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  • Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to be renamed (Because...Racism!)

    08/25/2016 9:54:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    wistv.com ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | LaDonna Beeker
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina's Democratic Party will no longer use the name of two former presidents who were slave owners in its name for an annual fundraiser. The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which is scheduled for Sept. 30, will be renamed after this year's event, according to a spokesman for the SCDP. It was named after former presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA ROSS

    08/16/2016 5:09:58 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    Tara Ross ^ | August 16, 2016 | TARA ROSS
    "On this day in 1780, Americans suffer a demoralizing defeat at the Battle of Camden. One brave officer died a heroic death! Another fled in disgrace and never held command again."
  • Warning of "constant battle...against incompetence, corruption, tyranny of government" - HH

    08/12/2016 5:23:27 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 2 replies
    ...Though implementing a volunteerism plan of aid through the States, political opposition prolonged recovery, thereby sabotaging his reelection. Hoover warned in a speech at Madison Square Garden, NY, October 31, 1932, against his opponent's collectivist "New Deal" plans of the government taking control of businesses: "To enter upon a series of deep changes...would be to undermine and destroy our American system... No man who has not occupied my position in Washington can fully realize the constant battle which must be carried on against incompetence, corruption, tyranny of government expanded into business activities... Free speech does not live many hours after...
  • Was Islam responsible for Columbus setting sail to find a sea route to India & China?

    08/03/2016 4:06:56 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    "There are but 155 years left...at which time...the world will come to an end," wrote Christopher Columbus in his book Libro de Las Profecias, composed in 1502 between his 3rd and 4th voyages. Columbus continued: "...The sign which convinces me that our Lord is hastening the end of the world is the preaching of the Gospel recently in so many lands." Though his predictions were off, Columbus revealed his motivation for setting sail on his first voyage AUGUST 3, 1492, with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. He sought to find a sea route to India and China as...
  • Charges dropped against Yale window smasher

    07/26/2016 11:17:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 29 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 07/26/2016 | Kent Pierce
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The state of Connecticut dropped all charges against a Yale University employee who smashed a stained glass window he found racially insensitive. Yale had already said it was not pressing charges against Corey Menafee. A state prosecutor said in court that if Yale was not interested in prosecuting Menafee, then there was no reason the state should use its limited resources to proceed with the case.
  • I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt...

    07/18/2016 6:13:39 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 25 replies
    In the decades prior to the Revolutionary War, tensions arose between the two largest global powers: BRITAIN, led by King George II, and FRANCE, led by King Louis XV. Because of their alliances with other nations, fighting escalated into the first global war - the Seven Years War, or as it was called in America, the French and Indian War. The conflict included every major power in Europe as well as their colonies from the Caribbean, to India, to the Philippines, and to Africa. Over a million died.
  • Jeb Bush Attacks an American Patriotic Movement From the 1850s Created By a Patriotic Jew

    07/16/2016 10:43:13 AM PDT · by pinochet · 23 replies
    In his latest attacks on Trump, Jeb compared Trump to members of the American Party of the 1850s, who are referred to by their opponents as "Know-Nothings" http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/15/politics/jeb-bush-trashes-donald-trump-on-eve-of-republican-convention/?sr=google_news Most of you who may be aware of the so-called Know-Nothings of the 1850s, have been brain-washed by liberal biased accounts, which slander a group of American patriots who are the fathers of the immigration reform movement. The members of this movement never called themselves Know Nothings. They called themselves the American Party. While they have been called anti-Catholic, we often read about them being critical of German and Irish Catholics. But...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/12/2016 10:00:33 AM PDT · by knarf · 25 replies
    This Day In History With Tara ^ | July 12, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1780, Americans win the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation (or Huck’s Defeat) in South Carolina. Wait until you hear what one brave woman did, despite the fact that an irate British officer was literally in her face! The battle took place shortly after the surrender of Charleston and the massacre at the Battle of the Waxhaws. Those two battles had been demoralizing for the Patriot cause. The British were beginning to think that they’d squashed resistance in South Carolina. Perhaps worse, many Americans feared that they were right.
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/09/2016 7:18:13 AM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    This Day In History ^ | July 9, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1755, a young George Washington becomes the “hero of the Monongahela.” Only one year earlier, he had been given an early command, but then forced into a disgraceful surrender. Now he finally had a chance to redeem himself.
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA

