With Good Reason

Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff
October 9th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the nation’s finest historians gathered on September 24th at Norfolk State University to discuss the role of race and slavery in the war that cost hundreds of thousands of American lives. With topics including the myth of black Confederates, the quest for black rights in the middle […]

It’s All Greek To Me
August 28th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

Don Quixote, conqueror of windmills and readers’ hearts, was recently voted the best book of all time in a survey of 100 of the world’s best authors.  It’s the tale of a Spanish knight who reads one too many chivalric romances and takes up a rusty breastplate and sword in search of adventures.  Antonio Carreño-Rodríguez […]

The Dolphin Theory of Economic Revitalization
April 24th, 2010 - (2 Comments)

When towns lose major businesses, city leaders often try to recruit another big industry to take its place.  Greg Fairchild (University of Virginia) calls that “going after the whale.”  But he thinks communities might be healthier if they successfully lure several smaller companies, which he calls “dolphins.”  Also: In the small community of Sarayaku in […]

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 […]