Posts tagged "American history"

Can We the People govern ourselves?

We take for granted that the democratic or republican forms of government are inevitable and natural, that they are the best way to govern, and certainly far ahead of whatever comes in second. If so, then, how do you explain: Illinois? Chicago? The federal government? All challenge the everyday assumption that We the People can... Read more »

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America's founders saved our lunch; will we save generations two centuries hence?

Last week, I deeply immersed myself in American “exceptionalism,” the virtue that offends so many, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to our own cynics who regard patriotism as the refuge of scoundrels. Along with my wife, I visited the Virginia homes of American presidential giants Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), James Madison (Montpelier) and James Monroe (Ash... Read more »
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Win a free copy of my new book

I’m giving away 15 free copies of Madness: The War of 1812. To win one, go to Goodreads where you can sign up to be eligible. I’m hope that by giving away these books for a few weeks that I’ll increase sales by word-of-mouth, which is the best way of promoting books. Feedback from people... Read more »

My historic novel, "Madness: The War of 1812," is now available

For the next three years, America marks  the bicentennial of what may be the country’s most poorly conceived and executed war. While America’s most unheralded war, it also is one of America’s most important wars. For the first time, the citizens of the statesbegan to see themselves as a unified nation, as Americans. A defeat... Read more »

American kids: history dunces

Who knows more about American history: immigrants taking the U.S. citizenship test or products of our schools? I wouldn’t be asking if the answer weren’t so appalling: In the most recent round of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only one fourth of American schoolchildren tested as proficient in their knowledge of U.S. history. A... Read more »
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