Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Popular writing should be as rigorous as scholarship–but much easier to read

Ibram X Kendi on the Fourth of July

A funny critique of Hamilton

Trump’s border wall

Charleston’s John C. Calhoun statue

Wilfred McClay on profanity

Mormon socialists

When African Americans co-opted July 4th

Grant Wacker reviews Daniel Vaca, Evangelicals  Incorporated: Books and the Business of Religion in America

The ending of Hamilton

Frederick Douglass on monuments

Clyde Haberman reviews David Paul Kuhn, The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working Class

Action Park

The Lincoln Memorial was made for this

Should Teddy Roosevelt come down?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

David Blight: Let the Freedmen’s Memorial stand

White Jesus

The 1918 flu at Harvard

David Blight reviews Colin Woodard, The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood

A database of Black American funeral programs

Historians on Richmond’s Robert E. Lee monument

Harriett Tubman used naming in a way to evoke power

Andrew Sullivan on monuments

Drive-in theaters

“If you ever wanted your smartest friend to lead you in spiritual reflection, this is it

College

Browsing in a bookstore

Super-spreader megachurches

Brenda Wineapple reviews Wendell Bird, Criminal Dissent: Prosecutions Under the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798

Is there a left-conservative tradition in America?

The “strange” decision to topple a U.S. Grant statue on Juneteenth

Sunday night odds and ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Brett Malcolm Grainger reviews Bruce Hindmarsh, The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism: True Religion in a Modern World

The Confederate monument at Ole Miss

When Trumpism came to an Alabama Baptist church

A Black Lives Matters march in Harrison, Arkansas

The global reach of the civil rights movement

Is market logic killing us?

Aunt Jemima

The Confederate flag and World War II

Dan Walden reviews Eugene McCarraher, The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity

Heather Cox Richardson

First Things is now billing itself as a “nourishing” journal of “hope”

Paula White

Trump’s performative display at St. John’s Church

Frederick Douglass on John Brown

What should conservatives think about Confederate monuments?

George Washington: Dad

Sunday night odds and ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The fear thesis seems to be catching-on

What is fascism?

A multiracial community of drag racers

White evangelicals and Trump

Female slave owners

Robert Kennedy and our current crisis

Douglas Brinkley reviews Doug Swanson, The Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers

New monuments?

Three new books on the intellectual vocation

A plea for intellectual diversity

The 1965 Immigration Act and today

What is Juneteenth?

Black Christian nationalism

A journey through the evangelical heartland

Sam Kleiner reviews Mary Kate Nelson, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and the Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

Shawshank Redemption, Lana Rey, Stephen King, and Wendell Berry in the age of COVID-19

Race, religion, and photo-ops

Outdoor worship

The religious roots of the “Fairness Doctrine

 

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

On anti-racist reading lists

A black history reading list

An anti-racism reading list from Eerdmans

Tea

Benjamin Rush and yellow fever

Republicans are complicit

White nationalism and the Christian Right

Toussaint Louverture died in prison

Sanitizing the mail

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

St. John’s Church would have been open to a Trump photo-op. He never asked

How the anti-abortion forces might respond to the tear gas

Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns: “Black Christians “cannot do this alone

Charles Royster, RIP

How to live a long life

The Southern Baptists are in decline

The George Floyd protests in historical context

A historian self-publishes

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

When a day of lament for Lincoln’s death coincided with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot

A Minnesota historian and native reflects on the George Floyd case

Melissa Rogers on religion and public life

Hell

Is there a religious left?

Lizabeth Cohen reviews Robert Dallek, How Did We Get Here?: From Roosevelt to Donald Trump

Modern nostalgia and re-watching our favorite TV shows

The National Book Festival moves online

Coffee and coffeehouses

Future historians of COVID-19 and Wikipedia

Is anti-intellectualism killing us?

Keith Hernandez

Supporting writers during COVID-19

Ryan Boyd reviews Kevin Gannon’s Radical Hope: A Teaching Manfisto

Getting rid of a home library

The Jamaican slave revolt of 1831

A short history of Twitter

New books in early Canadian history

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

White backlash and American progress

Fauci on college openings

The “tyranny of virtue” in the American academy

The danger of historical analogies

Pundits cannot predict the future

Interesting piece on the Washington Examiner

Book proposals

Marilynne Robinson on education and COVID-19

The lives of women

Jane Roe was a human being. And what the anti-abortion community is saying about her “deathbed confession.”

