This Week in Southern History (September 18 – September 24)

Welcome to the sixth entry of This Week in Southern History.


1895: Booker T. Washington, a Black educator who advocated the advancement of his people through entrepreneurship and enterprise in lieu of agitation, met with Southern White leaders in Atlanta.  The “Atlanta Compromise,” as it was called, consisted of Southern Whites allowing Black education to be funded from the North, and Blacks agreeing not to agitate for “civil rights.”

No matter the feasibility or lack thereof of Washington’s plan, it was never enacted.  After his death in 1915, activists became more powerful among the Black population, leading to the “Civil Rights Movement” of the late 20th century.

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Forgotten History: The Most Lopsided Confederate Victory of the Civil War

On September 8th, 1863, 47 Confederates led by Richard Dowling defeated an attempt by 5,000 Union troops to invade Texas by sea.

A federal fleet sailed toward the Sabine Pass, a commonly used sea lane by which smugglers delivered goods to the blockaded Confederacy. The soldiers would then disembark and invade Texas – or so they thought.

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Hurricane Harvey, the Portuguese Empire, and the Enlightenment

As I type, a Category 2 hurricane, Hurricane Harvey, is bearing down on Texas.  According to CNN (yes, fake news, I know) the rainfall from the storm will be “life threatening.”  Some areas in the path of the storm have already been evacuated.  I pray, as all of us do, that no lives are lost and that the property damage inflicted by the storm is minimal.

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