Category Archives: History

Highlighting a Southport artist’s legacy

Art Newton’s painting and photographs helped chronicle life in and around Southport in the post-World War II era. Former state Transportation Secretary Tommy Harrelson discussed his book about Newton’s work during a presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, Harrelson discusses Newton’s reputation at the time of his paintingsContinue Reading

Another look at familiar texts

Joshua at Jericho. Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath. These familiar biblical tales undergo a thorough review in the latest installment of Berkeley professor Robert Alter’s ongoing translation of the Hebrew Bible, Ancient Israel — The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. Taking up fewer than 250 pages in a basic King James VersionContinue Reading

Hanson ponders the Last Lion’s legacy

Victor Davis Hanson reminds National Review Online readers about Winston Churchill’s significance in 20th-century history. Fifty years ago this Saturday, former British prime minister Winston Churchill died at age 90. Churchill is remembered for his multiple nonstop careers as a statesman, cabinet minister, politician, journalist, Nobel laureate historian, and combat veteran. He began his careerContinue Reading

WaPo’s Samuelson corrects Krugman’s latest mistake

Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post devotes his latest column to clearing up the latest of Paul Krugman’s economic errors. It’s important to get history right — and economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has got it maddeningly wrong. Krugman recently wrote a column arguing that the decline of double-digit inflation in theContinue Reading

Shlaes slays silly notions about monetary policy

Amity Shlaes explains in the latest issue of Forbes magazine why one point of modern economic consensus is wrong. AT SOME POINT consensus becomes dogma. In the case of U.S. monetary policy we’ve about reached that point. Ask any authority you like and you’ll hear that loose is good and looser is better. The dogmaContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with University of Dayton historian Larry Schweikart about his movie “Rockin’ the Wall,” which highlights rock music’s role in ending the Cold War. Sarah Curry and Jenna Robinson’s Daily Journal explains why it makes sense for N.C. legislators to split up their committees overseeing K-12Continue Reading

U-boats operated off the N.C. coast in 1918

Many students of 20th-century military history know about German U-boat operations off the American coast during World War II. Fewer are aware of U-boat activity reaching North Carolina during the final year of World War I. Michael Lowrey, a John Locke Foundation analyst and Carolina Journal associate editor who also has earned international recognition asContinue Reading

If you think modern-day American political fights are tough …

Perhaps you ought to revisit the historical record. One good place to start would be Dan Jones’ entertaining account of the dynastic battles that generated decades of upheaval in Great Britain from the death of the wildly popular Plantagenet king Henry V in 1422 to the effective end of credible challenges to Henry VIII’s ruleContinue Reading