Category Archives: American History

Book Review: The Color Of Law

The Color Of Law:  A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein Let us make it clear at the outset that this is not a very good book at all.  The author’s tone is continually abusive … Continue reading

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Someone’s Freedom Is Often Someone Else’s Tyranny

During the Feast of Tabernacles this past year in Suriname, I overheard but did not participate in an argument that dealt with the legal philosophy concerning abortion law in the United States.  According to the woman who was vociferously not … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Public Library

The Public Library, a photographic essay by Robert Dawson When I was going to the public library recently to pick up a book that had been on hold for a while, I saw a library display nearby that had books … Continue reading

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Book Review: If You Can Keep It

If You Can Keep It:  The Forgotten Promise Of American Liberty, by Eric Metaxas There are at least a few aspects of this book that are worthy of comment.  It is a quick read, and demonstrates Metaxas’ love of the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: Origins And Ideologies Of The American Revolution: Part Four

Great Courses:  Origins and Ideologies Of The American Revolution:  Part Four, taught by Peter Mancall Although in general I have been greatly disappointed by the way this course worked out and the perspective of its instructor, I found that this … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: Origins And Ideologies Of The American Revolution: Part Three

Great Courses:  Origins and Ideologies Of The American Revolution:  Part Three, taught by Peter Mancall Perhaps surprisingly, a course that talks about the origins and ideologies of the American Revolution spends little time talking about the revolution itself [1].  It … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: Origins And Ideologies Of The American Revolution: Part Two

Great Courses:  Origins and Ideologies Of The American Revolution:  Part Two, taught by Peter Mancall I must admit that I found this particular part of the course to be rather compelling.  In particular, I am fascinated about situations where communication … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: Origins And Ideologies Of The American Revolution: Part One

Great Courses:  Origins And Ideologies Of The American Revolution:  Part One, taught by Peter C. Mancall As someone who is no stranger to listening to Great Courses cds while driving, I am also no stranger to thinking about the origins … Continue reading

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Gangster Blues

Do you like starving?  I don’t.  As anyone who knows me is aware, I am fond of eating, perhaps even a bit too fond of it sometimes, and though my tastes are not particularly fancy, they are hearty when it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crabgrass Frontier

Crabgrass Frontier:  The Suburbanization Of The United States, by Kenneth Jackson There is a deep problem with an author who can have nice things to say about the atrocious mass public housing efforts during the Great Depression and afterward but … Continue reading

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