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

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Writing rules to ignore

Making communion wafers

Lord Dunmore and slavery

A history of blackface

Graduate school takes its toll

The Great Commission

Virginia and race

Medical school yearbooks

Women’s suffrage and white supremacy

Do you want to read more books?  Here are some tips

Reduced teaching loads make better teachers

Midwestern history

The Alliance of American Football

Identity politics has been around for a long time

Eric Foner on Plessy v. Ferguson

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Is your syllabus too long?

What is liberalism?

Political converts

What happened to New Atheism?

The descendants of Georgetown University slaves

The evolution of the State of the Union address

A writer finds her students

Jackson Lears reviews two books on American empire

Paul Harvey on civil rights activist and intellectual Howard Thurman

Ned Blackhawk reviews David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

J.L. Bell on “American History’s Biggest Fibs”

Should the state do the church’s work?

Trump’s shutdown was an attack on American intellectual life

Sara Georgini on Jeremy Belknap and John Adams

A Jewish synagogue studies the Declaration of Independence and Federalist 10

Liberal education vs. liberal arts education

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

What happened to Lindsey Graham?

A smart take on the Buzzfeed-Mueller controversy

Hey Marie Kondo, don’t mess with my books!

Alan Wolfe reviews Francis Fukuyama, Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

Trump’s evangelicals do not go to church

End Abortion, End Poverty, End Racism, End War”

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice vs. The Confederate White House

Work and meaning

“Rough-and-tumble” park rangers

What happens when you try to film Hamilton from the fourth row of a theater in Puerto Rico

The slave narrative of a wealthy intellectual from West Africa

Does water have a flavor?

Histories of liberalism

Abigail Adams on French women

Teaching the recent past

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

What is a university without a history major?

Worse than Watergate

Progress and historical purity

Against nihilism only love can prevail

Critics

Trump’s “writing” reveals his “inadequate thought”

Progress in an age of anxiety

Are we in a “golden age” of higher education?

Tidying-up: a Christian view

Crises at the border

A prominent liberal Catholic writer calls the Pennsylvania Grand Jury sex abuse report “inaccurate, unfair, and misleading.”

National Review editors: “dump Steve King

Karen Swallow Prior

Where are the Indians in Jill Lepore’s These Truths?

Mr. Rogers

Finishing a book

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Populism and democracy

Using conservative arguments to oppose Trump’s wall

Eric Wakin reviews Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer, Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974

William Penn

Why it took so long to ban lynching in the United States

Liberty University football

Rashida Tlaib is mirroring Trump’s style

Adam Goodheart reviews David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Mitt Romney and Mormon studies

Frank Reich was a seminary president before he was the coach of the Indianapolis Colts

Tim Murphy interviews historian Joanne Freeman about violence in Congress

Do conservatives in academia need a safe space?

Mean Gene Okerlund and Super Dave Osborn

Sean Wilentz reviews Andrew Delbanco, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul From the Revolution to the Civil War

Slaves in Jamestown (1619)

GIFS for those on the academic job market

A case against bookless libraries

Bruce Springsteen and motherhood

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Slavoj Zizek vs. Jordan Peterson

Scholarship as the pursuit of merit badges and glory

Theological politics

Love and Wendell Berry’s fiction

Excavating at the site of the Battle of Princeton

Has liberalism failed?

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich asks: Where are the women at Harvard?

What if knowledge–the real, redeeming variety–is not power, but the opposite of it?

Wassailing

Dorothy Day

More Donald Trump–Andrew Jackson comparisons

The real story behind “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It seems like everyone is writing about Phillis Wheatley these days!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

New language for the abortion debate

Bringing “Springsteen on Broadway” to Netflix

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Goodbye Weekly Standard

Should you write over the holidays?

The history of showering

Silent Sam house is rejected

What does Black Lives Matter have to do with John Adams?

Are the critics of Southern Seminary’s statement on its racial past “graceless?”

Springsteen is coming to Netflix today and The Atlantic has it covered

After Trump will we need another Reconstruction?

A pro-life Catholic Democrat in Louisiana

Chris Gehrz on “Fairness for All

The biography of Jarena Lee

Marjoleine Kars reviews H.W. Brands, Heirs of the Founders: Henry Clay, John Calhoun, Daniel Webster

Evangelicals and #MeToo

George Washington’s “hard death

Cornell University Press editor Michael McGandy talks books

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things on line that caught my attention this week:

Was George H.W. Bush the “last WASP president?”

Italian-Americans

How to get into a history Ph.D program

Andrew Delbanco reviews Joanne Freeman’s The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

Did George H.W. Bush “lead the GOP toward evangelicalism?”

Civility:  duty or trap?

A nice collection of political maps

The red kettles of the Salvation Army

Linda Killian reviews Nick Bunker’s Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity

George H.W. Bush and the “religion card

Why progressives need both populism and religion

Obsolete history textbooks?

Thoughts on the decline in the number of history majors

David Blight on the childhood of Frederick Douglass

Some advice on networking at conferences