    07/08/2016 5:32:10 AM PDT · by knarf · 2 replies
    Tara Ross ^ | July 6, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1777, a group of retreating Americans arrives at Fort Edward. The prior two days had been tough! They’d fought multiple battles and skirmishes. They achieved a few successes—and also suffered a few defeats. The flight of these Americans came in the wake of an unfortunate retreat from Fort Ticonderoga. (See July 6 history post.) The British had managed to fortify a strategic high ground overlooking the fort, leaving American Major General Arthur St. Clair with limited options. He decided to order the fort’s evacuation in two parts: One group of men took a route over Lake...
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA ROSS

    07/07/2016 12:20:51 PM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    Tara Ross.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Tara Ross
    On this day in 1797, Tennessee senator William Blount is impeached by the House of Representatives. But Blount was one of the signers of the Constitution! How could matters have degenerated so badly?
  • The slave who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey: Bourbon giant finally acknowledges the truth

    06/26/2016 10:23:21 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 June 2016 | Hannah Perry
    After 150 years, Jack Daniels has finally revealed that a slave was behind the world-famous recipe of America's most popular whisky. Until now, the story told was that a white moonshine distiller named Dan Call had taught his young apprentice, Jasper Newton 'Jack' Daniel, how to run his Tennessee distillery.
  • A History Lesson for America

    06/25/2016 1:02:11 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 14 replies
    http://ipatriot.com/ ^ | June 22, 2016 | Larry Usoff
    A History Lesson, we should all pay heed to and may all want to try to remember. Ask any person, not your child between the ages of 18 and 25, if they ever heard of the Nuremburg Trials. 1 in 13 might say they have, but will not be able to tell you “what” was on trial (not who). Those same people will probably not be able to tell you the name of the current Vice President. 84% of those who receive this will not listen to it completely, or at all. 10% will but will also choose not to...
  • FLAG DAY "Millions of our school children will daily proclaim...dedication of our nation

    06/14/2016 9:12:45 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 4 replies
    Thirteen Stars and Thirteen Stripes. On JUNE 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the FLAG of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson designated JUNE 14 as "NATIONAL FLAG DAY." "I... call your attention to the approach of the anniversary of the day upon which THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union... ...I therefore... request that throughout the nation... the FOURTEENTH DAY of JUNE be observed as FLAG DAY with special patriotic exercises... to give significant expressions to our thoughtful love of America, our comprehension of the great...
  • Earthquake sank Port Royal "...the earth opened and swallowed up people before my face...

    06/07/2016 5:28:52 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 35 replies
    Spain laid claim to the Island of Jamaica from the time Columbus landed there in 1494. In 1503, Columbus was shipwrecked there for a year. In 1655, Jamaica was captured by British Admiral William Penn, the father of Pennsylvania's founder. Jamaica was too far from England to defend, so the inhabitants turned to privateers, freebooters, buccaneers and pirates for protection. The likes of Blackbeard, Calico Jack and Captain Henry Morgan, namesake of the rum, attacked Spanish ships and settlements, then returned to Jamaica with their booty. The skull pirate flag, called the "Jolly Roger," was adapted from the flag of...
  • An Unforgettable Day with Michelle Obama at Santa Fe Indian School

    05/31/2016 6:25:01 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Today Media Network.com ^ | 5/27/2016 | Frances Madison
    First Lady Michelle Obama came to listen to the 2016 graduating class of the Santa Fe Indian School. And then she spoke from her heart.(snip) Mrs. Obama was welcomed to the podium as “the mother of our nation,” and she addressed the graduates as a mother might speak to her children, saying over and over how proud she was of them, as they beamed that pride back at her. While she adhered pretty rigorously to her prepared remarks, sometimes she deviated from the script. “I wish I could spend a whole week with you,” she declared. “I love you all...
  • "There can be no peace with the forces of evil...

    05/30/2016 5:53:38 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 5 replies
    http://americanminute.com/ ^ | 5/30/2016 | William Federer
    Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in which over a half-million died. Many places claimed to have held the original Memorial Day, such as:Warrenton, Virginia;Columbus, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania;Waterloo, New York. One such place was Charleston, South Carolina, where a mass grave was uncovered of 257 Union soldiers who had died in a prison camp. On May 1, 1865, former slaves organized a parade, led by 2,800 singing Black children, and reburied the soldiers with honor in gratitude for their freedom.
  • "The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos." - U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall

    05/26/2016 6:21:41 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 13 replies
    On January 13, 1947, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall stated: "The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights... The time is come to hear about responsibilities... America's future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God's government."
  • "God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand Beside Her, and Guide Her, Through the Night...

