Category Archives: American History

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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A Southerner’s Brief, Eclectic Guide to Abraham Lincoln

I recently happened across a review of a new book regarding the factors that ultimately led to the Civil War. Honestly, I don’t make Lincoln out to be quite the bugbear others do. Before the outbreak of the Civil War, he was … Continue reading

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What Follows American National Identity?

No disrespect is meant by this title. I’m simply trying to make a critical point about the future of American nationalism. Some 40-plus years ago when I was an adolescent, American identity perhaps was best expressed in the song, “The … Continue reading

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The End of American Dreyfusardism

The GOP once embodied American Dreyfusard values. This will arguably end with the nomination of Donald Trump. Continue reading

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When Alabama Republicans Were Purple

A couple of weeks ago, I finished Jon Meacham’s most recent book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H.W. Bush.” It is an unusually well-researched and well-written biography. The chapters dealing with Bush’s 1980 presidential campaign bring back … Continue reading

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