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  •  Vertical Strips, Eh? (none)

    May well be worth the wait. I look forward to reading the results of your extended efforts.

    Two suggestions:

    1. - A working analogy (which may or may not hold up but at least provides a framework) of painting a wall - a big wall. You and your friends start with a few buckets of paint at one edge of the wall. Some of you are on ladders, some underneath. Since you each have your own paint-mixing techniques the result is not seamless top-to-bottom, yet not all that different, either. The ingredients you started with were pretty much the same. But when you run out of paint, the next batch of ingredients has changed.

    The 'ingredients' in the case of your theory would include cultural characteristics of both new settlers and the then-existing to-be-unsettled (I didn't say it was a pretty story); events happening in the rest of the world; geography; technology and ingredient 'X' (which can differ for each vertical strip).

    Extend analogy until wall is painted, continent settled/conquered.

    2 - The other suggestion may at first glance seem less relevant. And that is to explore the Texas connection. One book that I would try to find is, "What Happened to the Southern Baptist Convention" by Grady C Cothen. The excerpts I've read online suggest that there were characteristics unique to Texas that allowed a small group of ultra-right-wing activists to gain a foothold and subsequently take over the U.S's largest protestant denomination. Some would say that this take-over served as the blue-print for the radical right; a blue-print that is still being followed.

    best

    john

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    by jabney on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 08:45:37 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the book reference (none)
      I will definitely try to read it.

      "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

      by thingamabob on Thu Nov 10, 2005 at 09:06:57 AM PST

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