What Would Sherlock Holmes Say about the latest Edition of The Concord Review?

Aug 27, 2015 by

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes

Commentary: What Would Sherlock Holmes Say about the latest Edition of The Concord Review?

Michael F. Shaughnessy

Volume 26 number 1 of The Concord Review, Fall 2015 has just arrived and with it, comes a plethora of questions. For example:

  1. In Tape v. Hurley, written by Sam Duffy, what is the final denouncement or conclusion? Sam Duffy hails from The Collegiate School in Manhattan New York.
  1. Lincoln and Religion—-what was the relationship? Evan Kim of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California examines this issue.
  1. Who was Margaret Sanger? And what does she have to do with Murder? Sherlock Holmes and Watson would want to investigate her ties to crime and murder and infanticide. Emma Jade Wexler provides her own succinct analysis of Margaret Sanger and her endeavors.
  1. The Imperial Cult in Rome – and what did it have to do with the Fall of the Roman Empire? Sihak Lee of Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge Massachusetts provides a critical analysis of this “cult “.
  1. Manchus in Qing Dynasty—Sooah Kang of the Seoul International School in South Korea examines and explores this issue.
  1. Warrior Women – and what place to they have in today’s society? Natassia Walley of St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York delves into these issues.
  1. The case of “ The Twilights of the Decadents “ is examined by Alexander Tyska of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School in Chicago.
  1. Friedrich Hegel- Will Gutzman of Flintridge Preparatory School in La Canada, California tell us about this individual who, along with Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the staggering intellects of our time.
  1. Footbinding in China—-This event or crime, perhaps, according to some was written about by Melodie Liu of Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. This essay provides an opportunity for others to learn more about this event.
  1. Denial in South Africa —who denied and why- was explored by Hailey Fuchs of Winsor School in Boston , Massachusetts.
  1. Socialism in France-Was it a crime? Is it a crime? And who brought it about ? Can Holmes and Watson solve this mystery? Peter Kirgis of Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, New York.

Obviously, some of the above is satire- but upon encountering the latest issue of The Concord Review, I was immediately intrigued by the titles of these fantastic essays written by high school students. For those unaware, The Concord Review is a Quarterly Review of Essays by Students of History. And these students of history are also excellent scholars and researchers, and writers and need to be commended for their efforts.

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