Category: History & Politics

Warriors’ Last Stand

Little Bighorn Survivors & the Miller Collection Jerry Anderson, Art Director, University of Mary Patrick J. McCloskey, Author, Editor-in-Chief, 360 Review The Battle of the Little Bighorn has fascinated historians, military strategists, writers and readers since the afternoon of June 25, 1876 in southern Montana, when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his men died. Decades later, David Humphreys Miller was growing up in a family of artists in small-town Ohio. He discovered that Custer also grew up in Ohio and became intrigued by the general’s mystique. Miller read everything he could find about Custer’s Last Stand. At 16...

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At The Heart of The World

Reflections on Mandan History & Culture By Joseph T. Stuart, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of Mary As early as the 16th century, Mandan Indians lived in villages on both sides of the confluence of the Heart and Missouri Rivers, near the present-day cities of Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota. The Mandan referred to this area as “the heart of the world” because the Heart River (Natka Passahe or “river of the heart”) runs for 180 miles through the middle of their territory. Here, they believed, First Creator had made the world. Mandan villages, which are very near...

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Pell Mell vs. Pall Mall

The Unpopular Origins of Populism By Jesse Russell, PhD Assistant Professor of English, University of Mary On March 4, 1829, Andrew Jackson was inaugurated as the seventh president of the United States. Following a new American tradition, Jackson hosted a reception at the White House. As well as the usual suspects of Washington’s high society, Jackson invited the frontiersmen and hillbillies who had helped sweep him into the White House. After losing a bitterly contested election in 1824, Jackson drew on the support of the American people and ran again in 1828, defeating John Quincy Adams, a fixture of...

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Command & (Losing) Control

Nuclear Weapons & the Always-Never Dilemma By Joseph T. Stuart, PhD Assistant Professor of History, University of Mary On September 18, 1980, Senior Airman David F. Powell dropped the nine-pound socket that he was using with a wrench to unscrew a Titan II missile pressure cap. Although Powell was only 21 years old, he was already an experienced Titan repairman. But it had been a long day and he was tired. As the socket bounced on the work platform, he tried to catch it. Powell missed and the socket fell through the gap between the platform and the missile....

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Democracy in the Time of Choleric

Interview with In the age of group-think and deep political division nationwide that characterized the recent presidential election and its aftermath, any project aimed at finding common ground seems doomed. Yet what could be more important as the country faces critical domestic and foreign challenges going forward? This call is being answered via an online platform,, which facilitates voter participation in crafting proposals, co-authored by experts from both sides of the political aisle. Writing in the Christian Science Monitor last June, Michael Gerzon highlighted as a leading innovator in Civic Tech 3.0’s “touchscreen democracy,” which “turns...

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