Blame the Baker for the Salem Witch Trials?

When Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter, and inserted the phrase, “Would not the earth, quickened to an evil purpose by the sympathy of his eye, greet him with poisonous shrubs. Would he not suddenly sink into the earth, leaving a barren and blasted spot, where, in due course of time, would be seen deadly…

President’s Day Special: My Personal Favorites…Good and Bad

For the first time in my life, I am going to publicly reveal who my favorite president is, in honor of President’s Day weekend. Not once during the six years I have been teaching in various locations and settings, or in two years as a history lecturer, have I ever said who it is. The…