“So This Is America.”: My Visit to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library

Last weekend I visited the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Why? Because I'm a budding historian and I'm crazy. The visit was unplanned. I didn't even know the museum existed. My family and I were on the Gulf coast for a long weekend when my wife, who knows my interest in … Continue reading “So This Is America.”: My Visit to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library

“Celebrating” Confederate Heritage Month

Seven states have designated April, the month when the Civil War both began and ended, as Confederate Heritage Month. The official proclamation, signed by the governor of my own adopted home of Mississippi says, "it is important for all Americans to reflect on our nation's past...and earnestly strive to understand and appreciate our heritage and our opportunities … Continue reading “Celebrating” Confederate Heritage Month

The Juneteenth of the Soul

Today is Juneteenth.  June 19, 1865 commemorates the day when the Emancipation Proclamation that declared all slaves free was announced to citizens in the state of Texas.  Although the proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, it wasn't until after the war ended that it had any real effects. A Day of Freedom African Americans … Continue reading The Juneteenth of the Soul