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Filed Under:History / US History
Posts on Regator:374
Posts / Week:1.8
Archived Since:April 9, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Happy Belated Birthday, Mr. President

I failed to mark James Madison's birthday yesterday, but not to worry: over at Millard Fillmore's Bathtub, Ed Darrell noted the occasion with a lengthy post replete with links: March 16, Freedoms Day - How to Celebrate James Madison? By way of belated celebration, let me one last link. Show More Summary

Six Answers for Seth Barrett Tillman

I posted recently on Lawprof Seth Barrett Tillman's fun article posing Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar. Now I see that at The Originalism Blog Lawprof Michael Ramsey has taken up the challenge: My Answers to Seth Barrett Tillman's Six Questions. Enjoy!

Founding Golfer?

Over at Concurring Opinions, Lawprof Gerard Magliocca points out that James Wilson "was probably the only Founder to play golf." The evidence? 1. Wilson was born in Scotland and lived there until he was 23. 2. He went to college at St. Show More Summary

The Three-Fifths Clause In the News!

As you may have heard, Emory University President James Wagner wrote a column earlier this year in which he praised the Three-Fifths Clause as an example of Constitutional compromise: During a Homecoming program in September, a panel...Show More Summary

Millard Not Dissed!

Over at Millard Fillmore's Bathtub, Ed Darrell has an appreciative post on Millard: Quote of the Moment: Should We Reconsider Millard Fillmore? He ends: Historians often offer back-handed criticism to Fillmore for the Compromise of 1850; in retrospect it did not prevent the Civil War. Show More Summary

Millard Dissed Again!

Longtime readers will know I'm a big Millard Fillmore fan and get seriously perturbed when Millard is dissed. Well, it's happened again. Over at the Daily Caller they've posted the Top Ten Hottest US Presidents in History and Millard is MIA. Show More Summary

Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar

The always enjoyable and educational Seth Barrett Tillman has a short and fun (but very dense!) new paper out on SSRN for those of you who enjoy Constitutional puzzles: Six Puzzles for Professor Akhil Amar. Here's the abstract: The Constitution...Show More Summary

Was Thomas Hamer the "adopted son" of Thomas Morris?

After writing Celebrating Thomas Hamer, I decided to check Jonathan H. Earle's fine book Jacksonian Antislavery & the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 to try to get more information on Thomas Morris's election to the Senate in 1833.Show More Summary

Celebrating Thomas Hamer

Over at Power Line, Paul Mirengoff has a short but delightful post Celebrating Thomas Hamer, the Ohio Congressman who got Hiram Ulysses Grant Ulysses S. Grant into West Point. I am, however, going to have to go back and check one point...Show More Summary

Did a Convert to Judaism Almost Become Emperor of Rome 200 Years Before Constantine?

95 AD marked the fourteenth year of the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. At 43 years of age (born in 51 AD), he was hardly an old man, but lifespans were short and death always close in the ancient world. Domitian himself had ascended the throne in 81 AD when his older brother Titus died unexpectedly of a fever at the age of 41. Show More Summary

Edmund Randoph's Opinion on the Recess Appointments Clause

As you may have heard, the United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia recently used originalist analysis to hold that recess appointments that President Obama made to the NLRB violated the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. Show More Summary

Why Didn't Constantius II Eat Fruit?

It is a terrible irony that, days after the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz, JSTOR for the first time made articles from its catalog of academic journals available to the general public, at least on a limited basis. In brief, membersShow More Summary

The End of the Academy

You may be aware that Plato's Academy in Athens, closed c. AD 529, some 900 years after its establishment c. 387 BC. The end came after the emperor Justinian issued an edict "permit[ting] only those who are of the orthodox faith to teach...Show More Summary

"Sober Intoxication"

At his most inspired, Philo of Alexandria, also known as Philo Judaeus (c. 10 BCE - c. 50 CE), a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who merged the Septuagint with Platonism, paints an ecstatic mystical vision of unsurpassed beauty. HereShow More Summary

The Deaths of Crispus and Fausta

The emperor Constantine famously had both his eldest son Crispus and his wife Fausta killed in 326. Mystery has surrounded the events ever since. There are no contemporary accounts, and the earliest surviving recitations of events are overlaid with polemic. Show More Summary

The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson

It looks like Thomas Jefferson is about to take a well-deserved beating over slavery. A new article at, The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson, previews a book by Henry Wiencek scheduled for release on October 16th entitled Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. Show More Summary

Never Forget

I will not forget that day, or who our enemies are.

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