french & indian war

OKAY SO I JUST REALISED SOMETHING

SO back in during the revolutionary war the British soliders sang a song called Yanke Doodle (which is now a famous American song and even the state anthem of Connecticut).

SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, WHAT DOES THIS SONG HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE 2004 GREEN DAY SONG AMERICAN IDIOT?

1. Okay so American Idiot is quite simple what the title means. But you don’t really know what Yankee Doodle means right.

Okay so Yankee is basically an American person. But what the fuck is a doodle?

Wait wait. So Doodle means “fool” right. Technically this means that the song is literally called American Idiot. But that’s not everything.

2. The meaning in American Idiot is according to Wikipedia that Green Day and Billy Armstrong makes fun of the American people.

Examples:  “American Idiot” contends that mass media has orchestrated paranoia and idiocy among the public. Citing cable news coverage of the Iraq War, Billie Joe Armstrong recalled, “They had all these Geraldo-like journalists in the tanks with the soldiers, getting the play-by-play.“ He felt with that, American news crossed the line from journalism to reality television, showcasing violent footage intercut with advertisements.[2]  and Armstrong went on to write the song after hearing the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "That’s How I Like It” on his car radio.[3] “It was like, ‘I’m proud to be a redneck’ and I was like, 'oh my God, why would you be proud of something like that?’ This is exactly what I’m against.” )

But what is the meaning of Yankee Doodle? According to Wikipedia:

Traditions place its origin in a pre-Revolutionary War song originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War, apparently written c. 1755 by British Army surgeon Dr. Richard Shuckburgh while campaigning in upper New York.[13] The British troops sang it to make fun of their stereotype of the American soldier as a Yankee simpleton who thought that he was stylish if he simply stuck a feather in his cap.[1]

You see a pattern here? Yankee Doodle IS LITERALLY A 18TH CENTURY VERSION OF AMERICAN IDIOT.

Since US history is all the rage now, I thought I’d share some of my favorite stories about the founding fathers.

-John Adams and Thomas Jefferson once visited the home of Shakespeare together… and both broke off pieces of one of the writer’s chairs so that they could take home souvenirs.

-When he was given an official surrender document during the French-Indian War, George Washington blindly signed the thing because he didn’t want to admit he couldn’t read French. In doing so, he basically solely accepted the blame of multiple war crimes. Somehow he wormed his way out of this… one of his methods was to blame his translator.

-Ben Franklin was forbidden from writing the Declaration of Independence because the founding fathers thought he would try to slip in puns and jokes.

-John Hancock was a convicted smuggler. Charges were dropped against him after he hired John Adams for a lawyer.

-Aaron Burr was a firm believer in the intellectual equality of men and women and lobbied for women’s suffrage.

-John Adams named his dog Satan.

-James Madison was our smallest president, at 5'4" and roughly 100 pounds.

-When he was 26, Washington bribed voters into electing him into office with alcohol… he gave certain voters about a half gallon for choosing him.

-Ben Franklin once wrote an essay urging scientists to “improve the odor of flatulence.”

-Jefferson warned Lewis & Clark to beware of giant sloths during their expedition.

-Adams and Jefferson were the original bros; after a lifetime of friendship, bitterness, and more friendship, they died hours apart on the same day- July 4th. Adams’ last words were, “Jefferson survives.” Well, not quite.

-Washington crossed enemy lines during the Battle of Germantown to return a lost dog to General Howe.

-The Star Spangled Banner was based off of a rowdy English drinking song.

-Alexander Hamilton’s descendants heavily edited and even hid some of his letters to his totally hetero bro, John Laurens, claiming “the content was embarrassing and indecent.”

-Ben Franklin opted for the turkey to be the U.S. national bird, claiming that bald eagles were cold and volatile.

-A few days before signing the Declaration, the Constitutional Convention got LIT. It’s rumored that the founding fathers drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 7 bottles of Claret, 7 bowls of spiked punch, 22 bottles of porter, 8 bottles of whiskey and 8 bottles of hard cider in this one night.

CHARLES LEE FACTS

1. Started his military career (active duty) when he was 14 years old.

2. Spoke fluent Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

3. Inherited what we now know is mental illness, which manifested itself in moodiness and a choleric temper. As Lee himself later admitted, he suffered from a “distemper of … mind”.

