Saturday History: Seasonal Farming Tasks in the Great Depression

By: Saturday December 27, 2014 12:00 pm

Of all farming activities we performed during the Great Depression of the 1930s, two were notable because they involved the whole community: thrashing of the wheat, and butchering the animals. Summer thrashing of the wheat was the most exciting time of the year because it was a social time rolled into sustenance activity.

 

Saturday History: “Remember the Sabbath…”

By: Saturday December 20, 2014 12:00 pm

Our family had no trouble with the avoiding killing and stealing and worshiping idols and getting divorces. Those things were not happening in German evangelical settings. Keeping the Sabbath seems simple enough, but what consists of keeping it holy and avoiding all work?

Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Today when we think of living structures, we tend to think of houses that people live in. To farmers, some of the other buildings, namely the barn, were more important because they housed the animals.

Recalling December 7, 1941

By: Saturday December 6, 2014 5:30 pm

Letty Owings, age 89, recalls events of the day, on December 7, 1941, as the “day that changed everything.”

Late Night: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 8:00 pm

No chapter on New Orleans would be complete without something about the Mardi Gras experience. We knew about the big parade, but beyond that we knew nothing of the festival. The secrets and functions of the city that revolves around a carnival remain obscure to outsiders. Mardi Gras is not just a celebration, it is a way of life meshed with social structure and status. Anyone who is anyone belongs to a krewe, an organization built on social status, occupation and ancestry. All year long each krewe prepares for the season which ushers in the balls and the parades.

Freak Shows and Patent Medicines During the Great Depression

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 4:00 pm

Imagine a world without newspapers, electricity or central heat. Imagine a world without television. If you can think of a world where all communication was by word of mouth, that was our world, during the Great Depression in the small farming community in Missouri.

Jim DeMint Makes Odd Claims About History of Slavery

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 11:34 am

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation, has an interesting version of the history of slavery in America or least how it ended. According to DeMint the federal government played no role in ending slavery. DeMint claimed the “move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government.”

For DeMint, the ending of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation amidst the American Civil War was somehow a cultural victory for limited government and Christian conservatives.

America’s Untold Story – As Told By Oliver Stone

By: Monday January 21, 2013 4:00 pm

America’s Untold History by Oliver Stone has been running on Showtime. Stone goes into fairly good detail and the series begins with WWII, though to me he could have easily gone back to WWI or even the Civil War to show how much our wars of conquest – and make no mistake they have been wars of conquest – have been influenced by, supported by and funded by Wall Street, corporate America and the banks.

A very rough balancing out of American History.

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 1:30 am

It may not be the best way, but not appealing the decision on DADT is just a just way to overturn a wrong-headed discriminatory policy.

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