Category Archives: American History

The Erosion of Tradition

Tradition is very much under attack today throughout the West, often being characterized as “the dead hand of the past.” This misguided view ignores centuries of learning. In his famous book, Orthodoxy, for example, G.K. Chesterton called tradition “the democracy … Continue reading

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Wedding Cake Wars: Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Liberty

Cake makers who have refused to design cakes for same sex weddings have been sued under public accommodations or other anti-discrimination laws and held financially liable to the couples who sued them in several jurisdictions, most notably in Colorado and … Continue reading

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Significant Dates in New Mexico History

Many Americans are unaware of the rich and long history of New Mexico, which predates the English settlements at Jamestown and in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Here are some of the key dates in New Mexico’s history under Spanish and … Continue reading

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My New Facebook History Publications Page

Friends: I have just opened a new Facebook page featuring my publications on American History. Please take a look on Facebook at Edward F. Mannino @ManninoHistory. This describes all my books, including the just-released Politics and American Business: The Growth … Continue reading

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Fray Angelico Chavez’s My Penitente Land

Manuel Ezequiel Chavez – better known as Fray Angelico Chavez – was a Franciscan priest born in northern New Mexico in 1910. He was a genuine polymath, known not only for his artistic talents, which explain his Franciscan name (a … Continue reading

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George H. W. Bush: Highlights of A Remarkable Life

When people hear the name George H. W. Bush, most will recall that he was President of the United States, that Bill Clinton defeated him for reelection, and that his son, George W. Bush, also was elected President. Others will … Continue reading

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The Slave South: 10 Key Points

I have just completed an excellent online course on the History of the Slave South offered by University of Pennsylvania History Professor Stephanie McCurry. This course was available on Coursera to Penn alumni as an abridged version of the course … Continue reading

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Politics and American Business: Draft Manuscript

Politics and American Business 8:14:14.pages Please note the attached manuscript, which contains the working draft of my book, Politics and American Business: The Growth of Industrial America, 1860 – 1960. Comments are invited and welcomed. I currently plan to expand the … Continue reading

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Eisenhower’s Farewell Address: Warnings on the Military-Industrial Complex and the Technological Revolution

President Dwight D. Eisenhower is sometimes viewed as an intellectual lightweight who merely played cards with his friends and read cowboy novels. In fact, Eisenhower was quite insightful, and his January 17, 1961, Farewell Address starkly evidences this. Eisenhower warned … Continue reading

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What Caused the Great Depression?

The Great Depression, which began in 1929 and persisted through much of World War II, crippled the American economy, generated massive unemployment, and challenged the American spirit. What caused the Great Depression? As trial lawyers recognize, there can be multiple … Continue reading

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