“The History Boys”

Imake my acting debut this year in our school’s student production of “The History Boys.” I’ve been given the role of headmaster.  The story is set in a private school…

Alabama Honors Reconstruction Era Lawmakers

From the Associated Press: The Alabama Legislature has passed a resolution honoring black lawmakers who served during the Reconstruction era following the Civil War. The resolution by Democratic Rep. Alvin…

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009)

Today one of the truly gifted historians died at the age of 94.  John Hope Franklin, however, was always more than a historian.  He understood that the present and the…

White Southerners Have Always Loved Lincoln

Ihighly recommend Barry Schwartz’s new book, Abraham Lincoln in the Post-Heroic Era: History and Memory in Late Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2009).  There is an interesting section on…