4. Five of his siblings died.

6. Married a Canadian Indian during the French and Indian War.

7. Was dubbed by the Canadian Indians “Boiling Water”, a reference to his temper.

8. Was badly wounded defending Ft. Ticonderoga, and when brought back to Long Island to heal, got into a fight with the army surgeon, who then tried to assassinate him.

9. Tried to form two new colonies in the area we know of as Illinois. 

10. While serving in the Polish army, he nearly froze to death in the Balkan mountains.

11. Still serving for Poland, he also survived an earthquake in Constantinople.

12. Dueled an Italian officer, who he shot dead, but lost two fingers in the process of doing so.

13. Called King George III a “dolt”.

14. Only decided Washington was a weak leader when, at Congress’ pressuring, Washington lost over 3,000 men and tons of supplies when he lost Fort Washington instead of retreating with it as Lee had suggested.

15. Washington ordered him to retreat across New Jersey from New York, so, because he was mad, Lee left the army’s column, took a few men with him to a tavern, rented several prostitutes, and was promptly captured by the British the next morning.

16. Owned a Pomeranian named Mr. Spada, which he made Abigail Adams shake its paw. 

svfferign  asked:

ok asshat half the country has the era 3 test within the next week so tell us The Important Things in the shittiest meme-iest fashion ever go

Aight lets do this!!

1754-1763: French-Indian War - a mess, it’s England and France back at it again with the war thing

1754: a Young Wash™ loses Fort Necessity, goodbye General Braddock 😵

1763: Treaty of Paris pt. 1 - France loses A Lot of land (Canada, the Mississippi) but keeps the Money Islands in the Caribbean

1763: Proclamation of 1763 - the colonists can’t move to the land they fought for, they do it anyway because they are strong independent Americans who don’t need no rules

1764: Sugar Act - makes The Bostonians salty, but not much else happens, gets repealed

1765: Stamp Act my dudes, England needs The Monies™ and we gotta pay

1765: The Sons of Liberty gets lit, organized boycotts

1766: Declatory Act - “we rule you shut up” - parliament to the colonies

1767: disbands NY Assembly to make everyone agree not to mutiny, also starts the new taxes for the tea☕️, lead⛓, paint🎨, and paper📑(don’t anger the lawyers)

1770: The Boston Massacre - not really a massacre, but that’s not important once it hits Georgia (🖕🏻🖕🏻England). Like 5 people died. John Adams reps the soldiers

1772: The Sons of Liberty gets lit again, burns down the HMS Gaspee

1773: The Boston Tea Party 🐸☕️- because causing millions of dollars in losses is the American Way (Sam Adams burns down more boats), mostly because of the Tea Act

1774: The Intolerable Acts - stops the govt, closed Boston, lets British soldiers sleep in houses. ITS TIME FOR REVOLUTION!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

1774: the First Continental Congress, wants reconciliation, sends list of receipts on Britain, starts low-key making an army, really doesn’t do that much after that

1775: shots fired 🔫🔫Lexington and Concord. Paul Revere does the thing (HE SAID THE REGULARS ARE COMING NOT THE BRITISH ARE COMING MY DUDES)

1775: a New, Older Wash™ is appointed Commander in Chief, only bc he promised to fight for free (also, him big™)

1775: Bunker Hill, a loss for America, a mess, Siege of Boston, a win for America, but still a mess

1776: The Instigator Year, everything goes down. Common Sense, Washington loses New York, Battle of Trenton, Cross the Delaware,

1776: The Congress says “suck it England” and signs the Declaration

1777: Saratoga, General Burgoyne surrenders to Gates, France begins to notice (also, Lafayette gets shot in the leg at Brandywine and doesn’t notice)

1777: A gay Prussian saves the Army (von Steuben)

1778: Sugar Daddy France agrees to give us money and huge boats, with guns….gunboats

1781: British surrender at Yorktown, Cornwallis is salty and doesn’t come to negotiations

1783: Treaty of Paris pt. 2 - Adams, Jay, and Franklin end the war

1785: Northwest Ordinance, sets out how to become a state, how to divide land (why a lot of western states are squares)

1786: Shays’s Rebellion, the grand old tradition of hating taxes is back, they close the courts at Boston to stop them taking farms

1787: The shitshow that is the Constitutional Convention begins. Federalists v. Anti-Federalists is big govt. vs. small govt. Hamilton talks for 6 hours, cannot shut up

1787: The Federalist Papers, 85 essays defending the Constitution. HAMILTON WROTE. THE OTHER 51!!!

