I heard about Kenneth C. Davis, and his site Don’t Know Much About® on Thom Hartmann’s radio show a few days ago. I love this sort of thing — the kind of things you don’t hear about in grade school or high school history, because it’s just too unpleasant, controversial, or just plain shocking.
Re the 19th Amendment: American women as far back as Abigail Adams—who admonished her husband John to “Remember the Ladies” when he went off to declare independence—had consistently pressed for voting rights, but just as consistently had been shut out. It was not for lack of trying. But women were fighting against the enormous odds of church, Constitution, an all-male power structure that held fast to its reins, and many of their own who believed in a woman’s divinely ordained, second-place role.
Re majority misrule: The Founders and the Framers honored democracy and the will of the people. But they also recognized the danger of rule by a mob. That is why they wrote a Constitution.
Re “mosques,” memorials, and burning convents: It was August 1834 and the place was Charlestown, Massachusetts, outside Boston. The “threat” then came from a Roman Catholic convent where Ursuline nuns ran a private school for girls called Mount Benedict.
But the Ursuline Convent stood near sacred ground – the site on which the Bunker Hill Monument was being built. To many Americans, the Ursuline compound nearby was an affront, a symbol of a foreign faith that was evil, hateful and a threat to the nation.
On the night of August 11, 1834, a few hundred locals descended on the convent. As the nuns and their young charges cowered, both the convent and school were ransacked and torched by the mob.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Can we break the pattern…please? We’ve done things a certain way for our entire history, are we not able to see that this is problem? Come on, people — get a frickin’ clue!