The Compromise of 1877: A Political Bargain Seals the Election of 1876

Compromise of 1877

“Don’t forget to take the rifle!”  “Yes, Mama!” shouted Elijah as he ran back to kiss her forehead before racing out the door, rifle slung across his back.  Elijah hated guns. But he knew they were a necessity these days. He prayed for the Lord’s peace as he made his way towards Columbia, the state …

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The Second Amendment: A Complete History of the Right to Bear Arms

2nd Amendment

As a citizen of the United States, do I have the right to massacre a large group of my fellow citizens?  Of course not.   However, over the last two decades, a number of individuals have done exactly that; the settings of each incident now existing infused with terror (consider the impact of the words Columbine …

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Diverse Threads in the History of the United States: The Life of Booker T. Washington

Booker T Washington

“What’s resulted in the decades since is supposed to be an opportunity for White people and their institutions to redress their perpetual erasure of the roles of Black folks in building this country on our backs… What we’ve been given, however, is a rote acknowledgment of the same five people — Rosa Parks, Martin Luther …

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The Compromise of 1850: America’s Final Attempt to Pretend Slavery is OK

The Compromise of 1850: America's Final Attempt to Pretend Slavery is OK 1

Imagine that your house is on fire.  You see it, but instead of calling the fire department, you turn your back and pretend that it’s not happening. And then you look again, grimace, and sign a compromise with the house saying you’ll get to dealing with it in a little bit.  Hopefully, the house can …

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The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794: The First Government Tax on a New Nation

Whiskey Rebellion

Near the banks of the river, mosquitoes swarm, flying about your head, threatening to plunge into your skin.  Standing where the slow slope of your eight-acre farm meets the Allegheny River, your eyes pass over the buildings your neighbors call home, searching.  Your view of town — which, in the next few years, will be …

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