    05/11/2016 8:34:51 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 3 replies
    The son of a rabbi, he was born MAY 11, 1888. At 4-years-old, he immigrated with his family from Russia to New York. Falling in love with America, he served as a U.S. infantry sergeant in World War I. He later wrote some of the nation's most popular songs, including: "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"; "Remember"; "Always"; "Alexander's Ragtime Band"; "There's No Business like Show Business"; and "Easter Parade." Who was he? Irving Berlin.
  • The Forgotten Story of the Revolutionary War

    05/04/2016 10:34:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 38 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 4, 2016 | Kallina Crompton
    On April 8, 2016, military historian and author Patrick K. O’Donnell spoke at the Heritage Foundation to discuss his book “Washington’s Immortals,” a book about the forgotten people and battles in the revolutionary war. The author discusses facts of the war that many schools fail to recognize; these include details of the colonists’ struggles with the loyalists, the soldiers’ shortages of clothing and food, and the sacrifices of many wealthy colonists. The stories in this book of the band of brotherhood and the sacrifices of the colonists are beneficial for students in order for them to fully understand American values....
  • Pa. bill would require students to know American history, civics

    05/03/2016 6:24:37 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require Pennsylvania’s high school students to have a basic understanding of American history and civics before graduating. House Bill 1858 would require that students pass a test on 100 basic facts from the United States Citizenship Civics Test, the test all immigrants must pass when applying for U.S. citizenship.
  • Yale University will keep college named for John C. Calhoun despite protests

    04/28/2016 7:15:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 28, 2016
    Yale University announced Wednesday it will keep the name of a residential college named after 19-th century alumnus and slavery supporter John C. Calhoun, but will eliminate the title of “master” for faculty members. The Ivy League university said it was preserving the name of Calhoun College, despite fierce protests that called for the removal of Calhoun’s name to confront the history of slavery in the U.S.
  • Do Not Weep for Andrew Jackson

    04/21/2016 8:31:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/21/2016 | by DAN MCLAUGHLIN
    Politico reports that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is set to announce that Alexander Hamilton will get a reprieve and remain on the $10 bill, while Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20, and Treasury will make other changes including “putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil-rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill” while relocating Jackson to less desirable real estate (his own Trail of Tears, one might say) on the back of the $20. There are a few...
  • Falsehoods and Feel-Good Myths About the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman

    04/20/2016 10:18:38 AM PDT · by golux · 33 replies
    By making explicit or implicit connections between the Underground Railroad and Tubman's trips, and by depicting Tubman as an Underground Railroad superstar, the textbooks imply that the paramount purpose of the Underground Railroad was to launch slave-stealing expeditions. That is false. The Underground Railroad was not in the business of staging raids, and Tubman's excursions were idiosyncrasies at best. (...) The salient points that occur again and again in the textbooks' accounts of Tubman -- such as the claim that she made nineteen trips to liberate slaves, and the claim that slave-owners put a huge price on her head --...
  • History Comes on Horseback in Lexington (Reenactment Helps Kick Off Patriots Day)

    04/19/2016 2:46:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Boston globe ^ | APRIL 18, 2016 | Joshua Miller
    History came on horseback here early Monday morning, with the breathless cries of a rider warning: “The Regulars are just down the road! They’re massing for battle.” Decked in lobster-red, marching up what’s now Massachusetts Avenue and onto the Common, the British soldiers did come, finding a ragtag band of local militiamen standing their ground, unwilling to disperse. The story of what happened next — the shot of unknown provenance, the lopsided battle, the American Revolution — has been told and retold for 241 years. But it was fresh to some of the thousands of spectators and performers at the...
  • Bill to block removal of Confederate monuments rejected (Louisiana)

    04/06/2016 11:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 1:59 PM EDT | Megan Trimble
    A proposal to stop the teardown of Louisiana’s Confederate monuments and step into an ongoing fight in New Orleans has failed to win support in the state Senate, blocked by Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Beth Mizell, a Republican who lives 70 miles north of New Orleans, sought to create a state commission to sign off on monument removals. She told senators: “History is bigger than a single community or the mood of a moment.” The argument failed to sway Democrats on the committee, all of whom are black. …
  • Are Mainstream Civil War Museums Racist?

    02/29/2016 5:42:47 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 16 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 2 February 2016 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Not only is the assumption "a fundamental mistake", it, by necessity of logic, transfers that same assumption and guilt to many more organizations and persons than just the one displaying the flag . . .
  • Mississippi governor defends Confederate Heritage Month decree (Ruh Roh!)

