I find the Cold War to be one of the most fascinating periods in American history. There are three distinctive epochs in the 250 years the United States has existed: The American War for Independence and the original federal republic (1776-1861), Lincolnian America and the quest for national greatness (1861-1945), and the Cold War (1945-present). Everything we do today and how we conceptualize the general …more
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What did Jefferson mean when he wrote about the “fire bell in the night?” Most interpretations focus on slavery and the threats it posed to the stability of the Union, but this is reading history in reverse and it misses Jefferson’s main point. The Union was in trouble because of the potential violation of the Constitution by those interested in political power. The Missouri Compromise …more
The city of Birmingham thinks it should be a State and is suing in FEDERAL court to determine if it can ignore State law. This would be a disaster for federalism and would produce all kinds of problems. I explain why in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.