"Mississippi Blues trail curriculum launched today," Clarion Ledger, May 6, 2013
new Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum launched online today will bring
the state’s native arts and culture to the classroom by exploring
Mississippi history through a Blues Trail lens.
18-lesson curriculum, with an interactive, multi-media resource page,
was launched by the Mississippi Arts Commission Monday. With three
lessons for each of six core areas — music, meaning, cotton,
transportation, civil rights and media — the curriculum is available at
Jakob Schiller, "Civil War Lovers Can’t Leave the Past Behind at Awkward Reenactments," Wired, May 30, 2013
Some of our favorite photographers are ones that bring a fresh eye to a stale topic, which is what Anderson Scott has done with Civil War re-enactors — a favorite subject among photographers. In his recent photo book Whistling Dixie, Scott delves into the American South with a dirty aesthetic and an eye for the strange.
But just like his photos defy our expectations, the events themselves actually caught him by surprise. Scott, a lawyer in Atlanta, was raised in the South, but years spent documenting the Civil War reenactment scene revealed a group of staunch Confederate supporters among the history buffs and hobbyists.>>>
Stefanos Chen, "The Brandon Plantation is scheduled for auction in June," (photo essay) Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2012
Brandon Plantation, a national historic landmark, dates in part to the
17th century, according to the National Park Service. The main house,
pictured here, an English Palladian-style home, was built around 1765 in
the Burrowsville area of Virginia, according to Park Service documents.
It has been with the Daniel family, a prominent political family, since
1926, when the patriarch and future state senator, Robert Williams
Daniel, bought the agricultural estate. The property measures roughly
4,500 acres, and is still used today for farming and timber.>>>
"Slave Cabin Set to Become Centerpiece of New Smithsonian Museum," Smithsonian, May 13, 2013
Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, South Carolina, had more than 170 slaves before the Civil War working in the fields to pick Sea Island cotton. Not much evidence of the slaves’ daily toil exists now, though, except for a couple one-story, dilapidated cabins–the last physical reminders of the brutal and degrading living conditions of the enslaved, as well as an emblem of the strength and endurance of the nearly four million Americans living in bondage by the time of the war.
Today, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) announced the acquisition of one of these 19th-century cabins, which was donated by the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society last month after they received it from the plantation’s current owners. The cabin will travel to its new home at the Smithsonian to preserve the story it stands for.>>>
Alexandra Starr, "Contested State ‘Finding Florida,’ by T. D. Allman," NYT, April 26, 2013
Anyone who has commuted to a Fort Lauderdale beach will be familiar with the journey T. D. Allman describes in “Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State.”Because drawbridges that lead to the ocean’s edge are raised to allow large boats up the inland waterways, highway passengers are almost invariably subjected to long waits. This imposition — and the fact that the people behind steering wheels don’t protest — drives Allman to distraction. “Not one person demands to know: Why is it that the people with boats take precedence over us?” he writes.>>>