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American War by Omar El Akkad — north-south divide
OCTOBER 27, 2017 Randy Boyagoda.

American War, by Omar El Akkad, Picador, RRP£14.99/Knopf, RRP$26.95, 352 pages
Omar_el_Akkad  novels  book_reviews  books  civil_war  fiction 
november 2017 by jerryking
Hot Links and Red Drinks: The Rich Food Tradition of Juneteenth - The New York Times
By NICOLE TAYLOR JUNE 13, 2017

For over 150 years, African-Americans have gathered on June 19 — the day known as Juneteenth — to celebrate freedom. The holiday is rooted in Texas, signifying the day in 1865 when, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, a Union general who had made his way to Galveston delivered the news that slavery had been abolished. Texans who had been chattel erupted in triumph.
African-Americans  Emancipation  freedom  Texas  the_South  slavery  picnics  traditions  Civil_War  Abraham_Lincoln 
june 2017 by jerryking
David McCullough’s History Lessons
April 14, 2017 | WSJ | By Alexandra Wolfe.

David McCullough thinks that the country isn’t in such bad shape. It’s all relative, says the 83-year-old historian and author of such books as the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies “Truman” (1992) and “John Adams” (2001). He points to the Civil War, for instance, when the country lost 2% of its population—that would be more than six million people today—or the flu pandemic of 1918, when more than 500,000 Americans died. “Imagine that on the nightly news,” he says.

History gives us a sense of proportion, he says: “It’s an antidote to a lot of unfortunately human trends like self-importance and self-pity.”.....see history “as an aid to navigation in such troubled, uncertain times,”.....[McCullough] thought back to something that the playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder had said while a fellow at Yale during Mr. McCullough’s undergraduate days. When Wilder heard a good story and wished to see it on the stage, he wrote the play himself. When he wanted to read a book about an interesting event, he wrote it himself.....Even today, Mr. McCullough doesn’t use a computer for research or writing. He still goes to libraries and archives to find primary sources and writes on a typewriter. ...History, he adds, is “often boiled down to statistics and dates and quotations that make it extremely boring.” The key to generating interest, he says, is for professors and teachers to frame history as stories about people.
archives  authors  biographies  Civil_War  contextual  David_McCullough  DIY  flu_outbreaks  Harry_Truman  historians  history  John_Adams  libraries  self-importance  self-pity  sense_of_proportion  storytelling  Pulitzer_Prize 
april 2017 by jerryking
Slowly, new attitudes taking root across America’s Old South - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
Slowly, new attitudes taking root across America’s Old South
SUBSCRIBERS ONLY
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 01, 2015
Marcus_Gee  the_South  race_relations  Civil_War  racism  slavery  South_Carolina  race  Confederacy  symbolism  flags  Charleston_shootings 
september 2015 by jerryking
The Right Way to Remember the Confederacy
In June of 1865, Confederate Gen. Joseph Shelby and about a thousand of his cavalrymen rode into Mexico and exile rather than remain in a conquered South. As they forded the Rio Grande, they stopped…
secession  slavery  the_South  Confederacy  Civil_War  flags  symbolism  white_supremacy  Charleston_shootings 
july 2015 by jerryking
Black Church Is Target Again for Deadly Strike at the Heart - The New York Times
By RACHEL L. SWARNS and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON JUNE 19, 2015

in those years after Emancipation is what the African-American scholar W. E. B. Du Bois and others have described as the “first social institution fully controlled by black men in America.” Black churches ran schools, offered burial assistance and served as clearinghouses for information about jobs, social happenings and politics. More than just spiritual homes, they embodied their communities’ growing political aspirations.

And before long, they became targets.

In 1963, a bomb tore through the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls. Black churches have long been a site of racist attacks.

In the fall of 1870, as the Ku Klux Klan battled to return African-Americans to subservience, nearly every black church in Tuskegee, Ala., was engulfed in flames. Ninety-three years later, as the civil rights movement gained momentum, a bomb blast killed four young girls in a black church in Birmingham, Ala., that was a well-known meeting place for movement leaders....In the 19th century, these centers of worship, small and large, rural and urban, stone and ramshackle, became vital community engines. More than 100 of the first black men to be elected to legislative office in the United States were ministers, according to Eric Foner, a Columbia University history professor known for his expertise in the Reconstruction era.

