Thomas Nast's “The Union as it was/The Lost Cause, worse than Slavery” ran in Harper's Weekly in 1874. The figure to the left is labeled “White League” and the K.K.K. figure to the right shake hands over a terrorized couple with their baby. Above their heads are the words “Worse Than Slavery.” In the background is a lynching victim and a school house in flames. At the top, the words “The Union as it Was” and “This is a White Man's Government”
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Thomas Nast's “The Union as it was/The Lost Cause, worse than Slavery” ran in Harper's Weekly in 1874. The figure to the left is labeled “White League” and the K.K.K. figure to the right shake hands over a terrorized couple with their baby. Above their heads are the words “Worse Than Slavery.” In the background is a lynching victim and a school house in flames. At the top, the words “The Union as it Was” and “This is a White Man's Government”

This Week in Louisiana History

On July 23, 1879, after a decade of reconstruction rule, Louisiana adopted a constitution that paved the way for the restriction of liberty for former slaves and “free people of color” alike. Prior to the Civil War, Louisiana’s community of “free people of color” consisted of people with at least partial African ancestry who were not slaves. Often called Creoles or Black Creoles, some had never been slaves; some bought their own freedom; some were granted freedom by their white fathers, though their mothers were enslaved; and others took a different route. This community inhabited a cultural space between … Continue reading →

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Vote, it's a hard-won right

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Molly Manson

Voting, both as a privilege and a responsibility, is an activity often neglected.

Typically, in elections that do not include a gubernatorial or presidential race, the voter turnout is low.

In Louisiana's next election, Nov. 4, voters will decide on constitutional amendments, plus elect U.S. senators and representatives, justices of the peace, state representatives, district attorneys, mayors and other officials.

These local elections have an influence on our daily lives that is both far-reaching and immediate.

Read “This Week in Louisiana History” to see how far we have come in allowing all citizens of Louisiana to vote.

Ever heard of a 529 plan?

Posted on July 25, 2014 by Molly Manson

No? Me either.

I read about 529 plans in Michelle Singletary's column on Friday, May 22. It's a way to save for college expenses for your children or grandchildren.

It's worth checking in to, but a little daunting to consider. According to one chart, if you want to pay for your newborn's college education at a public university, you need to set aside $517 a month until the final month of college. Yikes!

Of course, here in Louisiana we have TOPS to count on.

At any rate, it's something to consider. Here are some links.

http://www.startsaving.la.gov/savings/index.jsp
http://www.savingforcollege.com/

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