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|John Parker, Eliza and the kids
This is a multipart diary based on dozens of sources on the life of John P. Parker. See also part one : "John Parker bought his freedom" and part two : "John Parker: foundry by day, freedom by night."
|John Parker: foundry by day, freedom by night
In 1845, John Parker was newly free from the slavery he had been born into in Virginia. He had been working in foundries and had gotten far better than any white Southerner wanted him to be. Where ...
|John Parker bought his freedom
Frozen . Four degrees above zero before dawn one morning . A foot of snow . ...
|The life of the mother
Undetailed horror opening: She performed the abortion by candlelight. Detailed horror opening: The newly arrived woman had heard of her, fortunately for her life -- but not her unborn child's. ...
|Family or freedom
Every time we tell these inspiring stories, we also need to put them into context. Maybe X number of slaves escaped on the underground railroad. But how many times that number were killed trying to ...
|Daddy always told me, 'Do a proper job.'
I for one am glad to have you with us. — OllieGarkey I am here because of my father.
|People count; and, how Phoenix housed every veteran who was homeless
"WHAT? Phoenix has NO veterans who are homeless?" Phoenix last month was credited as the first city to end chronic homelessness among military veterans, part of a nationwide push. Skip to the end ...
|People who are homeless
I think it is good to be this cold. I think that the majority of us in this country are too comfortable for empathy and although an apartment with walls can never be as cold as outdoors, it gives me ...
This morning, miles from the nation's capital, in a suburb big enough for nearly anyone, I woke up cold. Sometimes the chill outside is just that fierce -- that even with three blankets, I'm a bit ...
I was all set to write an amazing diary on Paul Cuffee, and then amid the research, I happened upon someone beating me to it . I couldn't be happier. Why? Because integral to Paul Cuffee's life is ...
|Unionville: Grandfather's last story
I was sixteen in the summer of 1998, and my mother had driven me up the two hours to see Grandmother and Grandfather -- her parents. They had moved in 1974 to the temperate, pleasantly breezy ...
|1891-1907: The Streetcar Boycotts
First: I've missed a story in telling this larger story. Her name is Thelma Glass , she died about a year and a half ago, and she was -- your lack of shock is impending -- a teacher. Second: ...
|Separate: 117 years of fighting transportation segregation
Near as I can tell, the first serious transportation segregation fight occurred shortly after the first railroad opened for business in New England in 1835 . Seems the free blacks in the area ...
|The Underground Railroads: 76 years of freedom
Yes, plural. But first, other things. When I diary events, I can use the approach of the timeline to scaffold events -- reasons, people doing things, order, all of that. But the Underground ...
|The Montgomery Bus Boycott: a short history
I found a thing some weeks ago that told me the bus boycott was started on the principles of a short boycott in 1953. It started on a Saturday and ended on a Tuesday , and it was the kind of ...
|What 'our peculiar institution' meant, and how Frank McWorter lived it
I was all set to write a diary on unemployment and how valuable it is, owing to I was unemployed for three months this year thanks to government inaction, and then I went hunting for word histories ...
His name was Tom, and I didn't want 75 percent of the people who clicked on this diary to just tab back two seconds later after discovering this wasn't about black anything. Fewer reads that way, ...
You've seen it now enough times that it's either boring -- "Oh. Another one of those. Moving right along." -- or even more exciting -- "ANOTHER ONE! YES! WE ARE WINNING!" But this time, in the ...
|The Crittenden Report: Early fairness to the gay community
One concept which persists without visible supporting data, but which can not be disproved at this time because of the absence of data, is the idea that homosexual individuals and those who have ...
|Dr. Petioni will see you now
If you'll forgive the delay, it's time for your doctor's appointment.
|Goodbye, farewell, and amen, Harry Morgan
I was somewhere not terribly north or south of 10 when I heard my first episodes of "MASH." My bedroom was downstairs, where my parents went in the evenings to relax after a long day of having (as ...
|Filip worked in the camp and then talked about it
Sixty-nine years ago yesterday, it began. HCN. Hydrogen single-bonded to a carbon triple-bonded to nitrogen. Just three atoms. It's used in lots of applications. All around the civilized ...
|Vivien Thomas healed children's hearts
On Nov. 29, 1944, Vivien Thomas assisted Dr. Alfred Blalock in performing heart surgery on an infant girl.
|Dr. Josephine Baker might have saved your life
Dr. Josephine Baker died in 1945, but she might have saved your life before you were born anyway. That's kind of difficult to do, but that's not the most impressive thing about Baker. She might ...
|They received scarlet letters
Read this first . Never begun a diary that way. Never ...
|Three men ran
You will forgive me, or not, if I think Avery Brundage was one of the more disgusting men this country has ever produced who rose to any manner of prominence. He did not have the moral authority to ...
