Slavery was abolished in America at the end of the Civil War, with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The amendment passed Congress in January of 1865 and after much debate it finally passed the Senate in December of that year. As has been pointed out by many, it has a loophole: slavery as a punishment for crime. Continue reading
Posted in History, Slavery, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged 13th Amendment, American history, Angola penitentiary, Black History, Civil War, constitution, Convict Labor, Isaac Franklin, Loophole, Slave Breeding, Slave Trade, slavery, Slavery Loophole, The American Slave Coast
When I was a kid my mother was against school uniforms.
When I was a kid we emigrated to Australia in a BOAC plane that had to stop three times to refuel.
When I was a kid my parents rented a television for one night. They watched a movie that had something to do with a leaking submarine. Continue reading
Posted in History, Lists, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged Age, Australia, childhood, history, humor, memories, politics, school, society, technology, television, the '60s, the 1960s, Writing prompt Age
Okay, today’s prompt is too good not to link to yesterday’s post!
Posted in Language, Psychology, Technology, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged cons, dubious, gullibility, humor, identity theft, Microsoft support, Paypal, Phone scams, scams, writing prompts
Dear Boy Scouts of America (BSA) parents, those of you who were shocked, livid, dismayed, appalled, about Trump’s speech at this year’s National Jamboree,
Tom Horneman probably spoke for a lot of you when he wanted the BSA to apologize: Continue reading
Posted in Government, Open letters, Psychology, Recreation
Tagged 2017 National Jamboree, Boy Scouts of America, BSA, critical thinking, Ethics, Hitler Youth, independent thought, morality, opinion, Scout Law, Scout Oath, Trump
This article is written by my cousin. If you live in Holland or in Europe and you’re able to donate to keep the magazine Lotje&Co afloat, please do. Parents of special-needs children can feel so isolated and this magazine helps them with support and communication.
Posted in Healthcare, Psychology, Writing
Tagged crowdfunding, gezondheidszorg, Lotje&Co, samenleving, society, special needs children, support, welzijn, Writing, zorgintensieve kinderen
Today’s writing prompt is the perfect excuse to revisit the post about my raft book collection.
I’m not big on collections. I used to be. I had all sorts of collections. If I saw something I liked, I would start a collection. Until I felt that I was surrounding myself with things just for the sake of surrounding myself with things, and I got rid of most of them. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Nature, Sports, Uncategorized, Vacations, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged adventure stories, book collections, books, raft books, rafts, survival stories, writing prompt adrift
(It’s April, so it’s National Poetry Writing Month. One prompt I saw this morning was to find a picture of your younger self and write a poem describing the mood and telling your younger self something about the future. I had just the thing already on my mind.) Continue reading