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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 69 in a series – “…how easily Americans could set aside their notoriously inveterate prejudice against color…”

October 16th, 2019 No comments

”I may mention here an incident somewhat amusing and instructive, as it serves to illustrate how easily Americans could set aside their notoriously inveterate prejudice against color, when it stood in the way of their wishes, or when in an atmosphere which made that prejudice unpopular and unchristian.

At the entrance to the House of Commons I had one day been conversing for a few moments with Lord Morpeth, and just as I was parting from him I felt an emphatic push against my arm, and, looking around, I saw at my elbow Rev. Dr. Kirk of Boston. “Introduce me to Lord Morpeth,” he said. “Certainly,” said I, and introduced him; not without remembering, however, that the amiable Doctor would scarcely have asked such a favor of a colored man at home.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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Tile Murals at Porto, Portugal Train Station via Instagram

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Tile Murals at Porto, Portugal Train Station

Tile Murals at Porto, Portugal Train Station via Instagram

More tile murals on every wall in this train station.

More detailed shots coming.

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 58 in a series – “Robert Shuler, based in Los Angeles, frequently lauded the Klan—“as sweet music as my ears have ever heard,”

October 16th, 2019 No comments

“The Klan’s mobilization of evangelical ministers foreshadowed—and probably helped generate—the entry of Christian Right preachers into conservative politics fifty years later. One of the first great radio and tent evangelists, Robert Shuler, based in Los Angeles, frequently lauded the Klan—“as sweet music as my ears have ever heard,” he called Klan rhetoric—in his thunderous sermons denouncing threats to white supremacy.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 41 in a series – “The White House was pitting its credibility against the Washington Post’s…”

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”The White House had decided that the conduct of the press, not the conduct of the President’s men, was the issue.

Newspapers across the country reported the next day on the ire of the President’s men. The White House was pitting its credibility against the Washington Post’s, and in the process was giving the paper’s allegations more currency.”

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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A soaring landmark in the historic district of Porto, Portugal

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 23 in a series – “Fascisms seek out in each national culture those themes that are best capable of mobilizing a mass movement…”

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“Fascisms seek out in each national culture those themes that are best capable of mobilizing a mass movement of regeneration, unification, and purity, directed against liberal individualism and constitutionalism and against Leftist class struggle.

These “mobilizing passions,” mostly taken for granted and not always overtly argued as intellectual propositions, form the emotional lava that set fascism’s foundations: • a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions; • the primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether individual or universal, and the subordination of the individual to it;

• the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment that justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against its enemies, both internal and external;60
• dread of the group’s decline under the corrosive effects of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences;
• the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary;
• the need for authority by natural leaders (always male), culminating in a national chief who alone is capable of incarnating the group’s destiny;
• the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason;
• the beauty of violence and the efficacy of will, when they are devoted to the group’s success;
• the right of the chosen people to dominate others without restraint from any kind of human or divine law, right being decided by the sole criterion of the group’s prowess within a Darwinian struggle.”

 

From The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton

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What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 20 in a series – “…segregated pools inscribed racial lines legitimated by the federal government.”

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“In Ironton, Ohio, for example, WPA funds built a swimming pool at the local high school that blacks could use for only four hours on Thursdays.79 Like the segregated public housing built during the New Deal, segregated pools inscribed racial lines legitimated by the federal government. Black citizens responded to government-sanctioned segregation with a rising tide of anger and protest.”

 

From Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

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On the Hunt for National Treasures With America’s Archive Detective via Atlas Obscura

October 15th, 2019 No comments
An amazingly interesting article on the lost treasures of the National Archives and the hunt to return them. — Douglas
 
 

Mitch Yockelson knows what’s missing by heart. There’s an arsenal of diamond-encrusted daggers, swords, and scabbards gifted to Harry Truman by a Saudi prince and the Iranian shah—all stolen from his presidential library in 1978. There’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s official White House portrait. It went missing in a move. And there’s a batch of Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams that just up and vanished.

Yockelson, the investigative archivist for the U.S. National Archives, is unlikely to find any of these priceless historical treasures in a fluorescent-lit hall on the Maryland state fairgrounds. The annual Maryland Antique Arms Show brings together hundreds of dealers peddling all types of military antiques and ephemera. There, men toting bayonets for sale peruse table after table of old uniforms, yellowed discharge papers, and bowls of ammunition. Yockelson attends shows like this two or three times a year, in addition to scouring online auctions and following tips, on the hunt for lost Americana that rightfully belongs to the U.S. government.

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 77 in a series – “The criminal complaint detailed Podobnyy’s interactions with and conversations about Page”

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“In 2015, Podobnyy and two other Russian intelligence officers were charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.532 The criminal complaint detailed Podobnyy’s interactions with and conversations about Page, who was identified only as “Male-1”

 

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 68 in a series – “If ever I had any patriotism,…it was whipped out of me long since by the lash of the American soul-drivers.””

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”I shall be influenced by no prejudices in favor of America. I think my circumstances all forbid that. I have no end to serve, no creed to uphold, no government to defend; and as to nation, I belong to none. I have no protection at home, or resting-place abroad. The land of my birth welcomes me to her shores only as a slave, and spurns with contempt the idea of treating me differently; so that I am an outcast from the society of my childhood, and an outlaw in the land of my birth. ‘I am a stranger with thee and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.’ That men should be patriotic, is to me perfectly natural; and as a philosophical fact, I am able to give it an intellectual recognition. But no further can I go. If ever I had any patriotism, or any capacity for the feeling, it was whipped out of me long since by the lash of the American soul-drivers.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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