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Alabama Has The Worst Poverty In The Developed World, U.N. Official Says
Updated | A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. The tour through Alabama's rural communities is part of a two-week
alabama  human-rights  poverty  american-south  inequality 
march 2018 by capcrime
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee - The Atlantic
"The argument here is that slavery is bad for white people, good for black people, and most importantly, it is better than abolitionism; emancipation must wait for divine intervention. That black people might not want to be slaves does not enter into the equation; their opinion on the subject of their own bondage is not even an afterthought to Lee."
history  racism  slavery  confederacy  american-south  civil-war  robert-e-lee  the-atlantic 
august 2017 by brennen
The Burning Desire for Hot Chicken
"It’s not that America doesn’t have a history of chili consumption: The Hatch chili is a staple of New Mexico, and we’ll always have people experimenting with new weapons-grade sauces, but New Mexico chilies aren’t cultivated specifically for heat, and toying with capsaicin extract is more of a sub-subcultural pastime. Hot chicken is an anomaly, a kind of extreme so rarely celebrated by Americans en masse. It’s a dish that outlasted the Great Depression and segregation in America, and lived long enough to see itself become a modern American food trend and symbol of gentrification."
a:Danny-Chau  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2016.08.31  w:5000  food  American-South  race  gentrification  from twitter
november 2016 by bankbryan
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History | University of Kentucky
Over 8,000 oral history interviews, most available in their entirety online, and some with written transcripts as well, collected from 1973 to the present
primary-sources  american  american-south 
september 2016 by dilibrary
Like Something the Lord Made
"Overnight, the tetralogy operation moved from the lab to the operating room. Because there were no needles small enough to join the infant’s arteries, Thomas chopped off needles from the lab, held them steady with a clothespin at the eye end, and honed new points with an emery block. Suture silk for human arteries didn’t exist, so they made do with the silk Thomas had used in the lab—as well as the lab’s clamps, forceps, and right-angle nerve hook. So complete was the transfer from lab to operating room on the morning of November 29, 1944, that only Thomas was missing when Eileen Saxon was wheeled into surgery. 'I don’t think I’ll go,' he had said to chemistry technician Clara Belle Puryear the previous afternoon. 'I might make Dr. Blalock nervous—or even worse, he might make me nervous!' But Blalock wanted Thomas there—not watching from the gallery or standing next to the chief resident, Dr. William Longmire, or the intern, Dr. Denton Cooley, or next to Dr. Taussig at the foot of the operating table. Blalock insisted Thomas stand at his elbow, on a step stool where he could see what Blalock was doing. After all, Thomas had done the procedure dozens of times; Blalock only once, as Vivien’s assistant."
a:Katie-McCabe  p:Washingtonian★★  d:1989.08  w:9500  medicine  race  American-South  from instapaper
may 2016 by bankbryan

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