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LOUIS FOWLER, 84, was BORN A SLAVE to Robert Beaver, in Macon Co., Georgia. Fowler did not take his father's name, but that of his stepfather...'bout my pappy, I lets you judge. Look at my hair. De color am red, ain't it? My beard am red and my eyes is brown and my skin am light yellow. Now, who does you think my pappy was? You don't know, of course, but I knows, 'cause on dat plantation am a man dat am over six feet tall and his hair as red as a brick." (Texas Slave Narratives 1937)

An amazing man...General Joshua Chamberlain, hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, professor of rhetoric, Governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College. Also the character upon whom Jeff Daniel's character in Gettysburg was based.

from The Atlantic

Nat Turner’s Insurrection

A pair of former Slaves, photographed after their escape. (Corbis)

When Corregidor and Bataan fell in 1942, there were 11 US Navy nurses and 66 Army nurses who were captured along with the American and Filipino forces, and imprisoned in and around the city of Manila. These 77 women became known as the Angels of Bataan (sometimes even referred to as the Battling Belles of Bataan) who, despite being prisoners of war, continued to serve as an active nursing unit until their liberation in February 1945.

from the Guardian

Thank you Vasili Arkhipov, the man who stopped nuclear war

Vasili Arkhipov