Excerpt from Dr. Jack Bankston’s “The Founding Years”, University of New South Wales Press, 2017. The Haiti Question Initially the Adams administration only sought minor concessions from France. They sought an end to harassment on the high seas and the transfer of St. Pierre and Miquelon, the remaining Leeward Islands and Martinique. Haiti, Guiana and … More The Presidency of John Adams, Part II
“One question only shall be respectfully insinuated: whether equal laws, the result only of a balanced government, can ever be obtained and preferred without some signs or other of distinction and degree? We are told that our friends, the National Assembly of France, have abolished all distinctions. But be no deceived, my dear countrymen. Impossibilities … More Empire of Liberty: The Presidency of John Adams, Part I
Excerpt from Konijeti Beevti’s “Years of Revolution: Boston to Bhārata”, Vij Publishing House, 1962 (translation by Earl Henderson). In August of 1796, as the bloodshed began to reduce for the first time in St. Domingue in nearly five years, an election occurred to send deputies to France. Influenced by Toussaint L’Ouverture, the two French commissioners, … More Empire of Liberty: Unthinkable
Excerpt from Dr. Alisha Caffrey’s “The American Wars”, Texas Tech University Press, 2015. VII. The Conquest of Guiana and the Mascarene Islands A sizeable American squadron, 12 ships-of-the-line and five auxiliary vessels, risked operations at the end of hurricane season and left Barbados in Mid-August of 1798. They arrived off the seaside town of Cayenne, … More Empire of Liberty: A Dose Of Mascarene
I have always been fascinated by Napoleon, the age that he lived in, and his impact on so many aspects of the modern world. Yet, I had never taken the time to sit down and read a dedicated biography on the man. And there are tons to choose from; Napoleon’s own memoirs were the best … More Book Review: Andrew Robert’s “Napoleon: A Life”
I want to preface this by saying that in no way am I a trained therapist or counselor. Luckily, my trade allows me the opportunity to have conversations about many different aspects of health care, innovations, and policies. Many of my conversations have dealt on the realities of health care policy challenges on the ground. … More Advocacy As Therapy?
“You are a volcano! The Republic no longer has a government; the Directorie has been dissolved, the factions are agitating; the time to make a decision has arrived. You have summoned me and my companions-at-arms to aid your wisdom, but time is precious. We must decide. I know that we speak of Caesar, of Cromwell, … More Empire of Liberty: 18 Brumaire
“The pontiff has fled and the corruption of the church has scattered. Let the Church of St. Peter be freed from its gilded shackles and the true word of the Nazarene and His apostles be spread from this day forward. As for the eternal city, let it return to its rightful place as the heart … More Empire of Liberty: A Damned Game of Chess
On Tuesday’s episode of The Ringer’s the Sports Repodders, Bill Simmons raised an interesting question: who is your favorite color commentator? His guests, Jason Gay and Bryan Curtis had their answers but I was stumped when asking myself the same question. I guess Al Michaels? Admittedly, that is a history and fame based answer no … More Identity… Politics? Media? Sports?
“The peoples we will be living alongside are Muslims; their first article of faith is “There is no other god but God, and Mahomet is his prophet”. Do not contradict them; treat them as you treated the Jews, the Italians; respect their muftis and their imams, as you respected their rabbis and bishops. Have the … More Empire of Liberty: Ali-Napoleon and the Armee d’Orient