Don’t call us traitors: descendants of Cortés’s allies defend role in toppling Aztec empire: When people from the Mexican state of Tlaxcala travel to other parts of the country, they are sometimes insulted as traitors by their compatriots. Tlaxcala is Mexico’s smallest state in size, but it played an outsized role in Mexico’s early history, […]

Repeating What I Have Been Thinking

Although tied to recent news: The 1519 Project: How Early Spanish Explorers Took Down A Mass-Murdering Indigenous Cult. Let’s take a brief recess from the 1619 Project to explore another project. Call it the “1519 Project.” A full century before The New York Times’ proposed re-dating of the American founding and 2,200 miles southwest of […]

Two Paragraphs of a Book Report: The 1838 Mormon War in Missouri by Stephen C. LeSueur (1986)

The first two paragraphs of the book: Twenty-five hundred Missouri troops surrounded the Mormon town of Far West on the night of 31 October 1838. Nearly eight hundred Mormon defenders waited silently behind their makeshift barricade of wagons, house logs, and floor planks, which extended three-quarters of a mile across the southern edge of town. […]

2015: The Year’s Reading in Review

This year, I read 104 books, and I’m proud to say they weren’t all genre fiction. As a matter of fact, I’m quite proud of some of the smarter titles I’ve polished off this year, including Existentialism and Thomism; The Gallic and Civil Wars; Discourses, the collection of Aesop, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian […]

2011: The Year’s Reading In Review

Well, here they are: The 106 books I read in 2011. Buried Treasures of the Ozarks by W.C. Jameson Remembering St. Louis World’s Fair by Margaret Johanson Witherspoon Missouri Bandits, Bushwackers, Outlaws by Carole Marsh A Political Bestiary by Eugene J. McCarthy and James J. Kilpatrick This Is It, Mike Shayne by Brett Halliday Battlestar […]

History Erasure Almost Complete

Professor Bainbridge points to an article that might indicate that the ruling class has almost succeeded in erasing history to its benefit: Who will be the Greatest American? Political giant Abraham Lincoln or Bill Clinton? Sports legend Babe Ruth or Tiger Woods? Media mogul Oprah Winfrey or Walt Disney? These remarkable people, and many more, […]