Category Archives: American History

Book Review: The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough If anything is known about the Wright Brothers it is the fact that they were the first people to engage in powered flight, in Kitty Hawk, in the Hatteras region of North Carolina. And, … Continue reading

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The Politics Of Philemon And The Christian

[Note: This is the prepared text for a split sermon given to the Dalles congregation of the United Church of God on July 3, 2021.] Let’s talk about the politics of Philemon and how they relate to the Christian. One … Continue reading

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Book Review: New World, Inc

New World Inc.: The Making Of America By England’s Merchant Adventurers, by John Butman & Simon Targett While this book focuses on the New World and America in its title, it should be noted that this book is really more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Frontiersman

Frontiersman: Daniel Boone And The Making Of America, by Meredith Mason Brown This is the kind of book that I really enjoy reading, and enjoy all the more because Daniel Boone happens to be a surprisingly close relative of mine … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Myth Of American Exceptionalism

The Myth Of American Exceptionalism, by Godfrey Hodgson This is the sort of book that seems to be written in search of the most obvious criticism it is likely to receive. In fairness to the author, who does think himself … Continue reading

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Book Review: Habits Of Empire

Habits Of Empire: A History Of American Expansion, by Walter Nugent This book is an interesting one. The author seems to view empires as a bad thing, which I do not necessarily think is the case. The author notes that … Continue reading

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How Privilege Warps The Fundamentals Of Justice

One of the most problematic aspects of the history of antebellum Southern Christianity was the way that the message of Christianity was warped to such a great extent by the unjust behavior of slaveowners. This injustice may be profitably compared … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Lincoln: A Life Of Purpose And Power

Lincoln: A Life Of Purpose And Power, by Richard Carwardine, read by Stefan Rudnicki Abraham Lincoln is an interesting historical figure, especially because of the combination between the high moral tone of his approach as a leader and the shrewdness … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Rise To Greatness

Rise To Greatness: Abraham Lincoln And America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle The author of this book makes the case that 1862 was the most perilous year in America’s history, and in doing so presents a compelling case … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Tried By Fire

Tried By Fire: Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief, by James McPherson Given that there are at least a good 14,000 books that have been written about Abraham Lincoln, it is nonetheless remarkable that his role as commander and chief … Continue reading

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