|Robert tried to escape (Part 5)
The war had ended. Lincoln was assassinated. Saxton attempted to give freed black slaves if not 40 acres and a mule, at least the land they had worked as slaves. Because of this effort, President ...
|Robert Smalls tried to escape (Part 4)
Robert Smalls had been a slave, a fugitive, a skilled laborer, a boat captain, an ...
|Robert Smalls tried to escape (Part 3)
The adventure had only just begin for Robert and his wife and ...
|Robert Smalls tried to escape (Part 2)
Robert Smalls had to get the ship out of the harbor without arousing suspicions. He had to ...
|Robert Smalls tried to escape
Robert Smalls was a very lucky man. Or he was just lucky enough -- and more gutsy and passionate and a lot more just plain smart. But I am getting ahead of myself. Maybe I should start over -- ...
|Josephine Butler set the table
When we talk about people who died before some great effort of theirs was realized, we pity them for not getting to see that effort come to fruition. The person or pursuit matters little; we wish ...
She did not, and she will not, and she cannot lead a decades-long movement to empower ... anyone. She, a documentary filmmaker, and her husband, a writer/activist, will not abandon a life of some ...
|Millicent Fawcett wrote WHAT?
I had sat here last night to write all about the amazingly cool life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, born on June 11, 1847, whose father way back in the 1850s thought his children -- boys and girls -- ...
|Clara Luper sat.
"I Have a Dream." Brown v. Board. Birmingham. Selma. The Montgomery bus boycott. Thurgood Marshall. The Voting Rights Act of 1965. Those are the nouns, the places, the events in the books ...
|Wayne Dorough's tears
When it was over, Dorough thanked the legislators, walked into the hallway and cried. (...
I was going to do my level best to semantically put you in Auschwitz, to cram you into that barely ventilated train full of nervousness and noise and fear and, above all, heat rising to match the ...
|The strength it takes to take it (not work safe)
Could you do it? Could you sit and do your job while people called you a bitch? A fag? A spic? A nigger? Could you sit and do your job and not even wince as people called you a slave, as they ...
|Stopping child abuse
1921. A boy and his sister, 12 and 7, are molested by the boarder their mother's taken in. She joins a convent to get away from the man; her brother will molest each of his children. 2008. A child ...
At once, there is only one way to begin this diary, and there are 162 ways. I could tell you about when I was 9 years old, a boy trying to grow up in Northern Virginia, and my father introduced me ...
|Vegas: 'GOP idiocy is bad for political betting business'
(SNARK: The blunders are real, but the results are -- as far as I know -- entirely invented.) A coalition of Las Vegas bookmakers lambasted House Minority Leader John Boehner and other senior ...
|Memorial Day (reposted)
I wrote this letter six or seven years ago and posted it on Memorial Day my first and second years here. Here's hoping there will be no need for further sections between this day and my last.
|GOP candidate: Louisiana Refund could help pay U.S. debt
(Snark. I invented the 54th district. None of this is true.) Want an answer to the United States' budget deficit? Call it the Louisiana Refund, Republican congressional candidate Mary ...
|Why I am a liberal
I was born into a heavily Democratic family, but I was born into a Catholic family as well, and that didn't stick. I was born into a heavily Democratic family, but I was born into a family with a ...
|Woman excommunicated for getting life-saving abortion (Updatex3)
I grew up Catholic and was once vehemently pro-life, part because I thought it was murder because I'd been taught it was and partly because I was jealous bordering on hateful that while I was ...
|James Inhofe has discovered the truth about queers
(Snark. Duh.) We've been discovered -- outed, you might say -- by Sen. James Inhofe : [In the military, you] have ...
|Texas reps. working on birther, brown people bills
First there was the Arizona birther bill . Then there was the ...
|My American immigrant family
1937. That's the year my ancestors' immigration to the United States ended. My grandmother was born in France and came to this country to live with my grandfather, and while her English was never ...
|Roland Burris writing resolution praising Roland Burris
WASHINGTON — Apparently not satisfied with having named his children after himself and having prepared a massive, self-laudatory mausoleum, Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is writing a binding ...
|The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall
The kids I'm observing Mrs. Ordonez teach are going over test taking in preparation for a state standardized test they take next week that helps determine if they get to go to high school next year ...
|The eyes of the civil rights era
Go down there, up there, in there, with them -- with them , not just existing near them but in partnership with them -- and they won't take kindly to it. They will treat you like you ...
|Three years ago
Friday, March 2, 2007, and Saturday, March 3, 2007. And Monday, March 5, 2007. And an October morning last year. And every March 2 and March 3. And occasional other days -- not that anyone can ...
|There were no footprints
(Reposted with slight revisions from last year, which in turn was a repost with slight revisions from a literary magazine, which in turn was a rewriting of a story my father wrote easily half my ...
