Monthly Archives: April 2020

Elon Musk has joined the billionaire-nutty tweet club

What a pig- I mean, guy.

Ah yes, April 30th, what a day in history.  George Washington was sworn in as our first president on this day, Thomas Jefferson doubled the size of the U.S. by purchasing 827,000 acres from the French known as the Louisiana Purchase on this day, and that leader who wrote the book our current president said had a “strong effect on him in college,” committed suicide on this day.  

That was then, what about now?  

Situation normal:  all f*&ked up!  (That’s “faked up” btw).

Seems the U.S. under Trump is sinking fast.  Example One: Trump has appointed Eight fossil fuel executives to his White House task force on how to reopen the U.S. economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Can you say “Fox in the hen house boys and girls?” WTF!  This is almost as bad as when  President Johnson appointed John Foster Dulles to investigate the assassination of John F Kennedy.  Not only was Dulles a hardcore Protestant who thought Catholics were evil, Dulles had been fired by Kennedy when he was the head of the CIA.  Johnson put Dulles on the committee to ensure that they would find that there was only the one gunman, which no one, I mean NO ONE believes today.  What a mess.

Trickle Down worked for me!

Example Two: The rich want us to go back to work and die to protect their wealth.   I told you about Trump’s Executive Order to force meat workers to go back to work regardless of the work conditions; well, it seems Trump isn’t the only 1%er to be freaking right now.  Elon Musk has joined the billionaire-nutty tweet club and is demanding we all go back to work.   What the fuck,” he proclaimed after going on about shelter-in-place forcibly imprisoning people in their homes and destroying the American dream….”  That’s right the American dream of tax cuts for the rich while you and me grabble for tit-bits on the ground.  Yes, another wealthy arrogant ass-whole benefiting from Reagan’s “trickle-down” economics which has destroyed the middle class. 

Enough is enough people:  stand up, do something, stop taking their shit.  

 

I’m just saying. 

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738720585/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0738720585&linkCode=as2&tag=withinfilmc0c-20&linkId=NLWGDRE6ZZCIUXDNWalpurgis Night is the English translation of Walpurgisnacht, one of the German names for the night of 30 April, so called because it is the eve of the feast day of Saint Walpurga, an 8th-century abbess in Germany.

Walpurgisnacht begins at sunrise on this date and ends at sunrise on the first of May (May Day). Birch boughs are placed on all doors and windows to protect the home from evil spirits and sorcery.  Traditional bonfires and torches of rosemary and juniper are lit, and according to legend, Witches can be seen riding across the sky on broomsticks on this dark and magical night. 




 


Carnivorous Monster Orders Companies to Stay Open No Matter What!

 

Donald Trump finally used his power as president to force companies to work for the greater good of the whole.  Was it a manufacturing company to product more face-mask in a safe work environment for the general public?  No.  Was it the banks to make more Small Business Loans to those in need?  No.  Was it the pharmaceutical companies to offer free testing?  No.  Was it for the insurance companies to wave fees for test?  NO.

Then what was it? You ask. 

It was for the low-waged workers at meat factories to go back to work regardless of their work conditions.  

That’s right, the list of meat factories still open where low-waged workers are dying are great.  There is  South Dakota where 230 people out of 720 have the Covid 19 virus; Tyson Foods in Waterloo, Iowa where 120 workers out of 1600 hundred tested positive;  and others such as Hormel Foods in Illinois, Greeley in Colorado, and Hormel in Minnesota, all are reporting high rates of infections by their employees because of the cramped spaces.   

So the carnivorous monster Trump (see pics), orders the companies to stay open no matter what so Americans can have their Sulphites.  Of course it is the message the wealthy business owners want to hear to cover their ass and so hallelujah, prays Jesus, let’s eat!  Problem is, the workers are starting to stand up

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Could this be Trumps Hoover moment?  In 1932 veterans protested in Washington DC to get paid their veteran bonuses.  Hoover’s solution was to send in the military to forcefully remove them.   The rest is history: the ensuing raid proved catastrophic as the military injured dozens of people, including a twelve-week-old
infant who was killed when accidentally struck by a tear gas canister.

It’s time.  

 


~~ Radical Sam.

In other news:

 

Queen’s Brian May says the coronavirus pandemic is meat eaters’ fault

“This pandemic seemed to come from people eating animals, and it’s
becoming more well known that eating animals is not the greatest thing
for our health,” the 72-year-old tells NME.

“We’ve seen more of the effects of how eating animals has brought us
to our knees as a species.  I think it’s time to
re-examine our world in a way that doesn’t abuse other species.”


