In his new book and recent National Review piece, Rich Lowry argues that the American Right has a friend in Lincoln. I haven’t read the book, but based on the NR article I’d say he makes some valid points, overstates some things, and understates some others. None of that is surprising, since it’s generally the pattern when people try to shoehorn nineteenth-century political figures into modern categories.
Lowry’s NR piece prompted this response from Thomas DiLorenzo. While he never really refutes any of Lowry’s points, DiLorenzo does manage to mock Lowry’s physical appearance, criticize his writing style, and label the late William F. Buckley a fascist. All that in about 350 words.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
The items Barry Landau and Jason Savedoff swiped from some two dozen archival repositories are gradually making their way back home.
Well, folks, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is, we’ve got a winner for the Bunker Hill book giveaway. The winning number was 674, by the way, which was also the lowest number of all the entries submitted.
Here’s the bad news. When I contacted the winner to get a shipping address, he let me know that he’s been having trouble getting the comment function here on the blog to work. “Whenever I try,” he said, “it won’t let me enter anything into the box called ‘Leave a reply.’ The phrase already in the box, ‘Enter your comment here…’ simply stays there and doesn’t disappear when I try to type over it.” If anybody else out there has been having this problem, let me know by sending me an e-mail at the address on the “About the Blog” page and I’ll let the folks at WordPress know.
Anyway, let me thank everybody who entered the book giveaway. We might do more of these in the future.
Rick Atkinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Liberation Trilogy (An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light) will be speaking at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre on Sunday, May 19 at 2:30 P.M.
Admission is free, but you’ll need to call (865) 215-8883 or click here to reserve a seat.
The guy’s a stellar writer and speaker. Don’t miss it.
…to distinguish between satirical news stories about
The History Channel and actual news stories about The History Channel.
Maybe a vintage Thomas Nast cartoon will help you get in the holiday spirit.
The Georgia State Archives won’t be closing after all. This is shaping up to be a pretty good Christmas for all us history buffs.
Oh, and the world didn’t end yesterday. So there’s that, too.