Among the many things to which I'm looking forward this week is the drive along the Gulf Coast to and from Mobile. I've always loved this stretch of different from everywhere else USA since my first car trip along that route from Louisiana to West Florida back in 1977. It was a revelation that not all of the USA was like the urban northeast, the rural midwest and the Spanish-inflected southwest. In other words it was my first experience of the South, but even from that drive I understood that all the South wasn't the same. The Gulf is a separate ecology, geographically, biologically and culturally -- and separate too from the Caribbean. This was before the hideous casino-box store-outlet architecture and economy took over this once gloriously attractive part of the world, of course.
Photograph of Beauvoir from the years of JD's residency.
In keeping with that ugliness takeover, I have requested the driver to halt for a bit in Biloxi so we can visit Beauvoir, the beachfront mansion a very wealthy widow gifted Jefferson Davis sometime back around 1877 -- to the outrage of her children who fought the gift in the courts, but lost -- and where he mostly lived out the remaining years of his life. (He expired, however, in another mansion, not in Mississippi, but in New Orleans, in the Garden District, on Charles Street.)
Also located at the Beauvoir site is Jefferson Davis Presidential Library HaHAHaHOHOHo O No! But yes.
To which at least 14 million of FEMA money was handed over to the Sons of the Confederacy of Mississippi to reconstruct after Hurricane Katrina.
Among this historic site's claims to hyper historic bogosity, docents inform the visitors, among other preposterosities, that there were platoons and platoons of African American volunteers in the army of the CSA -- an army they needed only because the evil northern aggressors had invaded their glorious peaceful south. Why yes, this is where our tax money goes -- to Mississippi in order that it can fund lies about the federal government -- which provides the money in the first place -- and the Civil War.