During segregation, churches became places where black men and women found leadership opportunities denied to them by white society.
clearinghouses  Charleston_shootings  African-Americans  churches  Civil_War  KKK  institutions  social_institutions  history  violence  Reconstruction  segregation  leadership  leadership_development  W.E.B._Du_Bois  19th_century 
june 2015 by jerryking
The sinister side of a Civil War surplus shop in Georgia - The Globe and Mail
OMAR EL AKKAD
The sinister side of a Civil War surplus shop in Georgia
SUBSCRIBERS ONLY
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 08 2015

just across the street from that museum is an even more iconic Kennesaw landmark – a run-down, Old West saloon-looking building whose ground-floor porch is draped with myriad flags of the Confederacy. This is Wildman’s place: part store, part “museum.”

Inside, the cramped, dusty enclosure looks like someone’s overstuffed attic. Massive, multivolume sets of Civil War history sit alongside bizarre, self-published diatribes detailing the grand plans of the Illuminati. There’s a flimsy, plastic clock designed to count down to President Barack Obama's last day in office; there’s a big sign above the cluttered hovel of a cash register that reads: “White Trash.”

But move further into the store – to the very back, into an area described as a museum – and you’ll find something far more sinister. The walls and shelves are lined with grotesquely racist depictions of black people, complete with all the usual tropes – big lips, watermelons, the works. There’s shrines to the Klan, to white power.
Omar_el_Akkad  Civil_War  the_South  retailers  history  white_supremacy  Georgia  Jim_Crow  racism  collectibles  Confederacy 
april 2015 by jerryking
Why Reconstruction Matters - NYTimes.com
By ERIC FONER MARCH 28, 2015

Reconstruction also made possible the consolidation of black families, so often divided by sale during slavery, and the establishment of the independent black church as the core institution of the emerging black community. But the failure to respond to the former slaves’ desire for land left most with no choice but to work for their former owners.

It was not economic dependency, however, but widespread violence, coupled with a Northern retreat from the ideal of equality, that doomed Reconstruction. The Ku Klux Klan and kindred groups began a campaign of murder, assault and arson that can only be described as homegrown American terrorism. Meanwhile, as the Northern Republican Party became more conservative, Reconstruction came to be seen as a misguided attempt to uplift the lower classes of society.
African-Americans  segregation  Jim_Crow  the_South  Reconstruction  violence  slavery  emancipation  Civil_War  KKK  terrorism 
march 2015 by jerryking
The Real Rebels of the Civil War - NYTimes.com
October 15, 2013, 12:09 pm 54 Comments
The Real Rebels of the Civil War
By SCOTT HANCOCK and ALEXANDRA MILANO
Frederick_Douglass  slavery  Civil_War  the_South  African-Americans 
october 2013 by jerryking
Harriet Tubman's Great Raid - NYTimes.com
June 7, 2013, 11:19 pm 29 Comments
Harriet Tubman’s Great Raid
By PAUL DONNELLY
slavery  Underground_Railroad  the_South  trailblazers  African-Americans  women  Civil_War  Harriet_Tubman 
june 2013 by jerryking
Rape and Justice in the Civil War - NYTimes.com
April 25, 2013, 6:52 pm 29 Comments
Rape and Justice in the Civil War
By CRYSTAL N. FEIMSTER
Civil_War  the_South  sexual_assault  history 
april 2013 by jerryking
Confederate flag ugly symbol of human bondage that should not be used - The Globe and Mail
March 7, 2013 | Globe & Mail
The flag of the Confederate States during the American Civil War has been the subject of recent controversy in two places in Ontario. Though it should not be prohibited as hate speech, Canadians should not regard the flag as a harmless cultural symbol. There would have been no such Confederacy and no such emblem if slavery had not existed in the southern United States. What some Southerners euphemistically called the “peculiar institution” was at the very core of the war.

In Hamilton, a two-location barbecue restaurant called Hillbilly Heaven displays the Confederate flag, giving offence to many in an area that was a leading destination for escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad. And in Sutton, Ont., on Lake Simcoe, the local high school has banned the use of the same flag on its premises; many students had adopted it by association with country and western music.

