The Revolutionary War was a culmination of mounting tensions between Great Britain and the American colonies. A climate of rebellion stirred in the colonies after a number of British actions stifled their autonomy. One of the first laws imposed on the colonies was the Quartering Act, requiring citizens to open their homes to soldiers. Soon after, the Stamp Tax Act was levied on a number of documents, meaning many printed materials were taxed without the consent of the colonial legislature. A responsive cry rang out through the colonies: “no taxation without representation!”
The name Christmas originates from the words “Christ’s Mass,” but our Christmas traditions are not only born of the Christian faith. Our modern Christmas traditions stem from a myriad of cultures, faiths, and times. Last year we wrote a blog on Old Christmas and traditions associated with it.
Most of us have heard of secret societies, from sinister to benevolent. From academic to elusive. It’s likely you’ve heard of the Illuminati, a secret society supposedly pulling the strings on many global issues and events. It’s likely you’ve heard of the Freemasons, of which there are stories ranging from terrifying to charitable. But what of the ones you haven’t heard of? Below are some of the most sinister secret societies you may not have heard of.
Stumble through the door to Halloween and you’ll find this pervasive holiday has its roots in a combination of Christian and pagan practices. The traditions that have become synonymous with Halloween have come from ancient games and practices. For some, the meaning has changed. But for others, its roots can still be tracked down to how they were practiced a millennia ago.
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.