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goodwinRon Goodwin is an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. Even though he was a military “brat,” he still considers San Antonio home. Like his father and brother, Ron joined the U.S. Air Force and while enlisted received his undergraduate degree from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. After his honorable discharge, he completed graduate degrees from Texas Southern University. Goodwin’s book, Blacks in Houston, is a pictorial history of Houston’s black community. His most recent book, Remembering the Days of Sorrow, examines the institution of slavery in Texas from the perspective of the New Deal’s Slave Narratives.

Recent Posts

The Everlasting Light

February 27th, 2019|Comments Off on The Everlasting Light

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it givith light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. -- Matthew 5: 14-16 This is the month set

The Return of the Silent Majority

February 5th, 2019|Comments Off on The Return of the Silent Majority

Fifty years ago, in January 1969, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the thirty-seventh president of the United States. His legacy as President was marred by the Watergate investigations and his eventual resignation from office which overshadowed the way in which he won the office. His central campaign rhetoric was designed to garner support from white Southerners (otherwise known in history as the "Silent Majority") whose racial beliefs leaned heavily towards the support of white

Uncommon integrity

December 5th, 2018|Comments Off on Uncommon integrity

I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.  -- Military Oath

Democratic hypocrisy

December 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Democratic hypocrisy

Democracy (noun) – The belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves.   -- Cambridge Dictionary Over a hundred years ago W.E.B. Dubois asked if one could be black and an American. He saw this “twoness” as perhaps the central issue affecting all Africans in America. Personally, I also feel a unique identity crisis:

Crazy like a fox

November 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Crazy like a fox

We pledge ourselves to use all lawful means to bring about a reversal of this decision (Brown v Board of Education) which is contrary to the Constitution and to prevent the use of force in its implementation.   -- Southern Manifesto, March 1956 Its time our Republic admits to two uncomfortable truths. The first is that our President, Donald Trump, is crazy like a fox. The second, and this may be more uncomfortable than the first, there’s