Sunday night odds and ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Ballpoint pens

Confessional writing

David Blight on Trumpism

Teaching American history in a divided country

Are American evangelicals a “political bloc with a religious past?”

Joe Biden: “Griever-in-Chief

The history of the present

Marjoleine Kars reviews Martha Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

Nell Irvin Painter sees hope

Andrew Delbanco and “Humanities for Everyone

Building metaphors and American democracy

Trump and Falwell Jr. as evangelicals’ “golden calves

The new Mississippi flag

Bill Thompson reviews William L. Barney, Rebels in the Making: The Secession Crisis and the Birth of the Confederacy

The Star Spangled Banner

Charles King reviews Thomas Ricks, First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country