Thomas J. Craughwell

Thomas J. Craughwell is the author of the Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America (Quirk, September 2012). His other books include The Greatest Brigade: How the Irish Brigade Cleared the Way to Victory in the Civil War (Fair Winds, 2011) and Stealing Lincoln’s Body (Harvard University Press, 2007).

They’re Not Federal Prisons — They’re Factories With Fences

 

More than a decade ago, I was working with a publisher who was experiencing a crisis of conscience. Printing books in the U.S. had gotten expensive. But in Asia, printers were offering quality work at significant savings. The publisher told me from the perspective of the bottom line, the two top contenders were printers in […]

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They Published, and Their Articles Perished

 

About 100 years ago I decided to give up my job in New York, enroll at a big Midwest university, and pursue a Ph.D. in medieval English literature. I had some very good teachers in the doctoral program and a few who were not so great. But one of the things that puzzled me, now […]

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The Artful Dodgers of Notre Dame

 

A few weeks ago, Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, president of the University of Notre Dame, came to Washington. He was leading a contingent of Notre Dame students who were going to participate in the annual March for Life. While he was in town, Father Jenkins called on Vice President Mike Pence. During this friendly […]

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Russia’s Latest Acquisition: St. Patrick

 

We knew that Russia wouldn’t stop at the Crimea, but now they’ve gone too far. Just days before March 17, the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it has added to its official liturgical calendar, known as the Menaion, 15 saints from Western Europe. The most famous of these is St. Patrick, who will be venerated […]

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The Powers of Hell Take On Trump

 

It’s bad enough that Donald Trump has the Democrats arrayed against him, now he has to contend with Hell and all its legions. At midnight on Friday, February 24, witches across the United States, either individually or in covens, cast what is called “a binding spell” on the president intended to prevent him “from harming […]

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Mammon 1, God 0 at a New Jersey Shopping Mall

 

I’m a Jersey boy. I grew up in a wonderful small town called Hawthorne. You’ve probably never heard of it, but you may have heard our most prominent nearby landmark, the shopping malls of Paramus. There were a handful of them, when I was a kid in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, they are shoulder […]

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A Voice From Beyond the Grave

 

Early on a Thursday evening in April 2016, family members, friends, and the faithful at large gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fleming Island, Florida, to pray for the safe return of a beloved parish priest, Father Rene Robert. Several days earlier, he had vanished without a trace. Father Robert, 71-years-old and a priest […]

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George Washington’s Runaway Chef

 

Moving into the White House has got to be a daunting task. All those rooms and corridors to navigate. All those staffers’ names to remember. All those previous executive orders to rescind. But, decisive though he appears to be, President Donald Trump has not yet appointed a White House chef. The current Executive Chef at […]

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Nebraska Law’s Advice to a Teaching Sister: ’Lose the Veil’

 

About a century ago, the Ku Klux Klan spearheaded a coalition of anti-Catholic organizations in Nebraska to lobby the state legislature to pass a law that would ban public school teachers from wearing religious insignia or garb in the classroom. And in 1919 the legislators obliged. But let’s not beat up on Nebraska — around […]

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Trump, Lincoln, and the Man Who Held the President-Elect’s Hat

 

I don’t know if Donald Trump is the most thin-skinned candidate we’ve elected president. When it came to criticism, John Adams had a zero-tolerance policy. Harry Truman was known to come after his critics with both barrels blazing. Personally, I wish President-elect Trump possessed the quality Abraham Lincoln had in abundance when confronted with harsh […]

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