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Queen Elizabeth and the American Revolution 250th

Queen Elizabeth dominated the news for several days if not longer. For a brief moment, the world saw Great Britain at its best. We saw its palaces, churches, and chapels. We watched its processions. We witnessed its people stand patiently in astonishingly long lines for hours on end for their turn to glimpse and pay […]

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American Historical Association: Presidential Culture Wars Contretemps

The apology by the American Historian Association President arrived online before the print version from the September newsletter did. It has been a couple of years since a history organization endured a culture wars controversy of its own making: SHEAR CHAOS: A Culture Wars Train Wreck for a History Organization (8/19/20). SHEAR, the Society for […]

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David McCullough (1933-2022): No R.I.P. – The Culture Wars Continue

Historian David McCullough’s death in August made the front page of The New York Times. For how many historians past or still living can one make or will one be able to make that claim? The title reads “Spellbinding Author Who Took His Audience to 1776 and Back.” The obituary lauded his achievements as a […]

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All Primaries Should be Open (and Other Lessons from 2022)

As the primary season draws to a close, We the People have the opportunity to learn from what has transpired these past months. The rules and regulations governing the primary season are not derived from the Constitution. The Founding Fathers had an abhorrence of the very concept of factions. Indeed, for much of our history, […]

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Sometimes a Banana Really Is a Banana: The Mount Ebal Cultic Site

How do people process information? In particular, how to they handle cognitive dissonance? What happens when the data received is at variance with existing beliefs? Is it possible to escape a rut or paradigm especially if one has resided in it for decades or one’s entire academic life? These thoughts occurred to as I was […]

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Mar-a-Lago and Mount Ebal: A Tale of Two Cultic Sites

The two cultic sites of Mar-a-Lago and Mount Ebal are rarely linked. I may be the first to do so. Mar-a-Lago is the home of a former President of the United States who is regarded by some of his followers in Jesus-like terms. It is a place where people go to kiss the king and […]

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Historic 2024 Presidential Rematch

The 2024 Presidential elections is shaping up as an historic one in many ways. Of course, in this rapidly changing world, sometimes it is hard to keep up with events. I tend to read the morning papers in the evening. Frequently I learn that what I am seeing on the TV screen and reading in […]

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Nazi Germany Was a Marxist Third-World Banana Republic … and So Are We

Please answer the following questions. 1. The documents at the home of the rightful President were __ planted by the FBI which should be defunded __ declassified and of no value __ legitimately there since the election was stolen and he is the rightful President __ all of the above 2. The United States under […]

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