Understanding how Jim Crow exists in society today

This photo shows the U.S. Capital as thousands of President Trump supporters, rioters, and insurrectionists gather to protest Biden’s election. At this point in the protest, they have breached the barriers, and are climbing over the steps. Some have made their way into the building, via breaking down doors and windows.

“Nigger if you can read, you’d better run. If you can’t read, you’d better run anyway.”

In 1920, forty-six-year-old Arkansas sharecropper Henry Lowry was involved in a nasty dispute with his landowner over a sum of money. The argument resulted in Lowry shooting a man in self-defense. Lowry ran for his life — knowing his fate if he stayed.

He made it as far as El Paso, Texas, before the deputies caught up with him. Lowry was convicted of murder and sentenced to lynching. But instead of the typical hanging, he was to meet his fate by fire.

A crowd…


John Lawrence Giles, Reconstruction, 1862

When I was a little girl, I played a game called telephone. Friends and I would sit in a circle and pass a message around by whispering it into our neighbor’s ear. By the time the message made it around the circle, the content had completely changed.

This my friends is memory. Changing, morphing, and ever-evolving.

Memories give society a sense of past, collective identity, moral likeness, and traditions, whereas history is the collection of sources used to provide knowledge to the present. There is tension between these two structures, as memories live abstractly in the consciousness, while academic history…


This is the story of a woman. She was literate, witty, outspoken— and perhaps too brazen for her peers. Her morals were questionable, and her ethics slightly off-kilter, but she knew her mind and stood by her words. This is the true story of Anna Roleffes, more commonly known as Tempel Anneke, a woman condemned by her neighbors, accused of witchcraft, tortured to confess, and sentenced to death by fire.

As a pretext to our story, Europe had been devastated by the Thirty Years War, but Brunswick, Germany had experienced it very harshly. Disease, crop damage, and religious tension had…


From COVID to Donald Trump — Here are the three drinking habits you dipped into last year.

I think we can all agree, 2020 was unexpected. Between the impending war with Iran in January, the global pandemic in March — protests, more fires, hurricanes, the postal service, RBG’s death, Trump as a president…the word ‘bad’ seems like an understatement.

But I’d like to dive into the recent past and explore some of its worst moments, so grab your wine, beer, or cocktail, and let’s explore the 3 drinking habits of 2020.

1. Hoarding (yes, grabbing every bottle in sight)

When the whole COVID thing started, I literally said (to my great shame) — “It won’t come here. It WILL NOT come here.” No sooner had…


Let’s Unpack This.

This previous Friday, June 25, 2021, the Justice Department announced it would be suing Georgia over the state’s new law, which severely limits voting rights. This may seem like a modern political issue, but it’s steeped in history and holds roots in Jim Crow. Let’s unpack this.

What is Georgia’s New Voting Law?

Georgia’s new law, the “Election Integrity Act,” formally named SB 202, is an excessive 98-page legislation outlining the southern state’s new voting restrictions. Here are a few of the major changes that will impact the community in the coming elections:

  • Strict ID requirements, see pages 35 & 57
  • Less time to achieve an…


Jonathan Mchugh

It started with earnest labor unions but quickly evolved into a manipulative, power-hungry machine.

The rise of populism in western politics has played a profound role in U.S. democracy. In the 19th century, the lower class rose up against the elites of society by selecting their own candidates who represented the needs of the silent majority. However, with privilege comes power, and populism has since spired out of control. Today, it is a dangerous mechanism used to manipulate the public’s interests through political rhetoric.


What was cut, what was kept, and why

Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

On the evening of July 4, 1776, the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed by the members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The famed introduction stated,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

These moving words would spur a revolution in America. …


Finding self-compassion in the fog of self-doubt.

“This essay is terrible. The other applicants have more experience. My skills aren’t unique. Why would anyone consider me for their program?”

I am a fraud.

The Disease of Doubt

Imposter syndrome is a disease. It spends most of its life in a dormancy phase, but periods of change in our lives can trigger the syndrome into activation. Experiences such as accepting a new job, receiving critical advice, or moving from student to professional can set off the disease. …


Fighting and dying in choking prisons of green mist

Flanders front. Gas attack, September 1917.

Redefining the Rules of Engagement

On April 22, 1915, at 5:30 am, Germany launched 5,000 chlorine-filled canisters onto the Allied forces in Ypres, Belgium. While British and French forces fought with determination, their efforts failed against the toxic effects of poison gas. The battle was a massacre for the British, with the death toll exceeding 50,000, according to leading historian George H. Cassar. The chaos allowed German forces to advance into Allied territory, and it would take Britain months to regain their strength.

A British soldier describes a scene at Ypres:

“[I watched] figures running wildly in confusion over the fields. Greenish-gray clouds swept down…


Five women officers of the Women’s League in Newport, Rhode Island, c. 1899

Winning the Female Vote — Why it Matters Today.

“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” — Barack Obama

Today, I opened up Twitter…and immediately shut it again. I was not emotionally prepared to take on another day of the news.

So I thought I’d do what I do best, hit the books, and try to grasp reality through history. In my contemplation, I thought of the female vote. Man or woman, black or white, the vote is our freedom, our power, and our right to exercise our political voice in this shriveling democracy. However, in…

Lauren Harlow

Historian • Writer • Passion for telling contested histories • she/her • lauren.harlow10@gmail.com

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