Latest Articles: Historical
Sam Davis Hero of the Confederacy
Post Date: 2015-06-25 00:34:33 by A K A Stone
Sam Davis, a young Confederate soldier from Smyrna, Tennessee, was a private in the First Tennessee Infantry. He was a scout under Capt. Coleman, alias Dr. H.B. Shaw. Coleman's Scouts were gathering information about the Union forces moving from Middle Tennessee toward Chattanooga. On November 19, 1863, Davis is said to have spent the night at Campbellsville, at the home of Bob English. The next day Davis, carrying important documents to General Braxton Bragg at Chattanooga, was captured fifteen miles south of Pulaski, Tennessee, on Lamb's Ferry Road, below Minor Hill. Two Union soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms approached young Davis and told him that they were ...
Remembering Jefferson Davis: American Patriot & Southern Hero
Post Date: 2015-06-25 00:30:19 by A K A Stone
The sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States continues this year. The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site located in Fairview, Kentucky, will mark this event with the 204th Birthday Commemoration of Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederate States of America, on June 1-3. Do you and your family know what is considered by some folks the largest monument to an American? I will give you the answer at the end of this article. Look at your calendar and see what dates in history are shown for June 3rd. It more than likely excludes that of a great American, the birthday of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. The birthday of Abraham Lincoln is ...
Forrest : Memphis' first White Civil Rights Advocate
Post Date: 2015-06-23 18:05:47 by GarySpFC
Forrest : Memphis' first White Civil Rights Advocate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) was a renowned Southern military leader and strategist during the War Between the States. During the Civil War, Forrest's Confederate cavalry wrecked havoc among Union forces throughout the mid-South. He gained worldwide fame from his many battlefield successes, but the wartime heroics have overshadowed his post-war work as a community leader and civil rights advocate. He fought fiercely on the battlefield, yet was a compassionate man off the field. After the war, Forrest worked tirelessly to build the New South and to promote employment for black Southerners. Forrest was known near ...
Yes, you’re a racist… and a traitor. [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2015-06-23 12:03:50 by Willie Green
While I was out jogging this morning, I passed a neighbor's house that I have passed every day for almost three years. Usually I stroll right on by without giving it a second thought. Today, though... today was different. I stopped in my tracks and blankly stared until a car honked at me to move out of the way.This house flies a Confederate flag.I don't live in South Carolina or even Maryland. I live in a small town in Central Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Gettysburg -- the site of the most famous victory of the Civil War. Yet even here, a few hundred feet from my front door flies the unambiguous symbol of hatred, racism and treason.Normally, this would elicit some fleeting ...
John Adams on the Establishment
Post Date: 2015-06-18 22:55:35 by A K A Stone
"If they unite generally in all things, as much as they certainly will in respecting each other's wealth, birth, and parts, and conduct themselves with prudence, they will strengthen themselves by insensible degrees, by playing into each other's hands more wealth and popularity, until they become able to govern elections as they please, and rule the people at discretion. An independent member will be their aversion; all their artifices will be employed to destroy his popularity among his constituents, and bring in a disciple of their own in his place." - written in 1786. How little times change.
6 Banned Rock and Roll Hit Songs
Post Date: 2015-05-15 11:14:29 by Orwellian Nightmare
The following is a list of some of the most famous examples in rock and roll history of songs that have been widely banned by radio stations and record stores for a variety of reasons. Sometimes its the typical offensive content or political messages, sometimes its for reasons less expected, but musicians throughout the relatively recent history of rock and roll music have been punished with bans for boundary-pushing music. Larry Ellis/Hulton Archive/Getty Images1. The Rolling Stones, Lets Spend the Night Together The Stones were never any strangers to controversy from the beginning of their career. 1967s Lets Spend the Night Together ...
Model for Norman Rockwell's 'Rosie the Riveter' Dies at 92
Post Date: 2015-04-23 23:16:40 by Chuck_Wagon
Model for Norman Rockwell's 'Rosie the Riveter' Dies at 92 By M. Alex Johnson Mary Doyle Keefe, the telephone operator whom Norman Rockwell beefed up for his iconic "Rosie the Riveter" cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1943, has died at 92 in Simsbury, Connecticut, a funeral home confirmed. Keefe, who lived in a retirement home for the last eight years of her life, died peacefully Tuesday, Cameron Funeral Home of Granbury said. A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday in Bennington. The Post cover became one of the enduring symbols of homeland unity during World War II, when women stepped in to the jobs of millions of men who'd gone off to battle. It ...
