Two Narratives

There are two narratives in the American story that parallel their way thru our history, rugged individualism and mutual aid. Depending on which narrative you subscribe, you are more or less likely to be conservative or liberal. Personally, I believe in mutual aid, so I see US history from the view point of the miners, auto workers, and textile workers who organized, protested, sweat, bled and died for a decent day’s hours and a decent day’s wage. From the view point of the silent sentinels standing in front of the white house in 1919 asking the simple question “How long Mr. President until women vote?” Four young men from NC A&T and a seamstress from Montgomery who sat down so that I could stand up. The Bonus Army, the Underground Railroad, the Settlement Houses, these things speak to me.



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