Check out my new blog, History Over Simplified

I realize my old blog has not seen posts in six years during my hiatus from this activity. But I have a new blog that might interest you that seeks insight into the present using the past. Please check out History Over Simplified.

In my inaugural post in the new blog, I look for insights into the current U.S. debacle in Afghanistan in an earlier debacle, 1961’s Bay of Pigs invasion.

About Donald R. Shaffer

Donald R. Shaffer is the author of _After the Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans_ (Kansas, 2004), which won the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship in 2005. More recently he published (with Elizabeth Regosin), _Voices of Emancipation: Understanding Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction through the U.S. Pension Bureau Files_ (2008). Dr. Shaffer teaches online exclusively (i.e., a virtual professor). He lives in Arizona and can be contacted at
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