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Posts Tagged ‘historian’

The Power of the Press

Have you ever wondered just how the man most widely perceived as our best US President,  managed to triumph in a field of four candidates?   Such odds would be considered suicidal today. Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election because the Lincoln-Douglas debates were closely followed by reporters,   who transcribed them… read more >

The Education of Shebby Lee

I consider my own education to be woefully incomplete and with the days dwindling down – as the song goes – is taking on a sense of urgency. Therefore, I rarely re-read books (see paragraph one) but for some reason last winter I picked up a two-volume book I had… read more >

Brown Water*

It’s probably a safe bet that no one pursues historical research to win prizes. Unless you are Stephan Ambrose or Bernard DeVoto, recognition for your work is such a remote possibility that it isn’t even a factor. Even the most highly regarded historians spend a lifetime seeking publishers for their… read more >

The Yellowstone Myth

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I am a big fan of America’s National Parks. With all its flaws (mostly attributable to under-funding) they collectively constitute our “best idea”, and the rest of the world has endorsed the concept by copying it. I was therefore intrigued… read more >

New Year’s Open House

The custom of paying New Year’s calls originated in New York, or as it was then styled, New Amsterdam, where the Dutch held open house on New Year’s Day and served cherry bounce, olykoeks [doughnuts] steeped in rum, cookies, and honey cakes. (Notice that these treats are all sweet, not… read more >

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