Hillbilly Heaven should be allowed to use the Confederate flag, just as people should be free not to eat there. The school is another matter; a public institution should not condone an expression of racism and human bondage on its grounds.
the_South  slavery  Ontario  high_schools  restaurants  Confederacy  symbolism  Civil_War 
march 2013 by jerryking
America's Bloodiest Day - NYTimes.com
September 17, 2012, 12:30 pm9 Comments
America’s Bloodiest Day
By RICK BEARD
Civil_War  history  The_South  Confederacy 
september 2012 by jerryking
Manhood and the Power of Glory
February 26, 1990 | TIME | by Lance Morrow

The movie Glory is, as the historian James M. McPherson has written, the most powerful and historically accurate film ever made about the American Civil War. But Glory, which tells the story of one of the war’s first black regiments, has deeper meaning. The movie addresses the most profound theme of race in America in 1990. Glory is about black manhood and responsibility.
The worst problems of the black underclass today—young black men murdering other young black men; young black males fathering children of females who are virtually children themselves; young blacks lost to crack and heroin—alI connect directly to black manhood and responsibility.
African-Americans  history  movies  Civil_War  masculinity  responsibility  fatherhood  self-help  heroes  inspiration 
september 2012 by jerryking
Reason in Disrepair - WSJ.com
November 22, 2002 | WSJ | By ALLEN GUELZO.
Reparations for slavery were one of the first concerns raised by blacks after emancipation in 1863. They have since come to address, along with slavery, Jim Crow, race riots, and other indignities and cruelties heaped upon black Americans in the days before the Civil Rights movement. Reparations are not, on their face, simply a dismissible idea or merely a partisan one. If we recognize any force in the arguments in favor of reparations for the Holocaust or for the interning of Japanese-Americans during World War II, then there's nothing illogical about considering some form of reparations to American blacks.

The key word is "considering." That suggests some kind of dispassionate review of facts, arguments and strategies. None was in evidence at "Forty Acres and a Mule," a reparations conference last week at Columbia University in New York, where I was a panelist. The word "reparations" can mean many things depending on one's point of view: restitution, reinstatement, restoration. At Columbia it meant one thing: rage.

Any kind of reasonable discussion at the conference was trumped, and trumped big-time, by anger. Some panelists spoke of vague, global reparations for racism toward all blacks everywhere, so vague that one questioner from the audience tried to pin down a panelist by asking: "Yes, but who's going to write me the check?" Other panelists cast their demands in the language of personal therapy. One complained of the "pain" he experienced from centuries of subjugation, without explaining just how reparations were going to ease that pain.
reparations  slavery  Emancipation  Civil_War  rage  African-Americans  personal_therapy  Jim_Crow  indignities 
march 2012 by jerryking
A Violent Episode, Shameful Too - WSJ.com
JANUARY 18, 2006 | WSJ | by FERGUS M. BORDEWICH.

"Behind the riots lay a combustible mix of racism, poverty and class resentment that was fanned into violence by pro-Southern Democratic politicians and journalistic demagogues. Not all the rioters were Irish, but enough were to give the mobs a Hibernian cast, nearly erasing the reputation for patriotic sacrifice that Irish volunteers had earned on the battlefields of the Civil War."
riots  African-Americans  New_York_City  race_relations  book_reviews  Civil_War  race-baiting  history  violence  racial_violence  racial_resentment  bigotry  lynchings  terror  white_supremacy 
january 2012 by jerryking
Washington's Black Codes - NYTimes.com
December 7, 2011, 8:45 PM
Washington’s Black Codes
By KATE MASUR
slavery  Washington_D.C.  Civil_War  African-Americans 
december 2011 by jerryking
Was Freedom Enough? - NYTimes.com
November 11, 2011, 9:30 pm
Was Freedom Enough?
By GREGORY P. DOWNS and JAMES DOWNS
Reconstruction  slavery  Civil_War  emancipation 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Wealth That Came From Wrong - WSJ.com
MARCH 24, 2006 | WSJ | FERGUS M. BORDEWICH. Reviews INHUMAN BONDAGE:
THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD
By David Brion Davis
(Oxford University Press, 440 pages, $30)

