Alexander H. Stephens’s “Cornerstone Speech” is perhaps the most infamous speech in the 19th century. It is cited by every SJW group as clear “evidence,” the “smoking gun” that it was slavery, slavery, and slavery that drove the Confederacy. Is this true? The speech offers a clear example of “contextualization,” but not in the way the SJWs like to promote the idea. I discuss the …more
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World War I was as transformational for the United States as the War for Southern Independence. While the 1860s helped produce the imperial executive and then led to Reconstruction, World War I created the American nation. I explain in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.
Washington’s Farewell Address used to be an important part of every Congress. The House stopped reading it in 1979 while the Senate still continues the practice. What does it say and what can we learn from it? A listener wanted an overview, so this is it. I consider it to be an important letter, one with prescient warnings but also lofty inconsistency. I discuss the …more