U.S. Air Crew Shot Down over Japan Were Dissected Alive
Post Date: 2015-04-19 09:36:08 by A K A Stone
A Japanese university has opened a museum acknowledging that its staff dissected downed American airmen while they were still alive during World War II. A gruesome display at the newly-opened museum at Kyushu University explains how eight U.S. POWs were taken to the centers medical school in Fukuoka after their plane was shot down over the skies of Japan in May 1945. The flyers were subjected to horrific medical experiments. Doctors dissected one soldiers brain to see if epilepsy could be controlled by surgery, and removed parts of the livers of other prisoners as part of tests to see if they would survive. Another soldier was injected with seawater, in an experiment to see if ...
Coming To America (Neil Diamond's Anthem)
Post Date: 2015-04-18 10:33:52 by Liberator
Poster Comment:As a school project, some students honor America's welcoming arm to immigrants -- presumably, LEGAL ones. Excellent job with their photos as choice of song. Pretty touching tribute.... My ancestors all entered through Ellis Island. Must have been daunting but at the same time absolutely awesome entering New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty as a symbolic of hope for the future.
Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews
Post Date: 2015-04-17 09:44:34 by Willie Green
A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relationships with Jews. Benjamin Shapell has been collecting documents relating to Lincoln and the Jews for over 35 years, housing them in the in the archives of the Shapell Foundation. For the 150th anniversary of Lincolns assassination, Shapell persuaded Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, who had authored a book about Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews and co-edited a Civil War reader, to help organize the material so it ...
the Civil War
Post Date: 2015-04-01 03:14:34 by rlk
I've been watching the Ken Burns history of the Civil War which comes in a series of five DVDs and is about 11 hours long for the second time. It is purchasable through the internet and is well worth the money. There are some minor points I disagree with, but it is still one of the best historical expositions on the subject available.
"War tubas" -- The strange history of listening before radar
Post Date: 2015-02-28 11:11:26 by Willie Green
During World War I, aerial warfare became increasingly important. Zeppelin airships conducted bombing raids on the south coast of England, and winged aircraft were employed as bombers by both sides. If their approach was detected, fighter aircraft could head off the enemy or shoot them down. Aircraft engines produced unprecedented sound, so in order to hear them at a distance, the war efforts developed listening devices. Some were small and portable, for the use of one person. The operator listened using stethoscope-style headphones. But detecting engine noises at greater distances allowed more time to prepare a response. Large and elaborate detectors were experimental, and their ...
Original Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook
Post Date: 2015-02-10 20:00:24 by Golem
An original copy of the Magna Carta has been discovered in a scrapbook in Kent, England. The tattered document dates back to 1300, 85 years after King John of England was compelled to sign the first agreement limiting the rights of kings. This version was issued by King Edward I (King John's grandson), who was under pressure from the church and the barons to reaffirm good governance, said Sophie Ambler, a research associate with the Magna Carta Project.
Hatfields and McCoys Go Into Business Together to Sell High Demand Moonshine
Post Date: 2015-01-31 15:58:48 by Willie Green
Who would have ever thought the 19th-century feud between two of the most famous families would ever come to this point? Its just kind of crazy, Amber Bishop said. She is the great (times three) granddaughter of William Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield. Her mother, Nancy Hatfield is considered the oldest living descendant of Devil Anse, and she agrees with her daughter. The initial feud between the families happened in the late 1870s, reportedly over one of the McCoys joining the Union Army, instead of the Confederate Army, then there was the rumored stolen pig and land feuds. During the course of many years, actions continued to escalate, including a shootout ...
Key Concepts of Libertarianism
Post Date: 2015-01-27 18:12:52 by tpaine
Key Concepts of Libertarianism By David Boaz January 1, 1999 The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries. The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine. Individualism. Libertarians see the individual as the basic unit of social analysis. Only individuals make choices and are responsible for their actions. Libertarian thought emphasizes the dignity of each individual, which entails both rights and ...
Auschwitz survivor indelibly marked by memory of Nazi horror, Russian liberation 70 years on
Post Date: 2015-01-27 04:30:32 by Pericles
FILE - A picture taken just after the liberation by the Soviet army in January, 1945, shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp. On Thursday Jan. 22, 2015, Russia accused Poland of engaging in a mockery of history after the Polish foreign minister Grzegorz Schetyna credited Ukrainian soldiers, rather than the Soviet Red Army, with liberating Auschwitz 70-years ago. The latest exchange comes prior to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945, underlining deep tensions between Russia and Poland, which is hugely critical of Russia's recent actions ...
