New stuff, January and February

Well, I dunno what happened, but WordPress finally did index this blog, several weeks late…. So I’ll be posting items here from time to time, as originally planned.

In January and February, my new items were one of the key primary sources behind Ellis & Morris’s book on King Philip’s War: Easton’s Relation; and, spurred by an e-mail from a frequent site visitor expressing interest in the frontier theory of Frederick Jackson Turner, a brief article of his on Geographical Sectionalism in American History.

This last, in turn, has got me interested in the mechanics of the American frontier, and I’m currently transcribing a full-length book on that, which will probably be onsite within a week. The most interesting point made by the historians of the frontier is that the genius of America does not lie in our government, but in our people and our personal initiative: the genius of the government, such as it is, is in getting out of the way. In the last fifty or sixty years we’ve increasingly forgotten that, and expect everything from government; or maybe, to be run by government, or to be ruined by government!

The homepage of my American history site (24 books, 11,000 pages of print, 600 images in 500+ webpages) is here.

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