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November 2015

The Forgotten American

The Forgotten American by Terrance Mann ( Jamestown, Indentured Servitude and a notion of self-governance) Part II ( a notion of self-government in the New World) The Virginia Company went bankrupt in 1624. The Company left behind the notion of self- government via House of Burgesses. The localized system of government represented all the settlements that developed between 1607 -1624. The House of Burgesses could over-ride the Crown’s Governor but rarely if ever did so and more or less worked hand in hand with the Crown. Of the more than 10,000 who came to the New World during this period, only 1,275 survived at the time of the Virginia Company’s bankruptcy. It was these Colonists, these survivors, who knew how to make it in the New World. Armed with a way to produce, export, no taxation (or tribute) of labor and a notion of self- governance a wealthy colony grew. In the underpinnings of this colony, there lurked a dark evil, and it was not slavery. Something much more sinister was at play - an unstated European class structure that continued down through the centuries to one degree or another fostering a master/slave relationship. This unstated class structure plagued the southern colonies/states and continues today in milder forms of corporatist giveaways, like cell phones for the poor and section eight housing. As a rule, President Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society was nothing more than a conduit for the cloaked class structure to live off of the working families and to keep poor people in poverty. While playing on the Christian “working class” psychologically to feel guilty for social ills that were created by the people reaping the rewards in government monies. Funny, how these “gentleman” can’t seem to make their way without the good grace of the “common man” and his willingness for peace and harmony. What happened to America with the Progressive movement in the 20th century was nothing more than another scheme to tax labor and we learned again ( or should learn) the same lesson the Colonist learned at Jamestown. America’s first experiment with communism - as it would at all other times of human history, required enforcement. That is a point left-leaning historians never mention in their lectures and writings. In short, the workers were being taxed from sunrise to sunset for their God-given labor. The Revolutionary Generation in America maintained a memory of Captain Smith’s feudal system and ensured one’s talent, and labor is not subject to taxation. In this country, God-given talent was considered sacred at the time of our Independence from” Feudal Europe.” What happened to us? The learned Fool writes his Nonsense in better Language than the unlearned; but still ‘tis Nonsense. - Ben Franklin Next Month The Forgotten American will take a detour back to Merry Old England as we take a look at the King, his fiat coinage and the erosion of the purchasing power of the lowly commoner. Our historic narrative will compare the destruction of the King’s fiat coinage to modern America leaving the gold standard under Nixon, stagnation of wages since the 1970s and the destruction of the middle class via master card and visa. Comments? E-Mail to Bring in this ad to get $5 off with the purchase of $25 or More! No Waiting! Get your favorite AVON product today! 30 Albemarle Tradewinds November 2015

THE BENEFIT OF GOING TO LAW by: Ben Franklin Two beggars traveling along, One blind, the other lame. Pick’d up an oyster on the way, To which they both laid claim: The matter rose so high, that they Resolv’d to go to law, As often richer fools have done, Who quarrel for a straw. A lawyer took it straight in hand, Who knew his business was To mind nor one nor t’other side, But make the best o’ the cause, As always in the law’s the case; So he his judgment gave, And lawyer-like he thus resolv’d What each of them should have; Blind plaintif, lame defendant, share The friendly laws impartial care, A shell for him, a shell for thee, The middle is the lawyer’s fee. Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705 April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and a university. Franklin earned the title of “The First American” for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity, first as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies. As the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, “In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat.”To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin “the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become.” Picture and Biography Sources: Wikipedia Family Traditions of Service: An Historical Tribute to Veterans The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center announce the November 3rd opening of a premier exhibit from the Military Collection of the State Archives of North Carolina and the Outer Banks History Center. This exhibit serves as an historical tribute to over 100 years of military service of local residents and their families. It includes some “never before displayed” photos, documents, and art related to 20th century military service. The exhibit will be on display until November 13th upstairs in the Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo, NC. The exhibit is part of a broader Veterans celebration by The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center that includes a reception and program at the Dare County Arts Council on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7 PM. The program will include a short preview of the exciting new documentary film, Mysteries of the Graveyard, by Bryan Jones - noted local videographer and independent researcher, and a panel discussion that will elaborate on the current exhibit in the History Center Gallery. Ms. Aida Havel, Chairman, Friends of the OBHC, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Kaeli Schurr, OHBC Curator/Site Manager, will serve as Moderator. Distinguished panelists include: • Clarence Lewis, Sgt. 1st Class, U.S. Army (ret.), Chairman, Veterans Advisory Council; Barbara St. Amand, Board member, • Tonya Midgett, Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class, U.S. Coast Guard; Friends of the OBHC • Joan Collins, daughter of Lt. Herman F. Collins, USCG (deceased); Kaeli Schurr, Curator, OBHC • James Charlet, U.S. Lifesaving Service Historian; and Phone: (252-473-9611) or (252-473-2655) • Bryan Jones. Email: or This event is part of a weeklong series of activities, Veterans Week – coordinated by DCAC, that comprise a community tribute to veterans, their families, and the men and women who work to protect our coastal waters, our country, and the people who live here. The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center event is free and the public is cordially invited. Albemarle Tradewinds November 2015 31