H.A. Scott Trask

H.A. Scott Trask is an independent historian from eastern Missouri.

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  • The Path Not Taken
    February 2006

    The Path Not Taken

    We are familiar with George McClellan’s historical reputation: indecisive, timid, politically ambitious, vainglorious. It is as old as the war, created by the Republicans, perpetuated by the postwar historians of Northern righteousness (e.g., James Ford Rhodes), and sustained by the neo-abolitionists of the school of America the Virtuous.

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  • Antiwar Federalists
    July 2005

    Antiwar Federalists

    The contrast between the importance of the subject of Richard Buel’s new book—New England’s defiance of federal authority during the years of commercial embargo and war with England—and the dullness and conventionality of the narrative reminds us that history is too important to be left to the current occupants of the academy.

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  • Surfing the Void
    June 2005

    Surfing the Void

    There is a scene in Oliver Stone’s powerful and haunting antiwar film Born on the Fourth of July (1989), in which Ron Kovic’s mother is bending down before the television (this is B.R.—before the remote) and wincing.

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  • Political Romanticism, Utopian Violence
    March 2005

    Political Romanticism, Utopian Violence

    “This book tells a story about the twentieth century, which has in it a lesson for the twenty-first—one that I would think unlikely to be learned, since it is a moral lesson, concerning the role of virtue in human existence, and we know about moral lessons.”

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  • Americans Before the Fall
    August 2004

    Americans Before the Fall

    For those of us who love the Old Republic, a new book by David Hackett Fischer is a cause for celebration. His newest will not disappoint the high expectations created by his previous work.

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  • Deep as Dante
    May 2004

    Deep as Dante

    Brenda Wineapple’s new biography of the most brilliant flower of the New England Renaissance reminded me that it was time to reread Hawthorne. She delineated the man very well, got his politics almost right, but barely did justice to his work.

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  • February 2004

    Shine, Republic

    The America First Committee of 1940-41 was the largest antiwar organization (800,000 members) in American history. Although it was founded by a group of Yale law students in the summer of 1940 and never lost its patrician character, it was headquartered in Chicago and found its greatest support among Midwesterners.

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  • . . . <em>plus c&rsquo;est la&nbsp;m&ecirc;me chose</em>
    September 2003

    . . . plus c’est la même chose

    Gavin Menzies, a retired British naval officer and submarine commander, has advanced a startling thesis. He believes that, in 1421-23, a large Chinese fleet circumnavigated the world and skirted the continents of Africa, South America, Antarctica, and North America.

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  • Pax Americana
    July 2003

    Pax Americana

    William Kristol boasts that September 11 proves the neocons to have been prophets because, after the Cold War, they alone warned that the world had become a more dangerous place, not a safer one.

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  • Who’s the Ugliest of Them All?
    March 2003

    Who’s the Ugliest of Them All?

    Described by the author as a “venture in contemporary history,” American Empire is also an in-depth study of the post-Cold War foreign policies of the last three presidential administrations, all of which Andrew Bacevich believes sought to preserve and extend an American empire.

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  • The Point of War
    February 2003

    The Point of War

    The U.S. government continues its slow but relentless buildup of military forces in the Middle East, preparing to unleash “Fourth-Generation” warfare against the eighth reincarnation of Adolf Hitler.

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  • Therapeutic Totalitarianism
    January 2003

    Therapeutic Totalitarianism

    Paul Gottfried has spent a useful career shining his lantern of truth into the dark corners of America’s political consciousness. In After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State (1999), he examined the rise and consolidation of centralized managerial regimes across the Western world.

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  • Our Country, ’Tis of We . . .
    October 2002

    Our Country, ’Tis of We . . .

    Dinesh D’Souza and others are classic examples of the immigrant imperialist. These writers, all hailing from the Orient, identify not with historic or regional America but with the American world empire and its increasingly multiethnic/multicultural domestic base.

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  • <em>Sic Semper Tyrannis</em>
    July 2002

    Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Abraham Lincoln remains the central historical figure in modern America; the only others who can compete with him in their influence on the present and the degree of adulation accorded them are Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Rev. “Dr.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Lincoln is praised for having accomplished two things: preserving the Union and freeing the slaves.

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  • America’s <em>Second</em>-Worst Dynasty
    April 2002

    America’s Second-Worst Dynasty

    Richard Brookhiser’s biographical study of four generations of the Adams family illustrates once again that the rich and complex history of our country remains a closed book to the ruling class and their literary apologists.

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  • Why the West Has Won
    February 2002

    Why the West Has Won

    One of the important lessons of Victor Davis Hanson’s riveting new book, Carnage and Culture, is that the only civilization or culture that can defeat the West is the West.

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  • November 2001

    The Time of Our People

    If you are a lover of film but have never seen Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), you are missing not only one of the best Westerns ever made but a truly great film that deserves more recognition than it has received.

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  • As We Go Marching
    October 2001

    As We Go Marching

    Who has not heard David McCullough pontificate on the "greatness" of Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and now John Adams, or watched James McPherson bow before the demigod Lincoln?

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  • October 2000

    A Southern Braveheart

    It can be argued that the War Between the States began not at Fort Sumter but along the Missouri-Kansas border in the mid-1850's. The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854 meant that the future of slavery in the territories would be decided by the majority of settlers.

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  • Christianity and Slavery in the Old South
    July 1999

    Christianity and Slavery in the Old South

    Americans, with their strong tendency to externalize the evil within them and to project it onto others, have been waging crusades to extirpate or crush one kind of evil or another for almost 200 years now.

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