Five Books On The Battle of New Orleans

Five Books On The Battle of New Orleans

On this week 157 years ago, New Orleans fell to Union forces in shocking fashion. Many observers then and now (including the author of an upcoming ECW volume) have deemed the sudden loss of the South’s largest city and its extensive port and manufacturing...
Biden Plays the Race Card

Biden Plays the Race Card

As he debated with himself whether to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, Joe Biden knew he had a problem. As a senator from Delaware in the ’70s, he had bashed busing to achieve racial balance in public schools as stupid and racist. As chairman...
Dragging Death Murderer Executed

Dragging Death Murderer Executed

This week, 44-year-old John William King will be put to death in the Huntsville Unit in Texas for the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr. A white supremacist who was involved in the horrific 1998 murder of a black man where he and two others tied the victim to the back of...
Green Dreams

Green Dreams

The Green New Deal’s goal is to move America to zero carbon emissions in 10 years. “That’s a goal you could only imagine possible if you have no idea how energy is produced,” James Meigs, former editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, says in my...
The Dueling Columns of Clay and Calhoun

The Dueling Columns of Clay and Calhoun

As they were rivals in life, so, too, it seems, did senators Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun try to outrival each other in death—or at least their supporters did. In 2014, as part of a post I wrote about Calhoun-related sites in his home city of Charleston, South...