John Brown And Harper’s Ferry

It can be argued that the War of Northern Aggression actually started on October 16, 1859, a year and a half before the war’s official start, when the radical abolitionist John Brown and twenty-one of his followers seized the arsenal at the river-junction town of Harper’s Ferry in northern Virginia. Brown’s objective had been to […]

Puritans: A Progressive Unfolding

Abolitionist Julia Ward wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1861. In it, she penned that God will use His “terrible swift sword” to bring judgment upon “condemners” and “crush the serpent with his heel.” The wicked this New Yorker wanted to vanquish was, of course, the Southern people. Howe, the daughter of a […]

American History Quiz

Question 1. A B C D Which of these flags flew over the invasion and conquest of the Southern American States during the 1860’s? A. B. C. D. E. None of the Above. Question 2. A B C D Which of these flags flew over the invasion and conquest of the American Indian Nations during […]

Popcorn Sutton: Whiskey Rebel

“Jesus turned water into wine, I turned it into damn likker” – Popcorn Sutton Appalachia’s history is largely comprised of tales of resistance of one form or another. The poster child of Appalachia’s rebellion against unjust authority has always been the Moonshiner, the maker of non-government approved distilled spirits. These spirits were commonly referred to […]

Thomas Paine: Common Sense

Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies. Written in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at […]

America’s Most Deified Politician

Gettysburg, 1863. . . . has a birthday today that is celebrated throughout the land, especially at neocon think tanks and tabloids.  I speak of course of the man the “Straussian” wing of neoconworld refers to as “Father” Abraham Lincoln.  So I thought I’d offer some reading suggestions as part of today’s birthday celebration. Lincoln […]