Today’s example of brainless, fact-free so-called “Founding Fathers” worship

Today’s example comes from Katherine Kersten, a fellow at something called the Center for the American Experiment in Crappy History.  It’s a twist on the “Obama is not an American” theme so popular with anti-Obamaniacs these days.  Big news, kids:  President Barack Obama’s agenda is not rooted in Kenyan anti-colonialism.  Instead, it’s rooted in Kaiserreich … Continue reading Today’s example of brainless, fact-free so-called “Founding Fathers” worship

Public intellectual William Lloyd Garrison on the so-called “Founding Fathers” and historic preservation

On Wednesday, La Famille Historiann availed themselves of the Downeaster train service from Maine for a whirlwind day trip to Boston.  Because the train took us to North Station, we thought it made perfect sense to pick up the Freedom Trail in the North End and see where it might take us.  Well, friends, we … Continue reading Public intellectual William Lloyd Garrison on the so-called “Founding Fathers” and historic preservation

Sausage party for the so-called "Founding Fathers"

And why in the h-e-double-hockey sticks are we talking about George Washington?  Again!  (Like we haven’t done that enough for the past 250 years?) I subscribe to an ancient technology called a “listserv” on early American history.  (You can read it in HTML digest form here.)  It’s mostly totes boring, and only rarely does it … Continue reading Sausage party for the so-called "Founding Fathers"

Sausage party, or wiener roast? Founding Fathers/Presidential Chic, again!

David Eisenbach, co-author of One Nation Under Sex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies and Their Lovers Changed the Course of American History along with pR0n king Larry Flynt, has responded to my critique of his book, which was more a critique of the genre than of his book in particular.  As some readers … Continue reading Sausage party, or wiener roast? Founding Fathers/Presidential Chic, again!

The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright gets a rave review in the Maine Sunday Telegram

The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright gets a rave review in this morning’s Maine Sunday Telegram (the Sunday edition of the Portland Press Herald, FYI): Ann M. Little’s telling of Esther Wheelwright’s story illuminates issues of class, status and gender through the 18th century and across continents. In her intriguing new biography, “The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright,” Ann M. … Continue reading The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright gets a rave review in the Maine Sunday Telegram

Bill Kristol on the brilliance of Ben Carson’s Facebook post

It’s been a doleful week around the ranch, so here’s a free laugh–William Kristol, writing in the Weekly Standard about something Ben Carson wrote this week: “Granted, it’s just a Facebook post. But it does suggest qualities of mind and soul that have been sorely missing in recent American public life.” Never mind that his … Continue reading Bill Kristol on the brilliance of Ben Carson’s Facebook post