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First Principles: The Bill of Rights Is To Prevent the Encroachment of the Federal Government On Private Rights

“The invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the Constituents.” 40 more words

First Principles

"Rosa" and The Formation of an American Literature

At first, teaching Rosa, or American Genius and Education (1810) in an early American literature survey course seemed somewhat daunting. I frame my courses around conversations, typically beginning with David Walker and Thomas Jefferson then moving around through time and region back and forth from the colonial to the early nineteenth century. 1,486 more words

American Literature

October 17th National Pasta Day

It’s just water and flour mixed together but oh what you can do with it. Basically, the only difference from one pasta to the next is how you cut it and what flavors you add to it. 236 more words

Unboxing The Bizarre

Follow Truth, Always

A Trump supporter follows me on Twitter, solely for the sake of being irritating (one of many). His time line is a rat’s nest of bizarre declarations and retweets of the usual fiend folio of White Nationalists and Trump apologists (but I repeat myself). 820 more words


First Principles: The Steady Character of Americans Is Our Anchor

“The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor; and notwithstanding the efforts of the papers to disseminate early discontents, I expect that a just, dispassionate and steady conduct, will at length rally to a proper system the great body of our country. 33 more words

First Principles

The Barboursville Ruins

Orange County is one of several that are adjacent to Albemarle. I have driven through dozens of times but have rarely stopped to explore. One landmark I have long been interested in is… 502 more words

Architectural History

Cutting up your Bible?

Long ago, a Jewish king (Jehoiakim) was handed a scroll with a message from God (written by Jeremiah). As the words were read aloud, the king was offended, and with a small knife he cut out a part of the scroll and threw it into the fire. 376 more words