History

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    Obama, the Russians, and American elections

    David Marcus of the Federalist turns the clock back seven years to add context to a current-day controversy. Hot microphones are a hell of a thing. In 2012, speaking with Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president of our great rival Russia, President Obama said, “After my election I…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson report for Carolina Journal Online about the potential impact of the Silent Sam agreement on other Confederate monument disputes. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal focuses on kids’ near-constant exposure to media.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the opening of candidate filing for N.C. elections in 2020. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines the negative impact of taxation on tap dancing.
    Mitch Kokai, December 2, 2019
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    Martin Center column endorses the history major

    Jacob Bruggeman writes for the Martin Center about the continuing value of a history major in college. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the history field has seen a precipitous decline in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in American colleges. As Benjamin Schmidt, a historian at Northeastern University, reported…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Rick Henderson reports for Carolina Journal Online about the latest developments in the dispute over N.C. Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits. Andy Taylor’s Daily Journal contends that conservatives might need a dose of 1970s-era challenges to refine their arguments.
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2019
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    Colonial Health Care

    As we head toward Thanksgiving, JLF’s Jordan Roberts has published a research brief on the health care to which the pilgrims would have had access. Roberts explains: The patrons on board the Mayflower had two resources at their disposal. The first was a medical book, The Surgeon’s Mate: The First Compendium…
    Brenee Goforth, November 20, 2019
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    The Year of Two Thanksgivings

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on the unintended consequences of changing the date of Thanksgiving in 1939. Sanders writes: As strange as this sounds to 21st-century ears, back then the Christmas shopping season didn’t start till after Thanksgiving…Since the calendar date of Thanksgiving changed while that of Christmas…
    Brenee Goforth, November 18, 2019
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    Lessons from the Berlin Wall

    John Fund of National Review Online ponders the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall. The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years until in 1989 a wave of citizen protest forced the East German Communist government to open its gates. We’ve now gone longer without the Berlin Wall…
    Mitch Kokai, November 12, 2019