Beto O’Rourke Would Not be the First Person to Use a Failed Senate Bid as Launching Pad for Presidential Run

Allow me to describe for you an intriguing political scenario.

A progressive candidate with minimal name recognition outside his own state takes on a controversial but formidable conservative incumbent with a major national profile for a seat in the United States Senate.

Continue reading

Advertisements

First Blood: The Pratt Street Riot

(A version of this article originally appeared in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter on April 14, 2011.)

On April 19, 1861, four days after the surrender of Fort Sumter and 86 years to the day after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the City of Baltimore witnessed an outbreak of violence that resulted in the first combat deaths of the American Civil War.
Continue reading

April 4, 1865: Lincoln Enters the City of Traitors

President Abraham Lincoln entered Richmond, Virginia on April 4, 1865, a day after the Confederate capital had fallen to the forces of the United States. He was accompanied by Rear Admiral David D. Porter, a handful of officers, a small escort of sailors, and his son Tad, whose twelfth birthday it was.
Continue reading