SBN is a personal website whose principal topics are history, politics, and photography.  It offers an independent meta-analysis of American politics, exploring how the nation’s political traditions relate to the political discourse and realities of the day.  Artifacts and old photographs furnish excuses for posts on subjects as diverse as Ferris wheels, ice-skating, inaugurations, corruption, and ladies’ clothing.

A unique web of loyalties and associations defines our political identity while binding us together, sometimes uncomfortably.  The emotional elements of our political life sustain our attachment to this place and its politics when we might otherwise feel only cynicism or outright dislike.  SBN includes posts about travel, the arts, music, and the countryside in the hope of refreshing and strengthening the essence of these bonds.

Susan Barsy is a child of the Midwest who has lived for periods in Boston, Austin, and Washington DC.  She holds a PhD with distinction from the University of Chicago, is a specialist in 19th-century American political history, and lives with her husband on Chicago’s North Side.  For more on her motives, read the post Lay It on the Fire or the early post Why.

She is the co-editor, with Albert J. Beveridge III, of The Chronicle of Catherine Eddy Beveridge: An American Girl Travels into the Twentieth Century (2005; credited as Susan Radomsky).

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