Some Thoughts on the Firing of James R. Riley at University of Alabama

September 22, 2019

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An announcement made on Sept. 5 was terse and expressed the opinion that the case was closed: “Dr. James Riley has resigned his position at the University of Alabama by mutual agreement,” Chris Bryant, a spokesman for the University, wrote in an email, adding “Neither party will have any further comments.” Case closed. I thought […]

The True Beginning of African Slavery in the Americas

September 9, 2019

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By now, unless you are a hermit or living under a rock, we all know from the avalanche of media that slavery began in America four hundred years ago, in 1619, with the arrival of a Dutch ship off the coast of Virginia with some African slaves they traded to the Virginia colonists for some […]

Posted in: History

Landings and Take Offs

September 3, 2019

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A few weeks ago, as I was walking my dogs, I saw a squadron of about fifteen geese on their final approach to a beautiful and graceful landing. They were in delightful formation, descending and weaving in and out of as they aimed for a lake at the old University golf course over by the […]

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Did the English Get It Right?

August 26, 2019

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As usual, something reminded me of a historical phenomenon we need to reexamine: the old British empire and its legacy to the world. The recent outbreak of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong aimed at the China’s center of political power in Beijing recalled the historical period of the British empire which governed over a significant […]

Posted in: Democracy, History, Politics

The True Beginning of African Slavery in the Americas

August 25, 2019

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By now, unless you are a hermit or living under a rock, we all know from the avalanche of media that slavery began in America four hundred years ago, in 1619, with the arrival of a Dutch ship off the coast of Virginia with some African slaves they traded to the Virginia colonists for some […]

Contextualizing the Past

August 20, 2019

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One of my wife’s cousins, Sheffield Hale, is dealing with one of the most delicate issues in modern society over in Atlanta these days. He’s the director of the Atlanta History Center and so is at the epicenter of what to do with the remnants of our Civil War tucked into our history. In the […]

Handling the Challenges of Life

August 17, 2019

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Can stress and anxiety ever be good for you? Surely not! Stress is one of the killers in modern society. Anxiety is another symptom we all know about. We tend to call it worry. We all are afflicted at one time or another, or sometimes at a constant, destructive rate, by stress, worry, the challenges […]