Elizabeth Hamilton was pretty awesome too; Trump & Reconstruction politics; male anatomy & presidential politics

 

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As we know, Alexander Hamilton is the current toast of Broadway, but I really like this article from Smithsonian that makes the case that his wife Elizabeth was pretty remarkable too. She definitely does not get the attention that the wives of other Founding Fathers get, which is a shame.

Mitt Romney’s attack on Trump has historians scrambling to find parallels. I think this piece from the New York Times doesn’t give TR’s attacks on Taft enough credit for being as scathing as they were, but this in an interesting discussion.

Another good piece from the Times compares Trump’s rise and political support from white supremacy groups to Reconstruction era politics. I think it is dead-on about how Obama’s presidency had led to this “take back the government” movement (we all know who they want to take it back from), but I do not think it is fair to say that the Republican party leadership has simply “wagged their finger” at Trump’s flirtation with racist groups. I can’t see how they could have been more aggressively condemning.

So there’s been a lot of talk about the fact that last night’s debate included a boast by Trump about his penis. Shocking, yes, but not as historic as some of the media is making it out to be. This sort of gutter politics involving male anatomy has been going on since the beginning, and perhaps started with a Jefferson attack on Adams. Yep.

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