emancipation has a past and a present. A past, that we are right to … Continue reading

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Making It Up As They Went Along

One of my favorite teaching subjects is the settlement of the Jamestown colony. Oh, how the students get a kick out of the haplessness of the first Virginians. Just take a look at who ventured across the Atlantic in the … Continue reading

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Happy Constitution Day?

On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention broke up in Philadelphia, following months of hard, tense negotiations. It was tiring work. The stress of trying to record the proceedings of the convention for future generations nearly killed James Madison. But … Continue reading

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Violence, Democracy, and Passage of Time

Today seems like one of those days when the myth of the American Revolution has a really negative effect on public debate. The attacks on US Embassies in Libya and Egypt, it goes without saying, are tragic acts of violence. … Continue reading

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Political History and the San Antonio Spurs

Matthew Yglesias has accused Americans of being hypocrites this week, claiming that if they truly valued team-work and grift in sports, then everyone would cheer for the San Antonio Spurs. Instead, though, they follow the glamour of the Heat; clamour … Continue reading

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Salutary Neglect and the War of 1812

Over at Slate.com, James Lundberg has asked why there is no clear public memory for the war which made Andrew Jackson famous. I’ve previously dealt with the topic of the War of 1812 on here before; in that post I … Continue reading

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Commentaries on William Hogeland and Akhil Reed Amar

Over at William Hogeland’s blog, there’s been a series of posts on Akhil Reed Amar’s recent talk* on the Jacksonian constitution. Both the talk and the posts are well worth reading for the full context of what I’m responding to … Continue reading

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