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minutemanworld:

Members of the Marblehead Regiment during a reenactment of the Battle of Trenton. The Marblehead Regiment was comprised of men from the area of Marblehead Massachussets under the command of John Glover. During the New York campaign they provided invaluable service ferrying Washington’s Army, and they provided the same service for Washington when his army crossed the Delaware. They were also one of the few fully integrated units in the American Army. Some militia units in Massachusetts had a handful of black soldiers, but nothing like the Marblehead Regiment

minutemanworld:

Members of the Marblehead Regiment during a reenactment of the Battle of Trenton. The Marblehead Regiment was comprised of men from the area of Marblehead Massachussets under the command of John Glover. During the New York campaign they provided invaluable service ferrying Washington’s Army, and they provided the same service for Washington when his army crossed the Delaware. They were also one of the few fully integrated units in the American Army. Some militia units in Massachusetts had a handful of black soldiers, but nothing like the Marblehead Regiment

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bhickencig:

not-bridget:

bhickencig:

I think every state should do this.  From the video description:

Texas plans to move its gold back to the state from where it currently sits, the Federal Reserve.  Gov. Rick Perry talked on a local conservative radio about the government plan.  CCTV Ginger Vaughan reported from Houston.

Hey, I thought his presidential campaign funds were going to cover his legal fees. We Texans have already paid $100,000 towards his high-powered legal team. Even he knows that looks bad.

Why the heck would the Fed give a lame duck governor gold? He can’t be trusted….

I see what you’re saying.  While Rick Perry might not be the best govenor that Texas has ever had, he’s right in this.  The gold isn’t going to him, it’s going to the state.  The idea of bringing the gold back to Texas is to remove it from Federal control, and thus to return some power back to the States where it belongs.

Rick Perry got an animal husbandry degree from A&M but his grades were not good enough for Vet School. He joined the Air Force to fulfill his ROTC obligation but dropped that after a couple of years. Then he ran for the state legislature—as a Democrat. Karl Rove convinced him he’d do better as a Republican. He’s never had a real job outside government & has managed to get rich through cronyism. Glad he won’t be governor again & I’m looking forward to another fiasco of a presidential campaign. Jon Stewart’s writers will have fun with the material he provides.

This bright idea is on par with his “secession” threat when Kay Bailey Hutchison, our last sane Republican Senator, made noises about running for Governor. He’s banging it out to the cheap seats.

We’re part of the USA. I’m from the city named after the hero of the Texas Revolution who refused to go along with secession. And I’m proud of it.

(Source: youtube.com)

Proposed Texas textbooks are inaccurate, biased and politicized, new report finds

kileyrae:

Findings:

  • A number of government and world history textbooks exaggerate Judeo-Christian influence on the nation’s founding and Western political tradition.
  • Two government textbooks include misleading information that undermines the Constitutional concept of the separation of church and state.
  • Several world history and world geography textbooks include biased statements that inappropriately portray Islam and Muslims negatively.
  • All of the world geography textbooks inaccurately downplay the role that conquest played in the spread of Christianity.
  • Several world geography and history textbooks suffer from an incomplete – and often inaccurate – account of religions other than Christianity.
  • Coverage of key Christian concepts and historical events are lacking in a few textbooks, often due to the assumption that all students are Christians and already familiar with Christian events and doctrine.
  • A few government and U.S. history textbooks suffer from an uncritical celebration of the free enterprise system, both by ignoring legitimate problems that exist in capitalism and failing to include coverage of government’s role in the U.S. economic system.
  • One government textbook flirts with contemporary Tea Party ideology, particularly regarding the inclusion of anti-taxation and anti-regulation arguments.
  • One world history textbook includes outdated – and possibly offensive – anthropological categories and racial terminology in describing African civilization.
  • A number of U.S. history textbooks evidence a general lack of attention to Native American peoples and culture and occasionally include biased or misleading information.
  • One government textbook … includes a biased – verging on offensive – treatment of affirmative action.
  • Most U.S. history textbooks do a poor job of covering the history of LGBT citizens in discussions of efforts to achieve civil rights in this country.
  • Elements of the Texas curriculum standards give undue legitimacy to neo-Confederate arguments about “states’ rights” and the legacy of slavery in the South. While most publishers avoid problems with these issues, passages in a few U.S. history and government textbooks give a nod to these misleading arguments.

This report was prepared by the Texas Freedom Network. These books were written per “guidelines” set by the State Board of Education—with a bunch of stealth culture warriors elected when people weren’t paying attention. Because Texas buys so many books, these will show up in other states, too.

