Chronicles Magazine April 1998

Defending Civilization

Allow me to begin with a personal recollection. I first came to know the city of Chicago and the region of the Great Lakes almost 50 years ago, in 1949, when I was 23 years old. Nothing then destined me for a literary career.

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  • VIEWS

    The French Revolution in Canada

    In their British North America (BNA) Act of 1867, the Fathers of Canada's confederation produced a work of genius. The two senior levels of government were awarded separate and exclusive powers: Ottawa over national matters; provincial...

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  • VIEWS

    The Multicultural Lie

    Rockford, Illinois, the home of The Rockford Institute and Chronicles, was established in a series of migratory ripples: first Yankees, then Scots, then Swedes. A later wave of immigration brought many Italians, both from Sicily and Northern Italy.

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  • Perspective

    The Heart's Geography

    I took out the atlas the other day to figure out the routes of the voyagers retraced by Jean Raspail on his first trip to the United States. In the event, it proved impossible to plot a French expedition on a modern map of the United States.

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  • REVIEWS

    Shifting Sands

    The grand theme of P.D. James's work is man and his overwhelming sense of rootlessness, anxiety, and guilt in the knowledge of a crime unknown and a punishment outwardly denied in the post-Christian era, though inwardly anticipated.

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    The Cajuns of Louisiana

    In the 1980's, "Cajun" suddenly became "cool." From rotund Chef Paul Prudhomme and high-rolling Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards to the music of Beausoleil and "blackened" redfish, anyone and anything associated with the remnants of French...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    Creole Culture

    Though more reminiscent of the Middle Ages than of recent times, the marriage ceremony of General P.C.T. Beauregard's niece. Bertha Hall, the daughter of Angele Beauregard and Frederick Hall, took place in St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans only...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On William F. Buckley

    As America's foremost bugbear of neoconservatives, it is difficult to understand why Chronicles assigned William F. Buckley's religious autobiography to Chilton Williamson, Jr., a longtime associate of Buckley during his employment at National...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Celtic Culture

    Michael Hill's January article, "Celtic Justice," is an interesting historical piece for anyone studying pagan Celtic culture. But he seems to believe that some form of Celtic-Irish law and tradition still exists today.

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