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Monday, July 19, 2004

Two countries

Growing up white and female in the north in the shadow of all that is Abraham Lincoln, it can be difficult to realize that at one time in some parts some people considered this land to be two countries – North and South. It takes me aback. It's not in my everyday consciousness. I have to shake my head and think hard about what was going on back in that era. I have blogged about this before. Every once in a while I see something or hear something that catches me off guard. I know what was in my history books back in grade school and high school in the 60s and 70s. We lived it. We believed it. We embraced it. We counted on it to be true.

What is even more difficult to understand is that in some parts some people still consider this land to be two countries – North and South. What was in their history books? What did they live, believe, embrace, count on to be true?

Mary C. Curtis, a writer with the Charlotte Observer, takes an eye-opening tour, as a writer and as southern black woman, through her own backyard where she discovers some people who, among other things, think Lincoln should have been tried as a war criminal. Everyone should read her story, My Rebel Journey. She's an amazing, courageous woman who asks some important questions. I am so glad I read this.

Posted by Marie at July 19, 2004 11:20 PM