Category Archives: American History

An Old Map that Inspired

I owe this framed map of the post-colonial United States, which hung in my parents’ den for many years while I was growing up, an immense debt. For starters, it invokes happy memories of my parents and of a secure, … Continue reading

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Five Remarkable Facts about D-Day

Most of us are familiar the basic facts of D-Day from watching movies such as Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers. So, today, I thought that I would share a few of the facts relating to the fascinating backstory … Continue reading

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“Hostiles”: A Reminder of Stubborn, Enduring Faith

My wife and I saw the new Western film “Hostiles” last week. It essentially could be described as a sort of Westernized version of Fury.  Christian Bale aptly depicts a character named Captain Joseph J. Blocker, a career U.S. Cavalry … Continue reading

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Among the World’s Great, but Unwitting Innovators

I’ve mentioned before how fascinating it is to consider how religious mystics, leaders and reformers have unwittingly contributed to innovation – entire platforms, in many cases – that have transformed the world in ways that they scarcely could have imagined. … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Stop Watching the Exorcist

Every time I encounter The Exorcist while channel surfing I invariably end up watching all of it. I can’t help myself.  I’ve always been fascinated with the film, though for largely unconventional reasons. Though only an pre-teen when the film came … Continue reading

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What’s Left When There’s Nothing Left to Unite Us?

The subject of American unity,  raised by Pat Buchanan in his latest and previous columns, has fascinated me for a long time, as many of my readers have surmised by now. More than a century ago in the decades following … Continue reading

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Lincoln was a “Classic” Enlightenment Man, but…

It must be tough working as one of only two conservative columnists for the New York Times. And that is why, aside from my profound respect for David Brook’s intellect and abilities as a preeminent wordsmith, I afford him a … Continue reading

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