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

Sunday Nights Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

What we can learn about expertise from the Naomi Wolf incident

What Wendell Berry “stands on”

What is happening to books in college libraries?

When Vermont outlawed slavery

Kenneth Woodward reviews a new book on former Notre Dame president Ted Hesburgh

Class discussion

David Hollinger 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

19th-century beef

Teaching at “non-elite” colleges

Oh the Places You’ll Go and graduation gifts

Should Catholics abolish the priesthood?

Common-Place issue on Walt Whitman

Abortion politics: “strutting and fighting.”  Also this.

What is George Will reading?

Madison Square Garden

Harvard’s first commencement

J.L. Bell on “How to Assess a Founder’s Quote

Is the Church of England experiencing a revival?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Humanities research with undergraduates

How deal with slavery in the family tree?

A critique of the five paragraph essay

Wayne Lee reviews Rick Atkinson, The British Are Coming

On submitting flawed work

Naomi Schaeffer Riley reviews Wilfred McClay, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

John Lukacs RIP

John Wilson on fear

Did Elizabeth Warren just change the abortion debate?

Andrew Isenberg reviews David McCullough’s The Pioneers

Olaudah Equiano’s faith

Jonathan Den Hartog reviews Joanne Freeman, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

An academic who writes for the public

The Portuguese restoration of 1640 and American slavery

Is the history major still relevant?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Pietist Schoolman weighs-in on Gordon College’s decision to drop the history major

How to fix the survey course

Is it OK to criticize Rachel Held Evans?

When Uncle Sam tells you to pray

Should a university press have to make a profit?

The transcontinental railroad and Indian country

A new book on Dr. Seuss

Personal freedom vs. community in American higher education

Bruce P. Frohnen reviews Wilfred McClay, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great America Story

Socialist Milwaukee

David McCullough revives the virgin frontier thesis

Joseph Ellis reviews Rick Atkinson’s The British Are Coming: The War for America , Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. Wayne Lee reviews it here.

Early evangelicals championed religious liberty

Scott McLemee reviews Jenifer Ratner-Rosenhagin’s The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History

Typos and errors in published books

History and democracy

Revisionist history

Robert George and Cornel West

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Freelance journalism and book reviewing

More on the faith of David Brooks

Is there a “moral stain” on the history profession?  The AHA response and a rejoinder and another AHA response.

Rachel Held Evans, RIP

When news agencies use social media to amplify Trump’s lies

Wilfred McClay on friendship

Andrew Sullivan on Biden

Carol Berkin reviews Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein, The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality

Christians and porn

The American Civil War Museum

Michael Kimmage reviews Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, The Ideas That Made America.

Franklin Graham and his father’s legacy

Warren Wiersbe, RIP

Democracy needs history

Megachurches and Catholic traditions

Ronald Numbers on science and religion

Chris Gerhz on revisionist history in Minnesota

The Jim Crow North

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Cornel West on being a black public intellectual

Peterson v. Zizek

Making the Lincoln Memorial

False prophets

The soul of Aretha Franklin

More on how Robert Caro writes books

Do we need a new Civil War documentary?

David Brooks on the moral life

Michael Burlingame reviews two new histories of the Civil War

Photography and abolitionism

Laudato Si and the Green New Deal

Can She Do It?

The consequences of Loyalism

Asian American evangelicals and 20th century social activism

Why STEM needs history

Catholic presidential candidates

Religion in American history blog publishes a post

Women and the Christian Right

Pence, Taylor University, and the evangelical faculty lounge

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Zionism and the Left

Does the monograph have a future?

An adjunct’s story

A Civil War checkerboard

Celebrity historian Timothy Snyder

Objectional monuments go to Green-Wood Cemetery

Female survivors  of early America

The future of Christianity is African

Mary Corey reviews David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom 

A history of Eric Hobsbawm

The 19th-century secret service agent who took on the Klan

“Not a racist bone in his body

Civil War veterans who never claimed their medals

Alice Kessler-Harris on women and labor in American history

A white NBA player on white privilege

The politics of prayer

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

How to make research professors better teachers

Another call for a national history

Mother is a verb

Happiness

Faith in flyover country

If Lincoln had a sense of humor, why didn’t he ever smile?

