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The score was 222-0, part 4

As we have seen, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College in a 1916 football game that ended with the score of 222-0 with Cumberland being on the losing end of the contest. An interesting footnote to...

 

The score was 222-0, part 3

Cumberland University of Tennessee sent a small group of athletes to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1916 to play a football game against Georgia Tech. The outcome, as we have seen, was a 222-0 thrashing with...

 

The score was 222-0, part 1

Many sports trivia fans know that the most lopsided score ever in a college football game was 222-0. The contest that produced that sad result was Georgia Tech versus Cumberland University. The year...

 

Oklahoma Profile: Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman was born in Oklahoma (in 1925) to parents who were the children of European immigrants. His mother’s people were English while his father’s folks were Germans. The Hillermans...

 

A girl and her guitar

All over Europe (and probably in other parts of the world, too) there are people known as “buskers.” According to one dictionary, a busker is “a person who performs music or other entertainment...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 10

With this article we will conclude our look at the women drivers who have helped make the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) the most diverse motorsports organization in the world. We will accomplish...

 

Drag Queens on Wheels, part 9

Looking at some of the more successful female drivers who participate in events sponsored by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) shows that several have won individual races but only four have...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 8

Both Ashley and Courtney Force had successful careers in the sport of drag racing. Working for the motorsports empire founded by their father, John Force, both women won several races sanctioned by...

 

Drag queens on wheels – Part 6

The sport of drag racing is extremely expensive! In addition to one or more valuable cars, one must have a crew of mechanics who can make the vehicles run flawlessly and fix any problems that can...

 

Random Thoughts

In the decades since Shirley Muldowney won her three championships in the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Top Fuel category, several other female drivers have also excelled at drag racing....

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 4

When Shirley Muldowney began competing in the “Top Fuel” category of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) in 1973, she faced discrimination from fans of the sport as well as some of her fellow...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 2

During the 1950s, drag racing became popular in the United States. This was true whether people engaged in the activity informally or as an organized sport with standardized rules. One indication of...

 

Drag queens on wheels, part 1

Almost everyone agrees that women in the United States have had to struggle to attain some measure of equality in their lives. For example, a little over a century ago (in 1920, to be exact), women...

 

Two disputed elections, part 4

The United States has seen numerous disputed elections in its history, from the presidency on down to the state and local level. One contested election occurred in 1918 in a campaign for a seat in...

 

Two disputed elections, part 3

With the 1876 presidential election being so close that its outcome was disputed, Congress created a 15-member commission to resolve the matter. The question before the commission was whether to...

 

Two disputed elections, part 2

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Republican members of Congress refused to allow former Confederate states to have seats in that body for several years. Meanwhile, over the veto of President Andrew J...

 

Two disputed elections, part 1

As everyone should know, the United States has experienced several contested (or disputed) elections in its past. In a democracy such as ours, fair elections are crucial to a functioning government....

 

The Great Pretendian, part 5

As Jamake Highwater became an increasingly prominent figure in American Indian literary and cultural circles, more and more people in the United States came to know him. The number of books he was pub...

 

The Great Pretendian, part 4

In the late 1960s and for several years thereafter, the American literary world was witnessing what eventually became known as the Native American Renaissance. Numerous American Indian authors were...

 

The Great Pretendian, part 3

In 1969 Jackie Marks made his way from California to New York City to further his journalism career. Marks was already somewhat successful, having published numerous magazine articles and two books....

 

The Great Pretendian, part 2

In February 1931 in Los Angeles, California, Marcia Marks gave birth to a baby boy. She and her husband, Alexander, named their child Jackie. Jackie Marks grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from...

 

The Great Pretendian, part 1

A few years ago, when I was in graduate school hoping to become an important historian of the American West (and land a job in a university), my advisor and mentor was an expert on Native American...

 

Big man in congress, part 3

Dixon Lewis was an influential member of the U.S. Senate when he died in October 1848 at the relatively young age of 46. Having married into the politically powerful Elmore family, Lewis had a very...

 

Big man in Congress,, part 2

As we saw last week, Dixon Hall Lewis served almost two decades in Congress: more than 15 years in the House of Representatives and four-and-a-half years in the Senate. A states’ rights Democrat,...

 

Big man in Congress, part 1

This story is about a man named Dixon Hall Lewis. He lived a privileged existence, having been born on a plantation in Virginia in 1802. Young Dixon was still a toddler when his parents relocated to...

 

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