Memphis at 50

On this date 50 years ago, April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot dead as he stood on the second-floor balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. King was 39 years old. His murderer, James Earl Ray, fled the scene but was later apprehended and... Continue Reading →


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

1917-1963 It was 100 years ago this day, May 29, 1917, that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy in Brookline, Massachusetts. In a year marked by centennials (some recalled here), it is equally-fitting that we pause to remember the 36th President of the United States. Beset by health problems and overshadowed... Continue Reading →


Here's what we're reading... Andrew Imbrie, "Why I Study the Humanities." Says Imbrie, "We study the past to rediscover ourselves. We find beauty there." We couldn't agree more. On Being with Krista Tippett: (accessed May 13, 2017). James Fallows, "Five Reasons Why the Comey Affair is Worse Than Watergate." From the man who covered Richard Nixon's downfall 45 years ago,... Continue Reading →

The Weighty Days of April

On April 12th 1865 The Army of Northern Virginia is disbanded near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee signed a document of surrender to Union General Ulysses Grant on April 9th. The parole of the Confederate Army's officers and men inspires a series of surrenders, signaling the end of the Civil... Continue Reading →

Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

(Thomas) Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States (1913-1921), was born in Staunton, Virginia on December 28, 1856, son of a Presbyterian minister. He spent much of his boyhood in the south (a boyhood home stands in Columbia, South Carolina). His foray into politics began with a successful bid for the governorship of New... Continue Reading →

The President’s Legacy: Wilson at 100

One hundred years ago today, on April 2, 1917, the President asked for war on Germany. Addressing a special joint session of Congress, 28th President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) famously declared that "the world must be made safe for democracy. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and... Continue Reading →

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