…Many scorned us, who saw us come, ragged and nasty with filth; but our hearts remained light with the vision, of our homesteads- free in spacious places; where the sun shines, warm and golden in its crest, and where we, as weary travelers, can finally rest… From “the Exodus” in Sharon Carpenter’s, “Western Cowboy Poetry:Continue reading “Celebrating African-American Cowboy Culture”
Category Archives: American History
What do Captain America and Frederick Douglass Have in Common?
At first glance, this may seem like a silly discussion. After all, how can one of the world’s most significant social justice leaders compare to a comic book hero? What possibly could Frederick Douglass, a 19th century African-American reformer, orator, writer and statesman, have in common with a 20th century patriotically themed superhero whoContinue reading “What do Captain America and Frederick Douglass Have in Common?”
Many voices, one America: A salute to those who protect our freedoms
Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. ~John Dewey A few years ago, a man seemed to follow me around a social studies conference repeating himself and saying something about using a series of movies in high school teacher’s classrooms. I courteously smiled and politely exited the conversation. Yes, I teachContinue reading “Many voices, one America: A salute to those who protect our freedoms”