I've come by Dr. Aylesworth's office today to let him know I need to get out of class a few minutes early so I can corral a teacher who's been shirking (i.e., ignoring) his office hours of late. ...
|They have FOX News on as background noise
Or: What I did on my weekend off from work. As the wife and I leave the airport in Pittsburgh, the only substantive difference we encounter between the outside here and the outsides of the ...
I was at work when I found out Mary Travers had died. Couldn't cry there -- had to have clear, crisp vision at my job. In the 10 minutes between leaving work and getting home, I went from having ...
|Enough with the bipartisanship fetish, Mr. President
Dear President Obama: You campaigned on hope, change and working together. And that worked great for people who wanted to feel like there was cause for hope, cause to believe in change and hope ...
|Jack, Teddy, Aslan and us
On the day Jack Kennedy died, two literary institutions also left us. Aldous Huxley and C.S. "Jack" Lewis had the great ...
|My Lai Massacre ex-soldier: 'I'm sorry.' (Updated)
Not satire. Oh, holy hell, not satire.
|Charlotte needed help when she read
Her name was Charlotte Williams. She and her family -- parents, brother and sister -- lived an hour from us in a town called Purcellville. The drive to Purcellville always included a stop at Hill ...
|Missouri thieves flout law, taunt homeowners
(If ex-thieves can have a television show, current thieves can have a diary all to themselves.) The men behind robinhood.blogspot.com, a blog that details (sometimes without much detail) the ...
|Jay Donahue put people first
Today is not Jay's birthday or, indeed, a day that means any more to her than does any other day. But every day of knowing Jay is special. And as you'll come to see, the meaning is twofold.
|FOX News prepares for propaganda war on health care bill
(Get ready for 10 pounds of crazy in a five-pound bag ... carefully balanced on a teaspoon.) NEW YORK CITY — FOX News has reportedly finished filming a one-hour segment that will be played ...
|Typo 'Republicant Party' stickers end up on eBay
(Satire.) AMES, Iowa — The owner of an Ames print shop that accidentally made a design reading "Republicant Party" instead of "Republican Party" says the stickers somehow made their way from ...
|City leaders ban GOP
(Let's try to have some fun with this.) FREDONIA, Mich. — If you want to run a political campaign against a Democrat in Fredonia, you won't be able to do it as a Republican, as of Wednesday. ...
|Help me wish my wife a happy birthday
Have you had fun reading something I've written? One of my 60-plus rescued diaries teach you something nice or profound? Has my relatively apolitical existence here (compared to a few, at least), ...
|City councils nationwide ban p**
(You asked for it, folks.) "As American as apple p**" no more. At a loss for legislative action to take in an economy in which spending is dictated by nickels, dimes and not nearly enough stimulus ...
|Professional baseball player: 'I took steroids'
(Like this will ever happen.) TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Henry Clement today announced he had been using steroids for five years -- but the news didn't come because he'd tested ...
|Ex-C-Streeter: 'They're all horny f***ers'
(Satire. Satire. Satire.) WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former resident of the house on C Street linked to numerous adulterous politicians, including disgraced Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., says ...
|Fake GOP congressmen 'will stop voting 'no' for food'
(Satire, but wouldn't it be nice if this came true?) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three student activists stood outside Capitol Hill on Friday wearing masks of GOP Congressmen John Boehner, Eric Cantor ...
|Obama pardons Libby
(Satire. I promise.) WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama, the nation's first black commander in chief, has brought yet more change to the Oval Office -- a controversial pardon just six ...
|RNC unveils five-district strategy
(Diarist's note: Satire.) Montpelier, Vt. — Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele today announced a bold new initiative in which the Republican National Committee will target ...
|Rep. Steve King: 'Make Jesus honorary American'
(Diarist's note: Satire.) WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced a bill on the floor of the House of Representatives today that would make Jesus Christ an honorary American ...
|David Shuster to leave MSNBC, work for drinking straw company
(Diarist's note: Satire, unfortunately.) NEW YORK CITY — MSNBC television personality and occasional "Countdown" host David Shuster has announced that he has taken a job as a ...
|Buchanan resigns from MSNBC, will run Crabill campaign
(Diarist's note: Satire, so far as I know.) WASHINGTON, D.C. — MSNBC political analyst Patrick J. Buchanan has resigned from his job at the network in order to run the campaign of ...
|Seriously? You stole our plants?
