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Dumas Malone


Mr. Jefferson to Mr. Roosevelt

An Imaginary Letter The President of the United States Dear Sir,—This letter is being written midway in your third term and somewhat in advance of my own birthday, when I should be two hundred years old had I continued on earth. To you it may see [...]

Jefferson and Lafayette

Jefferson. By Saul K. Padover. Harcourt, Brace and Company. $4.00. Lafayette and the Close of the American Revolution. By Louis Gottschalk. The University of Chicago Press. $4.50. The two biographies which are reviewed here deal with two eminent m [...]

Diverse Autobiography

Editor in Politics. By Josephus Daniels. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. $3.50. Across the Busy Years. Volume Two. By Nicholas Murray Butler. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. $3.75. Dusk of Dam. By W. E. Burghardt Du Bois. New Yor [...]

Polly Jefferson and Her Father

She was born on a mountain top at half-past one in the morning. Her father, a most methodical man, duly recorded the exact moment. She would have been more welcome had she been a boy. Of the three children already borne by her patient mother on that [...]

America and France

The Revolutionary Spirit in France and America. By Bernard Fay. Translated by Ramon Guthrie. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company. $4.00. America and French Culture, 1750-1848. By Howard Mumford Jones. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina [...]

A Challenge to Patriots

For almost three generations, southern patriots have been complaining that history has been unfair to their section. Their crusade against alleged misinterpretation and injustice began when history first assumed importance as a subject of study in Am [...]

Rogues, Hypocrites and Average Americans

The Dreadful Decade. Detailing some Phases in the History of the United States from Reconstruction to Re-srmption, 1869-1879. By Don C. Seitz. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Co. $3.50. The Mauve Decade. American Life at the End of the Nineteenth Ce [...]

A Fighting Modernist

In a peaceful churchyard in the capital city of South Carolina, a stone's throw from the scene of the last of his many battles with the fundamentalists, the dust of Thomas Cooper, fighting modernist, has lain for almost a century. Many of his contemp [...]

The Dynamic West

History of the American Frontier, 1763-1893. By Frederic L. Paxson, Boston. Houghton Mifflin Company. $6.00.The frontier, as census officials and historians have defined it, had already vanished before its immense significance in American life began [...]

Builders of the South

Memories and Memorials of William Gordon McCabe. By Armistead Churchill Gordon. Richmond: Old Dominion Press. Two volumes. $10.00.Southern Pioneers in Social Interpretation. Edited by Howard W. Odum. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. $ [...]

Cross Sections of American Civilization

A History of American Life. Edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger and Dixon Ryan Fox. Vol. II. The First Americans, 1607-1690. By Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker. Vol. III. Provincial Society, 1690-1793. By James Truslow Adams. Vol. VI. The Rise of the Comm [...]

A Splendid Little War

The Martial Spirit. A Study of Our War with Spain. By Walter Millis. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $4.00. A splendid little war—so John Hay described the late unpleasantness with Spain. He was writing to Colonel Roosevelt, who, so far as [...]

The Scholar’s Way: Then and Now

SEVERAL years ago, at a meeting of scholars, I heard one of them address a disconcerting question to his fellows. They were predominantly academic and in varying degree humanistic, and, in discussing grants and other aids to research, they had been [...]