The American Cincinnatus

nebraskaenergyobserver George Washingtonmountvernon.org Before we start, a question for our readers. Do you prefer when I write about current events, or when I rummage about in our national attic, as I have been doing this week? I won’t say I’ll necessarily abide by what you say, often I write about what interests me at theContinue reading “The American Cincinnatus”

Review: Escape from Paris

Originally posted on Amy's Scrap Bag: A Blog About Libraries, Archives, and History:
Escape from Paris:  A True Story of Love and Resistance in Wartime France by Stephen Harding Da Capo, 2019. Hardcover, 288 pages.Escape from Paris is advertised as the story of several B-17 crews shot down over France about a year before…

Columbus Slept Here

Columbus Day has evolved into… Native American day(but if you’re born here aren’t you?) or possibly indigenous peoples day– anything but the remembrance of an Italian sailor exploring new sea routes to Asia for the Spanish crown. Historical scapegoats are nothing new… especially as younger generations struggle with white, European, Judeo-Christian guilt.  Columbus is viewedContinue reading “Columbus Slept Here”

Howe to Prolong the War

The British defeat at Saratoga…in October of 1777 was clearly the turning point of the Revolutionary War.  The surrender of an entire British army finally brought the French recognition and aid the Americans desperately needed.  The defeat also put tremendous pressure on the administration of Lord North and its failing war policies.  What is oftenContinue reading “Howe to Prolong the War”

Smallpox Blankets and Guilt by Association

“You will Do well to try to inoculate the Indians, by means of Blankets, as well as to Try Every other Method, that can Serve to Extirpate this Execrable Race. — I should be very glad [if] your Scheme for Hunting them down by Dogs could take Effect; but England is at too great aContinue reading “Smallpox Blankets and Guilt by Association”

Jefferson/Hemings- The Industry

New books, articles, and lectures appear on this topic monthly.  All of Monticello’s resources are dedicated to this highly speculative portion of Jefferson’s world. Jefferson scholarship is now controlled by a small clique of writers who have no interest other than the salacious potential they see in his private life. Fawn Brodie’s 1974 book… ThomasContinue reading “Jefferson/Hemings- The Industry”

New Classics- Book Review

Toll, Ian, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy, Norton Publishing, New York, 2007- ISBN 978-0-393-05847-5 Ian Toll has written that rare book… that provides a fresh look at a little studied historical period, while remaining true to research pioneers in the field.  Other studies, like Teddy Roosevelt’s Naval WarContinue reading “New Classics- Book Review”