Judging Jefferson

(Thanksgiving week 2021, the New York City Council removed the 187 year old statute of Thomas Jefferson because it "made" some people feel uncomfortable. After all, Jefferson was a slave owner.) Thomas Jefferson is an enigma. Judging him fairly is a formidable, if not impossible, task.  I have added and removed him several times from … Continue reading Judging Jefferson

Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)

HappyThanksgiving Flour Sack Dresses Decorative Cotton Flour Sacks In the heart of the 1930’s Great Depression people were desperate.  Millions were out of work.  Thousands were on the verge of starvation. Nothing was allowed to go to waste. Everything was repurposed and recycled. The national slogan became: “Make Do or Do Without.” Parents couldn’t afford … Continue reading Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)

Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

"Historical Saturday" Slavery Throughout History Egyptian Slavery All ancient civilizations engaged in the horrific practice of slavery. The primary source of slaves was war captives. Chattel slavery was accepted throughout the world for over 10,000 years. It was not until the abolitionist movement in America and Europe in the 18th Century that slavery became broadly … Continue reading Slavery in Perspective: Past and Present

“Founding Enemies” (Pt 2/4)- Patrick Henry versus James Madison

"Historical Saturday" Founding Fathers: Friends and Enemies We assume the founding fathers were lifelong friends and colleagues.  Nothing could be further from the truth.    Most people don’t realize that many of these founding fathers ended up as enemies. Patrick Henry Patrick Henry was a great orator. His rhetorical skills were impressive and persuasive.  His … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 2/4)- Patrick Henry versus James Madison

“Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

We assume that all Founders were life long friends. Wrong! The Founding Fathers were brilliant, outspoken men, with strong opinions. They disagreed on just about everything.  Not surprisingly, many of these men became "Founding Enemies." The Key Founding Fathers: How Many Can You Name? It was a miracle that these “demigods” (Jefferson’s description) came together … Continue reading “Founding Enemies” (Pt 1/4) – Thomas Paine versus George Washington

How Did the Founding Fathers Get Ice in Summer?

Famous Gadsby’s Tavern Gadsby's Tavern My wife and I recently visited Gadsby’s Tavern (1785-1792), a popular pub and inn in colonial Alexandria, Virginia. Famous patrons included George Washington, George Mason, John Carlyle, and Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Gadsby's Ice Well Gadsby’s Tavern needed ice for its patrons during the hot humid summers. So they … Continue reading How Did the Founding Fathers Get Ice in Summer?

“Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”–Fake History

The lives of the Founding Fathers and Mothers are inspiring. They were true heroes. We don't need to fabricate their stories to bolster their sacrifices or greatness. Decades ago, I came across a document entitled, “Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.”  I thought I would include the inspirational patriotic article in my … Continue reading “Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence”–Fake History

A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

 In Honor of the Fourth of July I was privileged to be the mentor judge for Nho Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American judge in the country. He is a living hero. A Living Hero In college, he protested the South Vietnam military dictatorship and led a student democratic movement. He risked his life to establish freedom … Continue reading A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

The First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union Soldiers (Repeat)

The First Official National Memorial Day Commemoration Memorial Day was created to remember and honor the 600,000-800,000 soldiers who died in the bloodiest military conflict in U.S. history -- the Civil War. In 1868, the commander of the U.S. Army, officially proclaimed May 30 as Decoration Day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or … Continue reading The First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union Soldiers (Repeat)