Teaching American History after Charlottesville

Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, is running a round table on teaching in the wake of Charlottesville.  Participants include Jarred Amato, Beverly Bunch-Lyons, Michael Dickinson, Emily Farris, Kevin Gannon (don’t miss him on Episode 26 of the TWOILH Podcast), Nyasha Junior, and Heather Cox Richardson. Here is a taste: Did the … Continue reading Teaching American History after Charlottesville

Episode 25: Thinking Historically About Charlottesville

In our opening episode of Season 4, host John Fea and producer Drew Dyrli Hermeling catch up on some of the important historical work that still needs to be done in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. John shares his thoughts on “Make American Great Again” as a historical statement. They are joined by historian … Continue reading Episode 25: Thinking Historically About Charlottesville

National Museum of African American History and Culture Issues Statement on Charlottesville

It’s been out for about a week now: We, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, are saddened by the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va. Our hearts are with the families of the victims—the three who lost their lives, the 35 injured and the millions across the country who are traumatized by … Continue reading National Museum of African American History and Culture Issues Statement on Charlottesville

Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville

I have been trying to say something like this throughout the week, but I can’t say it as well or with the expertise and authority of  Annette Gordon-Reed: Today, a time of intense focus on the personal and of misplaced faith in the importance of sincerity, we question whether Jefferson really believed the words “all … Continue reading Annette Gordon Reed: Why Jefferson Matters in the Wake of Charlottesville

The National Park Service Responds to Charlottesville

In the days following the events at Charlottesville, the National Park Service made a change to its description of Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s pre-Civil War home that now looks over Arlington National Cemetery.  Here is a taste of Russell Berman’s piece at The Atlantic: As of August 4, according to a cache of the page accessed … Continue reading The National Park Service Responds to Charlottesville

Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: Trump Should Not Apologize for Charlottesville Statements. “He Did Just Fine”

Here is court evangelical Robert Jeffress on Fox Business News last night. He rightly condemns racism, as he has been doing all along.  This is good.  But he also defends the POTUS,  saying that Trump wants to condemn “all racism.”  I’m not sure what he means here by “all racism.”  Is he somehow referring to … Continue reading Court Evangelical Robert Jeffress: Trump Should Not Apologize for Charlottesville Statements. “He Did Just Fine”

Another Court Evangelical Doubles Down on Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

Over at the Federalist, a writer named Daniel Payne has a piece titled “Trump Spoke Truth About ‘Both Sides’ In Charlottesville, And The Media Lost Their Minds.”  As the title suggests, this piece defends Trump’s remarks on Tuesday and seems to have no problem with his attempt to put the white supremacists in Charlottesville on … Continue reading Another Court Evangelical Doubles Down on Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

Trump’s Words About Charlottesville May Have A Silver Lining

Trump’s failure to unequivocally denounce racism in Charlottesville and his decision to make this all about monuments has hopefully made Americans more appreciative of what historians do. Think about it. Over the course of the last week Americans have been offered history lessons on race, African-American history, the Confederacy, the Civil War, the difference between … Continue reading Trump’s Words About Charlottesville May Have A Silver Lining

Sadly, What Happened in Charlottesville IS American

As Bruce Springsteen likes to say, “I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.” Sadly, there is often a great gulf that separates the promise of America and American reality.  I thought about Springsteen’s quote as I read Joshua Zeitz‘s piece at Politico: “What Happened in Charlottesville Is … Continue reading Sadly, What Happened in Charlottesville IS American

How Did Your Church Respond To What Happened in Charlottesville?

Yesterday I was proud of my largely white evangelical church.  My pastor took time to condemn the racists who came to Charlottesville on Saturday and reminded us that “God grieves” at such behavior.  He asked us to pray for the victims and their families.  He asked us to pray for changed hearts among the white … Continue reading How Did Your Church Respond To What Happened in Charlottesville?

It’s Official: Monticello Affirms Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children with Sally Hemings

It was announced on June 6, 2018.  Here is the press release: The issue of Jefferson’s paternity has been the subject of controversy for at least two centuries, ranging from contemporary newspaper articles in 1802 (when Jefferson was President) to scholarly debate well into the 1990s. It is now the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s view that … Continue reading It’s Official: Monticello Affirms Thomas Jefferson Fathered Children with Sally Hemings

Trump: Dinesh D’Souza is a “great voice for America”

Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018 D’Souza is right-wing pundit and conspiracy theorist.  We have written about him several times here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.  And to think this guy used to … Continue reading Trump: Dinesh D’Souza is a “great voice for America”

The “Believe Me Book Tour” is Looking for Stops on July 13 and July 14, 2018

We will be in Louisville on July 12 and Raleigh on July 15.  We are looking for stops on July 13 and July 14, 2018 in one of the following cities or surrounding regions:  Cincinnati, Lexington (KY), Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Columbia (SC), Charlottesville, Charleston (WV),  Lynchburg (VA) or Roanoke (VA).  Let me … Continue reading The “Believe Me Book Tour” is Looking for Stops on July 13 and July 14, 2018

James Davison Hunter Talks About “The Culture Wars”

As far as I know, University of Virginia sociologist James Davison Hunter coined the term “culture wars” in his 1991 book The Culture Wars: The Struggle to Control the Family, Art, Education, Law, and Politics in America. Over at The Wall Street Journal, Jason Willick has a feature story on Hunter titled “The Man Who Discovered ‘Culture … Continue reading James Davison Hunter Talks About “The Culture Wars”

Mike Pence Tells Pastors to “Share the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Yesterday Mike Pence appeared before a group of court evangelicals and Christian nationalists and exhorted them to “share the good news of Jesus Christ.”  Here is a taste of a Christian Broadcasting Network piece on Pence’s appearance at the Watchman on the Wall Conference: In a last second surprise appearance before a pastors conference in … Continue reading Mike Pence Tells Pastors to “Share the good news of Jesus Christ.”

*Washington Post* Reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey Joins a Christian Nationalist Tour of D.C.

Here is a taste of her report: The girls in red, white and blue plaid skirts and boys in khaki pants climbed aboard the bus with their parents before it pulled away from the Red Lion Inn in Arlington, Va. The 46 Mississippi sixth-graders from Tupelo Christian Preparatory School were headed to the Mall for … Continue reading *Washington Post* Reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey Joins a Christian Nationalist Tour of D.C.

Ed Ayers

This is a great piece on the noted American historian.  A taste of Gary Robertson’s article at Richmond Magazine: In a life that continues to be marked by leadership, accolades and influence, Ed Ayers — the son of a Tennessee used-car salesman and a fifth-grade teacher — says that when his feet hit the floor every … Continue reading Ed Ayers