About Berry Craig

Berry Craig is a native Kentuckian, a professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance journalist. He is a member of the American Federation of Teachers and the Kentucky Education Association/National Education Association. He is the author of True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo, which he describes as "a strictly non-partisan chronicle of our political past from Gov. Isaac Shelby to Gov. Ruby Laffoon."

Facebooking for social justice

Facebook pages aren’t just for social networking. They can promote social justice, too, according to Axel Caballero and Ofelia Yañez of Los Angeles. They’re battling anti-Latino “Tea Party racism and violence” on Cuéntame, their Facebook page. “Both Ofelia and I have seen with great sadness and frustration how Tea Partiers … Continue reading

Tea Baggers and Tories

The “Tea Baggers” made LEO’s “list of the 50 grandest, most brain-bending and spirit-crushing gaffes, foibles and malicious undertakings” of 2009. LEO is short for Louisville Eccentric Observer, an alternative newsweekly — print and online — in Kentucky’s largest city. “…Folks and organizations qualify for our infamous awards because, generally … Continue reading

Scared turtles

It is the great unmentionable in the health care debate. It is an attitude apparently shared by many voters.  The Democrats keep quiet about it because they don’t want to make voters mad. The same attitude is helping the Republicans thwart reform. But they won’t acknowledge it publicly for fear of looking bad. B. Smith isn’t scared … Continue reading

“…Slavery and race were absolutely critical elements in the coming of the war”

I just saw another Rebel-flag emblazoned “Heritage not Hate” bumper sticker. I suspect I’ll see more during the sesquicentennial observances of the Civil War.  The “Heritage not Hate” folks claim slavery had nothing to do with the Civil War. Neo-Confederates – and there are more than a few in my native Kentucky – claim that … Continue reading