Category Archives: History

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

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

North Carolinians are still a year away from their first trip to the ballot box in high-profile 2016 election races, but Rick Henderson analyzes the latest polling data and election-related developments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses the N.C. Supreme Court’s recent hearing on a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s opportunityContinue Reading

Churchill as the ‘crowbar of destiny’

History told through tales of impersonal forces, broad-based social and technological change, hits an occasional obstacle — that great man or woman who seems indispensable to the story. Winston Churchill is one such obstacle. And London Mayor Boris Johnson demonstrates Churchill’s indispensability to the story of the 20th century in the book The Churchill Factor:Continue Reading

Kudlow would like to see more Gladstonian liberals

Larry Kudlow explains in a column posted at the Daily Caller for President’s Day why he would like to see more of today’s politicians emulating a 19th-century British Liberal. Last week I had a wonderful talk with Glenn Beck on TheBlaze. He asked me if I was a “classical liberal.” I said, “Absolutely.” I namedContinue Reading