Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Andrew Hartman on neoconservatives and social progress

Sean Patrick Adams reviews Jessica Lepler, The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis

Images of insanity in history

A bibliography of race, riot, and rebellion in American history

The National History Center on The History Manifesto

The Confederacy still lives in Brazil

David McCullough on writing

What kind of books did colonial Virginian’s buy?

Heather Cox Richardson on rioting as an American tradition

The Pietist Schoolman visits Messiah College

Guidelines for digital scholarship in history

Thomas Kidd on why the Southern Baptist Convention was right to cancel a Ben Carson event.

An opportunity for the National Council on Public History

John McGreevy reviews Kevin Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Matthew Milliner on evangelicals who explore “the depths of Catholic and Orthodox traditions.”

More on capitalism and slavery

The most unique McDonald’s in the world

An anti-Semitic lynching in 1915

Alexander Hamilton’s “Christian Constitutional Society

2 thoughts on “Sunday Night Odds and Ends

  1. Andrew Hartman on neoconservatives and social progress

    Aside from the injection of a few contentious opinions near the end, Andrew Hartman's history of the Neo-conservatives is compelling.

    If viewed from the perspective of their embrace of the Moynihan Report and distaste for the New left's radicalization of the university and American liberalism itself, they look pretty prescient.

    Thx for the link. Andrew did a nice job, although I imagine it may leave quite a few “Jacobins” scratching their heads.

    In his controversial report, officially titled The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, Moynihan argued that the equal rights won by blacks in the legal realm — fruits born of the civil rights movement — brought newfound expectations of equal results. But achieving equal results would prove more difficult because blacks lacked the cultural conditioning necessary to compete with whites. For hard-boiled skeptics like Moynihan, the idea that culture impeded liberal reform efforts was an illuminating lens through which to view black poverty.

    The Moynihan Report quickly became a national sensation. In part this was due to the violent race riot that exploded in Watts that summer: Moynihan’s theory was the conventional explanation for why blacks revolted so angrily even after passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. The Wall Street Journal spelled out Watts in an article inspired by the Moynihan Report, titled “Family Life Breakdown in Negro Slums Sows Seeds of Race Violence — Husbandless Homes Spawn Young Hoodlums, Impede Reforms, Sociologists Say.”


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