Category Archives: American History

If It Takes All Night

During the fighting of the Overland Campaign of 1864, Ulysses S. Grant is reported to have said to President Lincoln that he proposed to fight it out along that line all summer if necessary to defeat rebel armies led by … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Study Of Open Hearth

A Study Of Open Hearth:  A Treatise On The Open Hearth Furnace And The Manufacture Of Open Hearth Steel by Harbison-Walker Refractories Company I must admit that I have no particular idea that this is a practical book for either … Continue reading

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Book Review: Colorado Cook Book

Colorado Cook Book, published by The Young Ladies’ Mission Band of the Central Presbyterian Church Although I consider myself no particularly great cook, I am no stranger to reading and enjoying cookbooks [1].  Nor am I a stranger to church … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: A Slave In The White House

A Slave In The White House:  Paul Jennings And The Madisons, by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor There has been a growing number of books in recent years that have demonstrated the role of slavery in the early American Republic, much of … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave, by Solomon Northrup, read by Richard Allen Some of you reading this may be aware that like many people I saw and admired the film adaptation of this book [1].  Likewise, as someone who is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Becoming Free In The Cotton South

Becoming Free In The Cotton South, by Susan Eva O’Donovan In reading a book like this, one has to take its conclusions with a grain of salt.  Since books by self-avowed Marxist historians are of immensely dubious value on account … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Slave No More

A Slave No More:  Two Men Who Escaped To Freedom Including Their Own Narratives Of Emancipation, edited by David W. Blight If the editor of this book would have been less skillful at framing the slave narratives included here, this … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Authentic Account of the Massacre of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and Hyrum Smith, His Brother: Together with a Brief History of the Rise and Progress of Mormonism, and All the Circumstances Which Led to Their Death

An Authentic Account of the Massacre of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, and Hyrum Smith, His Brother: Together with a Brief History of the Rise and Progress of Mormonism, and All the Circumstances Which Led to Their Death, by George … Continue reading

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Book Review: Correspondence Relating To The Massacre of Immigrants

Correspondence Relating To The Massacre of Immigrants: By the Snake Indians, in August, 1854 I am frequently on the lookout for the daily books published by Forgotten Books that they offer for free, as they can occasionally provide an excellent … Continue reading

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Book Review: Abraham Lincoln In The Post-Heroic Era

Abraham Lincoln In The Post-Heroic Era:  History And Memory In Late Twentieth-Century America, by Barry Schwartz There is a lot to admire about this book.  It is likely that very few people will like this book, given the author’s stilted … Continue reading

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