I know. I used to do this kind of drive-by all the time. I would announce that I have a new blog somewhere in hopes that you might be interested enough to click away from LJ and read it, even though I rarely if ever participate here. Some of you would go read it anyway. Thank you for that! Then I would promptly stop posting on the blog. Inshallah, that won't happen this time.
I have four posts to date on Sweet Land of Liberty, a blog oriented around my interests of left libertarian politics, the complexities of identity, and history.
Sweet Land of Liberty. Introduction to the blog's missions — 1. Reclaiming patriotism for progressivism and renewing progressivism through patriotism. 2. Exploring American liberty and identity through a genealogical and historical lens.
Terror and Liberty. Reaction to the #2 of "the base" calling President-elect Obama a "house negro". "Al-Zawahiri’s racism and his clear identification of a Democratic administration as his enemy makes it far more likely that the vast majority of Americans will come around to the following truth: All forces of division are alike—violent criminals, racists, tyrants, and corrupters of faith. Regardless of our identity, we are united.
Eli Melton's Slave. Thoughts on why I want to find my cousins through slavery. This post looks at an ancestor who lived in Rutherford County, North Carolina in 1790. I conclude that I probably can't find any direct proofs of cousinship (I don't necessarily mean just genetic) because all my white Southern ancestral lines left for the Midwest long before Emancipation.
Trane. Then I realize that there is one line of North Carolina Quakers I didn't research. One of their names? Coltrane. Sound familiar? If not proof, what I found is a pretty solid connection between my ancestors and a famous musician.