Tag Archives: freedom

Book Review: Defiant Courage

Defiant Courage:  Norway’s Longest WWII Escape:  A True Story, by Astrid Karlsen Scott & Dr. Tore Haug When I started this story, I realized that I was already familiar with this story from my previous experience reading and watching the … Continue reading

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The Age Of Seccession: The Kurds

A couple days ago, a large majority of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan voted for their independence in a unilateral referendum that was not supported by Iraq nor by any other nation in the Middle East except for Israel.  Although Iraqi … Continue reading

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Shut Up, You Talk Too Much

Over the past few months there has been an increasing trend for athletes to protest what they view as police brutality in various cities to protest during the singing of the National Anthem as some sort of political statement.  I … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cause Of All Nations

The Cause Of All Nations:  An International History Of The American Civil War, by Don H. Doyle Every once in a while a fond reader of diplomatic history such as myself will find a good book that takes a familiar … 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: 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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Juneteenth: A Case Study In Acceptable Holidays

One of the more obscure holidays on the American calendar is that of Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, the day the Emancipation Proclamation became known in Texas.  Given that I have a somewhat critical attitude towards the celebration of many … Continue reading

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A Summer Of Resistance

Yesterday morning my cell phone gave me the unpleasant news that two Republican members of the House of Representatives had been shot while practicing baseball.  Since then it has been instructive, and more than a little bit alarming, what sort … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To The Washington Post

Dear Washington Post, This afternoon while I was checking my e-mail at the local library, I saw that you had sent me an invitation to purchase digital content from you, and the appeal was that I should support the work … Continue reading

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