Is the Civil War Long Gone and Far Away?

By |2020-04-13T17:50:09-05:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Civil War, Slavery, War|

I want to suggest two big lessons that we today might learn from the Civil War: The first concerns how to recognize when moral evil threatens to become increasingly intractable, even to the point of overwhelming the good. Sitting at my desk in Louisiana the other week, where it was already as hot as [...]

Ebola, the Slave & the Puritan Preacher

By |2015-01-05T16:48:26-06:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: History, Slavery, Stephen Masty|

As the world grapples with fearsome Ebola Fever, we have been through something similar before. Last time it was stemmed in Colonial America by a black African slave and his owner, a firebrand, evangelical, white clergyman. Onesimus was a slave, owned by the Puritan polemicist and renowned preacher Cotton Mather (1663-1728). Beyond Black Studies [...]

The Human Republic: Cato and Cora

By |2019-07-09T13:29:32-05:00February 13th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Cato, Joseph Addison, Slavery|

During his famous and well-attended University of Pennsylvania lectures of 1790 and 1791, James Wilson attempted to define the ideas of the American founding period. Others had done the same thing, or soon would, in a comprehensive fashion. The very first history of the revolution appeared in 1789, written by southerner David Ramsey. In [...]

Emancipate, but Colonize: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Consensus

By |2016-06-02T15:02:56-05:00April 28th, 2013|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, Stephen M. Klugewicz|Tags: , |

Mathew Carey Left out in Steven Spielberg’s cinematic work of hagiography, Lincoln, is the fact that, as scholar Phil Magness continues to show us, the sixteenth president was devoted until his dying day to a program of African colonization as a component of any scheme of black emancipation. In this, of course, [...]