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On the Southern author, Shelby Foote

Before I launch into writing about Follow Me Down, I want to make sure y’all know who Shelby Foote is. I’ll start with his author bio, because it will either remind you or introduce you to one of the best Southern writers of our times: … 1,385 more words

January 3, 1861

Senator Crittenden, in a last-ditch effort to save his compromise plan that had been refused by the Senate, proposes that it be submitted to a public referendum.  447 more words

American History

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By way of possible extenuation, in response to complaints that it took me five times longer to write the war than the participants took to fight it, I would point out that there were a good many more of them than there was of me.

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We Could Use a Shelby Foote Today

One of the greatest Civil War historians saw nobility in the stars and bars.

29 November 2017 | Bill Kauffman| TAC

“Back in the summer of 2000, when men still said what was on their minds (sometimes) and before the hoary ideal of freedom of speech had collapsed under the accumulated weight of 9/11, the Patriot Act, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and the enshrinement of the hall monitor as the exemplary American undergraduate, I spent an afternoon chatting with Shelby Foote, whose magisterial… 790 more words


ON THIS DAY: November 17, 2017

November 17th is

Homemade Bread Day

Substitute Teachers Day *

Take a Hike Day *

World Philosophy Day *

World Prematurity Day *


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Book Review: "On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864"

I’m not a fan of writing traditional book reviews. I suppose it reminds me too much of my standard weekly assignments during all four undergrad years as a history major at the University of Illinois. 1,966 more words

Erasing the Confederacy?

For some reason that perplexes me, there seems to be a concerted attempt of late to eliminate all traces of the Confederacy: its memorials, its flags, and its heroes. 306 more words