Today in 1939, Dixie Virginia Carter was born in McLemoresville, Tennessee. Carter was a beauty queen and an actress best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women, a television show set in Atlanta that aired on CBS from 1986 to 1993.
Today in 1934, Bonnie Parker was ambushed and murdered by a detail of Texas officers in Beinville Parish, Louisiana. Parker was born in 1910 in Rowena, Texas, and later moved with her mother to West Dallas. She dropped out of school and married at 15, though by 1929 she was separated from her husband, working … [Read more…]
Today we mark the anniversary of the birth of a pioneering Southern historian. Anne King Gregorie was born near Savannah, Georgia on 20 May 1887, but her family returned to their traditional home near Mount Pleasant, South Carolina in 1893. She entered Winthrop College in 1903 and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 1906. … [Read more…]
In honor of GIVE OUT DAY, here is Joan Denman at her bookstore, Rubyfruit Books, in 1986. It was the first bookstore opened in support of the LGBT community in Tallahassee, Florida, and it was named for ground-breaking and controversial author Rita Mae Brown’s first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. Please GIVE freely and generously in support … [Read more…]
“Better had Jefferson Davis and every man who held a commission in the Confederate Army been shot for treason than universal suffrage bestowed on an ignorant race.” – Captain E.W. Cannon, writing about Reconstruction. I remember the first time I said it out-loud, in mixed company. My Great-Great Grandfather was a white supremacist. Captain E.W. … [Read more…]
Today on Friday politics: This week Carly Fiorina became the second female candidate to announce she’s running for President in 2016. She is seeking the Republican nomination. When asked about women’s issues, Ms. Fiorina now famously quipped: “I find it personally insulting as a woman that the Democratic Party talks about women’s issues,” she said. … [Read more…]