2. Blues Notes

2. Blues Notes - Onward Christian Soldiers The American...

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Onward, Christian Soldiers! The American popular music that we today call "the Blues" is intimately tied to American slavery. Header right Let's remember, however, that "white-washing" is not specific to one particular race, ethnic background, religious affiliation, etc. You came to the university to learn how to THINK and to QUESTION . . . . not to confirm what you already know to be "absolutely true." Remember my father-in-law's favorite saying: "No matter how right you are, you might be wrong." You've studied this topic in US History classes, you've read textbooks and other materials about this time in our country's history, and you've seen various portrayals of slaves and plantations on television and on film -- and you've received both a far-left version of a "white-washed" history and a far-right version of a "white-washed" history. So, let us attempt to reach a middle ground using fact and logic. Yes, the kidnapping of human beings and the selling of these people, as cattle and/or "property," really did take place in the "land of the free." Header right Keep them straight, please! When you think of "Turkey" and "Thanksgiving," you are visualizing the "Pilgrims." A third group you might wish to compare and contrast with the Pilgrims and the Puritans is the Acadians . Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 's Evangeline (1847) has become an American classic, which is based on the events surrounding the 1755 ethnic cleansing of the French settlers from Nova Scotia. Note that several of the American colonies -- of formerly persecuted Pilgrims and Puritans -- refused to accept these refugees, many of whom were deported back to France or England or were simply cast off in open boats to subsequently die of starvation, exposure, or drowning. Some of these refugees, however, managed to settle in Louisiana, where their descendants have become known as Cajuns . The other "big one" by Longfellow is The Song of Hiawatha (1855). Know these, in order that you may appear literate. To place the story in historical perspective, we will begin with the Pilgrims and the Puritans -- "same" . . . . but different. Suffice it to say that white people came to this "newly discovered" world -- which is itself a bit like landing a Boeing 757 at the Paris airport and claiming that one has "discovered" a chunk of land that can now be divided up among the "discoverer" and his friends -- to escape religious persecution. With politics and "white-washing" aside, what is the first thing that these God-fearing people do? They kill the Indians!
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And, in fact, these God-fearing people launched the first bioterrorism attacks on the "United States." The white settlers introduced smallpox to the continent. Sometimes, inadvertent exposure decimated entire Indian villages (as luck would have it, smallpox devastated the native American population in New England as early as 1616); at other times, white settlers would collect the infected clothing and bedding after an outbreak and offer these to the Native-
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