Those statues weren’t so much commemorating recently fallen dead as sending a hostile message to African Americans, some were dedicated by KKK members. — John Oliver
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What Lee Harvey Oswald Can Teach Us About Gun Control
BY MICHAEL WALSH
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Facts about the potato blight and subsequent Irish sufferings.
To this day, all over Ireland the landscape bears mute testimony to the events that occurred in the horrific period from 1845–1850. Starvation graveyards offer silent tribute to the millions of Irish men,women,and children buried in unmarked mass graves. Thriving villages were replaced by heaps of moss-covered stones. Although historians have not agreed on the numbers who perished, most estimates range between one and three million.
The Great Hunger began in September 1845 as leaves on potato plants suddenly turned black and curled, then rotted, seemingly the result of a fog that had wafted across the fields of Ireland. Phytophthora infestans, the fungus that invades the potato plant and causes its rapid decay, struck for the first time in the eastern United States in the summer of 1843. The invisible fungus spores were transported to Belgium in a cargo of apparently healthy potatoes, and in the summer of 1845 the…
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Where justice is denied
where poverty is enforced
where ignorance prevails
and where one class
is made to feel that society
is an organized conspiracy
to oppress, rob
and denigrate them
nor property will be safe.
– Frederick Douglass
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One Sunday morning. After the second line. Walking back to my car. You just never know what you are going to find along the way. In this neighborhood, many of the houses have been repaired. But, just. They are functional houses that were brought back after the storm. Some are still boarded up. Waiting for […]
Take these statues down. I like Mitch.
“So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war,” President Abraham Lincoln famously said upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in 1862.
Of course, we cannot know for certain if these were Lincoln’s exact words to Stowe, but the quote endures, even if it is folklore, because it expresses a fundamental truth about the popularity and the persuasiveness of Stowe’s book, which, at that point, was more than a decade old.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a phenomenally successful book. In its first year, it sold more than 300,000 copies in the United States, the equivalent of around 4.1 million copies today (though if you adjust the number to account for the proportion of the population who could legally purchase a book in 1852, it’d be at Harry Potter levels).
Its influence and its lasting legacy are impossible to overstate. A…
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