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The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised… John C. Calhoun

Deliver us from evil: the slavery question in the old South Oxford [England] ; New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009 Lacy K. Ford Slavery Southern States History 18th/19th century Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. viii, 673 p.; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No […]

There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery… William H. Seward

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Michael Kammen in his book People of Paradox does a better job than any other author that we know of in explaining the seeming contradictions of American history.  From declaring that all men are created equal to creating a specific class of men – slaves – who were not equal through […]

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them… Napoleon Bonaparte

Mother, may you never see the sights I have seen: the Fifty-seventh Massachusetts Veteran Volunteers in the Army of the Potomac, 1864-1865 New York: Harper & Row, c 1990 Warren Wilkinson United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 57th (1864-1865) History Hardcover. xix, 665 p.: ill.; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 643-649) and index. Clean, […]

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive… Thomas Jefferson

Another reviewer has already told us everything we need to know about this book and its author. This is a difficult book for a historian to review, because it is not clear what the appropriate standards should be. The author makes no secret of his goal: this is “a work of popular history”  This apparently […]

If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory… Jefferson Davis

Writing about the Articles of Confederation John Jay observed, In short, they may consult, and deliberate, and recommend, and make requisitions, and they who please may regard them., and a reading of the Confederate States of America’s Constitution and the daily observation of its operations as a government reveals exactly the same flaws. What had […]

The song is ended But the malady lingers…

The protest song has a long history in the American experience and interestingly enough a collection of Revolutionary songs has the following quotation on its title page, More solid things do not shew the complexion of the Times so well, as Ballads and Libels… Belden. In this particular case the term libel is used in […]