Nicholas Dames,"Why Bother?" n+1, Spring, reviews Terry Castle's The Professor and Other Writings, Louis Menand's The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, and Martha Nussbaum's Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.
In the L.A. Times last week, Jon Weiner reviewed the Nixon Library’s new Watergate exhibit. Weiner hailed the library not only for telling the story in a comprehensive fashion, but for doing so “with authority and rich detail, mobilizing up-to-the-minute interactive technology that might even engage middle school students brought here on tours.”
Libya is an outlier. It won’t be and can’t be a bellwether. Apart from enabling policymakers in Washington, London, and Paris to reclaim a sense of self-importance, Western intervention in Libya will have little effect on the drama now unfolding in the Middle East. Pundits can talk of the United States shaping history. The truth is that history is shaping itself, while we are le
The twelve months from June 1934 to June 1935, according to the American Civil Liberties Union,"recorded a greater variety and number of serious violations of civil liberties than any year since the war." Forty-four states considered sedition and teachers' oath legislation. Charles R. Walgreen, the head of the drugstore chain, withdrew his niece from the University of Chicago where, he said, she was exposed to Communistic propaganda and fre
When Vito Russo died on November 1, 1990, after a long and torturously painful battle against AIDS, the author of the best-selling “The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies” was one of America’s best-known gay activists and certainly its most famous radical queer. Yet he was only 41 years old when he left us.
Months before, Vito was afforded an all-too-brief respite from the hospital where he spent most of his final year just in time for New York City’s 20th Gay Prid
My annual Christmas survey of my army of cousins showed this year that all of them -- every single one, without exception -- have now made it through college without taking a single history class between them. It's so boring, what's the point? How are you gonna use that in a job? Our last brief conversation ended in a long silence when someone asked what I had been up to, and I told them. (Someone finally managed to say,"Why would you do that?" Then we moved on.)
Wilson J. Moses, Ferrer Professor of American History at Pennsylvania State University, needs no introduction at Cliopatria. He was an early member of our group and has been among its contributing editors for years. After study at Wayne State University and earning a doctorate at Brown, Professor Moses has had a long career, at Maryland, Iowa, S.M.U., Cambridge, Brown, the Free University of Berlin, Vienna, Boston, and Pe
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has calmly and judiciously responded to the request from the state's Republican Party for some of William Cronon's email messages. Read that complete letter here.
Note the breadth of the material exempted under law: communications with students, communications with prospective students, communications with scholars related to research and scholarly inquiry,"e-mails containing purely personal communicati
War is the one thing on earth that's always brand new every single time, just as if no one had ever done it before. Here's Kevin Drum, blogging about Obama's kinetic military humanitarian not-war at Mother Jones:
"As usual, Obama's reasons for intervening seem sober, grounded, and judicious. It's a limited operation. It was in response to an imminent massacre in Benghazi. It had the support of the Arab Leag
Almost 50 years after the end of Jim Crow, communities throughout the United States still grapple with its legacy. This website, a companion to the NPR radio documentary on segregated life in the South, presents 30 audio excerpts of oral histories and 90 additional stories with members of these communities.
These materials, covering legal, social, and cultural aspects of segregation, black community life, and black resistance to the Jim Crow way of life, allow visitors to experienc
This sweeping, provocative history of America from the 1830s through Reconstruction has two grand themes. One is the importance of evangelical Protestantism, particularly in the North and within the Republic