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The Book Index: Why It Matters (To Readers of Civil War Books)

Think back to the last non-fiction Civil War book that you read. How many times did you refer to the index? If you read the book from front to back, the index probably did not factor significantly into your experience. 879 more words

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Against Guilt by Historical Association: A Note on MacLean’s "Democracy in Chains"

It’s this summer’s hottest pastime for libertarian-leaning academics: finding examples of bad scholarship in Nancy MacLean’s new book Democracy in Chains. For those out of the loop, MacLean, a history professor at Duke University, argues in her book that Nobel-prize winning public choice economist James Buchanan is part of some Koch-funded vast right-libertarian conspiracy to destroy democracy as inspired by southern racist agrarians and confederates like John Calhoun. 855 more words


James Buchanan on racism

Ever since Nancy MacLean’s new book came out, there have been waves of discussions of the intellectual legacy of James Buchanan – the economist who pioneered public choice theory and won the Nobel in economics in 1986. 1,126 more words


June 26, 2017 Can We Save Our Democracy? Author Nancy MacLean Discusses Her New Book "Democracy In Chains: The Deep History Of The Radical Right's Stealth Plan For America" with Host Corinne Frugoni

Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America tells the never-before-told story of James Buchanan, a Nobel prize winning economist who created the intellectual foundation and strategic blueprints behind the billionaire-funded radical right’s campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, curb democratic majority rule and ultimately change the Constitution. 358 more words

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A Taxpayer-Funded Smear Job of Professor James Buchanan

My daily columns usually revolve around public policy issues such as tax reform, entitlements, and corrupt government. And while sometimes get a bit agitated about bad things in Washington, it’s because I’m a curmudgeonly libertarian, not because of some personal stake (other than being an… 2,796 more words


1857 – Inaugural Address of James Buchanan

Link to MillerCenter.org’s transcript of speech

Summary of speech:

The last President elected before Lincoln, tensions regarding slavery and the strength of the Federal government are front and center.   1,292 more words

Inaugural Address


June 1st in history:

Kentucky became the 15th state in the Union on June 1st, 1792. It took four more years before a 16th star was put on the flag – for Tennessee, admitted on June 1st, 1796. 117 more words

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