Robert Caro talks about writing history

Rewriting the American frontier

Adam Gopnik reviews Henry Louis Gates, Stony Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

An evangelical prays in the Pennsylvania statehouse

Capitalism is taking over higher education

Teaching the sea

What is going on at Wheeling  Jesuit?

Congratulations to the winner of Junto March Madness

Africa is the new global center of Christianity

Assigning big books

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The digital humanities war

When the pirates were American

Hell

How does Mitt Romney’s Mormonism inform his opposition to Trump?

Defending Andrew Jackson

Tom Seaver

Evangelical foreign policy?

Have you been following the leggings debate?

Martha Nussbaum on fear

Richard Gamble reviews Walter A. McDougall, The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest

Trauma in the Civil War South

Historians against “weaponized nostalgia

When the Cincinnati Red Stockings won 81 straight baseball games

Faithful Democrats

Christian scholars thinking in public

Revisiting the meaning of Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”

Historical empathy

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The largest cities in the world from 1500 to the present

Math and your March Madness bracket

Should you chair your department?

Why is pop culture obsessed with good and evil when traditional folktales never were?

The Alliance Party of America

Mega-universities

Conservative Alan Jacobs on why we should not create conservative universities

English baseball

The 1970s

The white picket fence

A Civil War monument in the South that dispels Lost Cause myths

Christians and climate change

He plays like a mix between Charles Barkley and the Royal Navy at the height of the Napoleonic Wars”

Photos of slaves:  Who owns them?

When Milwaukee was socialist

Steven Mintz on “Teaching at Scale

A history lesson on evangelicals and immigration

Another Springsteen book

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The fate of book reviewing in the age of algorithm

Become a more engaging teacher

White female slave owners in the South

Lucinda Robb reviews Samantha Seiple, Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War

The roots of white nationalism in America

Should historians take over the government?

Where should the Ivy League basketball tournaments be held?

Is Beto O’Rourke an empty candidate?

Reading the memoirs of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates

James Kloppenberg reviews Michael Tomasky, If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might be Saved

Dollar stores and Trump

Who will be the true heir of Andrew Jackson in 2020?

David Brooks makes the case for reparations

Exploring the deep South

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

From suffrage activist to conservative Christian

Robert George and Cornel West on Christian love

Presidential empathy

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Why do people hate Steven Pinker?

Great Depression lottery winners

The socialist roots of National Women’s History Month

The impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Clergy who appeared on Jeopardy pray for Alex Trebek

Going home

Carl Paulus reviews Jason Philips,  Looming Civil War: How Nineteenth-Century Americans Imagined the Future

The Fox News White House

Paul Revere and Crispus Attucks

Race and the women’s suffrage movement

Julio Ortega reviews Carrie Gibson, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic America

Aristopopulism

College presidents are feeling pretty good

White evangelical colleges and the civil rights movement

Kevin Gannon takes on Dinesh D’Souza

Frederick Douglass Book Prize winners

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The Alter Bible

Reading in an age of distraction

Cardinal O’Malley

Conservative women

What should we make of Emmanuel Christian School (Karen Pence)?

Harper’s wants you to re-read this 1964 piece.

Allen Guelzo reviews Jon Meacham, The Soul of America

How the U.S. invented empire

Evangelicals at the University of Iowa

Lynn Hunt on Diderot

Brenda Wineapple reviews Amy Greenberg, Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

Historians on Hamilton

The AHA 2019 Yearbook

Howard Thurman and civil rights

Kenneth Woodward on the Cuomo family and abortion

Black History Month–2019

The economic gains of liberal arts majors