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Thanksgiving & Our Historical Narratives…

What is the US holiday “Thanksgiving” all about? We are, of course, taught in grade school about Pilgrims, Indians, and a great feast to celebrate the survival of white Europeans in the dangerous New World (anthropologists love to talk about feasting, eh?). Now the holiday has come to mean family get togethers, football games, televised […]

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Nov 4, 1864 : Battle of Johnsonville, Tennessee

I grew up in Eva, Tennessee….on land that was just down the road from Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. Forrest has, of course, become an icon for Neo-Confederates (e.g., “I Ride With Forrest” bumper stickers), hate groups (he was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan) and many Tennesseeans in general (there are […]

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Manifest Destiny From Nashville to Nicaragua…

The Story of William Walker William Walker was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 8, 1824. He was a graduate of the University of Nashville, earned a medical degree, practiced medicine in Philadelphia, studied law in New Orleans, and then became co-owner of a newspaper, The New Orleans Crescent—incidentally where the young poet Walt Whitman […]

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Walt Whitman & The Historical Narrative(s)

On July the 4th, NPR’s Talk of the Nation ran a story & call-in segment on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass as it supposedly was the 150th anniversary of its first publication. July the 4th was not actually the first publication date, however…but the fact that July the 4th, 1855 has come to be thought […]

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1897 Texas Spacecraft Landing

On Sunday, March 27th, Kevin Randle reported in his blog “A Different Perspective” a brief critical assessment of “A Story That Won’t Die.” . . . that story was the Aurora, Texas airship crash of 1897. http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2005/03/aurora-Texas-story-that-wont-die.html The original spacecraft landing story, which was reported in the Dallas Morning News on April 19, 1897, told […]

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