Why the Homestead Act of 1862 is important today

In 1860, a homestead bill providing Federal land grants to western settlers was passed by Congress only to be vetoed by President Buchanan. The Civil War removed the slavery issue because the Southern states had seceded from the Union. So finally, in 1862, the Homestead Act was passed and signed into law.

Southerners opposed the […]

On the issue of healing the political divide

Monster Makers

Unless Biden fights big money, he could pave the way for someone even worse than Trump.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th November 2020

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It brought a tear to the eye and a hand to the heart. Joe Biden, in his acceptance speech, called for unity and healing. He would […]

The short history of the Confederacy

by Heather Cox Richardson – Nov. 14th, 2020

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“In the 1850s, the Republican Party rose to stand against a small group of wealthy southern white slaveholders who had taken over the government. Those slaveholders made up only about 1% of the American South. They ran the Democratic Party, but they knew their system of […]

Electoral maps: Now & Then

Electoral Map for General Election 2020 – Nov. 7th, 2020

Lessons Unlearnt

Privatization, outsourcing, packed classrooms and a total government failure to make them safe expose schools to deadly levels of infection in the UK.

by George Monbiot in The Guardian – Posted: 10 Nov 2020 06:12 AM PST

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Does anyone in power care? Shocking revelations about the government’s handling of the pandemic are either ignored […]

A reminder…

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We […]

With two days left until the 2020 General Election

by Heather Cox Richardson – November 1, 2020 (Sunday)

************************** There are two big stories this weekend: voter intimidation and the Trump campaign’s attempt to game the election by convincing people that the president should declare victory on Tuesday night. There have been flashes of voter intimidation all along, with pro-Trump supporters blocking a poll […]