Thursday, August 03, 2017

Roadside Geology of Mississippi by Stan Galicki, Darrel Schmitz

Roadside Geology of MississippiRoadside Geology of Mississippi by Stan Galicki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Informative book, I had been to a lot of the places mentioned so it was nice to learn more about them. Great for homeschoolers studying geology, lots of possible field trips throughout the State.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Tullis-Toledano Manor of Biloxi, Mississippi 2002

Very few historic homes in the United States have borne the Tullis name. One of the few that did was the Tullis-Toledano Manor in Biloxi, Mississippi. The home was built in 1856 by Christoval Toledano as a present for his bride, Matilde Pradat. It was considered a striking example of Greek Revival architecture.

It had a breathtaking view of the beach.

The archaeological dig we were lucky enough to participate in was more interested in what lay beneath the grounds. Imaging equipment allowed the archeologist to see that the manor was built on the site of an Indian village surrounded by a moat.

We helped catalog the items found.

The caretakers of Tullis-Toledano Manor were nice enough to let us tour the house during our lunch break. The parlor was beautiful.

After the tour it was time to get back to work.

Sean and I found a job in the shade. This contraption was used to shift shovelfuls of dirt for artifacts.

More artifacts for Sean to catalog.

We had some time to just goof off.

Tullis-Toledano Manor was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005  I feel privileged not only to have gotten to tour the house but to have had the opportunity to work on an archaeological dig there before it was destroyed.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The role of slavery and the slave trade in building northern wealth

Myths About Slavery.” Here’s the PDF:
Contrary to popular belief:
  • Slavery was a northern institution
    • The North held slaves for over two centuries
    • The North abolished slavery only just before the Civil War
    • The North dominated the slave trade
    • The North built its economy around slavery
    • The North industrialized with slave-picked cotton and the profits from slavery
  • Slavery was a national institution
    • Slavery was practiced by all thirteen colonies
    • Slavery was enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and practiced by all thirteen original states
    • The slave trade was permitted by the federal government until 1808
    • Federal laws protected slavery and assisted slave owners in retrieving runaway slaves
    • The Union was deeply divided over slavery until the end of the Civil War
  • Slavery benefited middle-class families
    • Slavery dominated the northern and southern economies during the colonial era and up to the Civil War
    • Ordinary people built ships, produced trade goods, and invested in shares of slave voyages
    • Workers in all regions benefited economically from slavery and slavery-related businesses
    • Consumers bought and benefited from lower prices on goods like coffee, sugar, tobacco, and cotton
  • Slavery benefited immigrant families
    • Immigrants who arrived after the Civil War still benefited from slavery and its aftermath
    • Immigrants flocked to the “land of opportunity” made possible by the unpaid labor of enslaved people
    • Immigrants found routes to prosperity which were closed to the families of former slaves
    • Federal programs in the 20th century provided white families with aid for education, home ownership, and small businesses
 Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, by Thomas Norman DeWolf.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Scandal (Theodore Boone, #6)

The Scandal (Theodore Boone, #6)The Scandal by John Grisham
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Appalled by Judge Yeck threatening to have a dog destroyed for barking.

This book revolves around standardized testing and how a group of teachers from a poorly performing school got together and changed test scores. Theo becomes involved when his friend April sends a letter to the school board anonymously after her babysitter tells her about the "conspiracy". April is already upset because she really wanted to get in the honors classes so she could take Art and she missed getting in by 1 point. If the teachers at the poorly performing school hadn't cheated she may very well have gotten in, so she feels justified in ratting the teachers out initially, but after criminal charges are brought against the teachers she feels bad about sending the letter.

Theo's Mother winds up representing the teachers

And Theo winds up representing an otter in Animal Court.

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Friday, April 01, 2016

April is Confederate History Month

My suggested reading for April

Smithsonian Magazine (March 2016 Issue) The True Story of the 'Free State of Jones' 

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
You can read my review of the book here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan

New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century ManhattanNew York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan by Jill Lepore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a scholarly work not written to entertain.

It's an interesting look at slavery in Manhattan, the fear of slave uprisings that gripped the city and the conspiracy that resulted in thirteen black men being burned at the stake, seventeen being hanged and more than one hundred black men and women being thrown into a dungeon beneath City Hall.

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When all the Northerners blather on about boycotting Mississippi because we have the Confederate Battle Flag in the corner of our State Flag and slavery I wonder if they even realize that slavery flourished under the United States Flag, not just in the South but in New York and other Northern States too.