The Silent Sentinels outside the White House, 1917

In which I answer the question, “What’s next?”, part 2: the suffrage ladies and me

The suffrage ladies may not be done with me. Those were the women who, between 1910 and 1920, affected the most profound change in the make-up of the electorate in the history of the Republic. In 2013, Seeing Suffrage was published by the University of Tennessee Press. The book was about the 1913 Washington suffrage […]

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Blue Angels streak across the pasture for fourth straight day

Few sights get the blood to pumping or raise the goosebumps on your skin like the sight of a sleek Navy fighter jet streaking across the sky. When the jet is streaking across the treeline of your pasture, the heart pumps faster. When you get six of them — the pilots performing with mathematical precision […]

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Blue Angels practice — over our pasture

These shots of the Blue Angels were taken from in front of my shop as they practiced for the Smoky Mountain Air Show this weekend.

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In which I answer the question “What’s next?”, part 1

Not that there is a wildfire of burning interest about this topic out there. Most folks, I suspect, will shrug, and if they think anything at all, they will think, “Well, it’s about time.”

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Jane Burleson, grand marshal of the 1913  Washington Suffrage Parade, halts at the beginning of the parade to see that the participants are following her.

Seeing Suffrage: Starting the 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade

Sometime around 3:20 p.m. on March 3, 1913, Jane Burleson gave the signal, and the 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade commenced on Pennsylvania Avenue. A short time after that, the arc of the suffrage movement changed markedly.

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Advertising re-Inauguration Parade -- February, 1913

Seeing Suffrage: Advertising the parade

At the beginning of 1913, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns had a little more than two months to plan an eye-popping suffrage parade that would set the suffrage movement onto a different course. They not only needed participants; they needed spectators.

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Seeing Suffrage: Planning the 1913 Washington Woman’s Suffrage Parade

March: Women’s History Month Plans for a gigantic suffrage parade along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., in 1913 began as soon as Alice Paul and Lucy Burns convince the National American Woman Suffrage Association to put them in charge of its Congressional Committee in late November 1912. Paul and Burns, who had been friends since […]

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Women’s History Month: The Marysville (Missouri) Ladies Military Band

The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade. The Missouri Ladies Military Band of Marysville, Missouri, was a 35-member band that traveled more than 1,500 miles to participate in the parade. The band wore blue uniforms and impressed the onlookers with their music and their precision. The first picture is the band just before the parade began. The […]

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A web journalism start-up worth a long look

A former student of mine, Hannah Margaret Allen, is a founding editor at a new website called Inverse. The site is aimed at people who are seriously into looking at the present and the future. Here’s what she says about it: “Men’s publications have historically leaned on the idea that manhood is an achievable goal, […]

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The First Amendment today

The nation seems to be in a state of perpetual war, and during times of crisis, individual freedoms are always in danger. Professor Dwight Teeter of the University of Tennessee discusses the state and strength of First Amendment freedoms today.

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