With Good Reason

The Coming Prosperity
September 29th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

In spite of the current state of the economy, the next 25 years will see an unprecedented rise in human wellbeing. That’s the argument Philip Auerswald (George Mason University) makes in his new book The Coming Prosperity. He argues that four centuries of technological change are spreading prosperity to new populations in the world and […]

Beyond the Islamic Golden Age
April 2nd, 2011 - (0 Comments)

Scholars from around the world gathered recently for George Mason University’s forum Beyond Golden Age and Decline: Muslim Societies and Global Modernity, 1300-1900.  Some of the scholars joined With Good Reason to talk about the legacy of Muslim societies in today’s world.  Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota) says in its heyday, the Ottoman Empire was […]

This Old House (of Representatives)
December 11th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

America has elected 44 different presidents, but more than 12,000 people have served in Congress.  Matthew Wasniewski (James Madison University alum) was recently appointed as the fourth official historian of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He says that while much has changed in the House since its first session (members no longer carry weapons on […]

Bible Babel
June 5th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In her new book “Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time”, Kristin Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University) explains what the Bible is, where it comes from, and shows how people use the Bible to argue today’s most controversial issues.   She also speaks about the Bible’s universality and relevance in our […]

A Government Out of Sight
January 16th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Many historians say the United States government of the nineteenth century did little to improve the lives of its citizens. But Brian Balogh (University of Virginia) argues the federal government was quite active even before the era of big government, and laid the groundwork for America to become a superpower in the twentieth century.   Also: Chris […]

Massive Resistance in Virginia
June 27th, 2009 - (2 Comments)

In the summer of 2008, a statue honoring leaders of Virginia’s Civil Rights movement was dedicated on the grounds of Capitol Square in Richmond. One of the cast panels features Oliver W. Hill, an attorney who argued the landmark case Brown vs. the Board of Education… before the Supreme Court. Oliver Hill, Jr. (Virginia State […]

The Making of a Civil Rights Museum
June 6th, 2009 - (1 Comments)

In 1951, young Barbara Johns led a student walkout to protest conditions at her segregated Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia.  Her actions led to a lawsuit that eventually helped strike down the doctrine of “separate but equal.”  Lacy Ward (Longwood University) is Director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum.  He wants the museum to […]

Searching for Runaway Slaves
May 9th, 2009 - (3 Comments)

The “Geography of Slavery” website catalogs more than 4,000 advertisements offering rewards for runaway slaves—placed in newspapers from 1736 through 1803. Tom Costa (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) gathered these ads as a Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He says that, taken as a whole, these humanize the stories of men […]

The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel
February 21st, 2009 - (1 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

Old World Beat
December 27th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Klezmer music, once rooted in the Jewish religious tradition, is now being played on festival stages, nightclubs and concert halls throughout the world.  Many of the roots of American Jazz and Broadway music can be traced to Klezmer.  Joel Rubin (University of Virginia) is both a historian of Klezmer music and a clarinetist who regularly […]