Shooting executives department: On 11 July 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr shot and killed former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Less than two years later, on 30 May 1806, future President Andrew Jackson shot and killed Charles Dickinson in a duel over a gambling debt. Two hundred years later, shortly after the Vice President of the United States wounded a friend in a hunting accident, Dean Barnett's"Godfather of Democracy," Weekly Standard, 17 February, reviews H. W. Brands' new biography, Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times, and recommends Old Hickory to us as a model of national leadership.
Alternate History department: Kevin C. Murphy gives a thumbs-up to Spike Lee's and Kevin Wilmot's new satire documentary, C. S. A.: The Confederate States of America. Here's the trailer for it. By contrast, Murphy gives Philip Roth's The Plot Against Americaa thumbs down. In order to work, alternate histories have to walk a nimble line between what did happen and what might have happened. Roth stumbles, says Murphy, where Lee and Wilmot succeed.
Yale department: Yotam Barkai,"Search for Scholar Spotlights Politics in Classroom," Yale Herald, 17 February. A student weekly newspaper at Yale reports that Juan Cole of the University of Michigan is under consideration for an interdisciplinary appointment at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.
Congratulations department: To Sharon Howard, whose Early Modern Notes has just been named Best Expert or Scholar Weblog in A Fistful of Euros' European Blog Awards! We already knew it was, but it's great to see other people recognizing that.