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Anne Hutchinson: Founding Mother of Religious Tolerance

Three hundred eighty years ago, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony convicted Anne Hutchinson of heresy and banished her from the colony. More than just a founding mother of Portsmouth, RI, she can be considered a founding mother of … Continue reading

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Building American Civicism

(A version of this essay was published as “What It Means to Be a Good Citizen in the Age of Colin Kaepernick” by TheHill.com, on 11-17-17.) GQ’s recent selection of Colin Kaepernick as a “man of the year,” specifically “citizen … Continue reading

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A “Chinese Century” of Leadership in Clean Energy?

(This essay was originally published as “We are paving the way for Chinese dominance in clean energy,” by The Hill [online] on November 12, 2017.) For early baby-boomers, the federal government’s release on November 3 of the comprehensive science report … Continue reading

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America the Unexceptional

(This essay was originally published as “American Exceptionalism seems to be in retreat,” by the Newport Daily News on June 10, 2017.) With his recent statement of intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change, … Continue reading

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The US Enters World War I

(This essay was originally published as “April 6, 1917: The US Goes ‘Over There’”, in the Newport Daily News on April 6, 2017.) One hundred years ago today, the United States declared war on Germany, joining the war almost three … Continue reading

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Trump: White American Cincinnatus

(This essay was originally published as “Is Trump the 21st Century Cincinnatus?” by the History News Network [online] on February 26, 2017) In dire times the ancient Romans would appoint a dictator, giving him unchecked power to lead the Roman … Continue reading

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Civility: An Essential of Civilization

(This essay was originally published as “Civilization is Dependent upon Civility,” February 11, 2017, in the Newport Daily News.) The growing incivility in American civilization has finally hit home for me. For the first time, someone posted a comment with … Continue reading

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