May, who converted to veganism in January, tells the music news site
that he planned to be “a bit more preachy about veganism because to me
it is the way forward.”

 

 


Space Aliens Are Now A Fact… hello!

On this day in 1945 Mussolini was pushed out of an automobile by Communist partisans and shot to death at the side of the road.  It is ironic that the man who brought on the downfall of Italy by joining it to the Nazis Axis in the Second World War should die on a road named Via XXIV Maggio to honor the date in 1915 when Italy joined the Allies in the First World War.  Equally as bizarre is that April 28th is the day in 1796 that Italy admitted defeat to Napoleon Bonaparte.  

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The Pentagon released a report yesterday that says the UFO videos leaked displaying Navy pilots saying things like, “There’s a whole fleet of them … My gosh, they’re all going against the
wind, the wind is 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing dude….” is fact!

Think about it, they have just confirmed the existence of aliens aircraft?  Hello!  Is there anyone out there?  

 

 

 


An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

Edward Gibbon, by Henry Walton

Today we celebrate the birth of Edward Gibbon, the great historian who gloomily concluded that ‘history is little more than the register of crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind’.

Born into an affluent family in Putney, Gibbon entered Oxford at fifteen but left after fourteen months, later describing them as ‘the most idle and unprofitable of my whole life.’

At sixteen he converted to Catholicism, which, under the laws of the time, disqualified him for all public office.  His outraged father sent him to Lausanne (French speaking province of Switzerland)  under the care of a Calvinist minister.  Eighteen months later Gibbon returned to Protestantism, but he remained a religious skeptic.  ‘Many a sober Christian,’ he later wrote, ‘would rather admit that a wafer is God than that God is a cruel and capricious tyrant.’

During his five years in Lausanne Gibbon perfected his French (his first books were written in it), met Voltaire, and fell in love with a pastor’s daughter named Suzanne Curchod. But his father opposed the match and called him home to England, Gibbon obeyed, later remembering:  ‘I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.’  He never again came close ot marriage.  (Gibbon’s loss was history’s gain, because Suzanne married Jacques Necker, to become French finance minister under Louis XVI, and was the mother of Madame de Staël.)

In 1763 Gibbon left for Paris and later moved on to Rome.  Then, ‘It was at Rome on the fifteenth of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while barefoot friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.’

Club of Edward Gibbon, Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick and other luminaries.

Gibbon shortly returned to London.  A lonely and sombre figure — small, ugly, and corpulent — he washed so seldom that one contemporary complained that he could not bear to stand close to him.  Nonetheless, he was elected to Parliament and joined the famous Club of Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick and other luminaries.  More importantly, now he stared his great work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

This magnificent account covers more than thirteen centuries, ending with the fall of Constantinople in 1453.  Because of its elegant prose, compelling narrative and persuasive arguments, it is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written in English. 

The first volume was published in 1776, to tumultuous applause from the public but condemnation from the Church of England, offended by the author’s depiction of Christianity as a primary cause for Rome’s collapse.  Instead of eulogising the early Christian martyrs, Gibbon claimed that ‘the persecuted sects became the secret enemies of their country’. He was even more disparaging about Christianity’s role after it became the empire’s official religion:

The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity (…) A large portion of public and private wealth was concentrated to the specious demands of charity and devotion; and the soldiers’ pay was lavished on the useless multitudes of both sexes, who could only plead the merits of abstinence and chastity. 

Five years later Gibbon published the second and third volumes and then returned to Lausanne to finish his masterwork, summarizing:  ‘I have described the triumph of barbarism and religion.’  He wrote the last lines on 27 June 1787 and published the final three volumes on his 51st birthday. 

Once more back in England, Gibbon was widely lionized for his achievement, although during the next century the art critic John Ruskin declared that: ‘Gibbon’s is the worst English that was ever written by an educated Englishman.’  But most have agreed with Winston Churchill:  ‘I devoured Gibbon, I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all.’

Gibbon returned to Lausanne for his final years, writing: ‘The abbreviation of time, and the failure of hope will always tinge with a browner shade the evening of life.’  Overweight and suffering from an enlarged scrotum, he traveled to London in 1793 for surgery but died there the following January, possibly from infection caused by the surgery. 

(Excerpted from ‘A Leap Year of Great Stories’ by W.B. March and Bruce Carrick.) 
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Also of note on this, the 27th day of April, John F. Kennedy gives his ‘Secret Society Speech’.  

I linked the title to the complete speech, this speech was given after the Bay of Pigs debacle.  Funny that Kennedy thought he needed to condemn secret societies after that.  Should be a warning to us all even now.  

