Fun Fact No. 5

The one-armed Union general who was  tasked with overseeing the welfare of former slaves after the Civil War is the same man to whom Chief Joseph surrendered in his famous "I will fight no more forever" speech. General Oliver Otis Howard was known for his piety, won the Medal of Honor, and headed the Freedman's … Continue reading Fun Fact No. 5

American Insurgents: Democrats of the Ku Klux Klan

The name “Ku Klux Klan” conjures, for us, images of hooded men preying on black people at night — something like the Klan scene in “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” Theatrical and nasty, yes. But a vast conspiracy? An insurgent army? No. Disturbingly enough, this project has required learning more about the Klan than the … Continue reading American Insurgents: Democrats of the Ku Klux Klan

How Impudence Brought Education to the South — And Terror

Of all the factors shaping American history before and after the Civil War, perhaps the most overlooked is impudence. Even the word “impudent” was in greater use then than it is now, a derivative of the Latin root for ashamed. That is, those who are impudent have forgotten that they should be ashamed of themselves. … Continue reading How Impudence Brought Education to the South — And Terror

Still a Republican Paradise, But Newly Confederate: Idaho

Spotted a Confederate flag on a pickup within two hours of arriving in Boise, Idaho, this month. Although a long way from the South, it is a population center with a diversity of views and transplanted southerners. And, frankly, just a few weeks ago we spotted a similar flag on a similar pickup in Olympia, … Continue reading Still a Republican Paradise, But Newly Confederate: Idaho

When Confederates Wrote Tax Law

With the passage of a monumental package of tax changes on the horizon, the Republican Party has arguably taken another step in its Confederate transformation. Republicans like Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, and probably even more Democrats, may be befuddled at how the GOP party went from excoriating President Obama for his 2009 stimulus package … Continue reading When Confederates Wrote Tax Law

Sex, identity and an Alabama Senate race

There’s a notable experiment in social identity theory in which people were asked to sign up for a program that offered a small amount of cash if their favorite team lost. There was virtually no downside. You signed the paper. If your team won, great. If your team lost, you got paid. But people wouldn’t … Continue reading Sex, identity and an Alabama Senate race

Seahawks flag slammed for representing Confederacy, murder, rape

A Seahawks football flag with St. Andrew's Cross on it had apparently hung in a Tacoma bar for four years without a problem. But then a customer noticed it looks a bit like the Stars and Bars. “I just happened to look up and I saw it there, and I was just really shocked. To … Continue reading Seahawks flag slammed for representing Confederacy, murder, rape