Category Archives: History

Hood’s ‘Catalyst’ to be featured today on ‘North Carolina Bookwatch’

John Hood discusses Catalyst, his political biography of former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin, during today’s 5 p.m. episode of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC Public Television.






What we know that just ain’t so: Ty Cobb edition

Baseball fans know that Ty Cobb was one of the game’s all-time greatest hitters. He was also a supreme jerk and a virulent racist. Or was he? The latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis features journalist Charles Leerhsen’s reassessment of Cobb’s legacy. What about race? It is “common knowledge” that Cobb was “an avowed racist”—butContinue Reading






What’s wrong with that new movie about the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing?

Plenty, according to a Federalist column from Mollie Hemingway. Some of us are old enough to remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation battle. We were shocked when reports first surfaced that Thomas, a well-regarded former chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was being accused of sexual harassment. But then we heard his accuser’sContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Pat McCrory’s executive order responding to concerns about the recently enacted House Bill 2. John Hood’s Daily Journal uses an example from former Gov. Jim Martin’s career to explain the importance of language and narratives in political debate.






Raleigh historian explores the ultimate contested presidential convention

Garland Tucker writes at National Review Online about the most hotly contested presidential nomination battle in American history. Many historic precedents of contested conventions can be cited, but the most contested of all was without question the Democratic Convention of 1924. By the time convention delegates convened in New York City on June 24, thereContinue Reading






Happy 75th birthday to The Showboat

The battleship USS North Carolina was commissioned on this date (April 9) in 1941. The ship’s nickname comes from the frequent trial runs she made out of the New York Naval Shipyard where she was built as she was working up. The North Carolina was the first U.S. battleship built after the lapse of theContinue Reading






Walter Williams marks Madison’s legacy

Walter Williams writes at Human Events that Americans would do well to commemorate a special birthday each March 16. We celebrate Washington’s Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison. Madison became our fourth president, but his presidency is not the chief source ofContinue Reading






The fatal flaw of the ‘Bush lied, people died’ mantra

John Podhoretz‘s column in the latest Commentary magazine offers a succinct summary of the primary objection to the argument that former President George W. Bush lied his way into the Iraq War. It became habit for opponents of the George W. Bush administration to accuse its officials of lying about matters that were in dispute—mostContinue Reading