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  • Leuchtenburg rates Obama

    May 26, 2015 at 10:38 am

    “How will historians rate Barack Obama’s presidency?” Following up my conversation last week with historian William Leuchtenburg about the challenges Hillary Clinton faces in her campaign, I wanted him to begin to put Obama in historical perspective, a challenging task for any one, but maybe not unfair to someone whose latest book, “The American President: […]

  • Historian Leuchtenburg on Hillary Clinton’s Challenges

    May 19, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Is it too early to start putting the 2016 presidential election in historical perspective? Maybe. But it is never too early to ask presidential historian and UNC-Chapel Hill emeritus history professor William Leuchtenburg to size up today’s presidential politics in light of the experiences of other presidents and presidential candidates. Leuchtenburg recently completed work on […]

  • Surprising Heroes In A Long Struggle For Justice

    May 12, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book critical of his political idol, Terry Sanford, the late governor and senator, and make a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis? It would just be an interesting question for cocktail party talk if the subject of the book were not so serious and compelling. Winston-Salem […]

  • Bad News For Politicians – And The Rest Of Us, Too

    May 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I have some bad news for North Carolina politicians. Some of your best friends are dying. It is not people that I am thinking about. It is restaurants. In the small towns and cities in our state, candidates for public office still make campaign visits to the family-owned, home cooking eateries where locals have gathered […]

  • North Carolina And The U.S. – Mexico border

    April 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

    What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina? A North Carolina author delivers pages of answers in a book about his journey along the entire border, from Boca Chica in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico to San Diego, California on the Pacific Ocean. Charles D. […]

  • Is The Civil War Over?

    April 21, 2015 at 5:00 am

    One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over? On Saturday, we will mark the 150th anniversary of the April 26, 1865 final surrender by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston of approximately 90,000 troops to Gen. William T. Sherman, effectively ending the hostilities of the nation’s Civil War. Some of us have […]

  • William Powell, Dean of North Carolina History

    April 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

    When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus William Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles, including the preeminent history of our state, North Carolina Through Four Centuries – all 670 pages of it. Even […]

  • Five North Carolina Books

    April 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Here are five recent books, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms, by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table. What is it really like to be the top aide to a powerful North Carolina senator, one who is much loved and much hated for his strong uncompromising views […]

  • Race And Basketball: A Transformative Moment

    April 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    If you just want to read about the incredible basketball game described by Scott Ellsworth in The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph, you can skip the first 250 pages. Then you can read about that secret game played in 1944 between a team of all-white college all-stars at […]

  • Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

    March 31, 2015 at 10:13 am

    “Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?” David, my five-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool. He knew that I had been in the Army many years ago. So, of course, he wondered if my “many years ago” coincided with this and other incidents […]

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