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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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From The Rooftops I Remember There Was Snow, White Snow

I did not grow up with many memories of snow.  For the first three years of my life I lived in an area where snow is common in Western Pennsylvania, but mercifully I have almost no memories of that deeply … Continue reading

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We Run This Internet Village

Last night at about midnight I got a somewhat surprising message on social media from my mother, who is almost as much an insomniac at times as I am.  I was a bit surprised to see that she would stay … Continue reading

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Book Review: Heroes Of The Forgotten Kingdoms

Heroes Of The Forgotten Kingdoms, by Mike Mearls, Bill Slavicsek, and Rodney Thompson In many ways, this book is the less glamorous twin  to its companion volume, Heroes Of The Fallen Lands [1].  The reasons why are easy to see. … Continue reading

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The Tears Of God Are The Meaning Of History

As someone who has shad more than my share of tears at the results of my own folly or the sins of others, I have often found it worthwhile to reflect on the tears of God [1]. It is a … Continue reading

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