News From Around the South, 8/8 to 8/15

SOUTH CAROLINA: Army's Largest Training Base Has More Confederate Names Than All But 3 Other Bases One in four roads on Fort Jackson could be renamed as part of a wide-ranging study that has already suggested new names for nine military bases with Confederate ties....

The Dwindling Difference Between Our Two Parties on Spending

For a few years, I have sounded the alarm that a growing wave of conservatives are working to make Republicans indistinguishable from Democrats on social spending. Some say that to win elections, Republicans need to pay more attention to families — by which they mean...

Voyaging the Mississippi: How Flatboats Shaped American History

In the early years of the 19th century, vast numbers of small wooden boats plied the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Carrying goods to market and settlers to the lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, these vessels launched America’s western expansion. The boats were...

Who Won the Taiwan War Games?

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defied White House signals that she not stop in Taiwan on her valedictory tour of Asian capitals, she ignited the worst diplomatic U.S.-China row in decades. And how did last week's collision turn out for the United States? Writes The...

News From Around the South 8/1 to 8/8

VIRGINIA: Governor's Pick for State Historic Resources Board Resigns After Comments on Confederate Statues, Slavery RICHMOND, Va. — A historian appointed to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources by Gov. Glenn Youngkin has resigned from the board following...

Presidents Kill Because They Can

What if the purpose of sending nearly $60 billion in cash and military aid to Ukraine is to extend the war Ukraine can only win if American troops become involved? What if the government is giving Ukraine more borrowed federal dollars in six months than Ukraine's...

What if…John Pope Had Invaded Canada?

Many (Emerging Civil War) readers will know (and perhaps take delight in the fact) that Major General John Pope was banished to Minnesota in the wake of his disastrous defeat at the battle of Second Bull Run. President Abraham Lincoln asked Pope to go west and oversee...

Is Taiwan’s Independence Worth War?

When a man knows he is about to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully, said Dr. Samuel Johnson. If there is any benefit to be realized from the collision between China and the U.S. over Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposed trip to Taiwan, it is...

News From Around the South 7/25 to 8/1

SOUTH CAROLINA: $50,000 Grant Will Help Restore Historic Daufuskie Island Cemetery CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Daufuskie Island, a remote seat of Gullah-Geechee culture since the end of the Civil War, once bustled with activity and commerce. For around 40 years, the island...

Government Competency

An oxymoron is "a combination of contradictory or incongruous words," according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. Think of the phrases "open secret" or "working vacation." This week, the oxymoron that came to my mind was "government competency." I went to my...

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