Tag Archive: history

Jul 03 2015

Lincoln, Racism, Confederate Symbols

There has been much recent discussion about banning symbols that are connected to slavery and racism through the Confederate States of America. There is no discussion of applying the same standards to other symbols and groups and people. In the fourth Lincoln-Douglas debate in Charleston, IL, on September 18, 1858, Abraham Lincoln said, “I will …

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Jul 03 2015

The Corwin Amendment – 1861

We have been told that the US Civil War was fought over slavery. We have been told that President Abraham Lincoln provided the moral strength necessary to preserve the Union and abolish slavery. There are other viewpoints that the South fought for economic reasons and for the right to leave a group of states that …

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Jul 03 2015

Prelude to US Civil War – Timeline

Here are some key events from the timeline of the US Civil War: 1857 – US Supreme Court decision in “Dred Scott v. Sanford” excluded blacks from citizenship and permitted slavery in all new territories, declaring the 1820 Missouri Compromise as unconstitutional 1858 – Lincoln – Douglas debates 1859 – Oct 16 – John Brown …

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Apr 28 2015

The Code of Hammurabi

Hammurabi was a king who ruled the Babylonian empire almost four thousand years ago (-1800). As he conquered neighboring areas, he grew aware of the need to create a standardized code of laws for all the people, since each city-state had it’s own unique laws that often conflicted with each other. He engaged in an …

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Apr 02 2015

Virginia Declaration of Rights – 1776

In 1776, the fifth Virginia Convention unanimously adopted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, followed shortly by a separate document, the Constitution of Virginia. George Mason is given primary credit for drafting the document, while James Madison, Patrick Henry and Edmund Pendleton also proposed input. Thomas Jefferson likely was influenced by it when he drafted the …

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Mar 30 2015

Law of the Twelve Tables – 449 BC

When we speak of “Rome” we often use the term as a broad brush, painting across a thousand years of history or more, that includes the rise and fall of a great empire. Before the empire, there was a republic, and before the republic, there were kings. In 509 BC, the last Etruscan king was …

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Jan 27 2015

Laws of Reform by Solon

Solon was a Greek poet, writer and lawmaker who lived in Athens around 600 BC. Because of his reputation for fairness and wisdom, he was given authority to re-write the constitution and laws of Athens. Many of his reformed laws inspired similar laws later in the Roman Empire and some of his basic concepts still …

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Mar 09 2014

Political Conservation

The word “conservative” comes from the Latin root word “conservare” meaning to save, to guard and to watch over. Political conservatives are often mis-identified as being reactionary or not wanting to embrace any change. But when we speak of the conservation of nature, we don’t mean resistance to change, we mean an effort to preserve …

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Feb 26 2014

The Cyrus Cylinder – 530 BC

The first Persian empire was founded around 550 BC by Cyrus the Great. Cyrus distinguished himself not only as a soldier and king of an empire, but also as a statesman and for his wisdom. He conquered the nearby empires of Babylon, Lydia and Medes, uniting the Middle East into the Persian Empire. He treated …

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Sep 03 2013

Fascism is Now Known as Liberalism

Both terms, “fascist” and “liberal” have gone through a morphing process over the years. “Liberal” used to mean, standing for liberty, and was associated with John Locke’s ideas of natural rights that preclude any form of government. The American Revolution was based on these ideas and was considered to be a liberal event because it …

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