Displaying items by tag: Civil War

Facebook serves me up a lot posts that are supposedly history. Often they’re false and a lot of them are about the Civil War and about Confederates in particular. They come from pages with names like “Defending the Heritage” or just “Confederates.” Facebook says they are “Suggestions for you.”

Published in Opinion
Tuesday, 18 January 2022 12:18

OPINION: Of pockets, legs and polarization

"For the people who actually study the origins of civil wars, not just in the U.S., but as a class of events," says Dr. Timothy Snyder, who does just that as the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University, "America doesn't look good right now, with its high degree of polarization, with its alternative reality, with the celebration of violence."

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After dinner on the grounds, my family would wander on down the hill to the cemetery. There we would hear stories about my ancestors. 

Published in Lifestyle

ROCKINGHAM — The tales passed down by family members over the past century served as the inspiration for Sam McGee's first novel.

Published in Lifestyle

ROCKINGHAM — A local author will be autographing copies of his debut novel at a downtown restaurant this week.

Published in Lifestyle
Thursday, 03 June 2021 13:15

OPINION: Will treason mania destroy America?

At the start of the Biden era, America is being torn apart by more allegations of treason than at any time since the Civil War. Historian Henry Adams observed a century ago that politics “has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” And few things spur hatred more effectively than tarring all political opponents as traitors.

Published in Opinion
Friday, 19 March 2021 12:56

COLUMN: Whiskey Willie

Moonshining began very early in American history, shortly after the Revolution. The U.S. found itself struggling to pay for the expense of fighting a long war. The solution was to place a federal tax on liquors and spirits (don’t that just sound like our government today). Well those folks won’t gonna put up with that new whiskey tax, no siree. They just decided to just keep on making their own whiskey; completely ignoring the federal tax.

Published in Lifestyle
Saturday, 05 September 2020 13:53

Confederate monument in downtown Rockingham vandalized

ROCKINGHAM — Before the Civil War monument in Harrington Square could be moved, it was vandalized.

Published in Local News
Monday, 24 August 2020 11:55

COLUMN: Spy and statesman fought for freedom

Whether Democrat Yvonne Holley or Republican Mark Robinson wins the 2020 race for lieutenant governor, North Carolinians will be electing the first African-American candidate to that post.

Published in Opinion

ROCKINGHAM — After 90 years of sitting in downtown’s Harrington Square, a monument to soldiers of the Confederacy will be coming down.

Published in Local News
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