This man was electrifying, and I’m so proud to call him a fellow Democrat.
Originally posted on In America:
By Sarah Aarthun, Ed Lavandera and Mariano Castillo, CNN
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) — A young rising star. A keynote speech on the Democratic Party’s biggest stage. Is it 2004 again?
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave the most significant speech of his political career on Tuesday night when he became the first Latino to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
“My grandmother didn’t live to see us begin our lives in public service. But she probably would’ve thought it extraordinary that just two generations after she arrived in San Antonio, one grandson would be the mayor and the other would be on his way — the good people of San Antonio willing — to the United States Congress,” Castro said in his speech, referring to his twin brother, Joaquin.
“My family’s story isn’t special. What’s special is the America that makes our story…
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“By combing through newly digitized census data from the 19th century, J. David Hacker, a demographic historian from Binghamton University in New York, has recalculated the death toll” of the Civil War.
Jim Downs’s Sick From Freedom reexamines the Emancipation period and the experience of the the freedmen to come up with some startling statistics. Perhaps this is the story we don’t wish to see? But, if true, it definitely needs to be told.