When Confederate Statues Are Removed, Are We Unfairly Erasing History?

Time passes and values change. Things our parents and their parents held dear, beliefs and heroes that they cherished, when viewed through the lens of contemporary culture, often no longer seem so heroic or worthy of adulation. No one is immune from this historical revisionism, even our Founding Fathers. But it’s the Civil War that … Continued


How Historical Illiteracy Fuels Political Polarization

Greater knowledge of the past would help improve America’s public discourse. Once again, President’s Day has come and gone and Americans spent little time reflecting on their past leaders—in part, because Americans know so little history at all, even about the country’s most well-known Founding Fathers. For example, in a 2012 survey commissioned by the … Continued

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The Latest Front in the Culture Wars? Historical Correctness

If you think political correctness is disturbing, you probably aren’t fully aware of how deeply entrenched it is in American culture. But it is such an immutable characteristic of the Left that it can never be satisfied, and must always push on to the next frontier to satisfy its grievances. And the Left has already … Continued


Before the Kardashians, There Were the Mitford Sisters

In the winter of 1949, Nancy Mitford wrote a letter to her friend, the novelist Evelyn Waugh, declaring: “I am having a lovely life—only sad that heavenly 1948 is over—except for Bobo’s death which I MINDED—one of the happiest years I ever had.” (Bobo was her nickname for her notorious Nazi-friendly sister Unity, who referred … Continued


A Millennial’s Memories of 9/11

I’m just old enough to remember September 11, 2001. I was an eight-year-old third-grader that day. During morning prayers at my Catholic grade school, my teacher simply told us to “pray for everybody in New York.” My classmates and I didn’t know what this meant. Unlike older students, who immediately learned the brutal reality of … Continued


The Weirdest White House Stories Ever Uncovered

If you think this election is shaping up to be one of the oddest in American history, well, you’re right, but that doesn’t mean the nation’s past is free from strange goings-on in the White House. Acculturated contributor Dave Taylor tracked down Gregg Stebben, author of a newly-updated edition of the book, White House Confidential: … Continued


Want to Write the Next ‘Hamilton’? Read a Difficult Book

Who’s going to write the next Hamilton? The musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genuine phenomenon, an inspired work that ingeniously fuses hip-hop and literature. So who can match it? Whoever tries should forget about themselves for a couple of years and just read books and study great art. Critics love to praise Hamilton for … Continued


Hamilton or “Hamilton”?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the award-winning hip-hop Broadway musical about the Founding Fathers, Hamilton.  Evidently a New York Democratic Congressional candidate, Oliver Rosenberg, has heard of it too. During a debate on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC this week, Rosenberg quoted Alexander Hamilton to the effect of: “This is … Continued


Why Books are the Best Furniture

My son walked in from school the other day, a new book from the library tucked under one arm. “What’s the book about?” I asked. “A book on the Alamo,” he replied. “The librarian said it was beyond my level.” “What did you say?” I asked. “Ahhhh . . . I just took it out … Continued