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Old 02-14-2016, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by NALEXAND View Post
Are you referring to the Civil War?

Oh! You mean the War Against Yankee Aggression.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by goolsbyjazz View Post
What's really interesting is I grew up back east and we were well aware of the war and events surrounding it. Growing up in the North (Massachusetts), and especially when we moved to the south (North Carolina), you often heard people make references to the war in casual conversation from time to time. However, when we moved west it's almost as if the war didn't happen. Other than high school history classes you NEVER hear talk about it.

It's also interesting to hear how people outside the U.S. refer to it.

It wasn't that long ago in term of history. One would hear more about it in the south as the south was the battlefield and much of the south was burned during Sherman's march southward. And, there was the hell called reconstruction. It was a horrible time in the south for blacks and whites. The north claims to have freed the blacks, yet all they did was take them away from the plantation where there was nothing for them. The Freedman's Bureau came south and urged former slave owners to take back their former slaves and allow them to be share-croppers. It was a mess. The U.S. Government avoided financing the rebuilding of the south and when loans were made, they were at astronomical interest rates. The federal government did all possible to put a wedge between the races to avoid the possibility of a new uprising that could have potentially include both whites and blacks. People as recent as our grandparents in the south suffered as a result of the war. The south (Virginia, Carolinas, and Georgia) simply financed the north before the war (2/3s of all tax revenue) and got very little before the war and basically nothing afterwards.

The south was also very significant in the Revolutionary War which was heavily fought in this area. I never hear anyone pointing fingers about the war, but sometimes even my group discuss the historical aspects the war and all other historical issues. Besides, I'm an ex-history and geography teacher.

I only wish that history were taught as it really happened instead of being adjusted to suit the victor and make the south look like the bad guys. Another issue.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by WhiteWomanWriter View Post
If you live in an apt complex they can charge you a flat rate of $300-$350 AND $15/month/pet to have your pet there. I know it's it true, it was in my lease.
Unless you were a street person in NYC, you would know that they do the same there as well. I know it's true, it was in my lease there.
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Old 02-14-2016, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by PanthersPanthers View Post
I was surprised by how religious people are. Now mind you, this is Union County and not Charlotte proper. We came from Raleigh where we didn't really encounter this. But in Union County (Indian Trail, to be specific) I was surprised at how churchy and religious everyone was. I once sent my kid to school with a Halloween book that had witches in it, and the teacher sent it back because "witches" are offensive to her religion. My next door neighbor wouldn't let her kids read Harry Potter because it was "occult." Just really conservative attitudes, and people often asked what church I went to (answer: I'm an atheist. That went over like a lead balloon LOL)

I'm not sure if Charlotte proper is any different, but that was a surprise for me coming from Raleigh, that people here seemed much more religious.

In public schools, there are restrictions on celebrations. I am a former teacher and if a class has Jehovah Witnesses and some other religious representation, the above things you mentioned are not allowed to be celebrated, I.E. Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. I don't know where you are from or why people bother you with religion as I have never been contacted or questioned and I have coffee sometimes with people that go to church and a preacher although I am not religious. They have never said anything about religion. To dispel your myth about the religion phenomenon in the area, I am posting the top 20 U.S. religious cities based on actual church attendance per 100K:

1. Salt Lake City
2. Birmingham, Al.
3. Oklahoma City
4. Memphis, Tenn.
5. Pittsburgh, Pa.
6. Chicago, Ill.
7. Providence, R.I.
8. Boston, Mass.
9. New York City
10. Dallas, Tx.
11. Houston, Tx.
12. Buffalo, N.Y.
13. Philadelphia, Pa.
14. San Antonio, Tx.
15. New Orleans, La.
16. Minneapolis, Mn.
17. Milwaukee, Wisc.
18. Charlotte, N.C.
19. Las Angeles, Ca.
20. Cleveland, Oh.
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