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Alabama Journey, A few years ago the original text that became “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” was rediscovered.
Review of Cotton Tenants: Three Families


The City That Did Not Burn
Review of Burial for a King





Societies and Stupidity; Looking at bad eco-decisions of past clarifies dangers ahead
Review of Jared Diamond’s Collapse


Civil Rights pioneer or terrorist? New biography finds middle ground in study of John Brown’s life
Review of John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War and Seeded Civil Rights


Slavery was part of compromises
Review of Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification




Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age
Review of Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age


Foreign Correspondence: Old Practices Inform New Realities; ‘Evelyn Waugh’s book can’t be read without thinking of today’s wars and how reporters cover them.’
Review of Waugh in Abyssinia


Review of Roi Ottley: An African-American Journalist Covers World War II

Carl Sandburg’s Reporting Foretold the Chicago Race Riots of 1919
Essay on Sandburg’s excellent reporting prior to 1919 race riots.




Review of
Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White

Review of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century

Review of Alfred Kazin: A Biography



Review of Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry in an Age of Revolution

Review of Philadelphia Quakers and the Antislavery Movement