american history

Conservative Democrats and Liberal Republicans

In school, something I heard from classmates was the Democrat and Republican parties used to have opposite platforms. Thankfully, my history teacher didn’t simplify the situation to this extent. But I also wasn’t taught the history of our modern two parties, either. I often wondered how Democrats went from Pro-Slavery to Pro-Civil Rights in a century. If you’re reading this, I hope you have wondered the same thing.

Mini Blog: Quilting in Tennessee

Quilts were introduced in America when colonists arrived from Europe (though Europeans were not the inventors of the quilt - it has been found in many different cultures all over the Old World). Wholecloth quilts gave way to the rising popularity of patchwork quilts. Patchwork quilts are considered quintessentially American and is usually what is pictured when one thinks of a quilt.