Joseph Epstein on solitude

Sanctuary churches

Historians on pandemic narratives

David Nasaw reviews two new books on immigration history

Mary Beard on lecturing

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

We see through a glass darkly

The woman who turned Woodrow Wilson into a supporter of the Nineteenth Amendment

“What would make leaders [of colleges and universities] gamble with human life this way?”

Hope for the humanities

Alan Jacobs on First Things

The case for books

Grateful Americans

Teach My Research

COVID-19 and the end of paper money

Women reading through the Great Depression

Jill Lepore‘s new podcast

Blogging” through a 17th-century pandemic

Karin Wulf reviews Whitney Martinko’s Historic Real Estate: Market Morality and the Politics of Preservation in the Early United States

Kwame Anthony Appiah reviews three new books on Franz Boas

Marjoleine Kars reviews Serena Zabin, The Boston Massacre: A Family History

18th-century schoolmaster’s salaries

 

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Meritocracy

Nostalgia is our modern condition

The rise of Christianity

50 years ago a liberal arts college in Iowa cancelled graduation

Ex-conservatives

Mia, the Land O’Lakes butter maiden

Corey Robin reviews two books on the history of American communism

Allen Guelzo reviews Bradley C. Watson, Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea

Jon Meacham on pandemics of the past

What is historian Robert Caro doing during the pandemic?

Bowling alleys

Abigail Adams in an epidemic

Teaching the American Revolution with no syllabus

The founding fathers and economic regulations in times of crisis

Loyalism

Running the Race” and Ahmaud Arbery

David Swartz interviews Lauren Turek, author of To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelical Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Louis Masur on presidential leadership

Allen Guelzo reviews Fergus Bordewich, Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Babe Ruth and the 1918 influenza

The financial toll on churches

Nancy Bristow on the 1918 influenza

A new collection of classic conservative writings

Cotton Mather and “Jesus is My Vaccine”

Did we ever recover from Kent State?

Race and the spread of Covid-19

Is Covid-19 just a New York problem?

One thing you can do with a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards

Our response to the coronavirus should be political

Letter-writing

There is a difference between “revisionist history” and lies

Lincoln and leadership in a time of crisis

The Whiskey Rebellion and Covid-19 protests

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Umberto Eco and the intellectual life

Universities opening in the Fall

Retreating to a farm and using 11th-century tools

Joey Votto: Baseball’s “brainiest hitter”

Post-COVID-19: Where will we live?

David Blight on what Frederick Douglass can teach us these days

Richard Moe reviews Ted Widmer’s Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

On the primacy of the common good

Lockdown nostalgia

Is coronavirus killing democracy?

Philip Jenkins contemplates the post-Covid religious future

Onesimus Mather

Claudio Saunt on “The Trail of Tears

Emmett Ashord, Major League Baseball’s first black umpire

Trump is playing “insider” (POTUS) and “outsider” (the “populism hustle”) simultaneously

Annette Gordon-Reed reviews Peniel Joseph, The Sword and the Shield:The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch some of the most “memorable, gut-wrenching, or downright remarkable moments in sports history over the past years”

The Federal Writers Project and how the New Deal helped writers

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Humanists in a time of crisis

Covid Christians

Can Trump adjourn Congress? What would Alexander Hamilton think?

Wilfred McClay reviews Ross Douthat’s The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success

Michael Sandel on the ethics, social and political questions provoked by coronavirus

Coronavirus and the life of the mind

Randall Stephens reviews Heather Cox Richardson’s How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America

The largest zoo in human history

Is Andrew Cuomo the new Robert Moses?

Jeremi Suri reviews Daniel Drezner, What Donald Trump Teaches Us About the Modern Presidency

Opposition to the coronavirus lockdown is absurd

George Washington between aristocracy and republicanism

How to quarantine: 1918 style

Adam Goodheart reviews Edward Achorn, Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

Evangelicals who are staying home on Sundayand those who are not

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Intellectual work as vocation

Tom Hanks hosts a virtual Saturday Night Live

Check out these six digital humanities projects

Animating bad coronavirus takes

Teaching writing online

Humanities in a time of crisis

Coronavirus: 2 related temptations

When do we start letting people die?

Ordering used books

The political history of baseball stadiums

Caitlin Fitz reviews Claudio Saint’s Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory.  Nick Romeo reviews it here.

