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On April 20, 2012
Sarah Kliff links to a study that correctly notes the tendency of historians to give high rankings to presidents who kill a lot of Americans in wars during their tenure. That’s a problem both for historical analysis and because it provides incentives to current presidents to believe they need an aggressive foreign policy to be […]

The Van Buren Boys

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On December 8, 2009

I’ve been reading Daniel Walker Howe’s superb What Hath God Wrought. Among its many strong points, it’s much-more clear-eyed about Andrew Jackson than Sean Wilentz’s similar hi

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