Category Archives: American History

Book Review: War On Peace

War On Peace:  The End Of Diplomacy And The Decline Of American Influence, by Ronan Farrow In reading this book, I have to appreciate the general fairness of the author’s approach when it comes to dealing with the issue of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Ralph Waldo Emerson In reading this book it is easy to see why Emerson was celebrated in his own day but why he has a less than stellar reputation as a philosopher in … Continue reading

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Book Review: White Negroes

White Negroes:  Wen Cornrows Were In Vogue…And Other Thoughts On Cultural Appropriation, by Lauren Michele Jackson This book seems to come from a point of view of envy.  A great deal about leftist discourse can be understood from its desire … Continue reading

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Ecomium Burnside

It’s easy to make fun of Ambrose Burnside.  Aside from his amazing mutton chops that remain his sole contribution to history outside of his military endeavors, which received the moniker sideburns, he was not a particularly successful general.  For Civil … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Harriet

Sometimes it can be worthwhile to watch a movie that is not made for you, but judging from the audience at “Harriet” last night at a movie theater in Hillsboro, quite a lot of people are interested in watching movies … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

The Puritans:  A Transatlantic History, by David D. Hall This book is really an essential book for someone to read if someone wants to understand the Puritans on their own terms and grasp the complexity of the experience of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puritans, Pilgrims, And Merchants

Puritans, Pilgrims, And Merchants:  Founders Of The Northeastern Colonies, by Kieran Doherty Admittedly, this book takes a rather expansive look at what might be considered to be the Northeastern United States in that it not only looks at New England … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puritans At Play

Puritans At Play:  Leisure And Recreation In Colonial New England, by Bruce C. Daniels It is an often-repeated canard that the Puritans were no fun at all and this book does a good job at demonstrating how that is simply … Continue reading

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Book Review: The British Are Coming

The British Are Coming:  The War For America, Lexington To Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1), by Rick Atkinson The reading experience of this book was an odd one for me.  On the one hand, this book is a competently … Continue reading

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Book Review: Igniting The American Revolution: 1773-1775

Igniting The American Revolution:  1773-1775, by Derek W. Beck It can be a compelling thing to read about how a war starts, especially one that is not particularly wanted by either side.  Intriguingly enough, this war started in a fashion … Continue reading

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