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On April 4, 2012

Not to toot my own very limited horn, but for any of you all in New Mexico, on April 14, I am speaking on blogging and history at the University of New Mexico’s symposium entitled “Where D

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On this date in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray while in Memphis to support a strike by the city’s sanitation workers. In the spring of 1968, Martin Luther King was organizing his Poor People’s Campaign. Hoping to bring attention to the plight of the impoverished around the country, unite […]

Children and Ethics

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On April 3, 2012

Elizabeth Kolbert has an interesting essay in The New Yorker about the ethics of parenting, wondering whether if there are ever ethical reasons to have children. Ethics certainly don’t determine

Civil War News

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On April 3, 2012
A couple of very interesting Civil War related items this morning. First, the Disunion series published one of its more touching and excellent pieces, on the high suicide rates among Confederate soldiers. This is just great. Second and more important is the revised analysis of Civil War death tolls. I have not read the relevant […]

News and Notes

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On April 2, 2012

Various links and such from the last few days as I catch up on sleep/the world after my time in Madison. 1. Historians are having a collective orgasm today over the release of the 1940 census, which s

Lewis L. Gould, eminent historian of the Progressive Era presidency, has a new 73-page biography of Theodore Roosevelt. While one might legitimately ask whether we need another biography of the twenty-sixth president, Gould has much to offer in this brisk and innovative interpretation of Roosevelt. No president captures the American imagination like Theodore Roosevelt. Unless […]

Earl Scruggs, RIP

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On March 28, 2012

This is very sad. Scruggs was one of the last connections to the first days of bluegrass and one of the most innovative, not only in his style of banjo picking but in his willingness to change with th

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