The Civil War, Then and Now: Continuities from The Thin Light of Freedom

Over the weekend, I finished reading Ed Ayers’s most recent book The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America. The book is the long-awaited follow-up to Ayers’ Bancroft Prize winner, In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863. Picking up where … Continue reading The Civil War, Then and Now: Continuities from The Thin Light of Freedom

Reagan’s Farewell Address, Revisited (Part II)

Today is the thirtieth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address. As I discussed in my previous post, the speech is rife with historical missteps. But revisiting Reagan’s address thirty years on also allows us to take note of another remarkable change that has occurred over the past three decades. Let’s start here: Remember the polarized … Continue reading Reagan’s Farewell Address, Revisited (Part II)