Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

What happens when a charter school in North Carolina wants to teach indigenous history.

Is a “modern great books” curriculum the way to save the humanities

The abortion debate is dishonest

The “classics” and working class life

Social media and democracy

Nicole Hemmer on why Republicans win

Some great historical pieces on Thanksgiving

Andrea Turpin reviews Separate Pasts: Growing-Up White in the Segregated South

Judeo-Christianity

Mr. Rogers and the awkward pause

University community engagement as a “racket”

Carl Paulus reviews Stanley Harrold, American Abolitionism: Its Direct Political Impact from Colonial Times into Reconstruction

Americans believe Christianity is good for public life

Paige Patterson and the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention

Oklahoma and Baylor football’s role in Christian sports ministry

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Academic entrepreneurs

Lincoln and the West

David Blight on Frederick Douglass and the “possibility of America

Another defense of the lecture

Too much democracy?

Should the names of John Crist’s victims be released?

Did the Aztecs thing Cortez was a god?

Elizabeth Ann Seton and the American Revolution

Black patriotism in the American revolution

Bryant Simon reviews Jonathan Metzl, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland

Jesuits against Prohibition

Paula White brings Pentecostalism into the mainstream

A nice introduction to the Salem Witch Trials

An interview with the editor of McSweeney’s

The complicated history of Jews in the early republic

Larycia Hawkins’s experience at Wheaton College is captured in a documentary

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Slavery and Jefferson’s university

Daniel Immerwahr reviews Jill Lepore, This America: The Case for the Nation and These Truths: A History of the United States

History and wonder

Two new books on Mormon women

A Catholic writer analyzes Attorney General William Barr’s speech at Notre Dame

White identity politics

The reinvention of Thanksgiving

Michael Gorra reviews three books on race and memory

David Hollinger reviews Matthew Sutton, Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

On the death of John Qunicy Adams

The editor of the National Review goes after Howard Zinn and defends nationalism

Trump Cabinet’s Bible teacher

Alex von Tunzelmann reviews Matthew Lockwood, To Begin the World Over Again: How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe

Kevin Kruse on thinking historically in public

John Fabian Witt reviews Eric Foner, The Second Founder: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

Americans dealing with witches

Hope

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The Christian Democracy option

Deleting the first draft of history

The culture of John MacArthur

Catholicism and civic attachments

How Halloween became dangerous

Meg Jacobs reviews Jill Lepore, This America: The Case for the Nation

Lewis Lapham talks with Harlow Giles Unger about Thomas Paine

Scott Stern reviews Kevin Levin, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Reflections on the third anniversary of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The American War Letters Project

The National Association of Evangelicals and its new president

Sebastian Stockman reviews Lewis Hyde, A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past

How steak became manly

A short history of democratic socialism 

On lecturing

 

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Powerful evangelical women

Karl Jacoby reviews H.W. Brands, Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

The court evangelicals should endorse Augustine, not Paula White

Should Washington D.C. have a Latino history museum?

African evangelicals and the Nobel Peace Prize

Mark Silk on William Barr‘s recent speech at Notre Dame

Robert Caldwell III reviews Michael Winship, Hot Protestants: A History of Puritanism in England and America

A Constitution tent revival?

On history students writing letters to future students

Historical sites and slavery

Al Smith: Catholic politician

Chris Gehrz on tax exemptions and Christian colleges

Eric Herschthal reviews Richard Bell, Stolen: Five Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home and Caleb McDaniel, Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

“The parchment text of the Bill of Rights is not meant to be readable”

Islamophobic rhetoric and the American Revolution

 

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Jon McNaughton: Trump’s court artist

Some minor controversy at The Kings College

Did Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence?

Wilfred McClay on loyalty

John Inazu on tax exemptions for religious institutions

Evangelicals arguing about David and Bathsheba

Italians and whiteness

Kate Bowler on the preacher’s wife

Are there two Catholicisms?

Trump has Fox News.  Nixon did not

Frances Fitzgerald reviews two new books on evangelicalism

Julie Andrews on the opening scenes of The Sounds of Music

Fundamentalism turns 100

When Congress confronted a Trump-like scoundrel

Vox on Wendell Berry

Is the Trump era an “aberration?”

