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James Buchanan


  • Originally published 01/22/2018

    They Were Bad. He May Be Worse.

    Sean Wilentz

    The best way to evaluate President Trump's first year in office is to compare him not with the great presidents but with the worst.

  • Originally published 12/03/2013

    The War That Made Asia

    Taylor Washburn

    The Russo-Japanese War remains the key to understanding East Asia.

  • Originally published 06/19/2018

    Anti-voucher segregationism & the 1959 Virginia school crisis

    Liberty and Power

    Prof. Hardy Cross DillardSeveral months ago I wrote a lengthy post on an intriguing historical discovery. In March 1959, Charlottesville, Virginia school board attorney John S. Battle, Jr. laid out a case that school vouchers posed an existential threat to racially segregated schooling.Battle was an outspoken segregationist and member of the Virginia political elite. His father served as Governor of Virginia from 1950 to 1954, and his own connections extended deep into the political machine of U.S. Sen. Harry Flood Byrd, Sr. After the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, Battle became one of the preeminant anti-integration litigators in the commonwealth. From 1957 to the mid-1960s he was the lead counsel for the defense on dozens of school integration legal proceedings, facing off against the NAACP’s Oliver Hill.

  • Originally published 06/13/2018

    Errors in Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains (Spreadsheet)

    Liberty and Power

    For your reference purposes, here is a spreadsheet of documented factual errors, misrepresentations of evidence, and outright fabrications in Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains." As of right now the list stands at over 60 and is growing. Since she's back in the news with a new wave of book awards and scurrilous attacks on her critics, I figured it was time to make it sharable.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GxvYCKp9hxU9bAGVCMB6FIroBhs1O8a_UbaeO5voJRg/edit#gid=328911671