Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Did Springsteen’s The River signal the end of rock and roll?

Does higher education’s promise remain unfulfilled?

David A. Bell reviews two new books on the Haitian Revolution

Johnny Cash and white nationalism

What did Christian Zionism have to do with the killing of Soleimani?  And here.

The art of college teaching

Historical analogies

Eddie Glaude reviews David Zucchino, Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

Stephen Phillips reviews Steve Inskeep, Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War

Elizabeth Seton and immigrants

Black clergy support Christianity Today

How should we celebrate the 19th Amendment?

Pro-life Democrats

Football and faith at Clemson

Ben Carp reviews Wendy Bellion, Iconoclasm in New York: Revolution to Reenactment

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Carving names on monuments

Mothers write to the first public orphanage in the United States

Are you still undecided on impeachment?

Tal Howard reviews the Netflix film “Two Popes”

Mormons and Medicaid

The United Methodist Church is splitting over gay marriage

Trump is no supporter of religious freedom

Vampires in colonial America

The diary of a late 19th-century traveling salesman

St. Paul’s Church (NYC) and the American Revolution

Partisan politics today and in the early republic

Smithsonian picks the best history-related movies of the last decade

Picturing Mount Vernon

Have colleges and universities always been hierarchical?

The African American to graduate with a medical degree

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The first Christmas was revolutionary

What happened to the ebook revolution?

Letters of recommendation

Forthcoming books on religion and politics

Bruce Springsteen and Glenn Campbell

History is hiding in the periodic table

Community museums

Impeachment and the fight for Billy Graham’s legacy

A case for engaged historians

Abraham Lincoln’s hat

Political courage is not politically risky

Georgia newspapers from the Civil War and Reconstruction

Reading Quaker George Fox’s journal during the British elections

Teaching historical writing

The history migraine headaches

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Death of religion?  Death of the humanities?

Should historians stay out of politics?

Pietist Schoolman on the Christianity Today editorial

Historians should speak about impeachment

What is rural?  What is urban?

Could the founding fathers have imagined this impeachment?

Mark Galli talks to The New Yorker.

Baseball cards

A tea party “playlist”

Teaching historical thinking skills

An evangelical wonders if he is an evangelical

Remembering the David Library of the American Revolution

Writing for the future

John Turner reviews Kathryn Long, God in the Rainforest: A Tale of Martyrdom and Redemption in Amazonian Ecuador

Did Ben Franklin really say, “A republic, if you can keep it?”

Gordon Wood, James Oakes, Victoria Bynum, Sean Wilentz, and James McPherson criticize the 1619 Project

The megachurch and Southern religion

Praying about impeachment

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Eric Foner reviews Mary Thomspon, “The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret”:  George Washington, Slavery and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon

A millennial evangelical finds deeper community with his unbelieving coworkers than he does at church

The University of North Carolina, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and a campus monument

There are 435 members of the House of Representatives.  Why?

Principle over party in the impeachment of Andrew Johnson

The Benedict Option at work in St. Marys, Kansas

Christian colleges and student debt

Ranking Adam Sandler movies

The evangelical faith and work movement

Garry Wills on impeachment myths

Thinking historically about genealogy

British evangelicals and Brexit

Is America a Catholic country?

What secular progressives and moderate evangelicals have in common

Teaching the Caribbean

Katelyn Beaty reviews Kate Bowler, The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities

Creating a book list for your comprehensive exams

Resourcesfor teaching about women in American history

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Virtue mongering among academics

Should you tell a search committee that you are from the area?

How did Meriwether Lewis die?

David Swartz reviews Darren Dochuk, Anointed With Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

Eugene McCarraher talks about his new book The Enchantments of Mammon

Jill Lepore watches the impeaching hearings

Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman’s extended testimony on Trump and impeachment

I got the “$20 Replacement Badge

The death of Dorothy Bradford

The relevance of Bonhoeffer

Rethinking the Junior year

Christmas movies

The conservative case for Bernie Sanders

The history of racism in Virginia

Two old national roads

Healing social and political wounds

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