| Nov 2, 2010
| 4:18 PM
While TV pundits are still tripping over their tongues to make sense of Tuesday's vote, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church is taking a longer look at the influence of religion on American political life from Revolutionary times to the present.
| Nov 10, 2010
The first great American autobiographies both appeared in the 19th century, were born of conflict and written by public men — "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass" and "The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant."
Since then, what we might...
| May 18, 2011
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — This used to be tobacco country. Still is, but the demand for tobacco is down, the demand for soybeans and sweet potatoes is up, and the farmers have adjusted accordingly.
This is not a land of pretense. On the highway leading...
| Dec 5, 2010
"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole," British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." And, I might add, place to place. There's something special about bedding down where Albert Einstein, Marilyn...
| Dec 16, 2010
There's more than salesmanship at play in Michael Korda's selection of his engrossing new book's title, "Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia."
Korda, now 77, is one of the most successful editors of his generation and a bit of a legend...
| Dec 19, 2010
I have seen a couple of little girls walk from a roller coaster at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest dizzy with delight; had a man on Michigan Avenue call me a "------ Scrooge" when I refused to give him "$42 dollars so I can have train fare to visit my...
| Jan 30, 2011
The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903
Walker & Co.: 242 pp., $26
In the years immediately following the Civil War, America appeared to possess the will and the means to end racial...
| Apr 25, 2012
Many Americans may not know it, but Cairo, Illinois - the small town at the southernmost tip of the state played a key role in the Civil War and the rise of the man who would become the 18th president of the United States.
Cairo was home to Fort...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 4:16 PM
Carlos Moorhead's death last week marked the end of an era.
Amiable and gracious, as a congressman, Moorhead always was concerned with the welfare of his constituents. He was the epitome of across-the-aisle mediation and reconciliation. He looked for...
| Feb 12, 2012
The North strikes back. After the debacle at the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, the Union needed a decisive victory. It had to wait awhile, but the two-part victory finally came Feb. 6 at Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and on Feb. 16 just a few...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 2:00 PM
Ulysses S. Grant had just taken command of the Union army when — in March 1864 — he posed for photographer Mathew Brady.
Yet already — as seen in this evocative portrait at the Chrysler Museum of Art — the weight of conducting a...