Month: September 2017

Victoria To The Rescue

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politics

I was imagining a scene. It’s the grandees of the Conservative party, mostly men and older. They are watching television in the privacy of their club or a private room at the House Of Commons. They are beaming. I can hear exclamations of pleasure at what is happening on the screen. It is an episode of Victoria – about Queen Victoria. She is telling her beastly German in-laws not to try to treat her like […]

North and South

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society

There’s a readable article in Slavery in the North. Here’s the first couple of sentences: African slavery is so much the outstanding feature of the South, in the unthinking view of it, that people often forget there had been slaves in all the old colonies. Slaves were auctioned openly in the Market House of Philadelphia; in the shadow of Congregational churches in Rhode Island; in Boston taverns and warehouses; and weekly, sometimes daily, in Merchant’s […]