Jim Crow and the 1918 Spanish flu

The roots of Reformed Judaism in America

Bernard Bailyn’s latest

Jon Lauck reviews Ben Lerner, The Topeka School: A Novel

Hoarding and ethics

Pope Francis: “This is not a time for indifference”

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Stuart Whatley reviews Martha Nussbaum, The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal

When editors believed that magazines could change lives

The “pathogens may be new, the logic of social response is not, and it is here that we can see historical continuities.”

A Harvard professor teaches on Zoom

The burning of The Quarantine

Sacrifice

ESPN in a pandemic

Liberty University employee: “I really feel I’m being gaslit

Early Christians and caring for others in times of crisis

George Washington’s honorary doctorate

National History Day goes virtual

How would Ben Franklin respond to COVID-19?

The growth of Christianity in Kenya

Faith healing by phone

Death is bad

Women study George Washington too

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Books written in isolation

Court evangelical Charlie Kirk wants to see your on-line class

Hershey in times of crisis

We need baseball!

What happened to Jake Millison?

The National Emergency Library

Upton Sinclair: revolutionary

Aaron Ben Ze’ev reviews Martha Nussbaum, The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble But Flawed Ideal

Jon Meacham on presidential leadership

Jodi Eichler-Levine reviews Katherine Stewart, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

John Brown’s wax body

A descendant of James Madison and his slave

Baptisms by zoom

The Bunker Hill Monument

5000 surgical masks hidden in the National Cathedral

Sunday Night Odds an Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

The American cemetery

The Tattooed Prof on getting ready to teach online

The Civil War in the West

A Ford Model T traverses Europe

Nice feminists

The dos and dont’s of social distancing

Wash your hands

The Roman Republic and Trump

“I am eating Lyndon Johnson and sleeping Lyndon Johnson”

Andrew Davenport reviews Eric Foner’s The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.

A hymnbook in early America

What do white evangelicals think about Trump?

How will the coronavirus outbreak affect Trump’s legacy?

Coronavirus and the racism of the Christian Right

Historic site visitation and public engagement with history

The 1918 influenza pandemic and American churches

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Doctoral students should volunteer

Nancy Isenberg reviews Ellen Carol DuBois, Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

A Christian defense of socialism

The digitization of Freedomways: A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement

Hosea Easton and David Walker attempt to debunk scientific racism

Jill Lepore on the problems of political polling

Some new books on writing well

Horace Greeley and the history of “crusading” journalism

Students are learning how to spot fake news

The problem with women’s history month

Remembering Edith Blumhofer and here

Marti Greene reviews two recent books on Dorothy Sayers

Defending nostalgia

When John Adams defended British soldiers and what that means

Emily Yankowitz reviews Kacy Tillman, Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution

Is the Democratic Party antithetical to religion?

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Former slave residences

Did Frank Sinatra have a role in JFK’s death?

Billy Joel is 70.

Wikipedia is “fun and weird”

Christian nationalism

Dover bookstore

More Christian nationalism

Wash your hands

Cars and the civil rights movement

Are you reading Heather Cox Richardson’s Letters from an American?

William Howard Taft on the powers of the president

Writers and activism

American Indians and Civil War memory

Serena Zabin on the Boston Massacre

James Kloppenberg reviews Craig Fehrman, Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote

Julia Ward Howe‘s vision of America

Trump and the “miracle on ice

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

A history of our relationship with books

Rethinking Max Weber on the vocation of the scholar

A strange piece of Syracuse real estate

Andrew Sullivan on the “absurd tragedy” of the Trump presidency

Torture in American history

Slave songs

Sean Wilentz puts the Houston Astros cheating scandal in historical context

The founding fathers on presidential pardons

Why do academics hate Mayor Pete?

Commas and commemoration

Anger

The most famous high school basketball team in the world

The irony of African Americans promoting democracy in post-WW II Germany

Presidential writing

The importance of institutions

Adjunct faculty

“Christic Manhood?”

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Nathan Hatch on the political captivity of the church

David Brooks thinks the nuclear family was a mistake

Civil War chaplains and nationalism

Public writing

Mr. Peanut

Newyorkitis

John Turner interviews Erik Seeman, author of Speaking with the Dead in Early America

Andrew Ferguson reviews Fergus M. Bordewich, Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Cathleen Kaveny reflects theologically on the death of her mother

Peter Leithart reviews N.T. Wright’s History and Eschatology

Utah women had the right to vote well before the 19th Amendment

The Amish are skeptical of climate change

The Negro Leagues

Catholic college students vs. the KKK

Remember the sites of the slave trade

A relic from the election of 1800

Walter Isaacson reviews Edward Larson, Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

Rev. Barry Black at the Trump impeachment trial