About a year and a half ago I undertook an intensive study of the origins of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina. Surprisingly under-researched and not particularly well understood, the roots of the Klan are found in rural Alamance County. One of the city’s prominent citizens, Jacob Alson Long, figured prominently. Continue reading
Back in 2005 I started the Absent.Canadian blog. Still finding my identity in North Carolina, I was in a very different place then. And that’s fine and good … but that particular identity isn’t quite right now.
I’ve decided to start blogging again, but I’m going to do it under the far more original “Michael Helms” moniker. Not that I’m not proud to be Canadian (I very much am), but I’m not really absent anymore. North Carolina is my home.
I’m going to get a few more posts up before I do any sort of shameless blog self-promotion, so I’ll cut this short and free up my megabytes for more interesting topics.