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Books endure

Why wouldn’t Trump say “jockstrap

Country music on the campaign trail

Chris Gerhz reflects on the Christian liberal arts

Kellyanne Conway’s husband thinks Trump is unfit for office

This year’s Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities

Allen Guelzo reviews new one-volume histories of the U.S. by Bill McClay and Jill Lepore

Pope Francis rebukes the culture wars

Annette Gordon-Reed reviews five books on Texas

Eugene McCarraher on the religion of capitalism

Gary Gallagher reviews Sidney Blumenthal’s All the Powers of the Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln

Kristin Du Mez “almost” visits a Trump rally

Should America impeach Trump or just vote him out?  A historian reflects

Historian Heather Cox Richardson talks impeachment

Paul Revere’s Boston Massacre image

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Fact-checking books

Applying for teaching jobs at community colleges

The black nationalism of Clarence Thomas

Should our educational institution change to enable citizens to learn through life?

Amitai Etzioni on the common good

Ten books assessing the state of evangelicalism

Has America lost its religion?

A new book on James Baldwin and William F. Buckley

New words

American saints

Nancy Isenberg reviews Greg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

New York Magazine‘s series on climate change

A cemetery for presidential busts

Confessing to plants?

Trumpian Christians

Sean Wilentz reviews Tim Alberta, American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Wilfred McClay on the 1619 Project

Christian colleges as a “comfort colleges

Wendell Berry’s daughter talks about her father’s work

The obituary of a “consummate napper” and “Dawg Kecher”

We cannot agree on what’s true

Puritan black magic

Is the Christian Right driving liberals away from religion?

A tale of two Yale buildings

Lonnie Bunch’s museum dream team

Bruce Springsteen is turning 70

Lincoln Caplan reviews Eric Foner, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

What can the women’s suffrage movement teach us about religion and politics?

More on the new John Locke manuscript

On echo chambers

Heritage v. History

An excerpt from Grant Wacker’s new book One Soul at a Time: The Story of Billy Graham

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Freedom of speech at liberal arts colleges

Tips for academics who want to do freelance writing

Books

Learn your students’ names.

Andrew Sullivan on the 1619 Project

Ken Burns on his new documentary on country music

Does Jill Lepore have “Schlesinger-like aspirations?”

Three new books on labor history

The Bills and Jets are losers

Local culture

Sarah Churchwell reviews Daniel Okrent, The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America

Reenacting an 1811 Louisiana plantation rebellion

Liberty University students protest the behavior of their president

Evangelical decline?

Wendell Berry: dissenter

Confederate monument fans as idol worshippers

Podcasting and public history

Alex Trebek‘s religious life

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Johann Neem reviews Jill Lepore, This America: The Case for the Nation

Why we need more footnotes

One of my favorite movies turns 25

Sentences

The Great Book Scare of 1895

The Peanuts philosophy

A new podcast on Bob Dylan and religion

Religious faith in the secular liberal arts college classroom

Crises of faith at Christian colleges

Sports spectatorship

Donald Trump at the National Museum of African American History

How New York liberals fought Fascism

The Du Bois-Stoddard debates

American history toys

Jacob Bruggeman reviews Jesse Donaldson, On Homesickness: A Plea

“People were not enslaved in Virginia in 1619, they were indentured

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Michael Bellesiles talks about Arming America

Fatalist professors

Maya Jasanoff reviews Christopher Benfey, If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years

Shakers

We need to give more credit to Venus

The 1619 Project: What would Walter Brueggemann say?

Humanities and the public good

Randall Kennedy reviews Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

The evangelical left

A disloyal Jew

Andrew Preston reviews Matthew Sutton, Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War

Christianity and capitalism: Are they compatible?

A new John Locke manuscript on religious toleration

Trump is not the first president to compare himself to Jesus

Evangelicals visiting Israel

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

How to capitalize headlines

What the heck is going on at Oberlin College?

American treasure-hunting

The New York Times tackles slavery

Sugar and slaves

Brenda Wineapple reviews Stephanie McCurry, Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War

Sarah Jones reviews Lyz Lenz, Godland: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America

American exclusionism

Confederate monuments manipulate history

Segregation and present-day traffic jams

The bobblehead hall of fame

A historian of communication on why digital platforms favor conservatives

Philip Jenkins on mesmerism

Struggling Christian colleges

The Declaration of Independence: myths and legends

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Richard Carwardine reviews David Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Should you self-publish your book?

