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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbWe have seen some major events on March 6th over the past two hundred years. In 1836, this day witnessed the storming of the Alamo by Santa Ana’s forces; the 163 Texian defenders were overwhelmed by the Mexican army and most defenders lost their lives. But the Battle of san Jacinto a short time later would see the Texians win their independence and establish the Republic of Texas. The rallying cry for that latter battle was “Remember the Alamo!” The state of Texas would later make the Spanish Mission in San Antonio a historic site.

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Also on this day we received two life and death decisions from our court system. The first, in 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the slave, Dred Scott, did not have grounds to gain freedom for himself or his family. This led to his continued enslavement and fed the fires of the abolitionists. More recently, in 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg would face the court in their trial as spies for the Soviet Union. They were accused of passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II. They would be convicted and executed in 1953.

A milestone in broadcasting was passed in 1981 when Walter Cronkite, the dean of evening news anchors. On this night, Cronkite who had been the anchor of The CBS Evening News for nineteen years would retire his anchor spot. Dan Rather would take over the evening anchor desk. Cronkite was remembered for his ending of each broadcast with the iconic words, “And that’s the way it is: Friday, March 6, 1981.”

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

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Quotations Related to Slavery:

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“Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North.”
— Andrew Johnson

“Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer, it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.”
— Spike Lee

“Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.”
— Maria W. Chapman

“Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.”
— Thomas Clarkson

“Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.”
— Pope John Paul II

“The North understand it better – they have told us for twenty years that their object was to pen up slavery within its present limits – surround it with a border of free States, and like the scorpion surrounded with fire, they will make it sting itself to death.”
— Robert Toombs

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

 

Commentary:

JerryPhotoThe one big case of Americans spying for the Soviet Union to come out of Joseph McCarthy’s Senate hearings was that of the Rosenbergs. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty (1951) and executed (1953) for passing secrets of the Atomic bomb designed and built by the Manhattan Project during World War II. Ethel’s brother worked on the Manhattan Project in New Mexico and is believed to have passed the info about “Fat Man” atomic bomb. This information was then passed on to Julius’ KGB handler.

The Rosenbergs were executed at Sing Sing Prison. Since their death, information has become available to shed more light on the issues. But the facts tend to indicate that the jury’s decision was well-based. The excesses of the Senate committee chaired by McCarthy and the HUAC committee in the house were real and a result of the anti-communist scare of the 1940s and 1950s.

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Americans tend to exhibit a “Passionate State of Mind”, ala Eric Hoff. This leads us to extremist views, such as those associated with the “Tea Party” or “Moral Majority”. We need to keep a perspective on extremism at either end of the spectrum.

But, we must proceed to our exploration of today’s topic…  GLB

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Quotations Related to JULIUS ROSENBERG:

    

“My opinion was that if we had a common enemy we should get together commonly.”
— Julius Rosenberg

“There was a possibility I could have been under surveillance.”
— Julius Rosenberg

“This death sentence is not surprising. It had to be.”
— Julius Rosenberg

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