Who wins the battle on Election Day, August 1, 1946?
And I thought the first part was a cliff hanger!! You weave that story so well, theatre nerd. I had never even heard of it before. Can’t wait for part 3!
Wow what a story. And they did - the GI's - exactly what our founders said we must when faced with a corrupt government. (I love also how a spontaneous speech sparked the decisive action. So much can come down to this kind of moment, the right person saying the right thing at the right time.)
Of course, now, the power hungry criminals are slick and not so obvious, ubiquitous and of course, media-covered. Big sigh, and the masses are a a bit sleepy still.
An important incident that I hope others will find inspiration from. When our very freedom is at stake - we have to risk it all. We could use more of that spirit right now. Thanks, Mary. Such an informative piece of our history and so well told!
I'm slowly catching up on all that I missed during my 'unplugged' time - and I'm thrilled to get a big dose of your writing today...
As I was reading this second part of the Battle of Athens (the one that was never brought up in school), I also thought of Orwell and this quote, “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
Thanks for telling this story...
I knew about The Battle of Athens but not the book; I ordered it. Interestingly, there's a similar battle where the opposite happened - several thousand armed Democrats flooded the town and killed or chased out the honestly elected officials along with some businesses including a newspaper. It was the Wilmington Coup of 1898, also known as the Wilmington Massacre or the Wilmington Insurrection as about 60 people were killed.
These two citizen battles in America stand in stark contrast to each other, both successful - one for Good and the other for Evil.
Thank you for sharing!
Mary, I quite accidentally came across an announcement of World Labyrinth Day on Saturday May 6th. I’m sure you’re familiar with Labyrinth walking. The Labyrinth Project is co-sponsoring a day worldwide for people to walk a labyrinth with the single intention of bringing peace and reconciliation into our broken world, communities, families and relationships. The idea is for everyone around the world to Walk as One at 1pm local time creating a rolling wave of energy passing from one time zone to the next. Considering the division that has impacted our societies over these last few years, this is a timely and worthwhile endeavor for us to actually put our bodies into the act of walking to restore unity through the power of prayer.
We just gather a group of friends, neighbors, whoever and meet at a local labyrinth in time to walk at 1 pm. It can be just that simple or it can be expanded into a picnic or to include music and prayers for this single one intention of peace and reconciliation.
I’m just trying to spread the word. You can read more about it here: www.worldlabyrinthday.org Thanks.
Mary, I have something I want to share with you and your readers, but I want to run it by you first, so I'm sending you an email. Please look for it, it's about an event taking place in a couple of weeks. Thanks.
How 'bout this one?
"Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men? It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again! When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!"
I couldn't help myself listening to all this talk of a musical Battle Hymn. This one is my favorite. It is so thrilling, exhilarating, gripping and, and, and... well you get it. I don't know about anybody else, but it just makes my heart almost leap out of my chest when I hear it.
Yes, Mary, this is a real nail biter. You consistently surprise your readers by revealing yet another one of your many talents. Go ahead and write a play for us, I dare you!!! xox
P.S. Thank Peter for his contribution to this. Without his encouragement you would have missed this great story. You make a good team.