News From Around the South 9/21 to 9/28

News From Around the South 9/21 to 9/28

VIRGINIA: Last Capital of Confederacy Struggles With Legacy DANVILLE, Va. — The United Daughters of the Confederacy still meet across the hall from the bedroom where Jefferson Davis spent the last nights of the Civil War. On a marble-topped table, Davis composed his...
Stay Calm and Slow to Anger

Stay Calm and Slow to Anger

Most of us understand the concept of working toward a goal based on the system in place. For example, when I was in college, I’d review the syllabus for each class, see how the professor calculated final grades (did it include performance on homework and quizzes...
The New Reconstruction

The New Reconstruction

After George Floyd was killed, Donald Trump sensed an opportunity. Americans, anguished and angry over Floyd’s death, had erupted in protest—some set fires, broke the windows of department stores, and stormed a police precinct. Commentators reached for historical...
Language and Thought

Language and Thought

Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying:...
News From Around the South 9/14 to 9/21

News From Around the South 9/14 to 9/21

TENNESSEE: University of the South Issues Statement Rejecting Previous Veneration of Confederacy, Slave Owners SEWANEE, Tenn. — The Board of Regents for the University of the South in Sewanee has posted a letter that university officials hope will mark a break from...