There is always a glimmer of hope when things that seem hopeless. Whether it be an election that seems to never end or the virus that ruins everything for the holidays. It is perspective.
When I became associated with the Calhoun County Museum in 2015, the first exhibit I focused on was the Civil War. I began with artifact collection and did a lot of research on the impact of that conflict upon the people of Calhoun County. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information to be had and much had already been organized and consolidated by numerous researchers. As I studied old documents, I began to see parallels between the early 1860’s and 2015. I could see the beginning of breakdown in communication between two factions. From my history studies I knew there were compromises between the two sides on the issue of slavery that postponed direct confrontation.
Joseph Carter Corbin built one of the most successful African-American universities in the nation from nothing and helped keep it alive when so many forces threatened to wreck it. He was born in Chilicothe, Ohio, in 1833, into a family of free African-Americans and the oldest of twelve children. He was extremely intelligent as a youngster. At a young age, Corbin developed a passion for teaching, and left to teach school at age 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. He returned to Ohio to complete his own education, earning a bachelors and masters degree at Ohio University by 1856.
The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 horrified the American people. America wanted to strike back hard to tell Japan that America would not be defeated. In spring 1942, America got that chance with Doolittle’s Raid, a feat helped in part by Arkansan Robert Hite.
History is forgotten in the struggle for control and power. December 7 came and went and this ‘Day of Infamy’ fl ashed by with a little more than a spark. Decades of debate and debacles are dismissed for decisive determination of delegates. (OK, that was just fun to write.)