Whither Big Apple, Witheredа—аIt was the end of an era, the time when the only guard the president had needed was the affection of his fellow citizens.аContinue Reading

Monroe Agonistesа—аHeаperfected the art of being forcefully timid, of moving with indecisive decisiveness, of feeling strongly both ways.аContiue Reading

Retreat to a Reckoningа—аHe looked into their haunted eyes and saw something primal.аContinue Reading

American Allenа— Something awful happened in that room that night.аContinue Reading.

America, in the Style of Revereа—аHe built things to last forever. аContinue Reading

An American Album

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The Empire at MidnightаA reprise of a post that first appeared several years ago kicks off ourаremembrance of Paul Revere to mark the bicentennial of his death. Next week, we will look at the man in full, but here is a recounting of his most famous deed. Continue Reading

The Invaluable Allyа—аAn excerpt from David and Jeanne’s forthcoming book!аContinue Reading

Dulce et Decorumа—аWhen he died on Breed’s Hill, he was only thirty-four, an unlikely revolutionary, as they all were.аContinue Reading

Hellfire in the Holy Cityа—аThe people retreating from the heat and light knew that the firefighters would not make any difference.аContinue Reading

Music Manа—аThe unflappable quiet man made everybody hope that maybe, justаmaybe, thisаwasn’t a flop.аContinue Reading

Millyа—аNeither for marriage nor money did she save the terrified white boy that spring afternoon on the banks of the Wakulla.аContinue Reading

Rather Respected Than Belovedа—аHe had never been able to shake the nagging feeling that his life was aimless and wastedContinue Readingа

Celestial Fireа—аThe pleasant young man sprouting like a weed had set himself a challenging standard.аContinue Reading

Nightingaleа—аThe master huckster Phineas T. Barnum promoted her as the greatest singer of all time. Sheаwasn’t. She was something more.аContinue Reading

A Christmas Sampler!аForаthis year’s Yuletide, a few recollections to divert and, we hope, delight again or anew. аContinueаReading

Thanksgivingа—а—аSomething happened at Plymouth that was memorable enough to lay the foundation of a tradition.аContinue Reading

Lively Girlа—аGeorge was eleven,а and it was Mary who shaped his childhood, though it’s hard to say how.ааContinueаReading

Where is There?а— Plopped down in a trackless wilderness, they were of that generation’s pocket-protector set, nerds in the modernаnomenclature. ContinueаReading

Seventeen Days in Juneа—аCongress had done the king a favor by providingаa short list of traitors.аContinue Reading

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