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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Trail of Tears and Daughters of Confederacy

   Wedsnesday Huck Treadwell had a front page story in the Ft Payne Alabama Times Journal about the recent mishmash concerning the McAdory HS football banner and the Trail of Tears. My Hometown Gaffney, S.C is the Gaffney Indians.

    Ft Payne was one of the starter sites for the Trail of Tears so it was an interesting story. My complaint is the Daughters of the Confederacy and the unwitting racism of the local tea Party deserves as much ink and spotlight as this Trail of Tears controversy. FTR I think the Times Journal did a good job giving the McAdory cheerleaders a break on this one.

    The TJ and local Historical Associations need go no further than the easily googled Tracy Thompson piece on the Daughters of the Confederacy in Salon Mag to get the conversation started. Talk to Rebecca Clayton of the Collinsville Historical Association; folks in Terrapin Hills and The Hill in Collinsville as well as the Lebanon Community. See the Movie 12 Yrs a Slave and read the chapter the Carceral Landscape in Walter Johnson's watershed book The River of Dark Dreams. Good review of that book is just a google away searching for Delbanco, Lincoln's Long Game.

   Here is looking for a front page follow-up!


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