Chuck Chalberg

About Chuck Chalberg

John C. “Chuck” Chalberg teaches American History at Normandale Community College, writes from Minnesota, and brings history to life in the persons of G.K. Chesterton, George Orwell, H.L. Mencken, Branch Rickey, and Teddy Roosevelt at History on Stage.

What President Trump Has in Common With President Polk

By |2019-10-03T15:11:38-05:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, History, Politics, Presidency|

If James K. Polk can be credited with adding a huge swath of territory to the American empire, might Donald Trump one day be credited with preserving that long ago victory by reversing the gradual makeover of the southwestern United States? The game of presidential parallels can be endlessly fascinating. Sometimes it can also [...]

Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football

By |2019-11-07T12:46:19-06:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Books, Character, Culture, Football, History, Sports|

While the evolution of collegiate football was gradual, its rise in popularity was quite sudden—and it all began with Walter Camp, consummate Yale man and watch company executive. Minneapolis lawyer Roger Tamte has now given us the definitive Camp biography… Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football by Roger R. Tamte (408 pages, University [...]

The Diversity Delusion: Race and Gender in Our Universities

By |2019-08-08T15:16:40-05:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture War, Education, Ideology, Modernity, Progressivism, Western Civilization|

Heather Mac Donald has written a no-holds-barred attack on the modern American university, where the absence of courage is only the tip of a very large and menacing iceberg… The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald (288 pages, St. Martin’s Press, 2018) This [...]

What Donald Trump Has in Common With Huckleberry Finn

By |2019-05-30T10:29:35-05:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: Donald Trump, Great Books, Literature|

Have you ever wondered what a mostly adult Huckleberry Finn might have been like? Or who might pass for a modern day Huck Finn? Or what Huck might have done had he been born into money—or made a pile of it?  Or the potential similarities between an east coast, city-slicker Huck and his Mississippi River-going, [...]

Bob Woodward: Journalist or Gossip Columnist?

By |2018-10-09T09:43:15-05:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Government, Journalism, Politics|

So the Bob Woodward has done it again. He has concocted yet another tell-all account of the mostly forgettable doings of yet another set of temporarily memorable Washington figures. And once again he has done so on the basis of unnamed sources. It’s all so tiresome and predictable. What was neither tiresome nor predictable was the work of [...]

Meeting a Lost Soul in the Skies

By |2018-10-04T16:19:00-05:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Compassion, Responsibility, Virtue|

On airplanes my druthers is to mind my own business. I don’t want to be rude, but I much prefer reading to chatting. And that’s precisely what I did for almost the entirety of a recent flight. Nothing out of the ordinary here. It’s my usual pattern. And it generally works, especially if one avoids small talk right [...]

Should College Be Free?

By |2019-05-21T14:19:57-05:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Education, Europe, Liberal Learning|

Why doesn’t the United States do what Europe does when it comes to students and college? Why isn’t a college education free? Fall is here. That means many things are on their way down, including bank accounts as parents write tuition checks.  Is anything going up? Maybe interest in “free” college. How often are we [...]

G.K. Chesterton’s “What’s Wrong With the World”

By |2019-04-18T11:17:36-05:00August 8th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Culture, England, G.K. Chesterton, Politics|

The next time someone tells you that reactionaries and other assorted defenders of the family and private property do not care about the poor, invite them to read G.K. Chesterton’s final words in What’s Wrong with the World… A man of great good cheer, G. K. Chesterton was well known for his sunny disposition [...]

Populism & Progressivism: Then & Now

By |2018-06-12T07:34:02-05:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Donald Trump, Government, Politics, Progressivism|

With the Trump presidency now well underway, an inescapable historical irony deserves to be noted. If there was a time in our history—and there was—when progressivism bested populism, this is a moment when populism has returned the favor. To be sure, the populism of today is not exactly the same version of populism that [...]

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

By |2018-05-11T00:31:03-05:00May 7th, 2018|Categories: Barack Obama, Books, Politics, Presidency|

Just who and what is Barack Obama? If he “willed himself into being,” what did he will himself to be?… Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David Garrow (1472 pages, HarperCollins, 2017) Having read the entirety of this unnecessarily, even ridiculously, lengthy biography of Barack Obama, I trust that I am well-qualified [...]

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