And speaking of now, there is a line from this speech that does reveals everything that is wrong with our current president:

“This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a
wise man once said: ‘An error does not become a mistake until you refuse
to correct it.’ We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors;
and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.”

John F Kennedy was our first Catholic president. 










 


Taking a break from Donald Trump looking at this day in history.

It’s funny how when something is put into thought, it becomes accessible to us all.   Take for instance WWII and the Crossword Panic of May 1944.  The Allied Forces were planning the liberation of France by landing in Normandy.  The operation was called “Operation Overlord.” Top Secret.   So, you can imagine how nuts the British secret service were when they noticed that crossword puzzles printed in the Daily Telegraph newspaper contained a surprisingly large number of words that were code-names relating to the coming invasion.  The answers to two clues were “Utah” and “Omaha”– names that had been given to beaches in Normandy where American troops were to disembark.   Shortly afterwards, crosswords were published containing the answers “Mulberry,” the code-name for the floating harbor, and “Neptune,” a code-name for naval support.

At first, security agents were tempted to dismiss the whole matter as coincidence, but when a clue was given referring to a “Big-Wig,” with the answer “Overlord,” they began to worry that the crossword was somehow being used to warn the Germans. Two officers were duly dispatched  to interview the crossword compiler–a fifty-four-year-old teacher name Lenard Dawe.  After some close questioning, the agents became convinced that  Dawe had no knowledge of the impending landings, and that his clues and their answers had indeed been a series of strange coincidence.

On this day in 1945, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe cutting Germany in two.  WWII was over and the Cold War had begun. 

 

Lenard Dawe

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On this day in 1989, Particia Hutchins, a military Wiccan stationed at an air force base in Texas, was granted religious leave by the United States Military in order to observe the eight Sabbats of the Wicca religion.  Ms Hutchins was the first Wiccan in history to have her religious holidays granted by the U.S. Air Force. 

Oddly enough, another woman by the same name wrote a Childrens book called Which Witch is Which?  

 

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Debunked:   Woman Farmer seen in Spain is Not Donald Trump! 

 


Or, is she?….

 

 


The Republican Party has created a monster no one can stop.  

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

Plato 

I thought I would start today’s blog with a quote from one of the great liberals of all time.  Plato said this almost 2500 years ago and it definitely details the problem with our current president; Sir Donald Trump.  

Yesterday, Dr. Rick Bright was demoted from his position as the head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development.  In plain English:  the guy who was the most qualified to give us a vaccine for the Donald Trump Covid19 Debacle, was fired by Donald Trump because he opposed investing in the malaria drug Donald Trump has been pushing as a cure to Covid19.  Bright refused to pursue it for a more scientific solution like the one he helped create for the SARS epidemic under former president Obama that no one talks about because, well, because it didn’t kill everyone.  It actually worked!!!  

Trump says he didn’t fire the guy, but if you go to the .gov page to look Bright up, you get this message:

So WTF!   Combine this with the fact that Trump has a Stay At Home order for the country, but tweets in support of the fourteen rednecks revolting against the Stay At Home order by spitting chewing tobacco at passing cars in Michigan.   

 

 



Trump wants chaos.  Trump needs chaos because he knows there is no way in hell he can steal another election and so wants to have everything so screwed up he can dispute it.  



We ain’t seen nothing yet people.  The Republican Party has created a monster no one can stop.  

 

 

 


Happy Earth Day Everyone

Gaylord Nelson on the right beside President Kennedy.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1942, Gaylord Nelson was drafted into the U.S. Army.  After World War II ended, he returned to his native state and to politics, the profession he was bred to pursue.  His great-grandfather was a founding member of the Republican Party.  His father was a mayor.  When Gaylord was nine, his dad took him to hear Progressive Party firebrand Robert M. La Follette campaign from the back of a train. 

On their way home, the boy’s father asked him if the experience had made him want to go into politics when he grew up.  

“Yes, he replied.”  “But I’m afraid by the time I grow up Bob La Follette will have settled all the problems and there will be nothing for me to do.”

After practicing law briefly in Madison, Nelson served in the state legislature and as governor before running for the U.S. Senate in 1962.  In Washington, he found that Senator La Follette had left plenty for him to do.  Nelson’s passion was conservation, which he successfully urged President Kennedy to discuss on a coast-to-coast tour.  Nelson’s crusade was nearly drowned out by the political furor surrounding the Vietnam War, which Nelson came to oppose.  But a tactic of the peace activists — campus “teach-ins” — inspired him.  Why not adopt that method for environmental issues?  Speaking to Seattle conservationist in 1969, Nelson called for a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment the following Spring. He invited everyone to participate. 

“The response was electric,”  he recalled in 2005.  “Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country.  The American people finally had a forum to express concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air–and they did so with spectacular exuberance.”

