Slaughterhouse-Two, or the Conservatives’ Crusade: A Duty-Dance with the 14th Amendment

For readers familiar with Kurt Vonnegut’s sci-fi classic—fair warning that I’m not going to tell a semi-autobiographical, nihilistic story about aliens and time travel. I’m just not that creative! But when I read the prospective majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health leaked by Politico earlier this month, the first phrase that came to…

Abbott’s NYSRPA Brief is #NotTexas

Last month the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what promises to be a landmark Second Amendment case. NYSRPA v. Bruen looks like an opportunity for the court to provide some guidance on what types of state and local firearm regulations are permissible under the Second Amendment. The question of gun-law historicity has taken…

Where Have the Historians Gone?

One of the long-term consequences of Dylann Roof’s brutal attack in Charleston, SC back 2015 has been a reevaluation of the place of Confederate monuments and memorials in the Southern states. In the weeks following Roof’s attack, attention focused on Confederate flags still flying at Southern state capitols. The Southern Poverty Law Center began taking…

Rachel Maddow on Reconstruction

I don’t usually watch The Rachel Maddow Show but I happened to catch part of it last night. Maddow spent about 15 minutes reviewing some basic history of Reconstruction culminating in a discussion of the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which criminalized conspiracies to intimidate voters in federal elections. The Klan Act is currently the…