1787: The 3/5 Compromise for reps in the house, finally gets the constitution passed

1789: a Very Tired Wash™ is elected president

1791: Ham man wants his financial plan passed (National Bank, whisky tax, assume states debts, industry), but the Democratic Republicans don’t want it. Only gets passed because they agree to move the capital south (the room where it happens)

1790s: political parties happen divided over the French Revolution (Republicans love it, the Federalists hate it). Republicans led by The Jeffs and Jemmy Mads

1793: The Neutrality Proclamation gets tested by Citizen Genet. Wants to recruit for fighting for France. A Mess™

1794: Jay’s Treaty sort of fails, but gets us trade with England. He’s burned in effigy, Ham is stoned by a mob defending it

1795: Pinckney’s Treaty gets access to the Mississippi

1796: His Rotundy (Adams) gets elected, The Jeffs is VP. It’s messy.

1797: The XYZ Affair, they want the money, we don’t want to give them the money to negotiate. Messy

1798: The Alien and Sedition Acts - don’t be mean to Adams, it makes him cry. It’s harder to become a citizen

1798-1799: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions want to nullify the unconstitutional Acts, which in itself is unconstitutional, so…..

1800: The Election “Revolution” of 1800 is probably the messiest election ever. Adams says Jefferson is dead, Jeffs retaliates, its awful

1800: The Electoral College has a tie with Jeffs and AyyAyyron Burr, Hamilton ends up breaking the tie. This works out great. (It doesn’t, he gets shot 4 years later)

anonymous asked:

I'm a relative of George Washington and I was wondering if you could hit me with fun George facts, especially him with his family ones?

  • Washington was actually born on February 11, 1731, but when the colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar, his birthday was moved eleven days. Since his birthday fell before the old date for New Year’s Day, but after the new date for New Year’s Day, his birth year was changed to 1732. 
  • In 1976 Washington was posthumously awarded the highest rank in the U.S. military, ever. Nobody can ever have a higher rank than he had. 
  • He never chopped down a cherry tree. 
  • HE LOVED DOGS. 
  • He lost more battles than he won. 
  • In the Braddock disaster of 1755, Washington’s troops were caught in the crossfire between British and Native American soldiers. Two horses were shot from under Washington, and his coat was pierced by four musket balls, none of which hit his actual body.
  • George Washington did not have wooden teeth. 
  • George Washington started school when he was 6 years old. He left school at 15 to become a surveyor because his mother couldn’t afford to send him to college.
  • When he was 57, he had every one of his teeth pulled. 
  • Today’s White House staff has more employees than the entire United States government did in Washington’s time!
  • He fired the first shot which began the French and Indian War. He fucked around a started the French and Indian war. 
  • He added “So help me God” on to the Presidential Oath of Office at his inauguration and its been done that way ever since.
  • He was so strong that he could crack walnut shells between his thumb and forefinger.
  • Research performed on a set of Washington’s dentures in 2005 showed they were made of gold, ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth.
  • He made moonshine. 
  • George Washington may have owned one of the first goldfish in the United States.
  • George Washington died after his doctors removed 40% of his blood (80 ounces) over a 12-hour period to cure a throat infection.
  • George Washington stopped the Revolutionary War to return a lost dog to the enemy.
  • George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, but he never lived there.
  • George Washington inoculated his troops against smallpox, reducing a 17% death rate from the disease down to 1%.
  • He currently owns over $300,000 in over-due library funds. 
useless facts about the founders of the US

george washington: had so many deadly diseases that no one knows how he survived to presidency. p sure it made him infertile. also basically caused the french and indian war by accident

