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Awakenings: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!

Today in History: June 27, 1939

 

On this day in 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history is filmed…

Scarlett O’Hara: Rhett. . .Rhett. . .Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?  Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

There is probably no movie line reaching iconic status any more than the famous scene of Rhett Butler walking away from Scarlet in Gone With the Wind. And to think it was almost NOT in the movie, at least the use of the curse word. Remember, the year is 1939 with censorship at the beginning of the 20th century being much more stringent than that of today.

 

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Do you think it would have had as much impact or be remembered and revered had the curse word been removed?

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Awakenings: Virginia & New Hampshire

This Day in History: June 25, 1788

Virginia, “Old Dominion,” “Mother of Presidents,” “Mother of States,” the Birthplace of a Nation

Each of the state nicknames independently, as well as in combination, attribute to Virginia being declared the “Birthplace of a Nation”. Virginia is an American history icon! This is where our country began…the founding of Jamestown on the banks of the James River, our first permanent English colony, in Virginia in 1607 – 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in Massachusetts. So much American history, so many historical sites. No wonder it is said Virginia’s history IS America’s history!

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Bit of Trivia: Maine, Maryland and Massachusetts have a state cat, Maryland also has a state dinosaur, West Virginia has a state rattlesnake and Virginia has a state BAT!

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Also in June, 1788 is the establishment of New Hampshire as the 9th state to join the union. Did you know New Hampshire was first named North Virginia, and it was once under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts?

This Day in History: June 21, 1788

New Hampshire, the Granite State, the Mother of Rivers, the White Mountain State, Switzerland of America*

*This state is also called the Switzerland of America, on account of the salubrity of its climate; its wild and picturesque landscapes; its lakes and rapid streams. The celebrated White Mountains, in the northern part of the state, are of great elevation, and afford the grandest display of mountain scenery in our country. [From Hayward's New England Gazetteer of 1839]

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com 

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Awakenings: West Virginia: The Mountains are Callin’

This Day in History: June 20, 1863

West Virginia, the Mountain State

 

West Virginia’s karst topography contributes to its cool trout waters, diverse landscapes, whitewater rapids, historic caves and lost world caverns. The state motto of West Virginia Montani Semper Liberi or “Mountaineers Always Free” was adopted in 1863 reflecting the character and beliefs of the citizens of the state at the time of its adoption. Being known as the land of rugged mountains (the scenic Allegheny Mountains cross the state), it is most appropriate for West Virginia to be nicknamed The Mountain State.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

On June 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, West Virginia became the 35th state to join the union. West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation by the President of the United States. Statehood was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln.

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Awakenings: Arkansas: Natural Wonder

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This Day in History: June 15, 1836

 Arkansas, the Natural State, the Land of Opportunity

Arkansas is famous for its natural scenic beauty, clear lakes and streams, and abundant wildlife. Since 1995, it has been officially known as the Natural State. This nickname replaced the official Land of Opportunity nickname adopted in 1947 following the slogan, Arkansas Is a Natural, which was used to promote tourism and outdoor recreation. The state motto of Arkansas is “The People Rule.” As with many state names, origins can be traced to native American Indian languages. The name Arkansas is the French interpretation of a Sioux word: acansa, meaning “downstream place.”

As part of the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase,which nearly doubled the size of the United States, Arkansas became a separate territory in 1819. Nearly twenty years passed before it achieved statehood in 1836 becoming the 25th state (13th slave state) to join the union. Arkansas withdrew from the United States and was the 9th state to join the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

“Because of its location as a gateway to the Wild West, Arkansas didn’t luck into the romantic Southern moonlight-and-magnolia image. Rather, it became known as a rough crossroads where people — and outlaws — hid in the mountains, married cousins and sold moonshine.” Source: Arkansas Hillbilly Image

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Awakenings: Tennessee: Volunteers, Chiefs & “The King”

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Tennessee: Sneak Peak

What does the name Tennessee mean? The state of Tennessee was named after a Cherokee Indian village called Tanasi. Tanasi was also the Cherokee word for the river. Tennessee became the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Many states derive their names from native American languages. Officially adopted in 1987, the state motto of Tennessee is “Agriculture and Commerce” (taken from words on the state seal of Tennessee).

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796 as the 16th state. It was the first state created from territory under the jurisdiction of the United States federal government. Apart from the former Thirteen Colonies only Vermont and Kentucky predate Tennessee’s statehood, and neither was ever a federal territory.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Between smoky mountains and a mighty river lies a state with a fascinating story. Tennessee is the home of Cherokee Chiefs and “The King” of rock ‘n’ roll.

