A review of The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950s America by Anna McCarthy. On Brick Lane: Are Jews the model immigrants? How America's stance on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the death penalty stacks up against the world. Jennifer Lee and Frank Bean on their book The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in Twenty-First Century America. A review of The Liberty Bell by Gary Nash. How America got its name: The surprising story of an obscure scholar, an adventurer’s letter, and a pun. A Visual History of the American Presidency is filled with entire book's worth of information, in 18 different graphs. A review of The Spirit of the Law: Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America by Sarah Barringer Gordon. A review of Prison Writing in 20th Century America. From Christian Century, a review essay on being Muslim in America. Pufendorf, Grotius, and Locke: Who is the real father of America’s founding political ideas? An interview with Brooke Rollins of the Texas Public Policy Foundation on fighting for state sovereignty. A review of Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America by Peter Schrag. A review of Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race by Laura Gomez. While you can’t deny its historical significance, our flag will inevitably change again; Ken Carbone illustrates the options. Americans lament the partisan venom of today's politics, but for sheer verbal savagery, the founders were in a league of their own. Few things are more American than t-shirts and pissing people off for no reason; combining the two is a long-held national pastime that makes baseball seem about as exciting as sniffing Ben Franklin’s beer farts. A review of Modernizing a Slave Economy: The Economic Vision of the Confederate Nation by John Majewski.

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