Category Archives: American History

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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The American Co-Presidency that Almost Was

As an avid reader of history, I’m fascinated by how history often turns on a dime, something of which I was recently reminded reading “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” by Jon Meacham. Hard work … Continue reading

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Tale of a Southern Unionist Recalcitrant

I couldn’t let St. Andrews Day pass today without honoring a distant Scottish-American forebear of mine: Robert Malone Guttery, my great(4) grandfather. Guttery was a largely self-educated Primitive Baptist minister who possessed an apparently superhuman reservoir of human courage. Considered … Continue reading

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