Las Impresoras y la Independencia de America (The Press and American Independence)

As the American colonies grew and developed, people grew increasingly frustrated with the British government.  Newspapers began to flourish across the colonies and, in particular, New England and the North.  One of the major colonial businessmen of the day was Benjamin Franklin, who not only own a newspaper in the Philadelphia, but also franchised his business in other colonies.  Franklin was known for many interests, but that of American independence from the British crown was a cause which he deeply embraced.   Como las colonias Americanas crecían, gente crecían frustrado cada vez más con el gobierno de Britania.  Los periódicos … Continue reading Las Impresoras y la Independencia de America (The Press and American Independence)

Primero: El Nuevo Mundo (First, the New World)

America was founded by immigrants at its core, and Florida is a perfect example of this. En 1492, Cristobal Colombo vive tras la Océano de Atlántico en tres barcos, la Niña, la Pinta, y la Santa María.  Originalmente, sus llegado a la Isla de Santo Domingo, pero le no era la Mundo Nuevo.  Sus continuaron tras las mares hasta que los llegaron en una costa de la primavera de la año 1492.  Cuando miró a la tierra, le dio de nombre ¨Florida,¨ en honorario de la Pascua de Resurrección. (In 1492, Christopher Columbus traveled across the Atlantic Ocean in three … Continue reading Primero: El Nuevo Mundo (First, the New World)

Shifting the Path, a la Español.

Off Path History was originally launched with one goal in mind – teach America about historic gems which are not easily found.  After considerable thought, I have decided to reorient this site slightly.  This site will continue to be “off path,” but rather than be going off the beaten path as far as content goes, it’s going to go that route in terms of the audience. Immediatemente, me hablo Español! Yes, Off Path History will be going bilingual, for a very good reason.  There are a lot of law-abiding citizens in the United States of Hispanic descent who are either … Continue reading Shifting the Path, a la Español.

A “thank you” to former President Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement that his cancer has spread to his brain rocked the world, and it also forced a sobering realization upon us all.  One of the world’s great peacemakers is, indeed, mortal and, sooner or later, we will be diminished by his eventual passing. During my on-campus career at Georgia Southwestern State University in the mid-1990s, I had the privilege of meeting President Carter twice.  I cannot remember the details of what happened, simply that the former Managing Editor of the Americus Times-Recorder, Rudy Hayes, introduced me to the former President.  It was a humbling, electrifying experience for … Continue reading A “thank you” to former President Jimmy Carter

What’s Left of the Past: The Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida

Originally posted on …said the Fox:
Taking my dad to visit a local institution that has withstood the ravages of ferocious growth. Some things remain intact in my hometown… It’s a different town. That’s all I can say when anyone asks me what I think of Sarasota today. When I grew up here, there were few buildings higher than two stories. It was affordable, or at least affordable enough that a family of four could come down and start over in a stilt house on a shell drive in a part of town so close to the water that retiring… Continue reading What’s Left of the Past: The Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar in Sarasota, Florida

The Civil War: Myths vs. Facts (Examiner Link)

It’s never easy for a society to have an honest discussion about something which is both painful, divisive, and factual. America is experiencing that painful time with the calls to remove all symbols of the Confederate States of America, such as the rebel flag, statues glorifying Confederate generals and politicians, and ending government funding of cemeteries which hold the remains of Confederate soldiers. Activists on both sides make some very compelling (READ FULL STORY) Continue reading The Civil War: Myths vs. Facts (Examiner Link)

In honor of Ben Franklin, an “Off Path” Independence Day proposal

Independence Day is the time of year where we seem to get a very good survey of America’s founding, but what’s often lost on us is some of the more amusing anecdotes of American history.  This week’s trek off the path takes us to one of America’s Founders, and a matter which is as timeless and egalitarian as its originator is. The person is Ben Franklin and the subject is flatulence. Yes, you read right – Ben Franklin once became involved in a dialogue (likely satirical) to improve the smell of human farts.  The man who loved French women as … Continue reading In honor of Ben Franklin, an “Off Path” Independence Day proposal

Some Easy Ways to Discern Real History from the Junk on the Internet

Originally posted on John's Head:
Thucidydes is considered the father of modern western history. “It is the habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire.” – Thucydides Had the man known as the “Father of History” seen today’s internet, he would be astonished by the accuracy of that quote. The internet has created a wealth of information for everyone to share and research, but it’s too easy for well-meaning individuals to fall prey to individuals.  Recent controversies in the United States have… Continue reading Some Easy Ways to Discern Real History from the Junk on the Internet

Oil and Gold: The Story of Two Booms Connected by One Highway

Oil and gold are two of America’s greatest wealth stores.  Individuals have become overnight millionaires and billionaires through the discovery of rich deposits of these precious resources.  They both helped to change the way America’s economic might was regarded.  Still, many don’t realize that two states on the eastern seaboard are where it all started, nor are many aware of the full stories behind these booms. Along the Appalachian mountains, US Highway 19 connects the sites of the first true booms in these respective commodities. Before the first black gold oozed from the ground in America, prospectors were aiming their … Continue reading Oil and Gold: The Story of Two Booms Connected by One Highway