The Ku Klux Klan Descends Upon South Carolina Statehouse

Despite condemnation from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the Ku Klux Klan intends to hold a rally at the South Carolina capital next month. This, of course, is in response to recent calls to take down the flag at the South Carolina statehouse. One member of the Klan protest those requests stating that “the Confederate flag being taken down for all the wrong reasons,” and that “it’s part of white people’s culture.” Another member remarked that confessed killer Dylann Roof “was heading in the right direction; wrong target,” adding that “He should have actually aimed at the African-American gang-bangers, the ones who are selling the drugs to white youth, the ones who are robbing and raping every chance they get.” The Klan claims that the rally will be a peaceful one. Only time will tell Thankfully, one local news station recorded the Klan’s planning meeting prior to the upcoming rally.  Continue reading “The Ku Klux Klan Descends Upon South Carolina Statehouse”

The Confederate Flag: A Cornerstone of White Supremacy

Update: You know you’ve made a good argument…and hit a nerve…when somebody responds by repeatedly calling your post “trash,” but never tries to refute the argument.

A couple more interesting essays have come to light concerning the Confederate Flag debate: Bruce Levine’s The Confederate Flag Was Always Racist and Kevin Levin’s The ‘Cornerstone’ of the Confederate Flag.  Reading these two essays got my mental wheels turning about the portrayal of both the Confederate Flag and the Confederacy. Outside of the academic realm, deep in the bosom of the “Southern Heritage” crowd, the Confederacy represents a noble stance against tyranny and invasion. Those same groups defend the flag for those aforementioned reasons. To them, the flag is the symbol of the Confederate soldier who fought in freedom’s name. Unfortunately, that outlook is a falsehood padded by willful neglect and lies of omission. Continue reading “The Confederate Flag: A Cornerstone of White Supremacy”

John Oliver and the Confederate Flag

Yesterday I posted a series of videos and essays regarding the Confederate Battle Flag and the recent debate around it. A few days ago I came across a video from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where Oliver takes on the poignant issue of the Charleston shooting and the racism the flag represents. Enjoy. Continue reading “John Oliver and the Confederate Flag”

The Confederate Flag Debate: A Few Good Sources

A couple of days ago Andy Hall posted “Charleston: Five Important Reads,” which included five essays concerning the Charleston shooting. Andy considered these essays to be worth reading and I have to agree with him, they are. I also came across some good sources to use which analyzing the current Confederate Flag debate and I intentionally left off those sources Andy used. Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading “The Confederate Flag Debate: A Few Good Sources”

From the Holler!

It has been awhile since I’ve had a chance to update the blog. In part because I have been on Summer vacation and I needed a mental break. The other reason is because I’ve been in hot pursuit of a new teaching and coaching gig. I’ve received some great offers but unfortunately those coaching positions did not come with a solid teaching position. I was recently offered a head coaching position with a truly great school but the school did not have any social studies positions and I had to turn them down. I’ve just spend too long studying history to switch to a different subject even if it is only for a short time. Such is the life of a public school teacher. Anyways, here are some updates. Continue reading “From the Holler!”

“Any slave found intoxicated in said Village,”

While flipping through Clark’s History in Catoosa County I found an interesting passage about the city of Ringgold’s early laws and ordinances. The General Assembly of Georgia incorporated Ringgold, which was in Walker County at that time, in 1847. This is a few years before the Western and Atlantic Railroad came through so the town had not seen any of the prosperity that the railroad would bring. Regardless, slavery seemed to be prevalent enough in the community that early commissioners found it necessary to pass black codes. Here are a few examples. Continue reading ““Any slave found intoxicated in said Village,””

710: Sorting Through the County Historiography

I finally got the chance to browse through Susie Blaylock McDaniel’s Official History of Catoosa County Georgia, 1853-1953.  Unfortunately, the book is not giving me much insight into the slave history of Catoosa County. Published for the first time in 1957, the book lacks significant scholarship over the last sixty years. What little information is in the book, is wrapped in the old Lost Cause narrative. Take for example McDaniels dedication to “[Catoosa’s] Colored Citizens,”:  Continue reading “710: Sorting Through the County Historiography”

Understanding White Privilege

A week ago I wrote briefly about the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton: The Story of N.W.A., and how that movie’s message is relevant to the current racial climate in the United States. I got a few interesting comments to that post and some pretty cool reactions on Facebook.  Not surprisingly, some people took offense. One Confederate Heritage advocated, and self proclaimed researcher George Purvis, became distraught over a sentence I used in that post: “White privilege is a very real thing.” Afterward, Purvis gave an account of his hard life growing up poor in southern Mississippi. His post was intended to disprove any notion of white privilege due to the existence of interracial poverty. Despite George’s personal story, white privilege is still a very real thing.

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L.B. Hamb(right)


The other day I wrote about a new project that I am undertaking which examines slavery in Catoosa County. Part of the project includes a desire to digitize and reformat a lot of the primary source materials such as census schedules. An issue with that is the quality of the handwriting and the quality of the documents. A smudge can reduce the legibility of a name or a number. When I reformatted the 1860 Slave Schedule for Catoosa County I indicated any of those aforementioned issues by typing “(?)” next to what I believed to be an illegible word or number. Such as the case with L. B. Hambergh(?) [sic]. Continue reading “L.B. Hamb(right)”