“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”
After two months of reading, and a trip to Gettysburg, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, here’s a little of what’s on my mind:
- The Civil War
- The battle for how history is told
- Robert E. Lee and “honor”
- The muddy boots of U.S. Grant at Appomattox
- The disparity in the number of black Americans in prison today
- The war of wills between the American South and the Radical Republicans in the years 1868-1877
- Two books: Douglas A. Blackmon’s Slavery by Another Name and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- My apolitical life around which political leanings are gathering
- The revival that swept through the camps of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac in 1863-64, following Gettysburg and Vicksburg
- White privilege and whether David Mamet, in Race, is right about what white folk have to say about race. Which is nothing…
- What Christ’s ministry would have looked like in Reconstruction Louisiana
- How we run from our lives
- The power and fallibility of the Supreme Court
- The process of memorializing war, heroism, the dead, and the causes that cost young men (mostly) their lives
- Biracial life
- The role of fathers in the lives of daughters among people of all skin colors
- The power of sin…and evil
- The fact that my Lenten fast has been a complete fail this year
- The play emerging in my mind, and my love of the characters in it.
- The fact that we are all involved in a grand “lost cause”
- Pacifism and the accomplishments of War
How’s that for a list? There’s more, but that’s a fair start.
There’s got to be a piece of theatre in there somewhere.
In days to come, I’ll riff on some of this stuff, keeping a loose, improv sort of thing going. If I wait to blog until I get all my thoughts straight, I’ll never write. But here’s the thing. There’s so much I don’t know about this stuff. And I must say, it’s far more interesting to pursue writing in areas in which I am passionately curious, knowing that the process of the search is life-changing, conversation changing, and effort changing.
It’s been 150 years…