The Death of Rachel Jackson, “A Being so Gentle…”

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
Rachel Jackson was almost a First Lady; she died a few weeks prior to Jackson’s inauguration.  Rachel Donelson: The Three Marriages When Rachel Donelson (1767-1828) was seventeen, she married Lewis Robards, a prosperous Kentucky planter ten years her senior. She was said to be attractive, with dark, flashing eyes…

Douglass Out of Context

Armchair historians like Colin Kaepernick often quote Frederick Douglass when making disingenuous points about civil rights history. Douglass is too often misquoted or valuable context is ignored, most persistently in regards to Abraham Lincoln and emancipation. In history, context does matter.   Frederick Douglass is often cited as proof that slaves never cared for LincolnContinue reading “Douglass Out of Context”

Madison Would Never Agree

Words James Madison never uttered…. but when considering the US Senate as it exists today, the naive can almost hear the Father of the Constitution proclaim the following lunacy with pride: So let’s describe the US Senate as it exists today… The United States Senate will be chosen by popularity contest in each state.  ThereContinue reading “Madison Would Never Agree”

South Mountain State Battlefield, Maryland

Originally posted on M.A. Kleen:
Idyllic southern Maryland scenery overshadows the carnage that once took place here. Click to expand photos The Battle of South Mountain was fought on September 14, 1862 between Union forces commanded by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside and Confederate forces commanded by Maj. Gen. James Longstreet in Frederick and Washington…

Unalienable Rights

nebraskaenergyobserver I’m one of the people that has fairly often argued that the American Revolution and all that followed is based (in some measure) on John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government. Robert Curry of The Claremont Institute in an American Thinker article titled Why ‘Unalienable’? disagrees with me, saying. Locke’s Two Treatises of Government appeared in 1690.  TheContinue reading “Unalienable Rights”

Best Biographies of Jefferson

There is excellent Jefferson scholarship… available to interested readers.  Current scholars seem bound by political correctness to debase the Jeffersonian legacy with tales of slave concubines and youthful indiscretions.  Look to the work of the established Jefferson scholars to find the elusive inroads to one of America’s greatest, but most enigmatic minds. Jefferson and the NewContinue reading “Best Biographies of Jefferson”

Jefferson and Religious Restraint

How strange it is to hear evangelicals… claim Thomas Jefferson as one of their own, when in his day, he was accused of being an infidel by the Christian clergy.  Jefferson left little doubt about his religious beliefs in his voluminous personal papers.  It is his place in our history and especially our founding that drives advocatesContinue reading “Jefferson and Religious Restraint”