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The Lafayette 1824-1825 Bicentennial: Are You Ready?

The Marquis de Lafayette returned in 1824-1825 to visit the country he helped create. Those dates mean his bicentennial begins even before the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775. In the last few weeks, I have begun working with some French organizations including: American Friends of Lafayette American Society of […]

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The Thrilla in Manilla: Gordon Wood vs. Woody Holton on 1619

The battle for the American Revolution continues. Since The New York Times threw down the gauntlet in August 2019, the war over the War has been engaged. This is not to say that the war had not broken out earlier. However with the publication of the 1619 Project the battleground has become clearer and more […]

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What do Pence and McCarthy Have to Show for Selling their Souls?

Selling one’s soul is a big deal. I am not referring to someone who is the spawn of Satan but to human beings who choose to sell their souls in return for some tangible benefit. After all, everything is transactional. A classic expression of soul-selling in American mythology occurred in the short story “The Devil […]

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Steve Bannon in Court: So What?

This week marked a change in the investigation of the Hitman’s assault on America in his attempt to steal the election and overthrow the Constitution. One of the leading confederates in this effort surrendered himself to the Court in response to his defiance of a House subpoena. His action including his public media antics have […]

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“Enslaved” versus “Slave”: Yale, Virginia, and New Jersey

What should you call a person who is owned by another person? Traditionally, the common noun for such a person has been “slave.” Lately that word has been called into question. Instead the common noun has been dropped and replaced by the adjective “enslaved” from the verb “to enslave” now placed before the word “person.” […]

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Colin Powell: Suppose He had Run in 1996….: Yes It Needs to Be Asked

[Written prior to seeing the similar op-eds in The New York Times and the Washington Post but posted afterwards] Colin Powell’s death has been an occasion to recall his character as an individual human being and for his place in American history. He also is important for what he did not do – he did […]

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