Life Below The Mason-Dixon: It’s Not What You Might Think

welcometoalabama

Article after article frames the South as backwards and ignorant. You would have to go there to know the truth.

Living by the Hobo Code

Hobo sitting on a fence, circa 1920

Wil Elrick offers a brief history of hobos and an honor code that would serve us well today.

Welcome To The New Cold War

russia-ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Crimea is a new chapter in American-Russian relations, and the same old story for former Soviet republics.

Making Sense of Three Revolutions With A College Professor and Pretty Great Musician

Making Sense

Dr. Joel Tannenbaum helps me understand what the hell is going on.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— P.B.S. Pinchback

pinchback

There have only been four black governors of U.S. states. Pinckney Pinchback was the first.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Hiram Rhodes Revels

7222967400_059a7df326_b

There have only been nine black U.S. Senators in American history. Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Anderson Ruffin Abbott

andersonabbott

Canada’s first black doctor was also a surgeon during the U.S. Civil War. He was present at Abraham Lincoln’s death bed.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Jourdon Anderson

padlock

After the U.S. Civil War, Jourdon Anderson’s former master wrote a letter requesting that Anderson return to the plantation. Jourdon Anderson was having none of it.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— Robert Smalls

robertsmalls

Robert Smalls stole a Confederate warship, fought for the United States during the Civil War, then became a member of U.S. Congress.

Thanksgiving: At the Intersection of Grace and Sorrow

pilg

Michael C. Phillip writes about the spirit of unity that shapes the history of Thanksgiving.

Veteran’s Day and the Dead of Ox Hill

MemorialPlaque

Brian Shea on remembering not just the honored, but the forgotten.

Do You Believe in Ghosts?A Simple Question for All Hallows Eve.

ghost house

Wil Elrick is a 6’7″ ex-cop. He wrestled a bear. And he believes in ghosts. A lot of men would not admit this. Would you?

Newton Aduaka: The Story of Ezra (TEDTalk VIDEO)

tedtalks

“Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent’s recent civil wars.”

The Last Perfect Day: An Excerpt from ON SAL MAL LANE

On Sal Mal Lane

“Mr. Niles’s words rang in his ears: Long ago, he was just a boy like you.” By Ru Freeman

Ku Klux Klan On a Recruiting Drive in Georgia

KKKCubed

Why is the venerable KKK on a push for new members now, of all times?

NRA, Slavery, Cigarettes, Guns, Lincoln, Mad Men, Cloud Atlas & the Evil of the Assault Weapon Industry

lincoln-daniel-day-lewis_810

In this incarnation of the strong against the weak, it’s a maniac with an assault rifle versus school children.