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Indians Owned Africans: How Do You Teach This History?

“You never saw such a people in your life. Their manners and action are wild in the extreme. They are in a perfect state of nature and would be a curiosity to any civilized man.” “At that time the Indians did not have anything but small farms, and of course the freedmen were reared among […]

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Stefanik and Cyber Ninjas: Shrinking the Trumpican Party

For many years many people have been waiting for Trumpicans to catch on that they are being scammed. Maybe this book. Maybe this comment. Maybe this action or lack of action. But somehow that moment of truth never arrives. Over 2 million people freely gave over $250 million just because they were asked to, the […]

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Ninjas and the 2024 Presidential Election

America’s Third Civil War has taken some unusual and unexpected turns. My expectation as previously stated was that the 2020 Presidential Election immediately would lead to the Battle of Gettysburg. The forces of light would battle the forces of darkness in the battle of Armageddon for the future of the country. That is not exactly […]

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History Legislation Update

The State budget has been passed. There is light at the end of tunnel. The world is opening up. What better time to look at history-related legislation and see what has happened during the lost year! Below lower are various bills identified by their Senate number and a description. The major new one concerns the […]

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It’s Morning Again in Half of America

“Now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.” Ben Franklin uttered these words on September 17, 1787, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention. He was looking at George Washington’s chair which was topped with half a sun and rays shining forth. Franklin, of […]

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We the People Will Tell the Story Funding Act

We are a story-telling species. But what story should We the People tell? To create a national narrative for the 21st century is an awesome challenge, perhaps an impossible one given our divisions today. While few countries in the world have had one continuous form of government for 250 years, we are at a point […]

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Presidential Shrine versus Presidential Library for the Former Guy

The tradition of the Presidential Library began with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Library was located on his home grounds in Hyde Park where he had served as the local historian before moving on to bigger jobs. I used to take teachers there for professional development programs. Depending on the program we might be there for […]

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Kamala Harris Vows to Do What Mike Pence Didn’t Do

In 2021, Vice President Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and the Constitution. The penalty for the failure to rise to the occasion and be a profile in courage to save the country is simple, direct, and brutal: death, death by hanging, death […]

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WWG1WGA: How Republicans Can Defeat Trumpicans

There is nothing inherently political about “where we go one, we go all.” It contains no message overt or covert that is political. It is a phrase of solidarity. It could be used by Superbowl football teams huddling before running out on the field. It existed for over two decades without having the meaning used […]

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The Myth of the Empty Land: Creating a National Narrative

As I write these words during the second impeachment hearings for the insurrection on January 6, 2021, never has the need for a national narrative seem more urgent and less likely. Instead of unity, the talk is of civil wars both within the Republican Party and between it and the Democratic Party. Who would have […]

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