Georgia’s most famous runaway slaves: William and Ellen Craft

I remain appalled at the “content” (or rather, the lack thereof) taught in Georgia’s 8th grade classrooms about the state’s history—and especially the short shrift its deep and rich African-American history receives. Of course, the same can be said for the nation’s classrooms during Black History Month. (Why February? Comedian Chris Rock once said, “Because it’s the shortest month.”) There would…

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Secession? Not again!

Maybe Obama is like Lincoln, after all.  I hope they don’t adopt this flag. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Following President Barack Obama’s re-election, residents of more than 30 states have signed petitions asking to secede from the union. Georgia, with one notable secession under its belt, is among them. By Wednesday, the Georgia petition online at whitehouse.gov soared past the…

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Simmer down, folks

I saw a Youtube video of an Oklahoma TV weatherman giving out driving directions to Canada for disgruntled voters. Romney took the state with more than tw0-thirds of the vote. That was kind of funny, but people need to simmer down. From Talking Points Memo: The re-election of President Obama last week was just too much for some conservatives to…

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Jokes about going to hell don’t always end well

The Reverend Joseph Lowery got in a kerfuflle when he spoke to a Forsyth (Monroe County) Georiga group last week and found himself feeding the conservative media its daily dose of outrage.  It’s not that big a deal, except that this is a political season, and Reverend Lowery is rather prominent, being a legendeary civil rights figure and having spoken…

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This review kind of blew me away

Wow. This review—broken down with separate sections for plot, dialogue, characterization, etc.—is by far the longest, most comprehensive critique of Brambleman that I’ve seen. I appreciate the time and effort Melinda Le Baron spent on it. She writes: Brambleman is a book with a lot of imagination, a lot of history and a lot of thought put into it. The author…

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