American History

Ghosts of Bradley County, Tennessee

Every corner of the world has its own ghost stories. Ours is no exception. Some stories disappear with the sands of time. Others linger on, haunting future generations. Without further adieu, here are some of the most famous ghosts of Bradley County, Tennessee.

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.

The Invisible Empire: The History of the KKK and Why People Joined

The Ku Klux Klan was formed by a group of Confederate soldiers after their defeat in the Civil War. The name derives from the Greek word “kuklos,” meaning “circle." It was organized in 1865-66 in Tennessee by six men as a social, fraternal organization. Originally, it was not meant to be a hate group. As the Klan grew, its ideologies began to shift. Its members were bitter about the disenfranchisement of the South in the Reconstruction Era. Its members saw enemies in the freed blacks, their allies, and the Republican opposition.

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. 

OPINION PIECE: Race Wars and Peaceful Protests: an Intersectional Profile of Social Change

“By every civilized and peaceful method we must strive for the rights which the world accords to men, clinging unwaveringly to those great words which the sons of the Fathers would fain forget: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creater with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” W.E.B. Du Bois