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  •  Thanks for the tip. (6+ / 0-)

    I've heard of "Lanterns," but not read it. My ancestors on my mother's side were active abolitionists, one a writer another who had a station on the underground railway in his coal mine. It could hide a  thousand escapees and get them into Indiana.

    OTOH, I'm a fourth-generation Ozarker, and we have more than our share of white supremacists here 10 miles south of the Mason-Dixon line. I know they exist around the country, but our remoteness seems to appeal to them. Heh. I ended up a small-time civil rights activist in the late '60s. Anything can happen ;)

    Looking forward to a good read.

    BTW, There were private citizens guarding the levees at Cairo and downstream in Missouri this go around, IIRC.

    •  Lanterns on the Levee is worth reading: (5+ / 0-)

      William Percy:  It is simply the most beautiful writing that I have encountered from an American not named Twain or Updike.  Old southern aristocracy writing, like Faulkner.  Percy is a racist - they all were - but not full of hatred, he actually hated what he considered "white trash" more than African-Americans.  Perhaps he was less hateful b/c he was gay and his lover was African-American - regardless, I am not forgiving his racism, but it is worth reading for its educational value alone.

      "How can the United States be the Greatest Nation in the World and the only Super Power when its citizens hold bake sales to raise money to pay for life saving medical care?"

      by 4CasandChlo on Wed May 04, 2011 at 10:37:18 AM PDT

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