The upshot was Earth Day, celebrated for the first time on this date, and every ensuring April.  Many conservationists consider April 22, 1970, the day that signifies the birth of the modern environmental movement. 

“Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level,” Gaylord Nelson wrote.  “We had neither the time nor the resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated.  That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day.  It organized itself.” 

(Excerpted from “On This Date” by Carl M. Cannon.)

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Earth Day has been celebrated on this date since the early 70’s.  It is a day dedicated to Gaia — the planet, not the internet TV station with Regina Meredith.  Earth Day is real, no matter what the Right Wing Lunatics want you to believe.  At last count, the Academies of Science from 80 countries plus many scientific organizations that study climate science, around 95% of active climate researchers actively publishing climate papers endorse the consensus position that Climate Change is Real.

Still the deniers are out there, as on this day in April of 2009, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota delivered this message from the House of Representatives:

As a matter of fact, carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful!   But there isn’t one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.  There isn’t one study because carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas–it is a harmless gas.  Carbon dioxide is natural.  It is not harmful.  It is part of earth’s life cycle.

Update:  Michele Bachmann is so evil, in 2012 she applied for a Swiss citizenship.  Yeah, another patriotic Republican Congressperson who’s true interest in US politics is to confuse the truth for her own personal gain, and then take the money and run to a Climate Conscious Country.   Also worth noting, Bachmann runs a Christian Organization who was under investigation for stealing email addresses so she could mass-market parents with more Eco lies. And finally, Bachmann said in 2019: 

“…we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president (than Donald Trump) again in our lifetime….” (Explain that one to Jesus when you see him.)

And again I have to ask you my dear Republican friends:  Is this really the government you want?  If so, why don’t you and Michele suck the tailpipe of a Mercedes for just five-minutes and tell me carbon dioxide is safe?

Michele Bachmann: Carbon Dioxide denier.

Happy Earth Day Everyone!   Their days are numbered.   Truth is coming and they don’t like it.   We are turning on the light on their lies and they are running like roaches.

Don’t you dare compare me to a Republican.

 

 


Make American Great Again: Stop lying.

So here we are in the mad, mad, world of Donald Trump.  He says one thing and does another.  As Shakespeare would say: The lord tells lies, and all too easily.  

Lie: Februray 7th, “the coronavirus would weaken “when we get into April….”

Fact:  It didn’t. 

Lie: February 27th, “It’s going to disappear.  One day it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

Fact:  It didn’t. 

Lie: Multiple times, “If the economic shutdown continues, deaths by suicide definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about for Covid19 deaths.”

Fact:  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. But the number of people who died by suicide in 2017, for example, was roughly 47,000, nowhere near the COVID-19 estimates.

Lie: “The Obama White House’s response
to the H1N1 pandemic was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying,
and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now.”

Fact:  Barack Obama declared a public-health emergency two weeks after the
first U.S. cases of H1N1 were reported, in California. (Trump declared a
national emergency more than seven weeks after the first domestic
COVID-19 case was reported, in Washington State.) 

Lie:  “We inherited a broken, bad, and obsolete test for the coronavirus.”

Fact:  The novel coronavirus did not exist in humans during the Obama administration. Public-health experts agree that, because of that fact, the CDC could not have produced a test, and thus a new test had to be developed this year.

Lie:  “I’ve always known this is a real—this is a pandemic. I felt it was a
pandemic long before it was called a pandemic … I’ve always viewed it as
very serious.”

 Fact:  Trump has repeatedly
downplayed the significance of COVID-19 as outbreaks began stateside.
From calling criticism of his handling of the virus a “hoax,” to comparing the coronavirus to a common flu, to worrying about letting sick Americans off cruise ships because they would increase the number of confirmed cases, Trump has used his public statements to send mixed messages and sow doubt about the outbreak’s seriousness.

For more lies… just listen to the guy anywhere, any day, anytime.  He doth lie too much

 

 
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Enoch Powell preaching Trump Hate back in 1968.
 
When I was in a rock band in the 80’s we wrote a song that went something like: There’s nothing new under the sun, it’s all been done, it’s all been done….
 
And on this day in 1968, British right-wing leader Enoch Powell made his “Rivers of Blood” speech.  The hate speech was a Trump like speech blaming everything wrong on immigrants.  Powell was a conservative and the Trump-style speech was condemned by his own conservative party which quickly ended his political career.  
 
Ah, yes, the good old days when being a radical nut ended a political career, instead of propelled a political career.  
 
 
 ~~ Radical Sam.
 
 
 

 


Extreme mental illness or ideology?

