Uncle Sam Does Not Want You

Matthew Jacobson.  Introduction by William Astore. America has always postured as being open to immigrants – of the right kind, that is.  Posturing becomes imposture when those immigrants are judged to be the “wrong kind” by prevailing groups.  Matthew Jacobson reminds us of this in this satirical list, and poses a telling question at the…

America’s Longest Wars

W.J. Astore A popular headline in the media is to describe the Afghan War as “America’s longest,” as in this brief summary today from Foreign Policy: The war in Afghanistan, America’s longest, is now formally over. The 13-year war, which claimed more than 2,200 American lives and cost more than one trillion dollars, ended quietly…

Apache Scouts, Listening; Hollywood, Not Listening

W.J. Astore Frederic Remington understood the color of night, and he also understood something of the uniqueness of the Native Americans he painted.  This lesson was brought home to me by David Heidler, a good friend and a leading historian of American history.  Visiting an exhibition of Remington’s nocturnes, Heidler had this to say about how…