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BGen Kevin Stewart, USMC (Ret) appointed CEO of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute

August 4, 2022 News

Jacksonville, NC – Brigadier General Kevin Stewart, USMC (Ret), has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute to serve as the organization’s first chief executive officer (CEO) after a nationwide search process. General Stewart will start with the organization on September 6, 2022. “General […]

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Union and Liberty in Early America, II

July 18, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

by James Danielson, PhD In the last issue of “Front and Center,” we examined the nature of the American state and began to consider how early Americans worked out a way for the states to effect their security within a union that protected their liberty. In this issue, we will describe the American political order […]

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In Memoriam

July 12, 2022 News

The Board of Directors of Carolina Museum of the Marine  | Al Gray Civic Institute announces with sadness the passing of our friend and colleague Brigadier General Richard F. Vercauteren, USMC, Ret., on Thursday, 16 June 2022. BGen Vercauteren was born 9 February 1945 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated from Providence College in Rhode […]

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Union and Liberty in Early America

June 23, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD Anne-Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein (1766-1817), known as Madame de Stael (commonly pronounced “de Stall”), was a French writer and political theorist whose writings were widely read in her lifetime and long after. She was alarmed at Napoleon’s belligerent adventures in Europe and wrote to him aggressively about it, which prompted Bonaparte to demand of his servants that they […]

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The Path to American Independence

May 12, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD n June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia delivered to the Continental Congress a resolution, known as the Lee Resolution, declaring the colonies of British America to be free and independent states. It reads as follows: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent […]

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The Principle of Federalism

April 1, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD James Wilson was a Scottish-born Pennsylvanian who was one of the leading jurists in the early years after the ratification of the Constitution. He served on the Committee of Detail that produced the first draft of the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. He is regarded as the principal designer of […]

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Sold Out!

March 8, 2022 News

12 Annual Golf Classic – 24 June 2022 at Bear Trail Golf Club, Jacksonville, NC. Presented by Coastal Enterprises on behalf of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute Registration and payment can be completed online, by check/mail, or email/phone. To register online: Click on the link to access the Online Registration […]

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Free People as Citizens

February 23, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD The Philadelphia Convention concluded its business on 17, September 1787. Ten days later, on 27, September, there appeared the first of seven letters written to the citizens of New York under the pseudonym “Cato.” The letters are intended to help New Yorkers think about the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed new […]

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On Reason and Emotion

February 4, 2022 Al Gray Civic Institute Essays

James Danielson, PhD             Speech pathologists in several parts of the country are reporting as much as 300% increases in their business from children struggling to learn to speak correctly because the adults around them are so often masked.  It appears that when little ones are learning to talk, they need to see the moving […]

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