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When you’ve read too much old-fashioned prose and have a new (old) typewriter

How to Find the Perfect Antique Store

In about 2011, I became interested in using antiques for group discussions in my history classrooms. I was living in central Illinois at the time, and since I didn’t have much else to do, I began to make long antique-hunting trips across the plains. I began to devise strategies to find the perfect antique store, […]

Comparing Peer-review Across Disciplines

So far, for 2017, I have published 4 peer-reviewed articles, linking a variety of disciplines: history, economic history, philosophy of history, and law.  I’ve noticed a clear difference in the peer-review standards across disciplines and journals. My article on the linguistic evolution of the term “The Bill of Rights” called  “How the First Ten Amendments […]

Meeting the Neighbors by Talking about History

Yesterday, I stopped at a yard sale about a mile from where I live. There was nothing I wanted to buy (although I discovered that it is legal to sell guns at yard sales in West Virginia!). Anyway, I introduced myself as a new neighbor from down the way, and that I had purchased land […]

Twice the Processing Power

Word processing. On the left is s Remington Portable Model 5, and on the right a Remington Noiseless model seven. The seven was considerably more expensive than the 5, but the 5 is my favorite. It’s a full education trying to figure out all of the levers on these things.


With my historical vision, I can see clearly hundreds of years into the past. But, looking forward, I don’t have a clue what I have scheduled next week Tuesday. All I know is that Wimpy is supposed to pay me back for a hamburger.

Civil War Script

I’ve been reading hundreds of these Civil War letters from local judges declaring foreign residents fit or unfit for the draft. A good way to test your cursive reading skills. How long does it take you to read it?

The bell curve of anti-slavery and abolitionism

Let the publication train keep on rolling! Choo Choo. This one was inspired by a facebook conversation. The image may appear in my forthcoming book.

Early Capitalism in the Netherlands

I’ve got a new article up on SSRN. It’s called: McCloskey’s Dutch Problem: Capitalist Rhetoric and the Economic History of Holland  (Journal of Private Enterprise). I am a fan of Deirdre McCloskey, but I also like to be a fierce critic of anyone who attempts to venture into a subject field without mastering the literature.

Gordon Clark: Presbyterian Philosopher

My brother’s new book is now available.  It is an intellectual history of an underappreciated Presbyterian thinker. Friends interested in religious history should consider reviewing this for journals.