Clubbed to death by Mickey Mouse by Virginia Dare — notes

1. But don't take my word for it, O Best Beloved. Here's a challenge for you, which you can even try out on a roomful of dinner guests: in the first 50 years of Disney filmmaking, how many of the central characters had on-stage fathers? For those who did, were any of them the kind of strong father figure you'd have chosen? I rest my case.

2. Eric Foner, Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 (New York: Harper & Row, 1988), p. 604.