    02/27/2016 11:53:09 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    cnn.com ^ | February 25, 2016 | Steve Almasy
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday defended proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month in his state. Earlier this month, Bryant quietly issued his proclamation, saying people should "earnestly strive to understand our heritage." A spokesman for the governor said his predecessors from both major parties have made similar proclamations. "Gov. Bryant believes Mississippi's history deserves study and reflection, no matter how unpleasant or complicated parts of it may be," Clay Chandler said. "Like the proclamation says, gaining insight from our mistakes and successes will help us move forward."
  • Remaking Alex Haley’s Fake Roots(plagerized fiction)

    02/19/2016 12:02:13 PM PST · by rktman · 58 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 2/19/2016 | Jack Kerwick
    In May, the History Channel will air its remake of Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of An American Family. Unsurprisingly, the advertising for the broadcast fails to mention that Roots is a fake, and a fake of the first order. First of all, the book upon which the successful mini-series was based was actually authored by Murray Fisher, Alex Haley's editor from Playboy magazine. Secondly, Roots wasn't just ghost-written: it was plagiarized: In 1978, Judge Robert Ward concluded that Haley had stolen the idea for Roots from Harry Courlander, the white man who authored The African. Courlander charged Haley with...
  • 100 million heard him preach! Billy Sunday-"The devil says I'm out, but the Lord says I'm safe."

    02/17/2016 6:58:47 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 8 replies
    <p>A baseball star, Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880's and later the Philadelphia Phillies.</p> <p>Born during the Civil War in a log cabin in Iowa, his father, who was a Union Army soldier, died of pneumonia when Billy was a month old. At age 15, Billy Sunday struck out on his own, working several jobs before playing baseball.</p>
  • "World is divided between pagan brutality and the Christian ideal...

    01/30/2016 10:03:08 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 10 replies
    Franklin D. Roosevelt warned at Madison Square Garden, October 28, 1940:"WE GUARD AGAINST the forces of anti-Christian aggression, which may attack us from without." FDR said in a Fireside Chat, April 28, 1942: "THIS GREAT WAR effort must be carried through... It shall not be imperiled by the handful of noisy traitors - betrayers of America, betrayers of Christianity itself." FDR stated at a Campaign event in Brooklyn, New York, November 1, 1940:"THOSE FORCES HATE democracy and Christianity as two phases of the same civilization. They oppose democracy because it is Christian. They oppose Christianity because it preaches democracy." Franklin...
  • "Murder, butchery, and war....to be completely justifiable

    01/11/2016 7:54:20 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 12 replies
    On July 4, 1798, Timothy Dwight gave an address in New Haven titled "The Duty of Americans at the Present Crisis." A grandson of Princeton president Jonathan Edwards, he could read at age 4 and entered Yale at 13. He was a chaplain in the Continental Army until his father died. Then, as the eldest of 13 children, he worked the family farm to pay off debts. He served in the very first session of the Massachusetts State Legislature. His name was Timothy Dwight IV, and he died JANUARY 11, 1817. Timothy Dwight IV was Yale's 8th president, serving from...
  • Review: "Daniel Boone & The Opening of the American West"

    12/29/2015 4:22:43 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 28 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 12/29/2015 | Richard Williams
    While watching this latest production, I couldn't help but chuckle about some of the misconceptions many Americans have about Boone due, perhaps, to that old TV series. Brown explodes some of those misconceptions in this project: Boone was not the first white man to explore or settle Kentucky (then part of Virginia). He did not care for coonskin caps and never wore one. He was court-martialed, refused an attorney, defended himself, was acquitted and then promoted. He never used tobacco and though he did not totally abstain from alcohol, he was never known to abuse its use. He was red-headed...
  • THE BANKRUPT IRISHMAN WHO CREATED THE DOLLAR SIGN BY ACCIDENT

    11/25/2015 2:52:09 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | November 23, 2015 | DAN HESS
    The only known depiction of Oliver Pollock, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo: Richard Cummins/Alamy)Wars cost money. So when the Revolutionary War broke out, the Colonies turned to a number of sources for backing. The top contributors to America’s Independence: The Kingdoms of France and Spain, the Dutch banking conglomerate, and a single Irish merchant based in New Orleans. His name was Oliver Pollock, and he was the “Financier of the Revolution in the West.”  Pollock saw opportunity in war– the chance for a young but wealthy immigrant to stand as a symbol of success and greatness. He desired to carve out a...
  • South Dakota Drops Study of Early U.S. History as a High School Requirement

