William Hogeland
reading the American past into the American crisis--and vice versa
Created 06 Dec 2020
  • Sing Along with the Confederate Army!
    29 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    (This is the second part of a two-part essay.) Weep no more, my ladies. We now know, having explored the issue in Part One, that the song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” preceded the Civil War by a good bi...
  • Sing Along with Mitch!
    26 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    Trigger with higher billing than Dale Evans (This is the first part of a two-part essay.) I’ve given way too much thought to way too many old songs. A song I’d never given any thought to, though, unti...
  • Whistlin' D ----.
    15 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 6 0
    I was driving as fast as possible past Hartford, Connecticut, as one does, listening to one of the last of the weird stations, WJMJ at 88.9 FM on the radio dial. The station must have a tiny transmitt...
  • So Academic
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    “The Impressionists broke with academic traditions in French painting.” . . . “I must say I find all of this somewhat academic.” . . . When I was in college—the only time I’ve been at the academy—we w...
  • Should a President Refrain from Asserting Executive Privilege?
    15 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    President Biden has been declining to assert executive privilege in aid of former President Trump. The doctrine, everybody probably knows, exempts presidents, under certain conditions, from having to ...
  • Stop Making Sense
    08 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 4 0
    I don’t think the Continental Congress that issued the Declaration of Independence brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, let alone a nation dedicated to a proposition, let alone to the propo...
  • Blood of Patriots
    28 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Not NYC but Portland OR In keeping with the BAD HISTORY tradition of addressing history-related political issues after they’ve moved out of the news cycle and nobody remembers them, let us now briefly...
  • Happy Belated [15th-Century European Dude] Day
    13 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Now that Columbus Day is over, and nobody will be fighting about it until next year, I thought I’d briefly explore some of the Bad History behind that embattled and defended holiday. I don’t like nami...
  • James Madison and the Debilitating American Tendency to Make Everything about the Constitution
    11 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    President Madison ending the Embargo Act Beginning in the early 1780’s, and continuing through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788, James Madison of Virginia and Alexander Hamilton of Ne...
  • The Problem of Using Evidence
    27 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Recently we’ve seen a number of historians of the U.S.—and journalists who refer to that history—putting their cases directly before the public, especially regarding the causes of the American Revolut...
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