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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich on “Ink and Thread”

Last night at the University of Nebraska’s James A. Rawley graduate conference in the Humanities, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich presented the keynote address on “Ink and Thread,” an examination of the material objects at the center of early American Mormonism–personal diaries … Continue reading

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Reflections on James Agee and “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”

It has been seventy years since James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, and yet their work speaks across the decades, powerful, moving, poignant, gripping, exhausting, blazingly brilliant. I taught this book again last week … Continue reading

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Time to Drop Lost Cause Thinking about the Civil War

For an op-ed Commentary in today’s Roanoke Times on the Governor of Virginia’s “Confederate History Month” proclamation, see William G. Thomas’ Give up the Lost Cause. Most recently, the old Lost Cause interpretation of the Civil War has found its way … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s First Inaugural and American History

When Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as President of the United States, he faced an unprecedented crisis. Seven states had already formally seceded from the Union, set up their own government in Montgomery, Alabama, and were actively recruiting … Continue reading

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Why Did Virginia Secede?

Today it seems almost inconceivable. Eleven states, in the Southern region of the United States, called constitutional conventions and in a matter of months formally withdrew from the nation. In breathtaking speed they had established an entirely new and separate … Continue reading

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