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Joe Savage sings “Peace In The Valley, recorded by Alan Lomax in Greenville, MS in 1978. Joe was one of four muleskinners interviewed by Lomax about his experiences working as a laborer building Mississippi’s massive levee system and his time spent at Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary) at Lambert Camp and Camp 1. He spoke about the brutality he faced while serving time, and sang several songs capturing his emotions.


Historic Mississippi black church burned and vandalized with ‘Vote Trump’ graffiti

“This is a hate crime,” said the mayor of a Mississippi town where a historic black church was a target of arson and vandalism Tuesday night.

Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons said that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, were investigating the burning of 111-year-old Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. “Vote Trump” was spray-painted on the outside of the church.

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A black church was set on fire and tagged with the words “Vote Trump”

On Tuesday night, the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, was set on fire and vandalized with the words “Vote Trump.” No injuries have been reported. The FBI is investigating the incident “to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed.” There is a GoFundMe to help the church rebuild. This crime is giving us deja vu.

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SHELBY FOOTE: DISCUSSES GETTYSBURG AND OTHER COMPLEX CIVIL WAR TOPICS-  His even-handed but moving military account of the Civil War is generally considered history-as-literature at its best.

Shelby Foote was an American historian and novelist who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative. He was also a significant contributor to the Ken Burns series The Civil War.

Shelby Foote was born on November 17, 1916, in Greenville, Mississippi. He studied at the University of North Carolina and served in both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. After establishing himself as a novelist, Foote spent 20 years crafting his three-volume The Civil War: A Narrative. He became familiar to television viewers as a consultant and talking head on the Ken Burns series The Civil War. He died in 2005.