Tuesday, May 08, 2012

History History History

I enjoy all types and periods of history and altho the transition of the 1N34 Germanium diode to the 1N34A Germanium diode is interesting what I really prefer is social transitions and my two favorable periods for this is the time between WW1 and WW2 and the 1960's.

In looking at regional history, 1966 was a pivotal year as it was the year school integration and busing took full effect.  Blacks and Whites were frustrated and mad over the Federal and State Government cramping crap down their throats.  School Dances and Proms became tensions ridden events, White community support of the school sports teams hit an all time low when Black players made up the majority of the team.  However Blacks were now being written about in the newspapers in a positive fashion as opposed to prior to 1966 when they only made the paper when they were arrested or some White person did something charitable for a Black organization.  Usually there was one positive Black (The Token Black) article in each edition of the newspaper.  For a researcher of historical events even that was a blessing as now you could do a limited amount of Black Genealogy. 

On April 9th,  1966, in this period of turmoil, the Ku Klux Klan made one of it's last public demonstration in Delaware.  It held a rally and cross burning between Dagsboro and  Millsboro with Bennie P. Sartin, the Great Titan of the area Klan, as the main speaker.  The 30 foot cross was prevented from being set on fire at the end of the rally because the State officials had declared a burn ban.   Tons of Delaware State Troopers were sent in to initimidate the audiance.  It was followed by another rally in May at the same site.  Edward Twadell from Unit 13 of the Wilmington Klan was the main speaker with additional speakers of Vernon C. Naimaster, head of the Maryland Ku Klux Klan, Charles J. Luthardt, candidate for Maryland Governor, and Michael Desmond (Sadiwhite) a Pennsylvania Klan organizer.  In spite of the efforts of the State, Klan membership increased dramatically in this time period.  Today one rarely hears of a KKK demonstration.  Like they say it is an  Invisible Empire.


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