8.25.17 Longstreet

OK, attention all you polo-wearing skinheads out there who say that defending statues of Confederate generals isn’t hatred, it’s just an effort to “preserve your heritage.” Well I’ve got two words for you: James Longstreet. C’mon, really, even if you haven’t picked up a history book in your life, you’ve heard of this guy. Born […]

7.28.17 Good Old Boys

Congress is good. Congress is old. Congress is full of boys. May 22, 1856: Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina leaves his House office, carrying a metal-topped cane. He enters the Senate chamber and approaches Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who is bundling up his daily papers, including copies of an antislavery speech which he had […]