For a story about modern America and the world, I highly recommend this movie, available on Netflix: "The Founder," about Ray Kroc, a traveling salesman in the restaurant industry who built the McDonalds' franchise into a multi-billion-dollar business. Kroc, Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump were all inspired by the can-do philosophy of the Rev. Norman... Continue Reading →
"In America, we hurry--which is well; but when the day's work is done, we go on thinking of losses and gains, we plan for the morrow, we even carry our business cares to bed with us...we burn up our energies with these excitements, and either die early or drop into a lean and mean old... Continue Reading →
North Americans often express collective angst over the legacy of slavery, but actually North America was a bit player in the global slave trade. Overall, in 315 years, Europeans enslaved and transported more than 12.5 million Africans, according to Slate's "History of American Slavery Academy." "From the trade’s beginning in the 16th century to its conclusion... Continue Reading →
Spending a few weeks in the states, I had to consciously fight against the mindset that America is the center of the universe. My experiences as a world traveler tell me that the US most definitely is not the center of the universe, but US-based media certainly give me the impression that it is. Ours... Continue Reading →
Hamilton received 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Details.
Colin Woodard, a journalist and historian, offers an explanation of current political struggles in the United States with American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. The independent streak found its most pernicious form in the antebellum South but was balanced in the Gilded Age by communitarian reform... Continue Reading →
Only 30 percent of Americans in 2011 had passports, and only half of those traveled outside North America, to places other than Canada and Mexico. While the percentages might have grown slightly since the end of the Great Recession, they still suggest a nation isolated from the rest of the wide world. In contrast, 60... Continue Reading →
As I look to the future, I can already see that the genealogy of my grandchild and great nieces and nephews is amazing in its diversity. While I have identified my heritage as primarily Northern European (Scottish, English, Irish, Swiss, French, and Dutch), that was not quite accurate when I checked my DNA and delved deeper... Continue Reading →
This beautiful video makes you feel good about America.