Category Archives: Extra Credit with Mr. Adair

“Where do we begin Mr. Adair?”

“At the beginning, ” he said. And throughout the year that I was under his tutelage – he would continue to challenge me to, “Never stop searching for truth.” In this endeavor, we provide – once again – the writings of many writers – many of whom I have known for years – providing historical lessons of import and understanding – little of which is addressed in our “classrooms” today.

For more on Mr. Adair and his importance – please visit our Welcome ~ Mission & Dedication link near the top of the Metropolis Café web-page.

What Are Symbols For?

In 1875, Rev. Moses Drury Hoge stood before 40,000 people in Richmond, Virginia, at the foot of the newly dedicated statue of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, and delivered what one historian called the “noblest oration of his later life.”

He believed that in the future, the path to that statue would be “trodden” by the feet of travelers from “the banks of the Hudson, the Mississippi, [and] the Sacramento…from the Tiber, the Rhine, [and] the Danube.” They would be accompanied by “Honor” and “Freedom,” the twin principles by which Jackson lived and died and which these pilgrims would seek to celebrate. Jackson represented the best of American society and his memorial reminded not just America, but the world, of patriotism, heroism, and duty, the highest traits of Western Civilization and of all dead heroes. Continue reading

Spivey: To my Brothers and Sons of Confederate Veterans

“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we submit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier’s good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which made him glorious, and which you also cherish. Remember it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations.” ~ Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander-in-Chief, United Confederate Veterans, 24 April 1906.

I joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans for three reasons.  The first was to honor my ancestors who served under the greatest of men, General Robert E. Lee, in the Army of Northern Virginia.  The second was to honor and protect the memories of, and monuments to, every Southern soldier, sailor, and marine that served the Confederate States of America in her struggle against the tyranny of a power-hungry Federal government.  The third was to help perpetuate the truth about what led the Southern States to secede from the Union and what really caused Americans to slaughter each other by the tens of thousands in the War of Northern Aggression.  I remain, and shall remain, a proud member of the SCV.  That being said, I feel that the Sons, as a whole and generally speaking, are guilty of not fulfilling the charge given us by Lieutenant General S. D. Lee one hundred and twelve years ago. Continue reading

The History of Banking Control in the United States

The dictatorship of the bankers and their debt-money system are not limited to one country, but exist in every country in the world. They are working to keep their control tight, since one country freeing itself from this dictatorship and issuing its own interest- and debt-free currency, setting the example of what an honest system could be, would be enough to bring about the worldwide collapse of the bankers’ swindling debt-money system.

This fight of the International Financiers to install their fraudulent debt-money system has been particularly vicious in the United States of America since its very foundation, and historical facts show that several American statesmen were well aware of the dishonest money system the Financiers wanted to impose upon America and of all of its harmful effects. These statesmen were real patriots, who did all that they possibly could to maintain for the USA an honest money system, free from the control of the Financiers. The Financiers did everything in their power to keep in the dark this facet of the history of the United States, for fear that the example of these patriots might still be followed today. Here are some facts that the Financiers would like the population NOT to know… Continue reading

They Cannot Win

I’ve been decompressing since the Silent Sam Prayer Service on Sunday (16 December 2018) and trying to think about how to write about what went on that day. What was supposed to be a prayer service for not only the two hundred and eighty-seven boy soldiers from the university that is now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that are represented by Sam, but for all the boy soldiers that served in the War (that’s right, Southern and Northern alike), was turned into something different because of the profanities and vulgarities that were screamed at us through loudspeakers and megaphones. We did manage our Invocation, and we tried to keep our cool and ignore them, laugh at them, even, but we did have a few slip-ups. Hey, we’re all human, right? Continue reading

Edmund Burke on Revolutionary Armies and Taxes

History – it is in my blood. No matter what country a story comes from, we must realize that THEIR history may well have affected OURS… and how much different is their story from ours? As we near the end of 2018, look to France – What are the people rioting and demonstrating for? In the words of singer Carly Simon – “It’s coming around again!” Yeah – everything old is new again. ~ Ed.

Though a classic in its own right, and arguably the first book on conservatism in the modern world, Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France of 1790 is inconsistent as a coherent work. And, yet, even in its unevenness, it reveals an act of genius. Burke himself points out that the greatest and truest things in life are discovered through trial and error, over time, following the way they already exist in creation.

We can see that the construction of this book follows this path of discovery. In other words, all truth that ever will or ever can exist already does exist. Such truth is for man to discover, uncover, understand, and contemplate, not to create, manipulate, and abuse. Burke approaches the subject of the French Revolution in this manner. He reveals that the French are doing nothing new: their experiments repeat the mistakes of the many others who counter the lessons of history, and of those who counter the very nature and purpose of man. Continue reading

USA: from Republic to Democracy

In 1750, the population of the thirteen colonies of England in North America was 2,148,000.

By the 1670’s, collection of taxes owed to the British Crown by settlers in North America had become problematic, as registered in his “Diary” by John Evelyn.

By 1775, the collection of taxes to be paid by the Americans involved resistance by gunfire on their part. Continue reading

Honor…

A person asked why admire an army that never won a war?

It was an army that emerged out of thin air. Underfed, underpaid, poorly shod, clothes in tatters, fought 4 years and bled their enemy dry while defending their homes, churches, schools, farms, families and communities from an invading force that outnumbered them in men and material. Continue reading

Ross: I Choose Knowledge Over Indoctrination

I know I’ve spoken of this before, but the human brain is an amazing organ. It consists of a mix of water and fatty tissue. Yet within that gelatinous mass there are over 100 billion neurons that gather and transmit signals. Within each human brain is the recollection of every event that shaped that person’s life; both knowledge and personal experiences.

When a person is born their brain is basically empty, aside from the basic operating system which performs the functions of breathing, eating, sleeping, and ridding the body of waste; as well as the stored memories from the time spent in the womb. It is what we learn in life; either through the educational process or by personal experiences that shape us into the people we grow up to be as adults. Continue reading

Bury me with my people” ~ The Cruelty of War

We saw a grave today at Cave Hill Cemetery that intrigued us….it is the grave of a woman buried with the Confederate Soldiers. The Epitaph simply reads…. “Bury me with my people.” ~ David Huff and Jenny Lee Huff, November 9, 2018

The story of Elizabeth Temms

The former Confederate soldier asked only one thing as death grew closer in a Federal prison in Louisville, Kentucky two years after the War had ended. The simple request, “bury me with my people” was apparently ignored by those in charge of the remains, who surely knew where “home” was. Continue reading

The Stars, the Bars and the Southern Cross

The Stainless Banner and hundreds of flags hand-sewn by women to represent their local Civil War battalions: Fascinating history of the many Confederate flags that came before the Southern Cross

Capturing a Confederate battle flag during the Civil War was considered an act of valor with Union soldiers being granted furloughs and awarded Medals of Honor. To qualify, Union soldiers sent the captured flags to the War Department and later on to officials in Washington, D.C. where they were kept in storage until Congress passed an act in 1905 – decades after the war ended – to have them returned to the states of the units that carried them.

So many different variations of Confederate battle flags were created before the Southern Cross became widely accepted as the symbol in 1862, that 279 of them went unidentified and were sent to what was then the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Today, it’s known as The American Civil War Museum and has more than 820 variations of Confederate and Union national, state, presentation, company and regimental battle flags, making it the largest collection in the United States. Continue reading

True causes of the Uncivil War: Understanding the Morrill Tariff

“The Northern onslaught upon slavery is no more than a piece of specious humbug disguised to conceal its desire for economic control of the United States.” ~ Charles Dickens

Most Americans believe the U. S. “Civil War” was over slavery. They have to an enormous degree been miseducated. The means and timing of handling the slavery question were at issue, although not in the overly simplified moral sense that lives in postwar and modern propaganda. But had there been no Morrill Tariff there might never have been a war. The conflict that cost of the lives of 650,000 Union and Confederate soldiers and perhaps as many as 50,000 Southern civilians and impoverished many millions for generations might never have been. Continue reading

100 Years Ago: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

The First World War ended 100 years ago this month on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Nearly 20 million people had perished since the war began on July 28, 1914.

In early 1918, it looked as if the Central Powers — Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire — would win.

Czarist Russia gave up in December 1917. Tens of thousands of German and Austrian soldiers were freed to redeploy to the Western Front and finish off the exhausted French and British armies.

The late-entering United States did not declare war on Germany and Austria-Hungary until April 1917. Six months later, America had still not begun to deploy troops in any great number. Continue reading

New Discovery Proves History Books Were WRONG!

The Eruption of Vesuvius, 1768 by Francesco Fidanza

I have previously written how the academics have REFUSED to revise history even when the evidence has been right in their face. I have previously written that the date for the eruption of Vesuvius could not possibly historically correct based upon a single coin that was discovered in the dig. My position based upon a single coin has now at last been confirmed by writing on a wall recently discovered. This time, they have NO CHOICE!!!! Continue reading

Stone Mountain and the “Monument Man

Those who are defending the historic monuments which are under attack from Cultural Marxism – are the monuments men and women of today.

Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson ~ Stone Mountain, Georgia

When National Socialism came to power in Germany in 1933, it sought an ethnic and cultural cleansing of the country. Jewish culture and art was not considered fully human and underwent a purge. Once Nazi Germany started World War II in 1939, it also sought the same purge for all of Europe. Art considered Germanic was confiscated from all over Europe and brought to Germany. Adolf Hitler planned to create a massive museum in his home town of Linz, Austria, the Furermuseum, which he envisioned to become the cultural center of Europe. Continue reading

My America, 1620

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall

In 1620, an extraordinary thing happened.

At a small landing on the extreme western edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a boat named “Mayflower” rested just off shore of a rock, soon to be named Plymouth. Lost, but not mortally or dreadfully so, roughly 100 “sojourners” and 30 “strangers” arrived on November 11. With Autumn full blown and winter approaching quickly, the 130 had to figure out how to live with one another, how to survive a New England winter, and, most importantly, how to create a permanent community. Continue reading

Was the Fourteenth Amendment Constitutionally Adopted?

President Andrew Johnson

During and after the Civil War, Southerners repeatedly declared that the cause for which they fought was the “sublime moral principle” of states’ rights. Given such protestations, and given the history of southern resistance to federal authority throughout the antebellum period, it is easy enough to associate states’ rights exclusively with the South—but it is also mistaken. Connecticut and Massachusetts endorsed interposition in 1808; the Hartford Convention of 1814 did the same. In 1840 Vermont made it a crime to aid in the capture of a runaway slave, despite the federal fugitive slave act. In 1846 the Massachusetts House of Representatives declared the Mexican War unconstitutional; a decade later Wisconsin asserted the supremacy of its supreme court over the United States Supreme Court. Continue reading

Camp Douglas: Chicago’s forgotten Civil War prison camp

Publisher’s NOTE: For me, what you are about to read has been a fascinating journey – partially because I spent 12 or 13 years of my youth growing up in the ‘burbs about 25 miles north of the Chicago Loop. Even with the amazing teaching of Mr. Adair in the 5th grade, I was not aware of the history nor the monument dedicated to our Brothers from down South. Oh no, no – I am not speaking of the Brutha’s who have probably died in the 32nd Street and Cottage Grove area in modern times – I speak of the ancestors who fought the Second American Revolution. Oh – I guess some of you still call it the Civil War. Well children – no war was ever civil, so just hush yo’ mouth…

When I came across the first part of what lays before you, I was instantly drawn in – but it has sat in my folder for quite some time, but then the second part was placed at my feet just two nights ago – and that was it – it was time to edit and publish this amazing story – and yet – given the topic – it is disgusting as well, but it is our history.

So sit back and breath it in – keeping in mind that the first part of the journey is a bit jaded, due to the Nawth’n way of looking at things? – but the second part gets to the meat of reality. What REALLY went on in this 80 acres of pure Hell? – Oh – and by the way, in 1970 my wife (then fiance) and I went to a birthday party one night around 32nd and Cottage Grove – and we were the only White folks in the ‘hood.

I’ll see you at Sundown…

Prisoners of Camp Douglas

When Chris Rowland’s co-worker told him that Chicago was once home to a Civil War prison camp, he almost didn’t believe it. But a bit of Googling led Chris to a name, Camp Douglas, and a location, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. It also led him to the camp’s gloomy history, one that included dismal living conditions and a death toll that numbered in the thousands. Beyond that, though, Chris, a 36-year-old sales engineer at a South Side manufacturing company, found hardly any information about the camp. So he came to Curious City for help:

Why was there a prison camp in Chicago during the Civil War and why did so many people die there? What happened to it?
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