Category Archives: History

Historian Gordon profiles ‘first great man of science born of the working class’

John Steele Gordon shares with Barron’s readers a profile of Michael Faraday. [I]f he had little formal education, he was a voracious autodidact. Apprenticed to a bookbinder at age 14, he spent his teenage years binding books by day and reading them by night, especially those on chemistry and physics. His break came in 1812,Continue Reading

In case you missed him …

John Hood discussed on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” his exchange with a News & Observer political columnist about recent North Carolina economic history.

John Hood responds to Rob Christensen’s column in today’s N&O

From John Hood’s Facebook page: Lots of folks have asked me my reaction to Rob Christensen’s uncharacteristically intemperate attack on me in the Raleigh News & Observer today. I’ll have to pen a lengthier response when I get out from under my current deadlines, but here’s a quick reaction now. First, you may want toContinue Reading

George Mason’s Buckley wishes Constitution Day were Sept. 3

George Mason University law professor F.H. Buckley, a recent John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society speaker, explains for National Review Online readers why he would have preferred to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 3, rather than Sept. 17. Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago the Framers devised the wisest constitution then known to man. That wasContinue Reading

No, Obama isn’t much like FDR

Noemie Emery‘s latest Washington Examiner column pours cold water on the notion that President Obama’s recent actions follow the lead of a venerated 20th-century wartime president. How does one turn President Obama’s admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria into a net positive forContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler about The King’s Trouble Makers, his book about Edenton’s role in early American history. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal explains how recent changes in air travel are likely to affect smaller N.C. airports.

Ezra Klein vs. George W. Bush on Iraq

Jamie Weinstein of the Daily Caller turns the clock back to 2007 to review the contrasting perspectives of two observers of contemporary developments in Iraq. As you might remember, 2007 was the year Bush went “all in” in Iraq by ordering a surge in troop levels and implementing a new strategy led by General DavidContinue Reading

Barone wonders whether the president still clings to delusions

Michael Barone‘s latest column at Human Events suggests that President Obama continues to cling to some harmful delusions that are contradicted by historical evidence. … [O]ne hopes that, as Obama left the fundraiser trail and headed to NATO ally Estonia and the NATO summit in Wales, he arrived stripped of the delusions he carried intoContinue Reading