    08/31/2015 5:42:12 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 48 replies
    govtslaves ^ | August 31 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state. After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored. Cutting out early U.S. history in 11th grade hurts the ability of students to “think historically” when they reach higher education, according to a letter sent to the state...
  • GOV. JINDAL MOVES TO BLOCK REMOVAL OF ALL HISTORICAL STATUES, INCLUDING CONFEDERATE

    08/17/2015 4:25:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Breibbart ^ | August 15, 2015 | AWR HAWKINS
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) is looking for a way to block attempts to remove historical statues–statues of Confederate leaders in this instance–from their current positions in New Orleans. Jindal’s presidential campaign described efforts to remove the Confederate statues as “political correctness run amok.” The statues marked for removal include one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard. Breitbart News previously reported that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was spearheading the effort to have the statues removed. According to Buzzfeed, Jindal spokesperson Shannon Dirmann said: The Governor opposes tearing down these historical statues...
  • The Roanoke Colonists: Lost, and Found?

    08/10/2015 10:44:17 AM PDT · by OddLane · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 10, 2015 | Theo Emery
    MERRY HILL, N.C. — Under a blistering sun, Nicholas M. Luccketti swatted at mosquitoes as he watched his archaeology team at work in a shallow pit on a hillside above the shimmering waters of Albemarle Sound. On a table in the shade, a pile of plastic bags filled with artifacts was growing. Fragments of earthenware and pottery. A mashed metal rivet. A piece of a hand-wrought nail. They call the spot Site X. Down a dusty road winding through soybean fields, the clearing lies between two cypress swamps teeming with venomous snakes. It is a suitably mysterious name for a...
  • Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson jettisoned by Connecticut Democrats

    07/24/2015 11:55:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last month Matt Vespa covered the story of Democrats in Virginia who were talking about changing the name of their annual Jefferson Jackson dinner because of the Dylan Roof shooting or the Confederate Battle Flag or racism or something. That may have sounded rather silly at the time, but it’s turned out to be prophetic. Democrats in Connecticut also have an annual dinner named after the same prominent early Americans – as with their fellows across the nation – and have made the decision to change the name. (Because who would want to be associated with those guys, right?)...
  • What Did Lincoln Really Think of Jefferson?

    07/05/2015 3:24:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 503 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/05/2015 | By ALLEN C. GUELZO
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. — “Lincoln hated Thomas Jefferson.” That is not exactly what we expect to hear about the president who spoke of “malice toward none,” referring to the president who wrote that “all men are created equal.” Presidents have never been immune from criticism by other presidents. But Jefferson and Lincoln? These two stare down at us from Mount Rushmore as heroic, stainless and serene, and any suggestion of disharmony seems somehow a criticism of America itself. Still, Lincoln seems not to have gotten that message. “Mr. Lincoln hated Thomas Jefferson as a man,” wrote William Henry Herndon, Lincoln’s law...
  • De-Confederatizing the U.S. won’t solve anything

    07/06/2015 9:19:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/06/2015 | Taylor Millard
    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana in The Life of Reason. The Civil War was an awful time of American history. It pitted brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, and state against state. Around 620,000 Americans died in the war, more than any other conflict the U.S. has been involved in. It’s something which will hopefully never happen again. Which is why those calling for the destruction of Confederate monuments are wrong. University of Vermont Emeritus Professor of Society James Loewen wants the United States to be de-Confederatized. He...
  • “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

    07/05/2015 11:00:24 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 26 replies
    Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings ^ | July 5, 1852 | Frederick Douglass
    “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass July 5, 1852 Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know...
  • Was the South Ever Confederate, Anyway?

    07/05/2015 11:52:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Knoxville Mercury ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jack Neely, director, Knoxville History Project
    Everybody has an opinion about whether the Confederate flag is good or bad. They’re all dug in. Some are certain it’s racist and the very signature of evil. Others say it’s purely an expression of Southern pride and reverence for ancestors who fought and died a long time ago. Some of them have devoted careers and personal reputations to these propositions. A newspaper column is not going to change any minds. The Civil War is a big bagful of ironies and paradoxes, and not a recommended study for folks who like to keep things simple. It would be a particular...
  • When Erasing Symbols of Slavery, Don't Forget the Democratic Party

