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' 

and
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.