Tag Archives: American history

The Lost Lessons of Thanksgiving

Emerging from the tryptophan-induced lethargy of Thanksgiving and the fleeting stimulus of Black Friday sales stampedes I’m reflecting on two lost lessons of the first Thanksgiving and the people who celebrated it, the Puritans.  The Puritan understanding of deferred gratification. … Continue reading

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Look what happened on October 22: This date in history (a lot of interesting events)

1997     Coldest World Series game Marlins vs Cleveland (38 degrees F);  game is also 2nd longest 9 inning World Series game (4:12) as Marlins and Indians were tied 7-7 going into the 9th, Mariners win 14-11 1997     New … Continue reading

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Heroic and Tragic Life of a Guy Named Button Gwinnett Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

Gwinnett County, Georgia, where I have lived for the last 13 years, was named for Button Gwinnett, one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence (nearby counties—Hall and Walton—were named for the other two). I understand that Gwinnett … Continue reading

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Rhetoric, Legitimacy, and War

As the German Army marched down the Champs-Elysées in the summer of 1940, and across the channel the English endured the German Air Force blitz of London, President Franklin D. Roosevelt assured American voters in the heat of an election … Continue reading

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