thomas jefferson: was so obsessed with ruining aaron burr that he oversaw every part of his treason trial. made someone run back and forth between the courthouse and his home to keep him updated. is #inconsistent in his political ideas 

james madison: dropped out of college bc of anxiety and lied about it, telling everyone he’d been studying independently. tried to save the south from total agricultural dominance but was stopped by hi bff Jeffyson who was hot for farmers 

john adams: shocked everyone by doing the right thing and volunteered to be the lawyer for the soldiers in the boston masacre trial. when his wife wrote him a letter suggesting women may have rights in the new america, responded “that’s adorable” and probably told his friends

alexander hamilton: published letters under a pseudonym calling burr a ‘cataline’, a reference which implies mass murder, political conspiracy, and incestuous rape, because burr had taken his step-father’s senate seat #nochill

hercules mulligan: was somehow an effective spy despite being a very well known rebel (in every fucking comittee and member of sons of liberty) bc everyone loved his clothes SO much that they were willing to risk it. saved george washington from 2 assassinations mostly by accident. 

aaron burr: major speculation about if he wore silk when he dueled with hamilton bc they thought it could deflect bullets. everyone though he had a haram and warned he’d steal your virgins and pretty boys

benedict arnold: betrayed his country bc sempai didn’t notice him; was constaly ignored for his victories, got lots of texts from washington of ‘who dis?’, and was probably mistaken for benjiman talmidge frequently. 

baron von steubon: was too gay for europe. had a legit haram of pretty boys approved by president washington for his service in the war. is the reason one of adams’ sons ran across harvard yard naked. 

nathan hale: worst spy ever who no one should have let outside. they say he was hanged bc he was a spy, but i’m pretty sure they were angry his last words were such a sick burn

ethan allan: not always furniture. came to fight and had the fucking BEST time, may not have even known what the war was about when he joined

paul revere: sybil ludington road twice as long, through the rain, and over rough terrain to tell the local militia british troops were coming. went on with her life knowing she was better than everyone else

abigail adams: is the reason vaccines happened in the US which, coincidentally, is the only thing that kept the american troops from dying outright. salty as fuck and would have been a better president than her husband 

Why the TV show Timeless Deserves More Attention

Okay everyone listen up. This past year (meaning 2016 going into 2017), NBC seemed to have a good batch of new TV shows that have gained critical acclaim (This Is Us, I’m looking at you). But one that seemed to fly under the radar was the show Timeless. It was created by Eric Kripke, who is also known for creating the show of Supernatural which is on the CW, and Shawn Ryan.  

Now just a gist of what it’s about. It’s about a man who steals a time machine to go back into critical points of United States and early North American history to try and take out this organization called Rittenhouse, which seems to play a major role in basically every turning point of the historical timeline. The government takes over control of the industry who made the time machine and gets a trio of people to go back in time to stop the man. 

It seems that time machines and time travel seem to be an up and coming theme in media (Doctor Who reboot, Legends of Tomorrow to name two). But this one I found stood out in ways that deserve the recognition it’s due. 

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A Pinch of Snuff, Delacour, c.1760. Depicting Malcolm MacPherson of Phoness who, at the age of 67 joined the 78th Foot as a Gentleman Volunteer. MacPherson distinguished himself at the Battle of Quebec in 1759 and the following year was presented to King George II.

A small point to make, or maybe it’s a large one.

Since there has been such a dust-up on my page of late, I feel it important to say something. This is not directed at any specific person, and is something I have said before, but I will make the point again now, for a slightly shifted audience.

I claim to be a non-human species. I claim that I have been hidden among you for centuries. I claim that I don’t think of things the same way as you. I can only assume this because I watch your reactions and they do not mirror my own. I claim all this, and largely most of the people who come here, overlook it. One of two things happens then: they immediately think “This is more of the same” and ignore me, or they peruse around and engage me in some way, minimal or overt. If they ignore me, they are gone. If they engage me, that engagement takes a number of paths. And on and on the tree divides in the mathematical haziness that staggers me whenever I try to reconcile Quantum and Classical mechanics.

But my position is always the same, and it is a difficult one. I have done it to myself, I know. You don’t need to say it. But allow me, if you will (and I assume you will since you are something of a captive audience and appear to still be reading) to point out the complexities of that position.