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect into
custody at a gas station in Nova Scotia. | Tim Krochak/The Canadian
Press via AP

Yesterday I wrote about the anniversary of the White-Supremacist bombing that happened in 1995.   So I kept my eye out for new lunatic neo-Nazis, and the good news is I didn’t find one in the U.S., I did, however find one in Canada.  In Nova Scotia a gunman went nuts and killed people.  Funny, saying “went nuts” use to be big news.  Now, it’s like a bad-weather report.  That’s how crazy things have gotten. 



This guy dressed as a police officer and killed 16 people.  The deadliest mass-shooting in Canadian history.  It doesn’t even make the top ten in the U.S. 



So, what are the odds that this guy was an angry-white racist who listened to hate radio blaming liberals like you and me for his erection dysfunction?  It’s only been a day, but here’s what we know:



(From the Cape Breton Post)

His entry in the 1986 Riverview High School Yearbook was posted,
describing him doing wheelies on his Honda XR 500R dirtbike and going
skiing with friends, with his dislikes of “cold weather and English
class.”

Going even further back, junior high school friend Pierre Little on
Twitter recalled an early fascination with air-powered guns and target
practice.

“We used to shoot his machine gun air pellet or BB gun, I can’t remember
which, behind his house in Bridgedale,” Little said. “Quite a rare
airgun for the eighties.  He also was into bottlecaps with saltpeter
stinkbombs.”

“I do remember him saying he buys old police vehicles from the auction and fixes them up; he had two,” posted Jones.

That’s all I could find on the guy so far.  Whatever his motivation for the killings was, taking his guns away wouldn’t have helped, but taking his Hate Radio and News away might.  

I’ll keep watching and let you know.  There have been liberals nutjobs too, i.e., Unabomber, so it will be interesting to know what motivated this guy.  I’ll definitely let you know.



The best reason so far I found this tweet:






Finally, on this day in 1871 Congress passed the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Act, which authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to use military force to suppress the racist Ku Klux Klan.  Maybe it’s time for a Fourth Force Act? 

 


Lincoln was right: you can fool some of the people all of the time.

It’s April 19th and the world has come together to fight this Covid19 virus by staying at home.  Well, except for a few hate-backed protestors who are driving around city hall in their pick-em-up trucks behaving like jerks.  Who are these people?  They are followers of the Trump cult who are being used to disrupt the system.  They are being fed lies by the right-wing hate people who are just plan evil.  Nothing more nothing less.  It’s a fitting day for it too, for on this in 1995 the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms building in Oklahoma City was shattered by a massive truck-bomb parked outside the building by Timothy McVeigh.  Seems McVeigh was upset over the Waco affair which had happened a year earlier on this day.  McVeigh and his White Supremacist buddies thought they would start a revolution after being fed the same right-wing hate stuff Trump and his followers are spitting at us today.  McVeigh was so brainwashed that he actually told investigators they were lying when they said there was no revolution, and that his bomb did nothing more but kill 168 people including a daycare with children in it.  

So when you see the he-haws driving around city hall carrying Trump signs and yelling, “Lock her up!..,” understand they are weak, sick, brainwashed people taking no responsibility for their lives by blaming others for their ineptitude.  Sound familiar?  It should, it’s exactly what Trump does everyday by blaming others for his failures. 

For you Trump followers I pray you wake up and see Trump for what he really is: a weak man who really believes he is always right, always perfect, always the most important person on the planet.  He’s not, and as Abraham Lincoln said:

 “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”   

Trump supporters are some of the people being fooled all of the time.  God, when will this nightmare be over.

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From the journal of Esther Hill Hawks, April 19th, 1865

School was hardly open this morning before Mr. Hurley came in and told me that
President Lincoln had been assassinated….Several of the large girls
who are in classes taught by the white southern teachers, came to me,
weeping bitterly and begged to be taken out of classes.  I let them go
home at the same time and must watch my teachers for any expression of
disloyalty.  The greatest gloom pervades the city….Minute guns have
been firing nearly ever since the news came; flags are at half mast.
The colored people express their sorrow and sense of loss in many cases,
with sobs and loud lamentations! No native whites are seen anywhere on
the streets….For me, I am beginning to be strong in the “fatalistic
theory.” His work was accomplished and he is removed.  I will not doubt
but God has other men and means, to finish what is yet undone!

So, who was Esther Hill Hawks, you ask?

She was unable to serve as an Army Surgeon because of her gender and so
educated newly freed slaves on Hilton Head Island, South
Carolina. After the war, she established Florida’s first interracial
school, but in January 1869 her new schoolhouse was torched; she
returned to New England to practice medicine.




 


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