They Swore an Oath to Defend This Country - Donald Trump’s performance in Helsinki was certainly historic. On no other occasion since the founding of this country has an American president publicly demonstrated that he is a witting agent of a hostile foreign power — even as that country’s authoritarian ruler smirked beside him. Standing at the podium with Vladimir Putin, Trump brazenly endorsed […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
Why Civil War Monuments Look the Same - In recent years, the Confederate monument has gained a new level of symbolism, as the item at the center of an ongoing debate — one that reaches far beyond the subject of monuments — about how and whether a nation should remember the darkest moments of its past. Statues to those who fought for the Confederacy have been brought down in numerous cities […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
News From Around the South 7/9 to 7/16 - SOUTH CAROLINA: Tentative Memorial Designed for Emanuel Nine Victims CHARLESTON, S.C. — A member of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church told their current pastor, the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, last year: “It’s hard for me to comprehend someone could be so evil. Is it possible he’s possessed? Like Satan?” Manning had been the people’s […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
Filling the Swamp - When Donald Trump started running for the Republican nomination for president in June 2015, he began by attacking the Republican establishment in Washington, and he began his attack by calling the establishment “the swamp.” His real target was the permanent government and its enablers in the legal, financial, diplomatic and intelligence communities in Washington. These […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
J.E.B. Stuart and the Great ‘What If’ - In his sculpted image on Monument Avenue in Richmond, a leafy boulevard hemmed by stately residences, J.E.B. Stuart is immortalized on horseback. The cavalry commander developed a reputation for leading Confederate troops on raids and fruitful intelligence-gathering missions, helping cement Stuart’s legacy as a legendary figure in the minds of white Southerners after the Civil War, according to Paul Quigley, director […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...