The story of Atlanta’s struggle with segregation was centered on neither the crusade of civil rights activists nor the reactionary resistance of segregationists. Instead, that struggle centered on the moderate coalition of white politicians, elite businessmen, and African American leaders who dictated the pace of racial change. However, the perception of “close cooperation” did not… Read More “The City Too Busy to Hate:” Atlanta and the Politics of Progress
I. The Changing South 1. Old Politics, New People The Old “Southern” Politics The politics of the old south—that is, pre-Civil Rights movement—were overwhelmingly dominated a one-party system of the Democratic Party. As a result, the Democratic Party highly depressed rates of white political participation, relentless subordination and exclusion of African Americans from politics, and… Read More “Politics and Society in the South”; ‘The Changing South’
**This posting reflects only the Introduction. Reference: Kruse Presentation November 28, 2005. Introduction In stories spun by its supporters, Atlanta had—according to Mayor William Hartsfield—become “the city too busy to hate.” It would seem that Atlanta, from the perspective of countless admirers, from the press, and from the President of the United States, was the modern example… Read More Kruse (2005) “White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism.
In Antiquity, “folly” (what in modernity, we’d call madness) was celebrated. Frequently, the afflicted expressed some example of “blind truth.” However, in Madness and Civilization Foucault created a genealogy using original documents to establish an adequate context for mental illness, folly, and unreason. That is to say, to re-create how those impairments existed in their… Read More Foucault (1961), “Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.”
“This book is about space, about language, about death; it is about the act of seeing, the gaze” (ix). Foucault begins by describing Pomme’s treatment of a female hysteric, who he directed to take bath lasting ten to twelve hours for ten months. As result, her skin peeled off along with the intestines. The destroyed… Read More Foucault (1963), “The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception”
Freud’s analysis of this case of Hysteria, is only one of three other cases. The other two involve a “Rat Man” who fear rats would enter and devour his anus and a “Wolf Man” who suffered severe depression that Freud linked to a childhood dream involving 6 or 7 white wolves staring at him from… Read More Bell (2013), “A Case of Hysteria (Dora)” [Freud]
Sophocles’ Oedipus the King offers the expected elements of a Greek tragedy. In this case, it involves the tragic character who manages to have a collection of incredibly bad events happen to him. The common understanding of Oedipus the King is the idea that he kills his father and marries his mother. However, after careful consideration of… Read More Grene (2010), “Oedipus the King” [Sophocles]
Review of Barr (2004) Meaning of Is… Bob Barr represented the Seventh District of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for four terms between January 1995 and January 2003. He served in the 104th – 107th congresses. During his tenure, he was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, vice chairman of the Government Reform… Read More Barr (2004), “The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton.”