The Confederate Flag – The Push Me Pull You of Culture and Race

Tenured Radical had a post on the 2009 conservative march in Washington. If you follow the link you will see two men holding a flag. I also encourage you to read her full post. When I see the fabric that is called the “Confederate flag” I have very specific emotions. They are visceral. I feel fear inducing recollections based in historical facts and events. No, this is not about bashing white people. ...more
SallyOh I would and will write that there is blood on that flag. I can't afford to make ...more

Today's History Lesson: The Battle of Quebec

September 19, 2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Quebec.It has all the makings of great drama - a battle and siege that not only determined the capture of Quebec, but determined the future of French rule in CANADA - and to some extent, determined the borders and settlement of Vermont and other neighbouring states as well.  In short,  it changed the destiny of a continent.It is the battle that some Vermont historians call the "French and Indian Wars" or the Seven Years' War (1756 - 1763) described in Canadian and the British history b ...more

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed to SCOTUS, Makes History

From now on call her Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The U.S. Senate confirmed her to the Supreme Court of the United States today with a 68-31 vote. Sotomayor, 55, is the first person of Hispanic heritage, the third woman to join the high court, and the 111th justice. ...more

Her years of public service aside, I think it's interesting that in addition to being the first ...more

Moon Landing Anniversary Recalls Revolution in Communications Technology

Forty years ago this week, men from Earth set foot on the moon while the world watched through a live television feed and legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite helmed the news coverage. The technological achievement signified by both the landing and the real-time coverage are probably difficult for younger people to appreciate. ...more

I've been listening to the "live" broadcast for days now, from ...more

Obama's Visit to Ghana Sparks Celebrations, Unanswered Questions

At the end of a week-long tour that included meetings with Russian leaders, attending the G8 Summit and an audience with Pope Benedict, Pres. Barack Obama generated both excitement and sharp questions with an overnight stop in Ghana and a speech to that country's Parliament. While the speech did not attract the attention of his so-called speech to the Muslim world earlier this year, the importance of US policy toward Africa is difficult to overstate. ...more

45 Years Later, the 1964 Civil Rights Act Still Stirs Debate

This past July 2 marked the 45th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Ciivil Rights Act of 1964, a measure that broke the back of Jim Crow law and laid the groundwork for a generation of legal, policy and education efforts to end discrimination. While the law's initial scope focused on discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion and national origin, it gave impetus to subsequent laws and policies attacking bias on the basis of disability, age, veteran status, and in some states, sexual orientation and gender identity. ...more

Coup in Honduras: What does it mean for Latin America, the US, and the world?

Honduras is in turmoil. A military coup there this morning deposed Pres. Manuel Zelaya, pre-empting a controversial referendum that would have allowed the leftist ruler to run for a second term. The Honduran Congress has stripped Zelaya of his office and appointed the president of the Congress, Robert Micheletti, to be head of state. The US and the Organization of the Americas criticized the move,   ...more

Hi Kim,

 Lets assume the majority of the people of Honduras want Zelaya to continue as ...more

Juneteenth - Musically Jumping for Joy

Imagine yourself 144 years ago on June 19, 1865. It is has been two and a half years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  The place, Galveston, Texas. You might see federal troops coming into town or you might be one of the first to hear Gen. Gordon Granger make the announcement to enslaved citizens that they were free.  ...more

where they know how to throw a party with music. The Juneteenth events always had such great ...more