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Alt-Right | American Civil War | Charlottesville | Civil Religion | Frederick Douglass | Lady Gaga | racism | Robert Bellah | Twitter | white supremacy


The war came, again, in August, this time in the guise of what The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb dubbed “The Battle of Charlottesville.” Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” hopped their basket and marched on the Lawn of the University of Virginia on the eveni...

September 28, 2017

Bernie Sanders | Presidential primary | Democratic Party | Charles Grandison Finney | Great Awakening | American Dream | Hillary Clinton | Evangelicalism | Rosario Dawson | Revivalism

The Berned-Over District

Writing from Rochester, NY, a week ahead of the recent New York Democratic Presidential primary, D. D. Guttenplan likened the fervor surrounding Bernie Sanders’s political moment to the Protestant religious revivals that consumed that same region in ...

May 5, 2016

Keeping on the Sunny Side: Southern Traditionalism's Bid for Academic Respectability and Tolerance by John Howell

According to a December 6, 2009, article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled “Scholars Nostalgic for the Old South Study the Virtues of Secession, Quietly,” genteel southern traditionalism is having a coming out party.  In the article, wr...

February 4, 2010

'Gog' on the Move — John Howell

Those who followed early coverage of the 2008 Olympics will remember President Bush's interview with NBC's Bob Costas during which the two men discussed Russia's bombing of Georgia.  Asked what he had said to Vladimir Putin during the opening ceremon...

October 30, 2008