I’ve been reading Ida B. Wells’ writings as well as a book called “Without Sanctuary.” This is very eye-opening stuff about Lynching in America. Just a few things “not taught in school.” Wells’ theory for why lynching was so widespread was the racist whites no longer “owned” the Black peoples’ bodies, as they did in … More Lynching in America 1880s-1930s
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan I don’t remember when I first learned about it. I had been studying the time between just after the Civil War, the so-called “Reconstruction” and The Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900’s. Between reading books, learning of Eric Foner (Professor and expert on the Reconstruction), and … More Tulsa, 1921. Race Riot or Massacre?
There seems to be a stereotype that ALL white people before the civil war owned slaves and lived like Scarlet O’Hara. This is not true. There were many poor white folks, immigrants, and descendants of criminals from England who populated the Southern United States before the Civil War. President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, lived … More Poor Whites in the South, before the Civil War
I remember this headline. We always read The Daily News at our house. I remember reading the article which told of a woman attacked and raped in Central Park. One sentence etched upon my mind: “when she cried out for help, one of the men said ‘Shut up bitch’ and hit her in the face … More #FakeNews isn’t new #CentralParkFive #Netflix
I re-watched “The Fugitive” with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Although we as the audience know in the beginning of the movie that Harrison Ford’s character, Dr. Richard Kimble is innocent, Tommy Lee Jones (Federal Marshall) takes a little more convincing. Kimble is railroaded through the criminal justice system, and is sentenced to death … More How should an innocent man act? #RightToDueProcess #ConfirmKavanaugh
I “knew” that Lincoln freed the slaves. These freed people were given rights as citizens by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, and the right to vote by the 15th Amendment. Neat and clean, right? So why are there still problems 100-and-some-odd years later? I decided to do some research. This is not an exhaustive … More 17 things people don’t know about Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction in the USA
Once upon a time in America, gold and silver were used as currency. There was also a lot of bartering: “I’ll trade you 2 loaves of bread for a chicken” type-stuff. It is difficult to carry around large quantities of gold or silver. So paper money was invented to be used as a substitute for … More Inflation 101 – The Federal Reserve System and What 1913 Means to You
Mom is working on her blog about the Federal Reserve. She has been mumbling under her breath a lot. She is fact-checking and looking for pictures. And mumbling under her breath. A lot. What is the Creature from Jekyll Island, Mom? I never heard of that. It sounds scary! Don’t worry Mom! I’ll protect you! … More Mom will be Unplugged Today, so I am filling in — Love Bailey
If I had all the time in the world to throw myself behind a cause, it would be to stop the race baiting being done in this country. I know things are not perfect, but there are advances and mistakes on both sides. For the record, yes, I am white. Let me tell you of … More Daily Prompt: Can we please take the deck of race cards off the table?
Bailey had a big day today walking the trails at the Battlefield park. Here he is next to one of the cannons used during the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. When we first started out this morning, we really had a tough time coaxing Bailey to get into the car. I guess he was afraid … More Bailey’s Saratoga Battlefield Adventure
“We fought the Bloody British in a town called…..” Saratoga. One of the most important battles of the American Revolution was fought on the Saratoga Battle ground. Thanks to Teddy Roosevelt, this battle ground is a National Park, and hopefully will NEVER be messed with. I was there on the 3rd of July. I didn’t … More Saratoga Battle Field