I am either instantly barraged with questions, accused of being a fraud, mocked, or in the smallest of the cases to date, treated with a careful kind of distance. So how should I respond? How can I when at any point the person addressing me can simply say “This person is insane” and walk away? That is always the last resort, but many make use of it.

How do I respond?

If I speak too plainly, I am accused of not being “old”. If I speak in my normal fashion, I am told it is “put on”. If I adapt, I am accused of being too young to be real, if I don’t I am told I ought to be able to with my age and experience. If I say I’d rather not answer a question, I am accused of committing a lie through omission. If I answer a question I am told “You have an answer for everything”. If I defend myself I am told “An old creature wouldn’t care”. If I don’t, I am told “A thing like you would kill him for saying that.” If I evince a sense of humor, I am criticized for the type and form of it. If I profess a flat and stoic tone, I am told that I am sarcastic ass. If I am too intelligent it is “Lofty and condescending”. If I am demur I am “too gentle”. If I use technology adeptly, I am of the new era, and if Siri sees fit to be the agent of the demonic she actually is to one without fingerprints or a voice that makes sense, I am ignorant for my typos. If my friends defend me I must be a bastard, but if they don’t I must have no friends. If I take any poetic license I am betraying the truth, and if I don’t i am boring. If I apologize, I am too weak, and if I do not I am rude. If I profess appreciation for any one thing it is deemed either too young or too old to be appealing to someone like me. If I say I appreciate age, I must be old, and if I appreciate youth, I must be a defending my immaturity. If I admire beauty, I am a sexual predator. If I profess a love for ugliness, it must be because I am trying to be a “Vampire RPG”. If I tell a story, even from several hundred years ago, and have a moment of fuzziness on detail, I am accused of lying. If I tell specific details, I have researched it. If i refer to all that i have written on the subject - hundreds of thousands of words - I am looking for money and it is “conveniently locked behind an app download”, if I don’t refer to it, I am luring people into conversation. If I claim pronouns, i am told they are wrong, if I don’t they are still wrong. If i describe what I am, I am told this is impossible, but if I don’t, I am “making it up as I go along”. If I say my actions speak for themselves, I am told it isn’t enough proof, and if I say I don’t care what is thought of me, I am asked why i don’t simply compromise my body and offer proof. If I mourn a human life, I am an imbecile who betrays his purported state of being in an effort to garner attention. If I do not, I am a heartless monster.

I have no defenses. I can say absolutely nothing. All that I am is phrased in terms of your thoughts, not mine. Your words, not mine, because I don’t really have words. I make mistakes. All the time. I make them largely when I try to put myself in your shoes, because I’ve no idea what that even means. I always apologize for them, because I know that that is the right thing to do. In my own framework of who I have decided I will be.

Why am I here? On Tumblr, I mean. Why am I bothering with the internet? That isn’t something an ancient would do! But if I ignore that it exists and carry on in the old ways, I haven’t the accurate sense of how the world changes and moves that god gave an immortal.

And on and on.

But why am I here? The same thing that trips me up is the thing that also gives me one of my chief forms of happiness.

For a very long time, I have been me, cooped up and solitary. I have said nothing of myself except when it was convenient. I have come under attack in my past many times for being different, when all I really wanted was to be treated as an equal or at the very least, like a person. Here on the internet, I am able to say what I am, because if you like me, you are at least civil, and if you despise me, I am simply an oddity you curse and then forget. If I am useful, I am a friend, and if I am not, I am a minor night’s inconvenience. If I become annoyed with you and look around at the room with my mouth hanging open and my hands to the sky, I am someone to whom you toss an emoji, or…I am someone you block and call names.

I have no options left to me. Someone tonight told me that I could have handled my recent altercation with grace, but hadn’t. Grace? To me it was simple - I was accused of something that to me is a crime. I did not perceive how that accusation could be made in fairness. I protested. This was evidently not something an ancient would do. A picture was taken of my conversation and without any context, posted to the world with that accusation. I responded in a very medieval reaction like unto the papacy and put up the entire conversation, for good or ill and whatever honest and sensible critique may come my way. This is also, obviously (yes, that was sarcasm) not something an ancient would do to “one teenage girl on the internet”, but to me it is not that simple. When a misunderstanding evolves into something that reflects negatively on all those who advocate for me and represent me, it is more than fitting to utterly denounce and put down all opposition with the presentation of fact. That is, to my mind, what I did, but an ancient would “choose his battles”.

