Category Archives: American Civil War

Book Review: The Peculiar Institution

The Peculiar Institution:  Slavery In The Ante-Bellum South, by Kenneth M. Stampp In general I have enjoyed the books I have read by this author and this book is no different.  In writing about slavery and exposing its evils, it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Self-Taught

Self-Taught:  African American Education In Slavery And Freedom, Heather Andrea Williams Reading this book made me think of Thomas Sowell, and that is generally a good thing.  The writer of this book had an obvious interest in promoting the agency … Continue reading

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On Civil Wars: A Thought Experiment

From time immemorial I have had a realist view of foreign and domestic affairs, and that has usually involved examining the context and consequences of actions or looking at what conditions would have to be present for such and such … Continue reading

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Things Observed During A Two Hour Tour Of Barbados

At about 8AM or so my family arrived in Barbados after a dramatic morning that included waiting at the hotel for a taxi to show up for nearly two hours and rushing to the airport when a taxi called by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Smuggler Nation

Smuggler Nation:  How Ilicit Trade Made America, by Peter Andreas There is a pattern that one finds in terms of copyright protection that companies which are copyright-poor tend to support short copyright times so that more information gets into the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lost State Of Franklin

The Lost State Of Franklin:  America’s First Secession, by Kevin T. Barksdale I have to admit that I liked this book, but not as much as I had hoped to.  One of the aspects of this book that is important … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rebels & Yankees: Commanders Of The Civil War

Rebels & Yankees:  Commanders Of The Civil War, by William C. Davis One’s enjoyment of a book like this depends largely on the way that this book is approached.  By no means a scholarly work, this book does have some … Continue reading

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The Fatal Difference Between Dialogue And Dialectic

When I examine the state of politics in the Anglo-Saxon world (which is rather dismal, it must be candidly admitted), I am reminded of the fatal lure of dialectic, by which the behavior of one particular side in a given … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: The Skeptic’s Guide To American History

Great Courses:  The Sketpic’s Guide To American History, taught by Professor Mark A. Stoler This particular audiobook disappointed me.  I consider myself a rather skeptical and critical person when it comes to myths of history, and this book certainly was … Continue reading

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Remembering Fields Of Blackbirds

One of the more odd sort of travel interests I have is visiting battlefields.  Having frequently traveled between Florida and Pennsylvania during my youth, I had the opportunity to visit many fortresses and battlefields relating to the long martial history … Continue reading

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