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Monday, April 18, 2005
 

Paul Robeson and Jefferson Davis: a six degrees thing


Not in the Strom Thurmond/Carrie Butler/Essie Mae Washington sense, of course [1].

Davis was celebrated in the name of the Jefferson Davis Highway which, under the privatized system of road designation which pre-dated the current US Highway system, was designated as running from Washington DC to Blaine, WA. Its sponsor was the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Robeson, whilst effectively barred from leaving the US , gave a famous concert at the Peace Arch, between Blaine and Surrey, BC, in 1952.

That the road should link extremes both geographically and ideologically is piquant.

  1. Did Jefferson Davis father bastards on any of his slaves? He apparently took in (adopted I suspect would be putting it too strongly) a Negro child named Jim Limber.


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