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We Brought the Sickness With US

One of the most fascinating aspects of popular interpretation of American History, especially among the Christian nation believers, is the assumption that everything started fresh, that American history started when we got here and is not connected to anything that happened before. This leads to a dangerously simplistic and naive perspective that ignores and denies previous social reality.

Like many, I was taught that the Puritans left England, then Holland, because they were persecuted for their religion. Actually, while they were suppressed in England, that could hardly be called "persecution"; and they left Holland because they saw their children acculturating and did not like that. And the settlers who made Virginia a success - not the original incompetents - were refugees from the English Civil War,  in other word, the losers in that conflict.

We did not start fresh.

Context is Everything - Part 1

Context is everything.

It seems that when we Americans review our history, we tend to think that our history is independent of external events or influences. For example, the settlement of the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies are viewed from hindsight, without consideration of the events in Europe that affected them.

A more accurate and honest appraisal of the early English settlement efforts in the Americas would have to include at least the following considerations:

  • The Jamestown and Plymouth colonies were not the earliest European settlements in North America.
  • The Puritan establishment of New England as a theocratic state was deeply affected by both the English Civil War (1638-1646) and the European Wars of Religion that stretched from approximately 1520-1650.
  • The Tidewater and South Carolina colonies were deeply affected by the English Civil War, but in opposite ways from New England.

A Coup Attempt Against the United States

"Weekend Edition
October 3 - 5, 2008
A Paradigm for Today's Democrats?
FDR's Response to the Plot to Overthrow Him

Perhaps the most alarming slice of twentieth-century U.S. political history is virtually unknown to the general public, including most scholars of American history. In 1934 a special Congressional committee was appointed to conduct an investigation of a possible planned coup intended to topple the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace it with a government modelled on the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

The shocking results of the investigation were promptly scotched and stashed in the National Archives. While the coup attempt was reported at the time in a few newspapers, including The New York Times, the story disappeared from public memory shortly after the Congressional findings were made available to president Roosevelt. It was the recent release from the Archives of the Congressional report that prompted the BBC and Horton commentaries.

Yesterday's Tea Baggers, "American Liberty League," planned fascist coup against FDR

The right-wing organization "American Liberty League," the equivalent of the tea baggers, planned a fascist coup against FDR in fear of regulation of their corporate masters.



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