Founding The Peculiar Institution– Race and Labour in Early America

Many groups came to the New World, for many different reasons. They found different climates in different areas, which created different social structures. The fertile soil and warm climate in the south created a need for large numbers of unskilled labourers, which led to the development of race-based slavery, a situation which has lasting effects on the United States even today. The cooler climate and rocky soil in the north created a society that depended more on industry, commerce, and wage labour. This division between societies would become more and more jarring in the aftermath of the American Revolution, and eventually lead to the Civil War. Continue reading

The Ashes of Atlanta (the Civil War rage-fit devolves into symbolic poetry)

A little girl did sit and cry
Amid the ashes of Atlanta
“Why did they burn my home?” she said
“What have I done to them?
My daddy’s in a prison and
My mamma cries when no one’s near
The soldiers in blue scare me
I wish they were far away from here.” Continue reading