From the Holler!

I am slowly but surely getting back to a normal schedule which will hopefully mean more and frequent posts in the future. As you can see, the blog is going through a few updates. If you look at the navigation bar, I’ve added a page dedicated to genealogy research. This is a brain child of my grandfather and I. For as long as I can remember my granddad has poured over the family history in his own infinitely long research project. The new page is meant to keep the research going and to make it easier for long lost relatives to access what he has found (and what I will continue) so far. The first entry will be a doozy. In the mean time, here are some snippets that came across my news feed.

  • Samuel L. Jackson delivers a powerful narrative of a segregated Chattanooga and his insight into such an environment. Incredibly, he does this all in under five minutes. Great power and emotion wrapped up into one concise story.

  • Jessica Lilly receives some serious recognition for her radio show “Inside Appalachia.”
  • After fifty years, the Appalachian Regional Commission reports that some strides have been made but it appears that progress might be outweighed by high mortality rates and welfare dependency.
  • As Kevin Levin already alluded to, the new Advanced Placement United States History curriculum has Republican lawmakers in quiet a tizzy. These usually conservative politicians seem to have bought into the American exceptionalist curriculum Lynne Cheney promoted in 1994. Some states have even proposed to cut funding to AP classes. The state I teach in, Georgia, took a stand on the AP standards as well in Senate Resolution 80. The Georgia Association of Historians passed a resolution asking the Georgia Senate to table Senate Resolution 80; a bill intended to hinder the implementation of the new AP standards. I feel like that is an interesting thing to consider. Historians in and around this state condemning the state senate condemnation of new AP standards. AP classes, after all, are supposed to be a chance at higher learning and college credit. So who is considering the students’ best interests in this situation?
  • Duke Energy faces federal charges for its role in polluting North Carolina’s water supply with toxic coal ash. It’s justice on a small scale.
  • And finally, I have a Confederate ancestor in the family tree. His name is Jackson Holdaway and he fought with the 51st VA Inf. It seems I have a new research project.

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