Archive For The “Southern News” Category

Shame of Fort Pillow

Shame of Fort Pillow

The war in Tennessee : Confederates massacre Union soldiers after they surrender at Fort Pillow, April 12th, 1864. April 12 is the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle and massacre at Fort Pillow, located on the Mississippi River near Henning, Tennessee. It was a strategic location, held by United States (Union) forces just north of…

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News From Around the South 4/2 to 4/9

News From Around the South 4/2 to 4/9

VIRGINIA: In Va. community where Civil War ties run deep, schools named after Confederate figures find broad support Thousands of community members chimed in on the proposed renaming of Lee-Davis High School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School near Richmond. The response was resounding: keep the names. A crew covered the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E….

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Black Political Power Means Zilch

It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected…

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News From Around the South 3/26 to 4/2

News From Around the South 3/26 to 4/2

NORTH CAROLINA: Beachgoer’s Drone Captures Image of Civil War-Era Shipwreck While vacationing at Holden Beach in North Carolina last week, 42-year-old Brent Garlington spotted what is thought to be a wrecked Civil War-era steamer. Garlington, of Fayetteville, N.C., flew a drone over the Lockwood Folly Inlet, which is located between Holden Beach and Oak Island….

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Fifty Years After Death, Promised Land Elusive

Fifty Years After Death, Promised Land Elusive

Had he lived, Martin Luther King would now be an elder statesman of American politics, having given further service to his country through continued moral leadership and probably through holding high office. Today, aged 89, not an impossible age, he would doubtless remain the magisterial voice of tolerance and reason he was before his assassination half a…

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Knee-Jerk Liberals Spit at Sinclair

Let’s imagine the following statements were part of a public opinion poll. How many people would agree to these assertions? 1. “(W)e’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.” 2. “More alarming, some…

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A Study in Contrasts: The Difficult Diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut

A Study in Contrasts: The Difficult Diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut

This year I teach some Lincoln, Douglass, and Booker T. Washington: heroes, even if flawed, because they got the big moral struggle of their time right. They are inspiring to read, but to understand how decent people could resist the power of the truth for so long (even to this day), I decided to read…

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Nashville Mayor Wants Slavery Park

Nashville Mayor Wants Slavery Park

Greer Stadium, site of a proposed park to acknowledge city’s slave history. As cities throughout the South move to take down monuments of Confederate leaders, the mayor of Nashville unveiled a plan this week for the city to honor an overlooked part of the Civil War era: the contributions and sacrifices of slaves. Under the proposal, announced Tuesday by…

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Is Trump Assembling a War Cabinet?

The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.” Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be worth preserving and that war with…

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North Carolina: Majority at Rally on Capitol Grounds Pro-Monument People from across North Carolina got the chance to speak out on the fate of the confederate monuments on the Raleigh state capitol grounds. A special committee is tasked with recommending if the statues should remain where they are, or be moved to a state historic…

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Don’t Politicize Sports and Entertainment

One thing that defines liberals is their incessant desire to push political messages into every time and space. Their “compassion” and “inclusion” is perpetually shoved in our faces. That problem has metastasized under President Trump. The urgency of their “resistance” is knocking down all the barriers. Don’t they know that most Americans don’t want politics…

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Civil War Gold Stirs Hopes

Civil War Gold Stirs Hopes

For decades, treasure hunters in Pennsylvania have suspected that there is a trove of Civil War gold lost in a rural forest in the northwestern part of the state. But the mystery about where it is hidden, or if it even exists, has recently deepened. Last week, F.B.I. representatives showed up at a site in…

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Nashville Finally Gets it Right

Nashville Finally Gets it Right

Nashville has taken a surprising but welcome approach to remembering its Civil War history that hopefully many more municipalities will follow. Instead of embracing the Confederacy and the rhetoric of the Lost Cause like many of its Southern neighbors, Nashville has chosen to honor the Union and the African Americans who helped win the war.Earlier…

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Why Civil War Ended 16 Months After Surrender

Why Civil War Ended 16 Months After Surrender

General Robert E. Lee surrendering his Army of Northern Virginia to Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Virginia, 1865. (Credit: Ed Vebell/Getty Images) On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate troops to the Union’s Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, marking the beginning of the end of the grinding four-year-long American Civil War. But it would…

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News From Around the South 3/12 to 3/19

News From Around the South 3/12 to 3/19

Workers removed the Robert E. Lee statue on Sept. 14, 2017. (Nathan Hunsinger/Staff Photographer) From June 1936 until its removal in mid-September last year, Alexander Phimister Proctor’s statue Robert E. Lee and Young Soldier overlooked Oak Lawn. Now it bides its time at Hensley Field in Grand Prairie. And soon it could find itself just outside Fort…

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Education Advocates: Remove ‘Bad History’

Education Advocates: Remove ‘Bad History’

A monument to Confederate soldiers on the grounds of the Texas Capitol.GABRIEL C. PÉREZ When the State Board of Education passed new social studies standards in 2010, there was an outcry from critics who said they prioritized conservative views over historical facts. As the board edits the standards this year, some see an opportunity to…

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#MeToo: Hillary and Monica Edition

WASHINGTON — There is a growing debate on the left over whose side to take in the simmering controversy between Monica Lewinsky and former President Bill Clinton or the Clintons, depending on how long Hillary Clinton remains loyal to Bill, or, come to think of it, how long Bill remains loyal to Hillary. Truth be…

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Trump Administration Gets Civil War History Wrong — Again

Trump Administration Gets Civil War History Wrong — Again

Attorney General Jeff Sessions might need to brush up on his US history. During a speech last week on California’s sanctuary laws, he did something unexpected: He compared California to Southern states that seceded from the Union before the US Civil War. The attorney general was in California to launch a lawsuit against the state’s “sanctuary” laws, which limit…

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News From Around the South 3/6 to 3/12

News From Around the South 3/6 to 3/12

MARYLAND: Civil War Monument Where 58 Dead NC Soldiers Were Thrown Into Well Vandalized A North Carolina Civil War monument at Maryland’s South Mountain State Battlefield was vandalized over the weekend. North Carolina monument vandalized at South Mountain State Battlefield in Maryland over the weekend. Friends of South Mountain Battlefield The Friends of South Mountain…

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Old Slave Mart Gets New Life

Old Slave Mart Gets New Life

When Charleston’s Old Slave Mart Museum opened its doors on Feb. 21, 1938, the privately run tourist attraction was a ball of contradictions. Founded by an Ohio transplant, the site made many white Charlestonians uncomfortable by putting a part of its slave history on public view, but the institution also sold Colonial Belle Goodies and…

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