The U.S. Constitution and Civil War

December 27th, 2011

By Dan Miller Emasculating the Constitution is bad way to preserve the nation. The first shots in the United States Civil War were fired by the South during an attack on Fort Sumter a century and a half ago on April 12, 1861, not long after President Lincoln’s election on November 6, 1860 and just […]


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Shall We Have Another Civil War?

August 10th, 2011

By Dan Miller That would be a very bad idea. Unhappiness approaching panic is in the air. This article by Roger Kimball suggests some of the reasons: The American poet Frank O’Hara wrote a poem whose title I’ve always admired: “Meditations in an Emergency.” That’s where we are now: you can tell it’s an emergency […]


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On Memorial Day We Might Pause to Remember General Robert E. Lee

May 31st, 2010

By Dan Miller There are and have been few like him. It occurred to me as I watched this video, sent by a friend as appropriate for Memorial Day, that General Lee is well worth remembering on that day. It is said here that “Between battles, Union and Confederate troops showed little animosity toward one […]


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Lincoln and the Civil War

February 8th, 2009

February 12, 2009 is the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  This anniversary is generating books, TV specials, and heightened attention to the most revered of American presidents.  Many books have been written about Lincoln, some better than others.  Fred Kaplan offers a useful look at Lincoln books, good and bad, with recommendations of the best. In […]


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