THOMAS JEFFERSON’S VIEWS ON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Post Date: 2015-01-26 22:11:18 by A K A Stone
The whipping post was a common punishment for lawbreakers. In 1778, Thomas Jefferson began working with a committee to reform the criminal code in the Commonwealth of Virginia. What the committee proposed may come as a surprise to modern observers. Below are some of the notable excerpts of the proposal, known as the Bill Proportioning Crimes and Punishments, or Bill 64. * * * * * EYE FOR AN EYE Adopting a lex talionis approach to justice better known as eye-for- an-eye punishment committee the proposed poisoning as a punishment for people convicted of poisoning: Whosoever committeth murder by poisoning shall suffer death by poison.  Similarly, ...
Sidney argues that a People’s liberty is a gift of nature and exists prior to any government (1683)
Post Date: 2015-01-25 20:34:14 by A K A Stone
SECTION 33: The Liberty of a People is the gift of God and Nature. If any man ask how nations come to have the power of doing these things, I answer, that liberty being only an exemption from the dominion of another, the question ought not to be, how a nation can come to be free, but how a man comes to have a dominion over it; for till the right of dominion be proved and justified, liberty subsists as arising from the nature and being of a man. Tertullian speaking of the emperors says, ab eo imperium a quo spiritus [Dominion comes from the same source as ones spirit]; and we taking man in his first condition may justly say, ab eo libertas a quo spiritus [Liberty comes from the same ...
Algernon Sidney argues that a law that is not just is not a law (1683)
Post Date: 2015-01-25 20:26:12 by A K A Stone
The radical English republican political theorist Algernon Sidney (1622- 1683) asks why subjects of the King should obey the law. He concludes that we should obey not because of threats of punishment or coercion but because the law was based upon the eternal principle of reason and truth: SECTION 11: That which is not just, is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed.
the directive power of the law, which is certain, and grounded upon the inherent good and rectitude that is in it, is that alone which has a power over the conscience, whereas the coercive is merely contingent; and the most just powers commanding the most just things, have so often fallen ...
(vanity) Reminder---First Episode Of History Channel's "Sons Of Liberty'' TONIGHT
Post Date: 2015-01-25 17:12:27 by TEA Party Reveler
The premier of the new History Channel series ''Sons of Liberty'' starts tonight at 9 eastern 6pm Pacific Time. Tonight's episode features the torching of Gov. Hutchinson's mansion by the ''crazy'' Patriots. Question----So why was John Handcock's signature front, center and prominent on the Declaration of Indepenence? I know---do you?
Leggett on the tendency of the government to become “the universal dispenser of good and evil” (1834)
Post Date: 2015-01-25 16:17:56 by A K A Stone
The Jacksonian era journalist William Leggett (1801-1839) argued against government intervention in the economy on moral grounds as well as because its policies favored one group or class over another: Whenever a Government assumes the power of discriminating between the different classes of the community, it becomes, in effect, the arbiter of their prosperity, and exercises a power not contemplated by any intelligent people in delegating their sovereignty to their rulers. It then becomes the great regulator of the profits of every species of industry, and reduces men from a dependence on their own exertions, to a dependence on the caprices of their Government. Governments possess no ...
Socrates as the “gadfly” of the state (4thC BC)
Post Date: 2015-01-25 11:01:24 by A K A Stone
Plato in his Apology for the life of Socrates reminds us that all societies need a gadfly to sting the steed of state into acknowledging its proper duties and obligations: I am the gadfly of the Athenian people, given to them by God, and they will never have another, if they kill me. And now, Athenians, I am not going to argue for my own sake, as you may think, but for yours, that you may not sin against the God by condemning me, who am his gift to you. For if you kill me you will not easily find a successor to me, who, if I may use such a ludicrous figure of speech, am a sort of gadfly, given to the state by God; and the state is a great and noble steed who is tardy ...
Japanese Characters stolen from Korean Characters
Post Date: 2015-01-24 18:59:53 by A K A Stone
Who Won The War Of 1812?
Post Date: 2015-01-21 19:17:39 by SOSO
Who Won The War Of 1812? By Joel McCord Jun 14, 2013 If you ask the average American about the War of 1812, youll probably hear about Fort McHenry, the Star Spangled Banner and maybe the Battle of New Orleans. But ask your average Brit and you may get a blank stare. The war we call our second war of independence, the one in which we threw off the British for good, doesnt even register in the United Kingdom. Andrew Lambert, a professor of Naval History at Kings College, the University of London, says the British were in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars at the time, trying to hold off one of the greatest generals ever. And they were quite proud of having ...
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