Facts in Five- Lee and Slavery

Robert E. Lee and slavery edition: misinformation, hyperbole, and unfounded revision are clouding the facts behind Lee’s slave owning There is very little evidence Lee personally owned slaves- his mother, Ann Carter-Lee, may have willed him six slaves upon her death in 1829; the same year he graduated from West Point and entered military service.Continue reading “Facts in Five- Lee and Slavery”

Reconstructing Manhood with Prostheses: The Story of Brigadier General William Francis Bartlett

Originally posted on Historically Speaking:
(Image of Daniel Chester French’s bust of William Francis Bartlett courtesy of Harvard University Portrait Collection) By Moyra Schauffler Amputation was perhaps the most infamous type of destruction inflicted during the Civil War. It not only left soldiers with ghastly wounds permanently “broken,” it also forced them to return home…

On Experimentation

The American experience has always been built on experimentation… Our very existence doubted by most of the world, the optimism of Thomas Jefferson became essential to the survival of our republican experiment. As the election of 1796 loomed… the friendship between Jefferson and John Adams waned.  Jefferson reminded his friend of their experiment:   “IContinue reading “On Experimentation”

Nullification Lingers

The Doctrine of Nullification lost in the court of history… as a nation state and as a people we rejected it, outright.  Our Constitution created a hierarchy of law to bring order to the muddled system of 13 competing legal systems.  Madison, describing government as an unruly beast defended the Supremacy Clause: “it would haveContinue reading “Nullification Lingers”

Greatest Generation

99 men signed the Declaration of Independence and Constitution… a group we consider the Founders.  Plenty has been written about what set this generation apart- today, it seems most writers attempt to separate them for alleged transgressions.  Today we accuse them of being greedy aristocrats determined to maintain their vast fortunes-  we forget what actuallyContinue reading “Greatest Generation”

Related Reading: “Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union” by Robert Remini

Originally posted on My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies:
Henry Clay: Statesman for the Union by Robert Remini Published: October 1991 Of all the interesting non-presidents I met during my six-year odyssey through the best presidential biographies, two of the most interesting were Alexander Hamilton and Henry Clay. So it should be no surprise…

Martha Washington’s Agony: Patsy Custis

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
When Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington, she had two little children, ages four and two. George Washington, Stepfather Early etching of Martha Washington Martha Dandridge had married Daniel Custis when she was eighteen. Eight years later, he died, leaving his widow with a vast estate and two small…

Tariffs Did Not Cause the Civil War

Historians, politicians, and neo-secessionists who argue that the Civil War… was caused by the Federal government’s manipulation of tariffs are at best terribly deluded, at worst, they are scurrilous ideologues with a shameful political agenda. A brief history lesson for Tom DiLorenzo, Governor Greg Abbott, President Donald Trump, the Freedom Caucus, Ron and Rand Paul, Continue reading “Tariffs Did Not Cause the Civil War”

Teddy Roosevelt Explains Immigration

The demand for hyphenated citizenship is a curious part… of 21st century American life.  Too many Americans feel incomplete without qualifying their nationality with an arbitrary link to some other part of the world.  Cultural relativism brainwashes people into believing that America is simply a place- like a loosely governed boarding house.   Thomas Jefferson gaveContinue reading “Teddy Roosevelt Explains Immigration”

Dolley Madison’s Son Payne Todd: The Final Blow

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
The Venerable Mrs. Madison Dolley Madison’s son, Payne Todd, had always been a disappointment. Payne Todd in Brief Dolley Madison (1768-1849) had been married to John Todd, a Quaker lawyer, for three years. Then he died, leaving her with a two-year-old son. When she remarried, her new husband was…