Amy Taylor is an Associate Professor of History along with Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. This interview is based on her new book, Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps (The University of North Carolina Press, 2018). JF: What led you to write Embattled Freedom? AT: For a number of years, while … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Amy Taylor
Game 1 of the World Series:
In March we posted on disgruntled conservative employees at the evangelical Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Today we learn that a Taylor professor kissed and inappropriately touched a student rape victim who sought his counsel. Here is a taste of an article at Inside Higher Education: A professor at Taylor University, who built the evangelical institution’s well-known … Continue reading What is Happening (Again) at Taylor University?
Taylor University is an evangelical Christian college in Upland, Indiana. It is a great school. According to this piece at Christianity Today, the school appears to have a faction of conservative faculty and staff who believe that it is moving in a “liberal” direction. These disgruntled employees started an anonymous newspaper titled Excalibur. The creators of Excalibur–a philosophy … Continue reading What is Happening at Taylor University?
William Harrison Taylor is Associate Professor of History at Alabama State University. This interview is based on his new book Unity in Christ and Country: Presbyterians in the Revolutionary Era, 1758-1801 (University of Alabama Press, 2017). JF: What led you to write Unity in Christ and Country WHT: This project had its origins during my time in graduate … Continue reading The Author’s Corner With William Harrison Taylor
Last month the “Hall of Presidents,” a wax museum of American presidents in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, went out of business and auctioned-off everything in the museum. I live about thirty miles from Gettysburg and I was tempted to drive down for the auction. I thought I might be able to land a life-size wax POTUS for … Continue reading Settling for Zachary Taylor
As a historian, I think it is fair to say that there is much about the 2016 presidential race that is unprecedented. But, as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor reminds us, even the founding fathers fought bitterly over the best way to secure a bright future for the United States. Here is a taste of … Continue reading Alan Taylor: “We honor the founders best by sustaining their debates over core principles of government.”
Alan Taylor is Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. This interview is based on his new book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016). JF: What led you to write American Revolutions? AT: I have been teaching the field for many years and developed … Continue reading The Author’s Corner with Alan Taylor
By now many of you have probably read a review of Alan Taylor‘s new synthesis of the American Revolution. (We will be featuring Taylor in an upcoming edition of the Author’s Corner. Stay tuned). Writing in The New York Times, Gordon Wood described Taylor’s work this way: A major legacy of the Revolution, he concludes, … Continue reading Alan Taylor Channels Gordon Wood
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress “brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.” Every year the Kluge Center presents the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in … Continue reading Jurgen Habermas and Charles Taylor Receive Kluge Prize
Joshua Zeitz has a great piece at The Atlantic commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run. I love when historians write about Bruce Springsteen. Zeitz situates Born to Run in both the Springsteen biography and the cultural and economic developments of the 1970s.Here is Zeitz on the difference between the singer-songwriter crowd … Continue reading The Difference Between Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor
The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. Alan Taylor of the University of Virginia has won the Pulitzer in History for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832. This is Taylor’s second Pulitzer. He won in 1996 for William Cooper’s Town. Finalists were Jacqueline Jones and Eric Schlosser. See all the 2014 winners here.
This is apparently a clip from a longer segment with C-SPAN’s American History TV which I can’t seem to find.
He discusses historic attempts to define America as a “Christian nation.” I appreciate his sense of change over time on this issue. Not bad for a philosopher. HT: Jon Rowe at American Creation
I have been a critic of James Dobson for a long time. I hit him pretty hard in my book Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump. I am no fan of his Christian nationalism, his culture-warrior approach to public life, or his court evangelicalism. My wife and I raised two strong and independent daughters who … Continue reading Some Thoughts on James Dobson
The Believe Me book tour visited Harrisonburg, Virginia last week. Student reporters Jake Meyers and Allie Weaver of The Weather Vane report: Dr. John Fea had three main targets when he wrote his book “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump”: white evangelicals who voted for the current president, white evangelicals who did not, and everyone else. A … Continue reading The Eastern Mennonite University “Weather Vane” Covers the *Believe Me* Book Tour
Over at the Christian Post, Michael Gryboski reports on a recent session at the American Historical Association (sponsored by the Conference on Faith and History) on race and the meaning of American evangelicalism. Some of you may recall that Matt Lakemacher also reported on this session here at the blog. Here is a taste of Gryboski’s piece: … Continue reading The Many Evangelicalisms
Writing at The New Republic, Alexander Hurst wonders if Trump supporters make-up a kind of cult. He writes, “Millions of Americans are blindly devoted to their Dear Leader. What will it take for them to snap out of it?” Here is a taste: Personality cults are a hallmark of populist-autocratic politics. The names of the various leaders … Continue reading A Trump Cult?
The National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have endorsed “Fairness for All,” a legislative initiative to protect religious liberties alongside liberties for the LGBTQ community. This means that these organizations are endorsing so-called Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) laws, or laws that add sexual orientation and gender identity … Continue reading The National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Adopt a “Fairness for All” Motion
Read it here. Justin Taylor has summarized the 66-page report in a post at The Gospel Coalition: The following 13 points constitute a summary of the findings in the 66-page report: The seminary’s founding faculty all held slaves. The seminary’s early faculty and trustees defended the righteousness of slaveholding. Upon Abraham Lincoln’s election, the seminary … Continue reading Al Mohler’s Report on Slavery and Racism at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary