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Thanks to the attendees last Friday.   We had great time discussing whether or not there is a unique mental make up of those living below the Mason-Dixon line as well as balancing the respect we have for traditions without glorifying some of the uglier parts of the South’s history.

As agreed upon Friday evening, we will meet Friday April 29 at 6:30pm at the home of the Longwood Institute for pizza and the viewing Freakanomics.  Hope to see you all there and be sure to enjoy the mental sabbatical from our challenging readings.

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We will gather Friday evening at 6:30pm at the home of the Longwood Institute for dinner and discussion.  Please let me know if you will be able to attend at your earliest convenience.  State Representative Frank Nicely is in the process of reading the book and may attend if his schedule permits.   Look forward to seeing you Friday.

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This is easily our most viewed post.  Thought we would re-post for all of those who might want to refresh their memory or missed it the first time.  There is much debate over who actually wrote this, many feel as though the name is a phony.  See you in a couple of weeks, and enjoy Mind of the South.

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Thought this was interesting reading considering our current book selection.  Seems as though The Sons of Confederate Veterans might be a little guilty of the over-romanticizing of the South that Cash describes in his book Mind of the South.  While some of their efforts might be noteworthy to bring to light some alternative propositions on why the Civil War came about, it is pretty indefensible to bestow outright honor on someone who founded the KKK.  The Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness aspired to by the “states-rights” ideal of Southern Heritege (which we love to promote at the Longwood Institute) are illogical and incompatible with the prejudice views and domestic terrorist activities of Nathan Bedford Forrest.  The SCV deserves the public condemnation it rightly recieves for tarnishing the some of the good ideals aspired to by the Old South.

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Came across this cool event at the Blount Mansion today at 11am and thought it fit perfectly the promotion of one our favorite Rights and our reading of Mind of the South.  I know it is short notice but thought I would make you guys aware if you hadn’t heard about it yet.

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Be sure and tune into Hallerin Hill on WNOX this morning at 8am.  His guest will be State Rep. Bill Dunn of the 16th district discussing his bill before the legislature to require the teaching of additional theories in the science classroom in conjunction with the Theory of Evolution.  Pretty interesting stuff for the Longwood Institute considering this is being argued from one side as a restriction of Liberty and the other as a promotion of educational Liberty.

On another note, due to a majority vote, we will be discussing W.J. Cash’s Mind of the South for our March meeting.  Looks like it will occur the last weekend in March.  Let me know if Friday or Saturday works best.  We would like to co-op the discussion with a pre-meeting trip to the firing range as a way to promote safety when exercising our 2nd amendment right.  Don’t forget to keep promoting and educating those around you on the responsibilities that come along our God-given rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Happy reading!

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