John Shelton Reed

Dulce et Decorum, Silent Sam?

Editor’s note: This essay was published in the magazine Chronicles in February, 1988.  A few small changes have been changed to bring it up to date. One of the most moving war memorials I ever saw was on a wall outside the old Reading Room of the British Museum in London. It was a simple plaque with the names of a hundred or so librarians killed in the Great War. Librarians. Think about it. That plaque makes a point, doesn’t it, if not perhaps the one it was intended to make. We may or may not be better off...

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John Shelton Reed: The Carolina Way?

For the last third of the twentieth century, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had an athletic program remarkably unsullied by scandal, a situation so rare among large Southern state universities that some people began to speak about “the Carolina Way.” That phrase has always annoyed our athletic rivals, and, to be sure, the reality was less chaste than the image, but it did mean something. It referred to a tolerable arrangement, a respectable one that included only a small compromise, so small that it could almost be ignored. Not corruption like what some places had, just...

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