I woke up an hour or so ago to the sound of my wife being quite unhappy -- the way she gets not even every month but every few months -- because someone had stolen two of our potted plants from ...
|Schumer aide on Lieberman: 'Thought he'd already left the party'
(Diarist's note: Satire ... so far.) WASHINGTON — An aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., responded with unusual frankness to comments by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., regarding the ...
|Senate leader Reid claims bipartisanship, joins GOP
(Diarist's note: Satire.) WASHINGTON — In a stunning move today, flanked by Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., John Ensign, R-Nev., and Susan Collins, R-Me., now-former Senate Majority ...
|My conversation with Barack Obama, part 1: gay soldiers
(Diarist's note: Satire) In a comment attached to a diary I ran a week or two ago, a user said my Obama impression was spot-on. I thought, hey, cool, but it can't be that hard to do a good ...
|Stonewall, 40 years later: human rights and equality
I wasn't going to write this diary. I was, if anything, going to post a satirical interview with Barack Obama, maybe fool a few people into thinking he'd actually talked to me. Then my brother ...
|GOP memo: 'Add moon to climate change calculations'
(Diarist's note: Satire.) WASHINGTON — A now-abandoned Republican Party memo leaked to a blogger by a "disgusted strategist" who agreed to be quoted on condition of anonymity urged ...
|Murdoch not happy with Sanford party mislabeling
(Diarist's note: Snark.) Unhappy with what he was concerned might look like a habit of FOX News labeling Republicans as Democrats when they're in the news for unpleasant things, News Corp. ...
|GOP: 'Clear presidential field for 2012 -- please?'
(Diarist's note: Satire.) Party strategist: 'Only way to win' WASHINGTON — A senior Republican strategist confirmed today in a call with The Associated Press that longtime moderate ...
|RNC message-a-day digital calendar service gets hacked
(Diarist's note: Satire.) June 16, 2009 WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele today announced the creation of a Republican message-a-day calendar ...
|Jan. 19, 2017: 'We ran out of time on gay issues'
(Diarist's note: Satire.) WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki today defended President Barack Obama from continued criticism from bloggers who have pressed the ...
|The audacity of the news
My diary title has nothing to do with Obama. Sorry if you were misled. It has instead to do with ... my job. I edit the news. My paper has a daily circulation of 20,000. The paper's editor and ...
It is summer 1995. My immediate family -- two parents, three living siblings (don't ask, and don't worry) and I -- have headed off to Normandy, France, for what my parents will later tell me was, ...
|Memorial Day (reposted)
I wrote this some years ago and posted it last year on May 26 (Memorial Day). Usually, if I repost something, I have at least a casual look at it, maybe change a few things. I've changed only the ...
|Dear traditional media, Dick Cheney and Republicans:
Heya, gang. Listen, um ... you're doing some stupid things. Some really stupid things. So I thought I'd clue you in on what they are and why you should stop them. It's going to look like I don't ...
|Chuck Daly has died
I know this is not a diary -- I am at work, and I have more'n a little work to do -- but I thought you should know Chuck Daly ...
|Glenn Beck is a covert Democratic operative UPDATED w/response
(Diarist's note: Satire.) Many of us have laughed -- scoffed, even -- at Glenn Beck for making weepy, angsty teenagers look like Steve McQueen. His emotions are laughable, his rhetoric is ...
|He was only 19 ...
Two yeas ago today about four hours from now, I walked back to the office (the copy desk at the school newspaper) for a quick e-mail check between classes. A minute after I sat down to read my ...
|AP article on Iraq oil buries Iraq invasion information
We've all complained from time to time about inaccuracy, partisanship and just plain bad writing in AP articles over the last year or so. Now, in the last few months, it seems the AP has hired a ...
|Yay! Comparing queers to terrorists is no longer OK! Sort of ...
In a major victory for gay people (and/or, depending on your perspective, terrorists), jackasses who go off like this and are in blood-red states ...
|GOP planning rap album
(Diarist's note: Satire.) Newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele plans an “off the hook” public relations offensive to attract younger ...
|Hey, Rachel Maddow: Why should I care that he was a hooker?
Morning, Rachel. Longtime (inasmuch as one can be) watcher of your show. Great enjoyer. Don't tell Keith, but I like you more because you provide more analysis -- and if you had Chris Hayes on more ...
|Lost in the A-Rod shuffle ...
So Alex Rodriguez has admitted to taking "a banned substance" after initially telling America he'd done no such thing. Oops. Guess he can add liar to his list of accomplishments. Ironically, the ...
|Race relations: baby steps
While we were all busily running around last week (and the week before that, and the month before that, and the half-year before that ) worrying about the giant pile of suck that is the economy,
|Hey, James F. Reda, I'll work for $500K!
“That is pretty draconian — $500,000 is not a lot of money, particularly if there is no bonus,” said James F. Reda, founder and managing director of James F. Reda & ...
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