Category Archives: History

A Russian novel’s role in waging the Cold War

Anyone who has read Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago — or seen the David Lean movie based on that novel — can understand why its story proved provocative at the height of the Cold War. Peter Finn and Petra Couvée’s book The Zhivago Affair details the role Zhivago played in the long-running battle between free andContinue Reading

Washington’s actions during his ‘interlude’

George Washington earns a spot in the American history books as both the commander of the army that won the Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States. It makes sense that most biographies of Washington would focus heavily on those two periods of his life — each of which extended over roughlyContinue Reading

Political changes since Nixon’s era

Kevin Williamson‘s latest column for National Review Online notes changes in American political culture in the 40 years since Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal. Richard Nixon was a snake who understood himself as such but had sufficient vestigial conscience to be ashamed of his snakery. When Tricky Dick wanted to spread a nasty rumor about aContinue Reading

Citizenship tests for citizens

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features an editorial urging citizenship tests for people who are already citizens. Americans love democracy and freedom — so long as there’s no quiz involved. The numbers are depressing: One in four Americans do not know that the U.S. declared its independence from England. One in three cannot nameContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on an upcoming court hearing involving access to Alamance County school records. The Daily Journal reviews a new book on Winston Churchill’s irreplaceable role in 20th-century history.

Lincoln’s reliance on the American Founders

Richard Brookhiser has spent much of his time in recent years documenting the exploits of the American Founders. So it should be no great surprise that those towering figures still occupy much of Brookhiser’s attention as he jumps ahead in American history to focus his latest book, Founders’ Son, on the 16th president. Unsurprising, certainly, andContinue Reading

Sherman marches to and through Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Observer has an article out on the events of 150 years ago, when Gen. William T. Sherman and his army came to Fayetteville after turning north after completing their March to the Sea. While the devastation caused in Fayetteville wasn’t nearly as great as in Georgia or South Carolina, it was still considerable.Continue Reading

They did build that

Kevin Williamson of National Review Online digs deep into the historical record to find examples that contradict President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line from the last presidential campaign. There is a line of argument shared by both our so-called liberals and the daft juvenile Marxist revanchists who do most of their thinking for themContinue Reading