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A View from the Lectern

September 16, 2018

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As a historian, I have taught across a spectrum of the Latin American and American experiences. I have also taught the history of the Christian church over the past two decades since a colleague and I inherited a similar course from Vern Grosse who taught it for many years at UA. I come at the […]

The Meaning of the Long American Revolution

September 16, 2018

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With so much vitriol and ignorance being winged at each other these days by politicians, social media gurus, political analysts, talking heads, and just about anybody in the country with a forum, I thought I’d share with you a book-in-the-making about the long influence cast on us by our Revolution and the Constitution. The manuscript, […]

Of Socialists, Capitalists, and Progressives

September 16, 2018

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A few weeks ago we looked at “democratic socialism.” Let’s broaden the scope a bit of put socialism into a larger context and so understand it better. To simplify a complex subject is not always simple: capitalism is generally a label for a system devoted to making wealth with the least amount of government control; […]

Surprising Warfare

September 16, 2018

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Surprise has always been one of the determining ingredients in any battle or war. We can go back to Biblical times when David and Goliath met up on the field of battle. The Philistines were most assuredly surprised by the short fight they witnessed between their giant champion and the shrimp Hebrew shepherd boy with […]

Levi Young and Some Memorial Day Reflections

June 17, 2018

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Awhile back I spoke with the ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Since another relative Levi Young (1758-1838) fought in the American Revolution, girls in my family can join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Maybe that’s not such a big deal these days, but I like the Daughters and speak to them […]

Breaking the Rules

June 17, 2018

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We all would like to be good “law-abiding” citizens, not breaking the rules or doing anything illegal. And, for the most part, we know the rules. Just read the Ten Commandments for starters. But there is a part of me that doesn’t mind breaking the rules. Law-abiding though I may be in the main, I […]

Can Morality Be Legislated?

June 17, 2018

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Can we legislate morality? How about any of the great intangibles, like ethics or integrity, that make a culture work right? Martin Luther King, Jr., a giant in the modern civil rights movement, stated quite clearly that “morality cannot be legislated.” But he then added “behavior can be regulated,” implying that behavior can be one […]