On this date, August 10, in 1835, hundreds of men from Canaan, New Hampshire, and surrounding towns, including Hanover, launched an assault on Noyes Academy, an experimental interracial school, after 14 African American students were enrolled. Arriving with 90 - 95 yokes of oxen, ropes, and chains and working in shifts, they physically dragged the schoolhouse off of its foundation and into a swamp outside of town.
By Andi Diehn
The rowdy crowd of men didn’t need to wait for the cover of darkness. About 500 New Hampshire residents gathered on the morning of August 10, 1835 in front of the Noyes Academy on Canaan Street in Canaan, New Hampshire. Protected from the law by a vote passed at an official town meeting a few days before, the men hooked 95 yokes of cattle to the building, slid skids underneath and ripped the school from the ground, dragging it about a mile down Canaan Street and leaving a shattered shell on the lawn of the town meeting house.
“It’s a sad ending to something that could have been great for the town,” says Donna Zani-Dunkerton, Canaan town historian.
What prompted such passionate destruction of a school? Fourteen of the attending students were black. The Noyes Academy was the second school in the country to admit black students, the first being an all girls’ school in Connecticut. The school, which grew out of abolitionist dreams of several leading members of society, only lasted 11 months before the fear and racism symptomatic of the times brought it to its knees. [Continue reading.]
And it continues: In 1999, New Hampshire finally relented and became the very last state to officially celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Stephen King’s ‟Under the Dome”
Should you watch Stephen King’s ‟Under the Dome”? Let’s review some key points about the show:
- One of the main characters is a woman with a big mane of curly red hair
- There’s a dome
- The redhead turns her head a lot, getting that red hair swaying to and fro
- The dome covers some town or something
- She runs sometimes and her big red hair bounces and flows
- Some people are in conflict
- Hair care products haven’t run out yet, so her lovely red hair remains full and lustrous
- I think there are some secrets
- Seriously, it’s shiny and voluminous and swoopy. And red. Did I mention that her hair is red?
In conclusion, I can recommend watching Stephen King’s ‟Under the Dome.”
I’m selling this iPod Nano on Craig’s List because the volume down button recently got stuck. I got it over a year ago through Apple’s replacement program after sending in a first generation iPod Nano I bought on Craig’s List for $20. The guy I bought it from found it in a couch he got when someone put it out in front of their house with a “FREE” sign on it. So he made twenty bucks on a free couch and I got a new Nano. Everybody wins. I named it Sofa King.
OK, back to the point: I was happy to see that I got a reply to the Craig’s List ad. Until I opened it:
No punctuation. Just “Wanna trafe” with a link to my ad. No real words in English. I imagine if he had an actual ability to communicate he would have written “Do you want to trade?”
But not him. He typed and sent off an email that said “Wanna trafe”.
Well, I couldn’t let such an opportunity pass. So I decided to attempt to communicate with him in his own alien language. (Besides, I don’t wanna trafe. Or trade, for that matter.) I replied:
Trafe burna sharn delag wunga.
I used his alien word first to tip him off that I was replying to his non-English with my own non-English. I’m sure you’re shocked to learn that it didn’t work. He wrote back:
Still. Not. English.
Come on, dude. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that a person who would type “Trafe burna sharn delag wunga” is not going to explain himself in a rational manner.
I’m clearly not rational, as evidenced by my subsequent reply:
Merdy folar bluge argen pleev.
I’m still waiting for a response.