American History, continued

4 February 2011

These are the most important new items onsite since my last entry a year ago: Stanley Clisby Arthur’s The Story of the West Florida Rebellion (and other material relating to “West Florida”), Constance Lindsay Skinner’s Pioneers of the Old Southwest (and other Kentucky and Tennessee material), James R. Jacobs’ Tarnished Warrior: Major-General James Wilkinson, Irving Berdine Richman’s Ioway to Iowa.

In addition, a couple dozen journal articles, mostly about West Point, railroads, and the frontier from the Appalachians to the west bank of the Mississippi; about fifteen hundred more entries of Cullum’s Biographical Register of the Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy, now complete thru the year 1850 and thus including many of the generals of the War between the States — I expect to complete the transcription of all 3384, thru the Class of 1890, in March 2012; orientation pages to the History of Florida, the History of Iowa, the History of Wisconsin; Sidelights on Dutch History.

The homepage of my American history site (as of writing: 32 books, 16,000 pages of print, 700 images in 2700+ webpages) is here.
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New stuff, January and February

10 March 2009

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.