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A Poem About Thomas Jefferson’s Slave Lover by Mark Walston, appearing in the Hidden City Quarterly

  Sally Hemings Sails to Paris 1787   Moldboard plows and polygraphs, scuppernong trellises redolent with a heavy dark sweetness, meticulous celestial observations and a ledger of misbegotten bound in bright leather.   Ardent in the spring arbor liberty desires ripen with iridescent irony – love frees nothing but hatred and enlightened lust leads not … Continue reading

The Boston Tea Party and the Hungerford Resolves

On December 16, 1773, nearly 60 hatchet-wielding men stormed three ships anchored in Boston Harbor. Frenzied, they hacked open hundreds of chests of tea and dumped the contents overboard. Their rage was fueled by incessant taxes levied by a British Parliament that refused the Americans any participation in proceedings that directly affected their lives. The … Continue reading

Hayes Manor and the Fall of the Reverend Alexander Williamson

In 1767, the Reverend Alexander Williamson, head of the Anglican parish that encompassed Central Maryland, ventured out to his 700-acre parcel of land north of the modern town of Chevy Chase to inspect the construction of his new country manor. Williamson was known as the “Sporting Parson” because of his love for fox-hunting and cock-fighting, … Continue reading