Category Archives: Roots

Book Write-Up: A Love Made New, by Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller.  A Love Made New.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2016.  See here to buy the book. A Love Made New is the third book of the “Amish of Birch Creek” series.  I did not read the first book of the … Continue reading

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Two Nations 1

I started Andrew Hacker’s Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal.  I have the 1995 version, which includes reflections about the O.J. Simpson verdict.  An African-American friend a long time ago recommended this book to me to show me … Continue reading

Posted in Biblica, Black History Month, History, Life, Political Philosophy, Race, Roots, School, Television

Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father 14

In my latest reading of Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama relates the story that his Granny in Kenya told him about his paternal grandfather and his father.  On pages 429-430, Obama narrates: “When … Continue reading

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Andy Griffith; Jonathan Krohn Leaves Conservatism

I have two items for this post: 1.  Andy Griffith has passed away.  I enjoyed watching Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, Roots: The Next Generation, Face in the Crowd, the commercials supporting Obamacare, etc.  You can read … Continue reading

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Reflections on Projects for Black History Month

For the last two days of Black History Month, I was planning to blog about the chapter on civil rights in Joan Hoff’s Nixon Reconsidered.  But I changed my mind on that, for a variety of reasons.  For one, the … Continue reading

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2011 on My Blog and Other Blogs

Some bloggers I know have been listing their top posts for 2011, or their favorite posts from other blogs.  I’ll be doing something like that in this post. My Blog On my blog, my focus this year was largely on … Continue reading

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I’m continuing my way through Jacquelyn Grant’s White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus.  In my reading today, Dr. Grant talks about how white women participated in the struggle for the rights of African-Americans, one reason (among others) being that … Continue reading

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“A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw”

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read chapter 10, “A Harder Task Than Making Bricks Without Straw.” Three points stood out to me in today’s reading: 1.  Washington said that he had the students of Tuskegee build the … Continue reading

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Booker’s Search for a Silver Lining

In Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery, I read Chapter 2, “Boyhood Days.” Chapter 2 goes into an issue that we encountered in our discussion of Chapter 1: ancestry.  There are many African-Americans who feel a sense of loss about … Continue reading

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I started Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery by reading the preface and chapter 1, “A Slave Among Slaves.” The preface was interesting because Washington said that he wrote the book in his spare time—“on board trains, or at hotels … Continue reading

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