Best of the Blogs (6-2-2017)

  1. This article from provides an excerpt from a book about Arkansas’s post World War II and Vietnam Era Senator J. William Fulbright and his discussion about the Reconstruction-Based origins of Southern poverty. Although the Rhodes scholar opposed school integration he was otherwise quite liberal. He was, for example, an early proponent for the United Nations, an early opponent of McCarthyism and a mentor to future President Bill Clinton.  The senator was also the originator of the Fulbright merit-based scholarship program.
  2.  A second article from discloses Abraham Lincoln’s real estate holdings in Council Bluffs, Iowa when the town was selected as the eastern terminus of the first transcontinental railroad authorized by the 1862 Pacific Railroad Act early in Lincoln’s first term as president.

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