A Note on Daniel Webster

I’ve been amused at comments on this blog that seek to offer an explanation as to my interest in Ben Carson’s use (and perhaps misuse) of Daniel Webster, and his confusing Noah and Daniel Webster (all understandable errors given the context). Must it be because somehow I want to take Dr. Carson to task?

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Opposition Grows to King/Stone Mountain Proposal

Some say that politics makes strange bedfellows. So does heritage commemoration.

Word comes from Georgia that several local chapters of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) have voiced opposition to the proposal to erect a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., atop Stone Mountain. You can read one story here. Here’s another account.

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A Word on Howard Zinn

Simply to mention Howard Zinn is sure to bring one into controversy. His view of history had its followers and its critics, neither of whom can view his work with any sense of detachment. As someone who went to graduate school at an institution known for its radicalism (although it was not nearly as radical as it professed to be, least of all in the Department of History, where posturing competed with principle and philosophy), I could not avoid brushing shoulders with Zinn’s supporters, although as a hockey player I knew that brushing shoulders often led to other forms of contact.

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