Thanks to TFN, our science textbooks do not contain Creationism or Intelligent Design. Check the website & see how you can help….

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Storefront, 1940, featuring a Gone with the Wind inspired collection.

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stupittmoran:

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From the Spurious Quotations section of the Mount Vernon website!This quote is partially accurate as the beginning section is taken from Washington’s First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union. However, the quote is then manipulated into a differing context and the remaining text is inaccurate. Here is the actual text from Washington’s speech:
"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies."
Please, people.  Don’t just blindly repost anything that catches your eye.  Credulity will not help your cause.

stupittmoran:

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From the Spurious Quotations section of the Mount Vernon website!

This quote is partially accurate as the beginning section is taken from Washington’s First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union. However, the quote is then manipulated into a differing context and the remaining text is inaccurate. Here is the actual text from Washington’s speech:

"A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies."

Please, people. Don’t just blindly repost anything that catches your eye. Credulity will not help your cause.

The Mexican government reiterates its strongest repudiation and condemnation of the deployment of the first soldiers of the Texas National Guard, announced today by the Office of Governor Rick Perry.

Mexico asserts that it is irresponsible to manipulate the current state of border security for political purposes. It reiterates that immigration must be addressed from a comprehensive and regional perspective, with a mid-term vision and with shared responsibility, to ensure peace, inclusion and prosperity in the region.

The measure taken unilaterally by the Texas government is clearly erroneous and does not contribute to the efforts being made by our countries to create a secure border and a solution to the issue of immigration. It does not contribute to bringing our societies closer together and it opposes the principles and values by which Mexico and the United States govern their bilateral relationship.

bhickencig:

I think every state should do this.  From the video description:

Texas plans to move its gold back to the state from where it currently sits, the Federal Reserve.  Gov. Rick Perry talked on a local conservative radio about the government plan.  CCTV Ginger Vaughan reported from Houston.

Hey, I thought his presidential campaign funds were going to cover his legal fees. We Texans have already paid $100,000 towards his high-powered legal team. Even he knows that looks bad.

Why the heck would the Fed give a lame duck governor gold? He can’t be trusted….

(Source: youtube.com)

Anonymous asked: Whenever I think about Texas Foghorn Leghorn comes to mind

williambarrettravis:

close enough

Boomhauer (hower???) from king of the hill is also pretty accurate

The Image of the Black in Western Art. And in Houston, Texas.

Here’s a discussion I tried to tack onto a reply by medievalpoc:

Once again, I’d like to boast about Houston’s Menil Collection The late John & Dominique de Menil brought modern (& ancient) art to Houston—along with philanthropy aimed at social issues.

John and Dominique de Menil were vocal champions of human rights worldwide, focusing their actions on civil rights in particular. In 1960 they launched the ambitious scholarly research project The Image of the Black in Western Art, directed by art historian Ladislas Bugner. Spanning nearly 5,000 years and documenting virtually all forms of media, the unprecedented research project was devoted to the systematic investigation of how people of African descent have been perceived and represented in art. For the first thirty years of its existence, the project focused on the production of a prize-winning, four-volume series of generously illustrated books, The Image of the Black in Western Art. Now, fifty years later, Dominique de Menil’s mission has been reinvigorated through the collaboration of Harvard University Press and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research to present new editions of the coveted five original books, as well as an additional five volumes.

Glad for the fine people continuing this project! If you’re ever in Houston, drop by the museum. It’s a gem. The items on display are ever-changing, but usually include a few lovely piece from antiquity—with black subjects. (Plus African art, Pacific art, other “Western” art from the caves onward. And a strong Surrealist collection,)

If we Texans can know this about art history, there is no excuse for ignorance. Or racism, either….

bluevorion asked: I think people not understanding the blog is mostly out of ignorance. Pople are so used to seeing things a certain way and you're basically telling them they're wrong and they're just like "nooo fak yew liar"

medievalpoc:

That’s not ignorance. That’s racism in practice. Viewing what I do here as an attack on white identity and historical entitlement isn’t the result of lack of knowledge. It’s a reaction to knowledge.

If seeing these images is somehow threatening to your sense of self, then you probably need to seriously re-evaluate what your sense of self is based around in as critical a fashion as possible.

The complexities of the psychology behind this and the connection to people’s everyday lives is explained better here: N. K. Jemisin’s Confirmation Bias, Epic Fantasy, and You.