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Featured poetry creation for Tennessee: Volunteers, Chiefs and “The King”

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Awakenings: Kentucky: From Mountaintop to Stove top

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This Day in History: June 1, 1792

Kentucky, The Bluegrass State

The name Kentucky is of native American origin and has been attributed to several different Indian languages, with several different possible meanings including the Iroquois word “Ken-tah-ten,” which means land of tomorrow. The official state motto of Kentucky is “United we stand, divided we fall” – appearing on both the state flag and great seal of Kentucky.

After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state to be admitted to the union.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Kentucky is…
famous for breeding horses, tobacco farms, fine bourbon, Kentucky Derby and, of course, nothing says Kentucky better than Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

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Featured poetry creation for Kentucky: From Mountaintop to Stove Top

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States at a Glance

catnipoflife‘s sister site Awakenings began a journey in January across the United States focusing each month on the state(s) that was admitted to the union during that month. Now six months into the year 23 states have been visited. Some of these have been Scooped onto catnip but not all. What is the idea behind this journey you might be wondering?

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Could you place each state correctly as to location if given a blank map?

America. The United States. The United States of America. The USA. How much do you know about our nation’s states or better still, what do you know about the state in which you live? Do you know which state(s) have a State Cat? What about the one with a State Dinosaur along with a State Cat? Which state(s) claims the Spirit of the Ladybug as its state insect? Do you know which state is nicknamed after its Busy Buzzin’ Bees? This next one surely you know…the state famous for The Shag and Shad Roe?

The first state featured @Awakenings Georgia On My Mind leaves no room for questions as to which state hosted the first visit. Within that post is a special poem for Georgia, which set the stage for each state that follows. The challenge has been and continues to be not so much the research for each state but creating the special poetry attributable to the nature of each one. With that being said stay tuned for the next two Scoops of two states visited today…Kentucky and Tennessee.

Which of these boasts times when ‘Mountain Music harbored life in song’?

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Awakenings: Wisconsin: Land of Dreams

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This Day in History: May 29, 1848

Wisconsin, The Badger State, The Dairy State, The Cheese State

Miners earned Wisconsin the nickname Badger State because their act of digging homes out of hillsides near the mines was a little too similar to that of the badgers who also dug underground places of abode. Since Wisconsin is one of the top producers of milk, cheese and butter in the country, it is of no surprise that it has also been given the nickname ‘America’s Dairyland’, which is synonymous with the The Dairy State and The Cheese State. Wisconsin’s state quarter features the state motto, which is simply Forward. Other agricultural symbols of Wisconsin also appear on the quarter: a dairy cow (state domestic animal), a round of cheese (milk is the state beverage), and an ear of corn (state grain).

Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as the 30th state on May 29, 1848.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

When you hear someone mention Wisconsin, what is the first thought that comes to mind? Of course, it has to be CHEESE! Since Wisconsin is one of the top producers of milk, cheese and butter in the country, it is of no surprise that it has also been given the nickname ‘America’s Dairyland’, which is synonymous with the The Dairy State and The Cheese State.

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Wisconsin-Cheese-Smile

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Awakenings: Rhode Island: Spectacular in the Fall

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This Day in History: May 29, 1790

Rhode Island, the Ocean State, the Southern Gateway of New England

The Ocean State is the official nickname formulated to attract tourism to Rhode Island and appears on non-commercial license plates replacing “Discover” in 1972. With over 400 miles of coastline, all Rhode Islanders live within a 30-minute drive to the Atlantic Ocean or Narragansett Bay. The historical nickname, the Southern Gateway of New England, was bestowed because Rhode Island was the most southerly of the New England states with harbors suitable for ocean-going ships.

It was the last colony of the thirteen colonies to ratify the United States Constitution on May 29, 1790, once assurances were made that a Bill of Rights would become part of the Constitution, thereby making it the 13th state in the union.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What Rhode Island lacks in size it makes up for in historical significance. Take the high-flying tour of the little state with big stories.

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sunset-newport-RISunset at Newport, Rhode Island – photo © G.E. Long on Flickr
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Memorial Day Weekend

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Today marks the eve of one of the most celebrated weekends in America…Memorial Day Weekend! This weekend commemorates a beginning as well as an end. It is anything and everything red, white and blue.

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As you are out and about this weekend…shopping, visiting, picnicking, bar-b-queuing – remain mindful of the importance of remembering what this weekend is all about, especially on Monday, May 26, 2014. Be sure to pay particular attention to whether an American flag is flying or if a sign is displayed in store windows in honor and respect of our fallen soldiers. If one is not visible, I challenge you to ask WHY not?

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