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Race and the Wild West

Sarah Blair Bickford was born a slave in eastern Tennessee in 1852, the exact date of her birth is unknown. Her childhood is linked to some cruel conditions although according to the author’s research, Sarah had the opportunity to have some training and experiences other slave girls may not have had. She learned to read by attending church with her owner. After the Civil War was over, the country was being consumed by feelings of racism. When other African Americans thought about their future and opportunities they selected Montana as their future home. For unknown reasons, Sarah decided to join the group. She was eight years old and considered as mulatto. There was another girl named Sarah, who was three. It is unclear which Sarah was the person of the intense study and this book. After research and the passage of time, it is believed the three year old Sarah is the subject.

What we used to know

What we used to know, we know no more. I still have the picture hanging in my office of John Wayne in the movie Hondo walking through the desert with his old dog carrying his saddle after his horse was killed. The caption says “life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

Rich people encounter housing problems

For those of us who have a passing interest in how much home prices are fluctuating around the country, there was an interesting article in the paper about home prices in the Hamptons in New York. There, the one-percenters from the New York City area have created their own private world. There is a lack of availability of homes to purchase in the area even for people with big bucks and it is causing a lot of anguish on their part.


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