I have fought in many battles, the last of which was during the French-Indian War. I decided then and there that I wanted nothing more to do with battle, because to me strategy was a lovely idea until it was written down in history with blood. My battles have all been smashing, crushing, hacking, and piercing. There has been nothing graceful about them. Nothing polished. There has been nothing to learn, except that I hate everything like that and want nothing to do with it. But that must be my youth talking, or perhaps my age. Perhaps that particular distinction is irrelevant.

I am rambling. My point was a simple one. Let me come back round to it. You have rights to me. I gave them to you. I told you that you may probe. I laid my avowals in front of an audience I knew might be critical. I “put myself out there” as they say now. I now have not a single possible argument I can make for my existence, except to put the information before you and say “Do with it what you please”. I am not allowed to converse with you, because that makes this unscientific, but if I refuse to converse, I am a con-artist. Each man assumes anything I say must be directed at him specifically, but if I tell him I converse with hundreds a week, that is prideful and boastful of me.

This is a limbo. A purgatory. I like it here, make no mistake, or I would not be here. I can be a sinner and play a saint or vice versa and no one can touch me for it, however, it is still a helpless state. But now, I’m not sure if saying this will have people telling me I am too sensitive, or not sensitive enough, childish and whiny, or not tortured enough, sensible and rational, or completely mad.

And these are all distinctions you will make about me, in which I may not participate.

I am in an odd position because of what I claim to be. The only thing that has worked (and possibly that will work) is to simply say, I will answer questions that seem honest and are put to me in a polite form. I will avoid speaking to new people as this causes conflicts. I will not put on any more competitions. I will avoid close personal relationships or interactions, and I will avoid the temptation to feel safe here.

This will still incur wrath from people calling me an elitist, a snob, a LARPer (whatever that is {I know what it is but still have no idea how it works}), and possibly a fascist for dictating how people should approach me, even though all of you do it almost daily.

I am either an idiot or an insensitive liar for claiming person-hood, or brittle and two dimensional if I do not. And some of you will say, “Oh, it’s alright.” and some will say “Why do you care what people think of you?”

Well, it is either because I like you or because I’m an idiot. I really can’t tell which at this point.

During the siege of Fort William Henry, a French raiding party set fire to the sloop ‘Lord Loudoun’ on the night of 22/23 March 1757, having burned storehouses and other boats during previous attacks. One of the garrison recalled they 'could not see them until they had put the sloop on fire’ which 'gave us such light that we could see…. we fired among them very smartly, and killed some, but as their custom is to take as good care of the dead, as of the living, we can’t tell what number we killed.’

Art by Graham Turner.

Writing Tips

A great way to make a lasting impression on your DBQ and essay tomorrow is to bring in things that will surprise whoever is grading your essay. How though?Well for starters, if applicable, always bring in women’s rights, african american rights, and native american rights.

With women right’s, you should definitely include the cult of domesticity which basically says that women should be nurturers and be domesticated aka be a housewife. After the revolution this cult will turn into republican motherhood which is basically the cult of domesticity combined with how women should also educated their children on democracy and patriotism and why they should vote and thing though women lacked that right. Bring up people such as Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger (she sets up the birth control league which will later become Planned Parenthood), Susan B. Anthony, the Grimkey Sister’s, Abigail Addams and her request to her husband to remember the ladies when the writing of the Constitution was happening, authors such as Margaret Fuller and Emily Dickinson. Remember Clara Barton and her founding of the Red Cross , Jane Adams and the Hull House. Bring up organizations such as the National Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the National Council of Negro Women, don’t forget to add in organizations such as the NWSA, AWSA (which later come together as NAWSA or the National Women’s Trade Labor Union (NWTLU). Bring in how The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan sparked the feminist movement. Mention Seneca Fallsif it fits, bring in the passage of the 19th amendment and how orgs like NAWSA would campaign for suffrage by going on state by state campaigns.

