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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.

Evidence for earliest Humans in North America

I just read a fascinating new archaeology article providing evidence for humans in North America  (Alaska/Beringia) at 24,000 years before present. I’m not familiar with the journal, PLOS, because it is outside of my field, but the research and argument look pretty strong. Two general ideas flow from this. One is the possibility that humans […]

A Franked Envelope

The Dutch word “to stamp” is “frankeren.” I’ve never seen it used in English, like this: “a franked envelope” ! Also, in the spirit of the mid-19th century, I would like to end every communication with “Please accept the renewed assurance of my very high consideration.”