America’s civil — or public — religion defined (kinda) and expanded, in light of Trump supporters’ Jan. 6 insurrection

 d r a f t Photo: Jarrad Henderson, USA Today, Feb. 28, 2021 After Jan. 6 when supporters of ex-President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, we saw a spate of articles about Christian nationalism. Prominently displayed by rioters were religious slogans and paraphernalia, (Since it has implications for the research I'm doing on Swedish immigrant … Continue reading America’s civil — or public — religion defined (kinda) and expanded, in light of Trump supporters’ Jan. 6 insurrection

Jon Meacham: Constitution a ‘Calvinist document’; thoughts on George Floyd murder verdict, civil rights movement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHnaxA1YZko The morning after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd, Jon Meacham weighed its significance on MSNBC's Morning Joe program. The network's blurb on YouTube is as good a summary as any: "Historian Jon Meacham discusses the new movement for racial justice, and he discusses the verdict in the … Continue reading Jon Meacham: Constitution a ‘Calvinist document’; thoughts on George Floyd murder verdict, civil rights movement

Does a theory of Philip Gorski’s shed light on a troubling Supreme Court decision on church-state relations?

https://www.facebook.com/peter.ellertsen/posts/2808921899368838 This morning Andrew Koppelman, a law professor at Northwestern, weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court's April 9 decision invalidating a California public health department restriction on indoor gatherings. While some of his rhetoric was.uh.-- shall we say? -- more flamboyant than professorial, he raised some important issues. So I shared it to social … Continue reading Does a theory of Philip Gorski’s shed light on a troubling Supreme Court decision on church-state relations?

Civil war in America? A 2017 think piece in the New Yorker looks at the odds

Editor's (admin's) note: One of two posts today that were prompted by Nate Cohn's op ed piece “Why Political Sectarianism Is a Growing Threat to American Democracy” in the New York Times. Link HERE for my notes & quotes from Cohn's article, and a scholarly article in Science magazine he based it on. Cite: Robin … Continue reading Civil war in America? A 2017 think piece in the New Yorker looks at the odds

Notes & Quotes: Sectarianism, culture wars and polarization in the 1850s, 2020s

https://soundcloud.com/theucipodcast/uci-podcast-the-new-american-political-sectarianism Podcast of psychologist Peter Ditto at Cal Irvine (cite below) Editor's (admin's) note: One of two posts today that were prompted by Nate Cohn's op ed piece “Why Political Sectarianism Is a Growing Threat to American Democracy” in the New York Times. Link HERE for my notes & quotes from a 2017 article on … Continue reading Notes & Quotes: Sectarianism, culture wars and polarization in the 1850s, 2020s

My article on Springfield poet Vachel Lindsay, Springfield College and Ursuline Academy (1999, in the Sleepy Weasel)

https://www.facebook.com/peter.ellertsen/posts/2807407206186974 Editor's (admin's) note: Facebook shared the above post, from 2017, this morning as one of its "Memories." It shows an inscription by Vachel Lindsay on the inside title page of a book he apparently donated to SCI. I used a copy to illustrate an article I wrote in 1999 for The Sleepy Weasel. I … Continue reading My article on Springfield poet Vachel Lindsay, Springfield College and Ursuline Academy (1999, in the Sleepy Weasel)

German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7dGz6NH5M 'Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen' | ABAKUS Musik | Click on "CC" for English subtitles. Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen / "By gracious pow'rs so wonderfully sheltered ..." (trans. Fred Prett Green, ELW 626 (ELW has a different tune (TELOS) by Robert Buckley Farlee -- video by Resurrection Evangelical … Continue reading German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

D R A F T Working title: Swedes in Roger Williams’ Garden: Church, State and Community in Swedish Immigrant Churches, 1848-1860 Link here for earlier outlines and notes HERE for Oct. 23-Jan. 24HERE for Jan. 25-April 7 Overall outline: One: Introduction -- open w/ Elizabeth Eaton's story of the "generosity, hospitality and open-mindedness of the augustana tradition" at her … Continue reading ‘Swedes in Roger Williams Garden’: Main outline and links

17th-century Arabic coins suggest presence of pirates, slavers in colonial Rhode Island

[Also: cite to Bejean, Roberts, Barry -- case of Richard Chasmore ...] William J. Cole, "Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate," Associated Press, https://apnews.com/article/ancient-coins-may-solve-mystery-1600s-pirate-f5a6151b74e0dcf96de585eab451f90c Excerpts: “It’s a new history of a nearly perfect crime,” said Jim Bailey, an amateur historian and metal detectorist who found the first intact 17th-century Arabian coin in … Continue reading 17th-century Arabic coins suggest presence of pirates, slavers in colonial Rhode Island

University of Chicago study of Jan. 6 insurrection: White ‘fears of … losing out’ fueled Trump supporters’ violence

D R A F T Alan Feuer, who wrote up the study for the New York Times, from WaPo's op ed piece, observes in passing, "Other mass movements have emerged, he said, in response to large-scale cultural change." He brings an interesting perspective to his analysis. According to his bio, he "[...] covers courts and … Continue reading University of Chicago study of Jan. 6 insurrection: White ‘fears of … losing out’ fueled Trump supporters’ violence