    06/26/2015 6:08:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/26/2015 | By Anthony J. Ciani
    In the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, there are increasing and ever louder calls for the removal of all symbols, objects and persons connected to slavery or the Confederate States of America.  Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and so all honors given him should be renamed, and all copies of the Declaration of Independence shredded.  Robert E. Lee fought for the South, so all his effigies should be melted down and his rebel flags shredded, even though the Confederacy had nothing to do with the shooting.  The Confederacy is no...
  • Ann Coulter: Nikki Haley ‘Is an Immigrant and Does Not Understand America’s History’ [Watch Video]

    06/24/2015 7:22:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 06/24/2015 | by Josh Feldman
    Last year, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley dismissed the Confederate flag as an issue for the state to be concerned about. But in the wake of the Charleston church shooting, with renewed attention on what the Confederate flag symbolizes, Haley––flanked by a score of South Carolina legislators––announced that they all support efforts to take down the Confederate flag from the state capitol. Ann Coulter appeared with Kennedy on Fox Business Network tonight and said that there are a lot of people getting the history of that flag wrote, as well as ignoring the Democrats’ history with the Confederacy, the flag,...
  • POLL - Should US military bases named after Confederates be renamed?

    06/24/2015 6:50:18 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 53 replies
    What do these US military bases have in common? They are all named for Confederate generals. There’s been talk for years about whether this is appropriate, and now in wake of Charleston and the South Carolina Confederate flag, it’s coming up again.
  • Matt Bevin calls for removal of Jefferson Davis statue from Kentucky capitol

    06/23/2015 1:00:40 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 120 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | June 23, 2015
    Is this bolder than what Haley did or not as bold? Davis may not hold the same cultural currency as a symbol of southern pride that the flag does, but Haley had less to lose in making her move than Bevin does. She’s the term-limited governor of South Carolina; he’s the GOP nominee for governor in Kentucky. If there’s a broader southern backlash coming to all of the criticism of Confederate iconography this past week, he’ll pay for it more than she will.
  • COLLEGE BOARDS SABOTAGE AMERICAN HISTORY (identity politics rule)

    06/04/2015 9:12:56 AM PDT · by Liz · 2 replies
    TOWNHALL.COM ^ | 6/4/15 | MICHELLE MALKIN
    --SNIP--As the 55 distinguished members of the National Association of Scholars explained this week, the teaching of American history faces “a grave new risk.” So-called “reforms” by the College Board, which holds a virtual monopoly on AP testing across the country, “abandon a rigorous insistence on content” in favor of downplaying “American citizenship and American world leadership in favor of a more global and transnational perspective.” The framework eschews vivid, content-rich history lessons on the Constitution for “such abstractions as ‘identity,’ ‘peopling,’ ‘work, exchange and technology,’ and ‘human geography’ while downplaying essential subjects, such as the sources, meaning and development...
  • Fifty-Five Scholars Oppose New AP U.S. History Framework

    06/03/2015 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    https://caffeinatedthoughts.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Shane Vander Hart
    Fifty-five scholars signed a letter released yesterday opposing the College Board’s AP U.S. History Framework. Jane Robbins of American Principles Project and retired AP US History teacher Larry Krieger brought this issue to the public’s attention last year with their op-ed in Heartlander Magazine when the framework was made public in 2014. Defenders of the changes have tried to paint those opposed to the framework as ill-informed and politically partisan or as those who want to censor unflattering history.
  • What Happened After Appomattox

    05/16/2015 5:12:04 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 160 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 16 2015 | MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
    The North rejoiced: The rebellion had been put down and the Union saved. But Northerners also breathed a sigh of relief. Many had feared that the Confederacy would not accept defeat, but instead would continue the struggle by means of guerrilla warfare. Indeed, Lee’s chief of artillery, E. Porter Alexander, had suggested this option before Lee’s surrender. The Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, also wished to continue the war in this manner. But Lee rejected the guerrilla option in favor of unifying the country. And General Joseph Johnston defied Davis’s orders to continue hostilities, instead surrendering his force to William Tecumseh...
  • AMC’s “Turn”: The Best Television Show You’re Not Watching

    05/14/2015 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 155 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    As a huge television buff, I'm uniquely qualified to render this opinion: "Turn" is the best show currently playing on any network.It's the story of young father caught up in the American Revolution, who, trying to keep his head down and nose clean, ultimately decides to become a spy for the Continental Army. Based upon a book I'd neither read nor even heard of, Alexander Rose’s "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring,” it adroitly weaves in the exploits of Abraham Woodhull with the better-known stories and events of the war.I was first drawn to it due its...