One of those classic images in our opinion. We hope that you will agree. “The Sugar Plantation“; Florida/Louisiana/Texas c.1915. In our research we eliminated Puerto Rico and Hawaii as possible venues. That leaves Florida, Louisiana and Texas as the other possibilities. As Florida is the leading sugar producing state in the nation the odds favor Florida. Taking a break under the hot sun. If you look closely you can see the cane knife protruding from the ground behind the little boy. A cut off cane stalk is in the foreground. Just some clues that you pick up in the field.
Here’s wishing you a happy Columbus Day! But like all things in life it does depend on your point of view. Just ask the Kuna indigenous people of Panama. It has been a truism throughout the history of mankind that when two civilizations unknown to each other make contact that the more technologically advanced civilization will destroy the other. “Kuna Women and Children“; Panama (1964).
The dream of one day a free Cuba remains strong on Long Island. “Cuba Libre“; West Babylon, N. Y. (October 6, 2019).
The latest addition to our chain gang collection is “Georgia Chain Gang“; Gainesville, Georgia c.1950. This group is segregated, of course. I actually passed one of these chain gangs in Georgia while driving on I-95 to Florida in 1992. I could not believe my eyes. A real good reason to be on your best behavior while passing through Georgia.
You can’t make this stuff up. I’m sure that late night television will have a field day with this insanity. We have argued quite seriously in previous blogs that walls don’t work. History has proven this. If a wall on our southern border were to be constructed it would soon be breached one way or another so the Administration would have to take further measures. Perhaps guard towers with machine guns? How about a mine field? Why stop there? Create a demilitarized zone and thence a buffer zone. The absurdity is the product of disturbed thinking. The Statue of Liberty would be weeping if it is not already. This is not who we are as a people.