Slavery was once the cornerstone of America's future. In 1860, as investment capital, the value of the nation's slaves far exceeded the cash value of all the farms in the South and represented three times the cost of constructing all the railroads that then existed in the U.S. At the time, the South grew more than 60% of the world's cotton, supplying mills and markets from Manchester to Moscow and making not only Southern planters but also Yankee bankers, insurers, commission agents and shipowners very rich....the collapse of slavery in Brazil and its abolition there in 1888.
abolition  book_reviews  Brazil  capitalism  Civil_War  economic_clout  economic_history  emancipation  Quakers  slavery  the_South  wealth_creation 
november 2011 by jerryking
How America's Civil War Changed the World - WSJ.com
APRIL 9, 2011

How America's Civil War Changed the World
Imagine how the last 150 years would have been different had the North not freed the slaves and saved the Union.

By FERGUS M. BORDEWICH

Had the Confederacy won its independence, the immediate consequences for African-Americans would have been catastrophic: possible pogroms against self-emancipated blacks who had taken up arms against their former masters, and decades or generations more of slavery for the rest, underpinned by an official racial ideology.

Formal slavery would eventually have come to an end, because it was economically inefficient. But in a nation founded on the permanent control of a huge, despised and feared minority, the Confederate version of "freedom" would doubtless have meant the restriction of blacks to segregated townships and institutionalized repression of blacks and dissident whites.

Although antebellum Southern states were robustly democratic for whites who supported slavery, these same states routinely denied freedom of speech, press and assembly to anyone who opposed it. In contrast to a United States striving to perfect human liberty, the Confederate States would have offered the world a model for racial oppression well into the 20th century.
slavery  the_South  civil_war  counterfactual_history  Confederacy  antebellum 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Sapeurs of the Congo - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 | Wall Street Journal magazine| By TOM DOWNEY

The Beau Brummels of Brazzaville
The Sapeurs of Congo are the world's unlikeliest fashionistas, ordinary workingmen whose inspired style helps them survive in a country torn by civil war.
Africa  mens'_clothing  fashion  stylish  African  Congo  civil_war 
october 2011 by jerryking
A Railroad to Freedom, Underground No More - NYTimes.com
Opinionator - A Gathering of Opinion From Around the Web
June 26, 2011, 9:30 pm
A Railroad to Freedom, Underground No More
By ADAM GOODHEART
slavery  Civil_War  Underground_Railroad 
june 2011 by jerryking
The Triumph of the Humanities - NYTimes.com
June 13, 2011,By STANLEY FISH.

There is now a (relatively) new discipline in which this breaking down
of time into spatial units that are read vertically rather than
horizontally is the obligatory gesture. It calls itself GeoHumanities
and its project is nicely encapsulated in the title of one of the essays
in a collection that officially announces the emergence of a field of
study. The collection is called “GeoHumanities: Art, History, Text at
the Edge of Place”; the essay (by Edward L. Ayers, an historian and
president of the University of Richmond) is entitled “Mapping Time.”

Ayers’s project is to map the changes that followed upon the
emancipation of the slaves after the Civil War. He and his colleagues
begin with a simple map and then they locate populations on the
landscape and “put down one layer after another: of race, of wealth, of
literacy, of water courses, of roads, of railways, of soil type, of
voting patterns, of social structure.”
Stanley_Fish  humanities  digital_humanities  geography  geohumanities  New_York  reservoirs  mapping  books  Civil_War  Emancipation  African-Americans  demographic_changes  metaphysical  metadata  overlay_networks 
june 2011 by jerryking
Mary Chesnut: Queen Bee of the Confederacy - NYTimes.com
May 26, 2011, 8:30 PM
Queen Bee of the Confederacy
By CATHERINE CLINTON
Civil_War  history  the_South 
may 2011 by jerryking
The Union's 'Shoddy' Aristocracy - NYTimes.com
May 9, 2011, 9:30 pm
The Union’s ‘Shoddy’ Aristocracy
By RON SOODALTER
Civil_War 
may 2011 by jerryking
Remembering a war that is still being fought - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
CHARLESTON, S.C.— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2011
Civil_War  Konrad_Yakabuski 
april 2011 by jerryking
Instant Communication Can Have Bad Consequences — Letters to the editor - WSJ.com
APRIL 9, 2011.
During the American Civil War, Charles Wilkes, a Union naval officer,
broke international law by capturing two Confederate diplomats en route
to Europe on a neutral British ship, the Trent. Adams observed: "When we
so pride ourselves on what we consider the self-evident value of modern
inventions, we may be given pause when we realize that, had there been a
submarine cable in 1861, it is almost certain that England and the
North would have been at war that December. As it was, the slowness of
communication gave both sides time to think, and allowed [Secretary of
State William H.] Seward in America and [Lords] Palmerston and Russell
in England . . . to guide the situation."

