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How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history

Listen to how this textbook describes slavery. “The master often had a barbecue or a picnic for his slaves. Then they had a great frolic. Even while working in the cotton fields they sang songs. The beat of the music and the richness of their voices made work seem light.” Yikes. That’s from History of …

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Most of us can understand the utility of having a first name: since it prevents us from calling everyone we meet “hey you!” And in many naming customs, surnames are a way to tie us to our family members and express our direct lineage. But why do we have middle names? Do they have any …