A Brief History of Court Packing

Since the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the determination of President Donald Trump to fill her Supreme Court seat before Election Day with the traditionalist Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the concept of court packing has reared its head. The phrase...

Lost Cause Narrative Still Shapes Modern Debate

He had tried, and failed, once before. In 1859, the Virginian Edward Alfred Pollard, a journalist and Southern partisan, had published a defense of slavery, “Black Diamonds Gathered in the Darkey Homes of the South.” Then came the election of Abraham Lincoln, the...

Can America Do It All?

In fiscal year 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, the U.S. government set some impressive new records. The deficit came in at $3.1 trillion, twice the previous record of $1.4 trillion in 2009, which was set during the Great Recession, and three times the 2019 deficit of...

News From Around the South 10/12 to 10/19

NORTH CAROLINA: Lexington Confederate Monument Moved At Night DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Confederate statue was removed overnight in Lexington, police confirmed Friday. Penny Burkhart, a Lexington resident, told WXII 12 News that the public was unable to view the...

Better Off

You might think that, so close to election time, everyone would understand how our government works. Evidently, that's not correct — or people are pretending not to know, because they are afraid they won't get the outcome they want. Let's start with the presidential...

Amid Monument Wars, A Rally For ‘More History’

On Saturday, a group of about 30 mustered under drizzly skies at the edge of the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa. The site of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War, Gettysburg has seen its share of clashes over the memory of the war in recent...

Racial Discrimination

During slavery, many black women, often in a forcible union with a white man, bore mixed-race children. Based on their percentage of white blood, they were deemed "mulattos," "quadroons," "octoroons" or even "hexadecaroons." Depending on skin color, they could pass as...

News From Around the South 10/5 to 10/12

WEST VIRGINIA: Civil War Trails See Influx of Interest in Pandemic MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — All around the area and up and down the East Coast, Civil War Trails signs can be found, highlighting areas that played vital parts in American history. Since the start of the...

Trump’s Republican Party

Kelly Loeffler looked like a standard-issue Republican when she was appointed senator from Georgia in December 2019. She came from a super-rich family (like plenty of Democrats as well), she was pro-gun, anti-immigration and pro-business. Originally pro-choice, her...

The Problem of Confederate Statues on Public Lands

Let’s do a mental exercise about Confederate monuments in public spaces: I’ll describe one that doesn’t exist, and you tell me whether you’d find it offensive if it did. It sits near a major city, on a scenic patch of federally owned land, in what used to be a...

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  • NORTH CAROLINA: Lexington Confederate Monument Moved At Night DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Confederate statue was removed overnight in Lexington, police confirmed Friday. Penny Burkhart, a Lexington resident, told WXII Read More