Monthly Archives: July 2006

Eyewitness to the Revolution

July 4, 2006
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Eyewitness to the Revolution

From the account of Sylvanus Wood: Whoever these lines come before may depend on the fact that I, Sylvanus Wood, was born in Woburn, but in that part now called Burlington, Middlesex County, Massachusets, twelve miles from Boston, and there I learned to make boots and shoes. There I joined a minute company, disciplined with activity by a man who was in the fight on the Abrahams Plains with the brave General Wolfe, and in fifteen months hostilities commenced. I was then established in my trade two miles east of Lexington meetinghouse, on west border of Woburn, and on the nineteenth morn of April, 1775, Robert Douglass and myself heard Lexington bell about one hour before day. We concluded that trouble was near. We waited for no man but hastened and joined Captain Parker’s company at the breaking of the day. Douglass and myself stood together in the center of said comapany when the enemy first fired. The English soon were on their march for Concord. I helped carry six dead into the meetinghouse and then set out after the enemy and had not an armed man to go with me, but before I arrived at Concord I see one . . .

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Philip Rieff, 1922-2006

July 4, 2006
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Philip Rieff, 1922-2006

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John G. Geer on On the Media

July 3, 2006
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John G. Geer on On the Media

Are negative campaign ads bad for voters and the democratic process? The conventional wisdom says yes, but John G. Geer’s in-depth analysis of negative political ads from 1960 to 2004 argues that the conventional wisdom is wrong. Geer appeared on the public radio program On the Media a few days ago to talk about his book In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns. Listen to the audio of the program segment. . . .

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