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The Lollards: An Introduction

I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Lollards. They’re an unassuming group of ‘before-their-time’ types, who were zealously religious and willing to be labelled a heretic as a result; described that way they don’t sound particularly interesting, but I’ve always loved to read about them. 826 more words

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Rock the Oscars 2019: Dick Powell

Oscars nominations are announced today.  In the days leading up to the ceremony, this blog will look at Arkansas to the Academy Awards.

First up is Dick Powell.  257 more words

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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

“Horatio Gates is a cock robin and a coward.”

If Benedict Arnold had written a memoir, I’m pretty sure that would have been the opening line, and it would have gone down in history with other famous opening lines, like “Call me Ishmael” and “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” 578 more words

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“Depressed and discouraged as we are apt to be by the flood of filth and falsehood, of corruption and crime, which the daily paper offers us for our daily food, it is well sometimes to stop, take a quieter and less partial view, and realize the right we have as Americans for pride in our past and for hope in our future” …

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