James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley

John Wilson on reading memoirs

Rick Atkinson talks about his new book on the American Revolutionary War

Biden’s moral case against Trump

Toni Morrison and American history

Summer ice skating

Michael Taube reviews Patrick Spero, Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776.

Become a better reader

Midwest evangelicalism

1860, 1968, 2020

Jefferson’s mammoth cheese

“20s And odd Negroes”

Pastors on Google

Matt Stewart reviews two new books on environmental history

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Pencils

Book contracts and tenure

Peter Wehner talks religion and politics

Hometowns

Renaming Confederate monuments

James Baldwin’s letter to the born-again

The Book of Amos in America

What Marianne Williamson and Donald Trump have in common

The case for Klobuchar

What to do if you encounter a bear in the woods

Christian college presidents

How would Bonhoeffer vote?

Addison Del Mastro reviews Johann Neem, Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America

Forgetting

An eighth-grade teacher reflects on “Social Studies” and “History”

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

How to read

What is the future of podcasting?

Improve your CV

The history of Candyland

Dennis Covington reviews Tony Horwitz, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

How to run a panel

Marjoleine Kars reviews Martha Saxton, The Widow Washington: The life of Mary Washington

Trumpism

Open syllabi

Great books and reparations 

What does Biden want to do?

Historians at the movies

An example of public scholarship

Conservative nationalism

Mesmerizing America

James Oakes reviews Elizabeth Varon, Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War

A graveyard for Confederate statues?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Sasha Frere-Jones reviews Robert Caro’s Working

Dylan scholars

When it comes to Israel, evangelical views are not monolithic

Should lovers of literature stay away from graduate school?

Do colleges and universities need a healthy does of “generous thinking“?

Do you want to be a “big league” social critic?

Apollo 11 banter

Iowa Christian Right “kingmaker” backs Steve King’s opponent

Moon landing deniers

Colson Whitehead

Early American legal historian Bruce Mann is married to Elizabeth Warren

Marilynne Robinson on the Puritans, capitalism, democracy and the “city upon a hill”

Chandra Manning reviews Stephanie McCurry, Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War

The myth of black Confederates

Springsteen-inspired plays

Capitalism and the fate of American literature

Thomas Jefferson’s cheese

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Trump Democrats in eastern Kentucky

The past and future of busing

Untruth has been “baked into democratic politics from the beginning”

The American gas station

The photo archives of Ebony and Jet are up for sale

Wendell Berry the virtuous life

R. Marie Griffith calls for a deeper conversation on “heartbeat” bill

Who is up for a 2022 Civil War tour with the Pietist Schoolman?

A chapel on the moon

Rewriting Trump’s America

Nancy Isenberg reviews Greg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

Black women suffragists

YouTube and nostalgia

A python eats a crocodile

Christian nationalism in Dallas

The real historical problem with Trump’s “revolutionary war airports” speech

What is going on at Olivet Nazarene University?

Is Jimmy Carter a public historian?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Letters from a New Jersey Loyalist

Evangelicals in crisis 

How should we love America?

Where is First Things headed?

Devotion. Unity. History. Fighting.  But not: Democracy. Justice. Individuality. Peace.

Liberal seminaries

Brother Jonathan

The Presbyterian Church of America adopts the Nashville Statement

Rick Atkinson discusses his proposed American Revolutionary War trilogy

Technology in the classroom

The best 50 memoirs of the past 50 years

George Plimpton and fireworks

The editors of The New York Review of Books offer a “historical tribute” to Trump’s “Salute to America”

The American founding father from Switzerland

A visit to a charismatic worship service

David Blight on Douglass’s “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The pursuit of happiness?

Jill Lepore on the moon landing

Professional decline

Four books on Stonewall

Higher education must reclaim its role in the public sphere

Female colleges and fudge parties

Faith-based Democrats

A former Liberty University professor has something to say

David Garrow defends his article on the moral indiscretions of Martin Luther King

The demise of political junkies?

Eric Foner on Alan Brinkley’s liberalism

Michael Kazin reviews Brenda Wineapple, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

Virginia DeJohn Anderson reviews Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein, The Problem of Democracy: The President Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

William Anthony Hay reviews Gregg Frazer, God Against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy’s Case against the American Revolution

Stanley Hauerwas on Christians in the age of Trump

The Jubilee Singers introduced Americans to the songs of slavery