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Is it the Fourth?

Americans, largely through the efforts of a lewd media, used the Fourth of July 2017… to denigrate and trivialize Thomas Jefferson’s memory.  Salacious accusations disguised as legitimate archaeology and scholarship dragged the author of our Declaration of Independence down into tabloid scandal-mongering.  We have fallen to the point where Jefferson’s name cannot be mentioned without alleged slave mistresses.  We forget what he gave us- focusing instead on trifling conjecture.  We have forgotten what the Fourth of July truly means….

“I thank heaven that the 4th. of July is over. It is always a day of great fatigue to me”

Jefferson said… “And even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, the flames kindled on the 4th. of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism. On the contrary they will consume those engines, and all who work them.”


Remember what Jefferson gave us…….. never forget what he gave mankind. 


To stop desecrating my memory


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History Built on Complexity

Thomas Jefferson- slaver, master, racist, white supremacist, rapist– The cultural police want their version of history to be accepted far and wide, a continuing justification for their purging of our history and foolish iconoclasm….  They believe in relativism, but only when it suits their agenda.   When it comes to historical figures, there are only absolutes.  The iconoclasts refuse to study, debate, and learn from the complexities of history.


Remember that the evil slaver, Jefferson, included this passage in his original draft of the Declaration of Independence:

 “He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he has obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed again the Liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another”

Can you read the words falling off my quill?

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Pittsburgh Fails History

Pittsburgh removed a monument to one of America’s great composers because its leaders either refused to consult, or are utterly ignorant of history. 

Stephen Foster was not a racist and did not write songs denigrating African/Americans.

Among the most widely repeated imaginary and false stories are these:

  • Foster was a Southerner
  • Foster wrote about the “Swanee” River and the old Kentucky home after (or while) visiting those sites
  • Foster was an idle dreamer, an untrained musical genius whose songs were flashes of inspiration
  • Foster was incapable of any kind of work, and did not have to labor at writing music
  • Foster got many of his musical ideas by listening to slaves or attending black church services and then simply writing down what he heard
  • Foster was a racist who glorified slavery and the happy life for slaves on the plantation, and who regretted the abolition of slavery

The City gets an ‘F’

History Tells Us–

  • Foster was influenced by Negro spirituals and was the first white composer to integrate that style into his music
  • Foster visited the South once…. on a riverboat
  • Foster was a lifelong friend of Pittsburgh abolitionist Charles Shiras. The two composed songs together 
  • Sculptor Giuseppe Moretti depicts Foster and a slave composing the song, “Uncle Ned,” one of the first popular Anti-Slavery songs 

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Weekly History News Roundup

The iconoclasm continues… “offensive” monuments to American Indians will fall next


Duke University symposium addresses monument removalpanels conclude monuments are not the problems we face today


Vandalism of Confederate monuments continues… North Carolina monument desecrated for second time this year


Katie Couric plans documentary about Confederate monument debatea fair and balanced approach is not in the offering


Profile in Courage Award goes to Mayor of New Orleans for tearing down monuments… Landrieu is so very shrewd in the spotlight 


James Madison Preparatory School in Tempe, Arizona  Presents:

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Facts in Five

Daniel Webster edition

  • Webster is one of two men to serve as United States Secretary of State under three Presidents: Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore.
  • Webster represented New Hampshire in the House of Representatives and Massachusetts in the Senate.
  • The leading Constitutional scholar of his day, Webster argued 223 cases in front of the Supreme Court.
  • Support for Clay’s Compromise of 1850 led to his resignation from the Senate that same year. 
  • Webster sought the Whig Party nomination for President three times… he never secured it. 
"I wish to speak today not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man but as an American..."

“I wish to speak today not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man but as an American…”

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Weekly History News Roundup

Slavery reparations issue refuses to fade awayConyers’ recent troubles should put an end to discussion


Trump’s bizarre call for a military parade… there have only been a handful in US history.


DNA shows darker skin in early Britons… tests indicate Cheddar Man to be different from previous theories


Charlottesville struggles to cover Lee&Jackson monumentsactivists are removing the shrouds each week


Congress votes to remove Jefferson’s name from Gateway to Westbill sent to Trump would rename the park “Gateway Arch National Park”


Shrouding our History




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Weekly History News Roundup

Group of minor academics and critics want New York to remove “racist” statues… Mayor created special committee to review all markers on public property


Senate resignations are disturbingly common in history… More than 300 Senators have resigned from our most distinguished body


Slave cemetery from Civil War era may be under Tennessee baseball fieldarchaeologists confirm high likelihood of human remains at site


Historical preservation can boost local economiesstudies confirm that investment and government action can boost local revenue


Hitler’s limousine ended up in New York… the strange story of how a New York businessman bought the bullet proof Mercedes


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