"The slowness of communication" is a phrase to savor. Today it is
assumed that speed of communication is an absolute virtue. Combining
speed with a lack of context, electronic media radically undermine
reflection and criticism. We live in a sea of thoughtlessness, informing
ourselves to death.
Communicating_&_Connecting  Peggy_Noonan  power_of_the_pause  letters_to_the_editor  Civil_War  reflections  immediacy  contextual  timeouts  real-time  latency  unintended_consequences  revenge_effects  thinking_deliberatively 
april 2011 by jerryking
How Slavery Really Ended in America - NYTimes.com
By ADAM GOODHEART
Published: April 1, 2011
Earthshaking events are sometimes set in motion by small decisions.
Perhaps the most famous example was when Rosa Parks boarded a segregated
bus in Montgomery, Ala. More recently, a Tunisian fruit vendor’s
refusal to pay a bribe set off a revolution that continues to sweep
across the Arab world. But in some ways, the moment most like the flight
of fugitive slaves to Fort Monroe came two decades ago, when a minor
East German bureaucratic foul-up loosed a tide of liberation across half
of Europe.
slavery  emancipation  Civil_War  Abraham_Lincoln  escapees  fugitives 
april 2011 by jerryking
The South's Capital Dilemma - NYTimes.com
March 21, 2011, 9:30 pm
The South’s Capital Dilemma
By FORD RISLEY
The article states, without any supporting arguments, "Even then
Confederate politicians knew their decision [on where to site the
capital] could mean life or death for their young country.' Why?

Later, the article correctly states that making Richmond the capital
resulted in repeated campaigns by the Union to take the city -- but the
rebs kept beating back those attempts. It also discusses Richmond's
industrial strength, and a good school system -- but it does not explain
why those things were important to the capital city. Washington, DC,
seems to get along fine without either one, today.

With all due respect for the author of this piece, and for the generally
high level of scholarship in the series, that original assertion seems
to hang out there, waiving in the wind, unsupported by fact or logic.
Civil_War  letters_to_the_editor  the_South  Confederacy  Richmond  Virginia 
march 2011 by jerryking
A Letter from the Postmaster - NYTimes.com
March 13, 2011, 6:00 pm
A Letter from the Postmaster
By JAMIE MALANOWSKI

Perhaps the cabinet member most distressed by the news of Sumter’s
vulnerability was the postmaster general, Montgomery Blair. An ardent
Union man and a West Point graduate, Blair was one of the attorneys who
represented Dred Scott. ...The action of the President in 1833 inspired
respect whilst in 1860 the rebels were encouraged by the contempt they
felt for the incumbent of the Presidency. But it was not alone upon Mr.
Buchanan’s weakness the rebels relied for success. They for the most
part believe that the Northern men are deficient in the courage
necessary to maintain the Government. … No men or people have so many
difficulties as those whose firmness is doubted.”
Civil_War  Abraham_Lincoln  history  cabinets 
march 2011 by jerryking
Civil War Reconstructed - WSJ.com
JANUARY 31, 2011 | | By CAMERON MCWHIRTER

Civil War Reconstructed
Archaeologist Mines Atlanta Landscape for Remains of the Clash Between Union and Confederate Armies
Civil_War  Reconstruction 
january 2011 by jerryking
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Civil War - NYTimes.com
January 13, 2011, 9:00 pm
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Civil War
By DAVID ELTIS AND DAVID RICHARDSON
U.S.  slavery  Civil_War  emancipation  maritime  transatlantic 
january 2011 by jerryking
A Passover Plot and a Civil War Spy Tale - WSJ.com
APRIL 3, 2009, 7:01 P.M. ET| The Wall Street Journal |by EMILY BINGHAM
book_reviews  Civil_War 
april 2009 by jerryking

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