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Response to Review of Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865

I would like to thank Professor Green for his very fair and thoughtful review. The ‘stormy present’ of my title could well be applied to the state of scholarship on the American Civil War at the moment, so I am especially grateful for a review that, while offering a measured critique, is generous in itsContinue reading “Response to Review of Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1846-1865”

The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy

In early 1840, the New York lawyer and diarist George Templeton Strong noted that the newspapers were obsessed with commentary and speculation about the upcoming wedding of Queen Victoria. All this was ‘doubtless very interesting and important to her Majesty’s loyal subjects’, wrote Strong huffily, but ‘to us republicans is, or ought to be, ratherContinue reading “The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy”