Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Why do Americans love chain stores?

I am really sorry I had to miss this conference.

Paul Berman reviews Michael Kazin's American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation.

James W. Loewen reports on the recent meeting of the American Association for State and Local History.

Carol Faulkner reviews John McGreevy's essay on religion in Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr's American History Now.

Ian Toll reviews Laurence Bergreen, Columbus: The Four Voyages.

Harvard's new kindness pledge.

Michelle Bachmann and the history of inoculation.

Rob Bell is leaving Mars Hill Church.

Walter Russell Mead: "The Christianist Nightmare."

Introducing elementary students to history.

Ed Blum teaches the progressive era.

Journal of Women's History graduate student article prize.

Can you have civility without dialogue?

Peter Powers reflects on THATCamp Philly.

Rachel Hermann is on the road doing dissertation research.

Gary Gerstle reviews Richard White, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Akhil Amar reviews Pauline Maier, The Great Debate: The People Debate the Constitution.

1 comment:

Tom Van Dyke said...

Walter Russell Mead's piece was an excellent capper to a recent discussion hosted at this very august blog, John.

I hope you'll forward it to my new friend Randall.

As for Carol Faulkner review of John McGreevy's essay, I couldn't quite tell what she was saying, or via her, what he is saying. If he's saying what I think he's saying, a complaint about the lack of context of these explorations of this or that socio-religious phenomenon, I'd surely agree.

It is more forensic journalism rather than history, absent a connection to the greater American narrative. Not that that's without value, mind you. It's the stuff footnotes are made of.