My Seward book has now been reviewed in the New Yorker and in the Economist. The New Yorker review is not the customary few sentences; it is several pages, a long essay about Seward and his role in American history.  The reviewer said some very nice things:  the book is “masterly,” a “subtle portrait of…

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This is roughly what I said on September 18 about Seward and Auburn. I do not feel the need, with this audience, to answer the question I often have to answer:  who was William Henry Seward?  Instead I propose to talk about Seward and Auburn:  about why he came to live here, why he spent…

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This is roughly what I said on September 17, at Mississippi State, about Seward and the South and the Constitution:. I have two topics today:  Seward’s relations with the South and his views on and role in the Constitution.  The two topics are closely related, so it is appropriate that I should be here, in…

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I am back in Exeter after two book events:  one at Mississippi State and one in Auburn NY. I was the Constitution Day speaker in Mississippi, and so talked about Seward, the South, and the Constitution.  There was a large audience, more than a hundred, mainly students.  They listened attentively and had good questions.  It…

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The first publication reviews of Seward have appeared.  They are favorable; indeed the review in the Dallas Morning News could be described as glowing.  It ends with the following:   “Writing like that makes history come alive: a researcher digging into the mines of the past and quarrying new insight on an old story. Seward:…

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