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Category Archives: Civil War – American

An Honorable Man

In the mid eighteen fifties, near the grand columns of Arlington House in Virgina, about seventy of us stand before our master George Parke Custis and feel great joy as he says, “When I pass from this earth, you shall all be free.” “Did Master write his instructions so his heirs would understand?” I stun […]

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Trump Unglued

sad our great statues celebrating slavery and bloody civil war are being ripped apart by liberals bad as charlotesville nazis who defend our values which early twentieth century required us to dip bullets in pigs blood to kill muslim terrorists who didn’t understand they were our prisoners in their philippines

Also posted in Barcelona, Civil War - American, Donald Trump, Philippines, Spain, Terrorism

Robert E. Lee Rides Again

i general robert e lee statuesque astride my stallion order you not to remove me from charlottesville or complain i shattered families selling my slaves and petitioned to overturn five year limit on those i inherited alas i lost in court and on battlefield but war continues as confederate car attacks enemies of our privileged […]

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Abe Lincoln at the Republican Debate

This story is from the rousing campaign book “King Donald”

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Campaign 2016, Civil War - American, Donald Trump, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Megyn Kelly, Ted Cruz

Ulysses S. Grant v. Robert E. Lee

Goddamn, here I am riding an unruly horse, blasted by a migraine worse than normal and not merely from drinking, and headed for the home of Wilmer McClean in Appomattox and confused why the hell I let General Robert E. Lee choose the location for his surrender. Maybe he doesn’t really intend to quit. After […]

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John Wilkes Booth Today

We mustn’t permit deed of John Wilkes Booth to stand and therefore shall remove from time and place and raise today in theatrical family thriving in Manhattan and nod when Hollywood beckons splendid Booth who becomes movie star in early twenties making millions while he drinks and snorts and occasionally crashes cars but fires only […]

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John Wilkes Booth Today

mustn’t permit deed of john wilkes booth to stand instead remove from that time and place and raise today in theatrical family thriving in manhattan and nod when hollywood beckons splendid booth becomes movie star in his early twenties making millions while drinks snorts and occasionally crashes cars but fires only slurred words To see […]

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Charles White Endures

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alabama, Art, Charles White, Chicago, Civil War - American, Elizabeth Catlett, Hammer Museum, Harriet Taubman, John Brown, Los Angeles, Marriage, Mexico, Murals, Nat Turner, New York City, Newspapers, Painters, Pasadena, Poetry - GTC, Racism, Slavery, Tobacco, Tuberculosis

Interview with Rick Perry

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Abortion, Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Capital Punishment, Civil War - American, Economics, Guns, Immigration, Rick Perry, Texas

Education of Ulysses S. Grant

I loved this wonderful horse that cost twenty-five dollars but when the owner brought it to our house my father said it wasn’t worth more than twenty and that’s what he offered. The owner wouldn’t yield and left but I so earnestly urged my father to help he gave me confidential instructions and ordered me […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Alcohol, Civil War - American, Dominican Republic, Mexican-American War, Mexico, Ohio, Politics, Ulysses S. Grant, West Point

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

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