“The Flag Must Come Down”

Chattooga courthouse flies Confederate battle flag

AJC – Rosalind Bentley

The Confederate Flag is one again making headlines in the North Georgia press. Recently, the local Sons of Confederate Veterans raised the battle flag on the lawn of the Chattooga County Courthouse to commemorate Confederate Heritage Month. The flag is scheduled to be lowered at the end of the month when the SCV will replace the CBF with the Bonnie Blue Flag. As can be expected, controversy ensured. Continue reading

Jimmy Carter Conservation Rap

Today in my U.S. History class, we talked about President Jimmy Carter and the energy crisis. We tried to put it into context of the 70s environmentalist movement. Some of my students seized the opportunity and draw modern comparisons with our current energy issues and the desecration of the Earth in order to attain resources. Later, one of my students came back and showed me this video.

Happy Earth Day

Genealogy Field Trip: Day 2


Grayson County Courthouse in Independence, VA. My great great grandfather was one of many masons who helped built it.

My Granddad and I a terrific day in Grayson County Virginia. We started the morning getting caught up with some of my distant cousins who live in Grayson Co. After getting briefly caught up, we traveled to Independence, VA to visit the Grayson Heritage Foundation. We had hoped to partially solve a family mystery about the death of Carl Holdaway. We were surprised to find that the Holdaway family was pretty underrepresented in the genealogy work in the county. Now that we are aware of the Foundation, and the work they have and do, I know plenty of members of the Holdaway family will help fill those gaps. After spending about an hour talking to the gentlemen inside the Foundation office, and finding no information regarding Carl, we ventured off towards the old courthouse in Independence (pictured above). Continue reading

From the Holler!

It has been awhile since I’ve been able to update this blog. In all honestly, I’ve been so busy the past couple of weeks I haven’t given the ol’ blog much thought at all. Two weekends ago I attended the most recent Appalachian Studies Association Conference and what a magnificent experience that was. I returned for one week of school as the history department attempted to cram in the Vietnam War before Spring Break. Now that I’m on Spring Break, my feet continue to move. The hustle continues tomorrow as my grandfather and I make a trek through East Tennessee towards Independence, VA on a genealogy journey. I’ll be sure to update as the trip unfolds. Until then, check this out this project I came across at the most recent ASA Conference.


“Worse Than Slavery,” A Bit Too Violent for Georgia Schools

Is the political cartoon presented below, too violent for 8th grade social studies classes? Parents at a local middle school located in Johns Creek, GA certainly think so.

Thomas Nast. “The Union as it was / The Lost Cause, worse than slavery.” Harper’s Weekly, v. 18, no. 930 (24 Oct 1874), p. 878. The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-128619.

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The Greatest Generation?

Just finished up a lesson on World War II with my U.S. History classes. Unfortunately, two snow days and the county’s reluctance to reschedule the standardized midterm meant that we as a class had to rush through a lot of content by Wednesday. Regardless, this is usually a fun lesson to teach due to the plethora of topics to discuss. When I began this lesson, I asked students to consider two alternative features of the war usually lost in the “great man” history that is pushed in U.S. History standards. I asked them to consider the issue of race and the impact of race in the way in which country’s carried out their war effort. I usually phrase the discussion question in this manner: “Is World War II a world race war?” More often than not, it’s pretty interesting to hear what students have to say on the matter. Another aspect that I ask students to consider is America’s collective memory of the war. Specifically, the idea of “The Greatest Generation.” Today when I finished covering the material, we revisited those topics but we spent the majority of our time on “The Greatest Generation.”  Continue reading