For African Americans, bring up the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War. Bring up the 13th-15th amendments and how republicans were big supporters of it. Talk about the Great Migration during WW1, bring in people such as Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B DuBois, the creation of the NAACP. Talk about Brown v. Board of Education, Swann v. CMS, Plessy v. Ferguson, the integrated fighting units in the Vietnam War. The Freedman’s Bureau and the multiple chances of abolishing slavery in the writing of the articles of confederation, the constitution, and the bill of rights are great to bring up.

Talk about how the economienda system affected the native americans, how the reservation system sucked major ass, talk about the massacre at mystic. The events of Wounded Knee are important to discuss. Don’t forget Tippacanoe or the French and Indian War . The Dawes Severalty Act is important to discuss.

If the topic that’s at hand can in any way have these groups of people incorporated into it, then by all means write all about them. Bring in whatever other knowledge you know and feel free to add more to this post.

So I didn’t know if I would post this but here I am, doing so. Because compared to my other blog I run (aka my personal) I have more followers here. So here it goes…

I can’t believe you are all letting Timeless slip through our fingers??? Honestly???

The main cast is comprised of 7 people, 4 of which are POC??? And one of these in the main cast is a lesbian who is married to another WOC with 2 daughters??? And literally all the bad guys are white???

And the show is surrounded by 3 of them time traveling but it has explicitly shown that traveling to past decades is only good/non dangerous for one of them (because that one is a white male, while the others are a woman and a black male)???

They’ve also had the focus of their time traveling episodes on real historical figures who were forgotten, more often than not other POC?? 

Travels back to the Alamo?? Time to tell you about the fact that most of the people who fought on both sides were black and latino (if that wasn’t obvious since Texas was part of Mexico and the other side was Mexico), and in fact that Mexico had outlawed slavery years prior and it wasn’t until Texas won their independence then the US came back in and grabbed it that they had slavery. 

Travels back to the French and Indian War?? It’s time to meet Nonhelema, a real, powerful Shawnee chieftess who often led her tribe into battle, as well as stood in front of the US Congress to request land for the Shawnee in Ohio, and married 2 Shawnee men, as well as a white general at some point and would write the first English-Shawnee dictionary. 

Travels back to the 1969 Moon Landing? Time to meet Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who wasn’t allowed in the room to watch the landing (which I found a fault in “Hidden Figures” because by showing her in there for the John Glenn thing then not showing the moon landing day at all they make you assume she was allowed in for the moon landing, she wasn’t) but basically did everything to make sure it was successful, such as figuring out how fast they’d have to go to break the barrier, where they would need to find them when they came back down, all that.

Next week they’re traveling to the Wild West? Time to meet the Lone Ranger, who maybe people don’t know because of the myths put out by Hollywood, was a real man, but he was an African-American man named Bass Reeves who lived on tribal lands with Seminole and Muscogee tribes after he escaped his white slave owner, but as you should know, found and brought to justice outlaws. And time to meet Tonto, who wasn’t exactly one person in real life but based off Seminole and Muscogee friends who helped him.

And this show isn’t even on fucking, I don’t know, HBO or the CW or some network who is usually more like this. It’s on NBC, yeah one of the three main commercial television networks. But what is happening to it? 

It’s on the brisk of possibly being cancelled, it’s currently considered a “bubble show”, which means their ratings aren’t good enough to renew but not bad enough to guarantee cancellation. However, no show with ratings under 3.5 has ever been renewed by NBC, and last week, their ratings were 3.45. 

I don’t know how everyone can argue for representation and acknowledgement like this, then not actually watch it and so they end up cancelled after one season.

I don’t know how I want to end this but plead with you to please watch this show if you are not already, and watch it live (also this Monday, during it’s broadcast at 10est/9cst people are planning to try to have #RenewTimeless trend on twitter so tweet it). Or well it’s bye to probably the only realistic, inclusive time traveling/sci fi show, and probably sent a loud message to NBC on their future endeavors.

Book review: “War on the Run” by John F. Ross.

