Walking in footsteps of runaway slaves; Clinton’s historical moment; Muhammad Ali in photographs you’ve never seen; recreating Civil War battles in a North Georgia front yard

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So check out the story of a high school history teacher and two of his students that are walking 527 miles to follow the 1857 successful escape route of two female runaway slaves. They are doing it to raise awareness and funds for modern day human trafficking. Now THAT is a dedicated history teacher.

Hillary Clinton’s nomination is historic, no matter what happens in November. I really like this piece in The Guardian that puts her accomplishment into historical perspective. “Let’s be clear what the democratic nomination means. The feminist movement that has been remaking American culture – and more slowly, its politics – just put a crack in the highest, hardest ceiling of all.”

It isn’t often that I get to post something from ESPN: Muhammad Ali is was one of our most photographed athletes ever, and today the sports network has posted a collection of  the “Greatest’ photos you’ve never seen.” Check out the one with him and the Beatles hamming it up in a boxing ring.

Man, you gotta love some of the stuff that Kevin Levin regularly digs up and posts. Check out this story and video about a North Georgia good ol’ boy that likes to use mannequins in his front yard to recreate Civil War battles (Yep, check it out). Looks like the local government is going to put an end to his attempts to “educate” his community and draw in tourists.

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4 thoughts on “Walking in footsteps of runaway slaves; Clinton’s historical moment; Muhammad Ali in photographs you’ve never seen; recreating Civil War battles in a North Georgia front yard

    • The commentator you are referring to apparently has absolutely no clue what happens at a peer reviewed academic press. They don’t publish anything that will make a profit, in fact, most of what they print does not make a profit. Academic presses make sure that the books they publish have gone through a rigorous process of reviews by other historians to make sure that the facts and judgments presented in the book are based on solid research and that they reach reasonable conclusions. The movie uses a book by the highly regarded historian, Victoria Bynum, as its source of information, and the book was published by an academic press. So, her comments about this story being “fiction” are essentially worthless.

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      • Several books have been written about the “Free State of Jones.” Some admit being fiction, and some do not. I thought the Youtube reviewer was close to being right when she said, “Every story has at least two sides. Both sides deserve to be told, even when the majority of both sides is based on myths and legends. In this case one side was smart enough to call the story a legend, while the other side boldly declares it the gospel truth. The former is probably the most honest attempt at the truth.”

        I believe she was talking about the many different and contradictory versions of the story.

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