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How Sears mail-order catalogs undermined Jim Crow racism

Monday's announcement that Sears would file for bankruptcy and close 142 stores came as little surprise to anyone who has followed the retail giant's collapse in recent years. Still, the news inspired a wave of nostalgia for a company that sold an ideal of middle-class life to generations of Americans.

A lesser-known aspect of Sears' 125-year history, however, is how the company revolutionized rural black southerners' shopping patterns in the late 19th century, subverting racial hierarchies by allowing them to make purchases by mail or over the phone and avoid the blatant racism that they faced at small country stores.

"What most people don't know is just how radical the catalogue was in the era of Jim Crow," Louis Hyman, an associate professor of history at Cornell University, wrote in a Twitter thread that was shared over 7,000 times Monday in the wake of the news of Sears' demise. By allowing African Americans in southern states to avoid price-gouging and condescending treatment at their local stores, he wrote, the catalog "undermined white supremacy in the rural South."

Congratulations are in order

Trump's next rally is 10/18

Think he'll have an arrow for Fauxcahontas in his quiver?

Quote of the day

"Do you really think I'd call Russia to help with an election. Gimme a break."

Obama campaign support is kiss of death

When he took office in 2008 the Dems controlled both houses. After eight years of him being the de facto leader of the Dem party, the Rs controlled both houses.

During his 8 years in office, Dems lost over 1,000 elected state/local positions.

Especially near the end of the 2016 GE cycle, he campaigned heavily for Hillary. Despite that and her spending nearly twice as much as Trump, she lost.

Thank you, President Obama, for revitalizing the Republican party.

Future Democrat leadership

Quote of the day

President Trump:

“I’m not a drinker. I can honestly say I never had a beer in my life. It’s one of my only good traits,” he said to laughter in the Rose Garden, responding to a question from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

“I never had a glass of alcohol. I never had alcohol, for whatever reason,” he added. “Can you imagine if I had? What a mess I would be. I would be the world’s worst. I never drank, OK?”

How come the IPCC never recommends rationing instead of taxation to curb global warming?

You know the answer.

Republican mob forming in Erie, PA

Looks like a nice day - lots of people wearing shorts.
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