Historical Factoids II

I got this started a few days ago and was sidetracked. I wanted this daily post to be an unearthing of long buried journalistic reporting on interesting historical factoids.

“While there are in Russia and Romania six millions of Jews who are being systematically degraded …”

Encyclopedia Britannica, 10th Edition, Vol. 25, 1902, page 482

Here was the Historical factoid from day 1


Historical Factoids

I’m starting a series that will look at forgotten reporting in history. I will cut and paste one small factoid from history and over time we will see if a pattern develops. We won’t make any conclusions about what any pattern might or might not mean, leaving that up to each individual to conclude. History is full of odd coincidences and finding patterns is always a dicey business.

1900 – Stephen S. Wise, New York Times, June 11, 1900

“There are 6,000,000 living, bleeding, suffering arguments in favor of Zionism.”

True American Principles

“General Richard Taylor, in one of the best Confederate memoirs,’Destruction and Reconstruction’, related what happened as he surrendered the last Confederate troops east of the Mississippi in 1865;

A German, wearing the uniform of a Yankee general and speaking in heavily accented English, lectured him that now that the war was over, Southerners would be taught ‘the true American principles.’ Taylor replied, sardonically, that he regretted that his grandfather, an officer in the Revolution, and his father, President of the United States, had not passed on to him true American principles. Yankeeism was triumphant.”

A Slightly Different Narrative

“The Slave trade is the ruling principle of my people. It is the source and glory of all their wealth. The Mother lulls the child to sleep with notes of triumph of an enemy reduced to slavery.”

Black African King — King Gezo of Dahomey

Upon hearing of the United Kingdom’s ending of the Slave trade The King of Bonny (now in Nigeria) was horrified at the conclusion of the practice and said,

” We think this trade must go on. That is the verdict of our oracle and the priests. They say that your country, however great, can never stop a trade ordained by God himself.”