Civil War

A Conflicted Message: Christian Theology and Political Action During the Civil War Era by Nick Sacco

When citizens of a democratic society participate in electoral politics, they are often forced to determine the extent to which they are willing to compromise on their beliefs when voting. Voters sometimes find ideal candidates who share most if not… Continue Reading A Conflicted Message: Christian Theology and Political Action During the Civil War Era by Nick Sacco

Whither the Whigs? Donald Trump, the Know-Nothings, and the Politics of the 1850s

The historical curiosity of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Republican nomination has resulted in, among other things, a seeming endless litany of historical comparisons. As modern pundits, politicos, and historians have attempted to explain the success of Trump’s campaign, they… Continue Reading Whither the Whigs? Donald Trump, the Know-Nothings, and the Politics of the 1850s

Of Presidential Campaigns and Partisan Press: Journalism in the Elections of 1848 and 2016

In this presidential election year, some political observers have lamented the disappearance of a non-partisan press. Today, Republicans watch Fox News and read theWall Street Journal; Democrats prefer MSNBC and the New York Times. The Internet has further fragmented journalism,… Continue Reading Of Presidential Campaigns and Partisan Press: Journalism in the Elections of 1848 and 2016

Interracial Sex and American Conservatism, from the Civil War Era to the Age of Trump

Gender and race are center stage in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton, for instance, hopes to derail Donald Trump’s recent pivot to the center and his courting of African Americans by linking him to the white nationalist “alt-right” movement. The… Continue Reading Interracial Sex and American Conservatism, from the Civil War Era to the Age of Trump