I cannot recommend this book to anyone. It took me forever to slog through; while I’m not among the world’s fastest readers, it usually doesn’t take me a year and a half to read a single book. The title and cover were intriguing enough (yes, I know the old adage…). The title, in fact, has a very 18th century appeal, and its length and language reminded me of Ethan Allen’s prison account (but that’s literally another story); and the subject is Robert Rogers, the most infamous of all rangers in that time period. Key word: “Infamous.” Coming from New York to New England, I wanted to know more about this figure that looms large in both the history and mythology of the northeast. This seemed to be the most recent biography, so I thought it would be a good place to start.

How was I so wrong? Well, the most terrible thing of all is the characterizations throughout the book and the simultaneous evidence that contradicts them. Rogers was a genius strategist, the author claims – while demonstrating that his strategies on the battlefield were questionable, and his strategies off the battlefield were often downright disastrous. He was brilliant at keeping up the morale and loyalty of his men, the author claims – while demonstrating that his men suffered horribly under his command, and many turned against him over the years. He was a visionary with regards to the West and expansion, far ahead of his time, with ideas that few, if any, of his fellow colonists shared, the author claims – while we know for a fact that the desire for westward expansion was one of the major factors that sparked both the French & Indian War and the revolution. Ross even tried to claim Washington had no eye for the West! Has he not read any basic biography of Washington at all?! Like, I totally thought it was common knowledge that Washington got his first taste for the West when he was a teen surveyor… Maybe I’m mistaken! And though time and again Ross argued that Rogers was no spy, no double agent, had no designs against the British crown at any point at all, he then failed to give definitive evidence beyond Rogers’ saying so at his court-martial. All of the doubts and suspicions, indeed all of Rogers’ suspicious actions, were left for the reader to dismiss at the simple assertion that Rogers himself professed his innocence. OK. This author holds Rogers up as a model man, while at the same time sort of sweeping under the rug that even Rogers’ wife, in a time when divorce was uncommon, abandoned him, won a divorce, and never looked back; this incredible piece of his life warranted only a paragraph or two in this massive volume devoted to Rogers, an injustice. If his own wife didn’t want him, what should we think of him?

The worst for me was, near the end, Ross tried to claim Rogers a patriot. Pardon, but Rogers only ever fought for the British, and with roughly a third of the book devoted to the American Revolution, there is no room to so egregiously misuse a term like that. We all know what a patriot in the American Revolution is. Rogers – this is the man who asked Congress to reject him discreetly when he offered his services to the American cause, so that he could continue to receive a British officer’s half-pay, and go elsewhere to fight – for Britain; he then proceeded to fight for Britain on his own home soil, against his own fellow colonists. Those are not the actions of a patriot, my friends. In no universe could they be mistaken as such. Fighting for the highest bidder – those seem like the actions of a mercenary, no? Let me remind you, this is the man who almost single-handedly captured Nathan Hale (a real patriot) without doubt knowing Hale would probably hang. The author goes into great detail about that, detailing Rogers’ cleverness with words that practically drip with pride. How is it possible, then, to call Rogers a patriot? And then this brilliant, marvelous strategist, who never could manage to get his own life together (he spent large chunks of time in prison, and I haven’t even gone into the scores of questionable get-rich-quick schemes, all of which seem to have blown up in his face), died poor in Britain.

The best things about this book were the primary source items published within it – a rare map drawn up under Rogers’ own guidance; the transcription of a letter, presumably from a spy or double agent, that caused all sorts of trouble for Rogers, prompted his court-martial and cast doubt on his loyalty to this day; and a transcription of George Washington’s letter to Congress detailing Rogers’ movements, precisely how and why they were suspicious, an explanation as to why Washington took him into custody and sent him straight to Congress, and finally a recommendation to Congress not to trust Rogers. I learned a great deal from these items; it’s a shame I read the other 500+ pages along with them. The author also assumed too much where it was inappropriate, first references were jumbled and seemed sometimes absent altogether, perhaps because the chronology was so haphazard and huge sections would go by without a mention only to drop a name again without any reminders.

In conclusion, please, find some other Rogers biography to read and pass up this one. I read this thinking I would find sympathy for this man, who seems to be so popular among some circles of history buffs and reenactors. All it did was read like “I love this man, even though he was horrible at everything!”; I walked away wishing I could get that year and a half of my life back.