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Book Review: Slavemaster President

Slavemaster President:  The Double Career Of James Polk, by William Dusinberre I found this book deeply fascinating, but I hesitate about giving this book a warm recommendation for a few reasons.  Few can deny, in light of our contemporary politics, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Founding Feuds

Founding Feuds:  The Rivalries, Clashes, and Conflicts That Forged A Nation, by Paul Aron It is fairly inevitable given the great deal of attention that is given to our nation’s Founding Fathers [1] that someone would seek to look at … 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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Audiobook Review: Twilight At Monticello

Twilight At Monticello:  The Last Years Of Thomas Jefferson, by Alan Pell Crawford, read by James Boles As someone whose views of Thomas Jefferson are somewhat complicated [1], I found it rather noteworthy that this author too had a complicated … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ties That Bind

The Ties That Bind:  A Memoir Of Race, Memory, And Redemption, by Bertrice Berry This was in many was a strange memoir to read.  Although the author and I likely stand far apart on many issues of politics, and certainly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Case Of Abraham Lincoln

The Case Of Abraham Lincoln:  A Story Of Adultery, Murder, And The Making Of A Great President, by Julie M. Fenster It should go without saying that there are a lot of books about Abraham Lincoln [1], many of which … 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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Book Review: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation:  The End Of Slavery In America, by Allen C. Guelzo Wading into the argument of Lincoln’s Emancipation proclamation, noted Lincoln scholar Allen Guelzo [1] seeks to place this most notable and prosaic of Lincoln’s pronouncements into a … Continue reading

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