Stormfields

The Failure of American History Textbooks

What are the good American history textbooks out there? The best one, by George Tindall and David Shi, declines in quality (but not quantity!) with every new edition.  Here’s a telling example.  The text, America: A Narrative History… Read More

Lamentations of an Old Republican

Reflections from a Memorial Day, 8 years ago. “Lamentations of an Old Republican: Remembering” Last Thursday morning, I stood on the Lexington green with my beautiful and sagacious wife, my five very active and somewhat mischievous children, the talented… Read More

The 1950s (Full Lecture)

C. Wright Mills, Russell Kirk, conformism, TV, the Military Industrial Complex, love, and rock n roll.

Coming in Paperback: RUSSELL KIRK, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE

I found out late yesterday afternoon that the University Press of Kentucky will be publishing RUSSELL KIRK: AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE in paperback for their spring 2018 list. How great is this???  I’m thrilled. I’m not sure how many changes… Read More

Blacks During Reconstruction (Study Guide)

Reconstruction study guide: What happened to Blacks? Lincoln died before he could fully articulate his own vision, but we do have some glimpses.  Lincoln and his cabinet launched a plan to remove and colonize the ex-slaves somewhere in… Read More

Reconstruction Study Guide

  Reconstruction Study Sheet: Birzer Three big questions being asked: What to do with the Southern states? Which is more powerful–the Legislative or Executive branches? What to do with 4 million emancipated slaves? Each question carried with it… Read More

The Great Depression (Full Lecture)

Why the 1930s were “red.”