Commencement Of Magnolia's Spirit

The grandiflora is at its peak as graduates rush to position tassels from the right, to left side above their hearts. The ceremonies mark a departure from our mutually dependent roles of pupil and tutor. Gifted to the young adult, is a hand-made paper package sealed in wax with my mark of Kiron – the eldest and wisest of the wild centaurs. Inside, one will find a letter written in script and a special series of the two-dollar bank note. Blood-red stamps sit like fresh brandings on its cotton-blended face.

No matter what we learn about the historical Jefferson, that real man who walked the earth between 1743 and 1826, the mythological Jefferson will survive and flourish (Ellis, 1996).

Most interesting though, is the bill’s obverse depicting World Heritage site and neoclassical edifice, the mansion atop Jefferson’s little mountain. He had magnolias planted adjacent to the house at Monticello. There near Charlottesville, Virginia the tree had been one of his earliest and continuous garden notations (The Shop: Monticello, 2016).

The enslaved at Monticello, portrayed in early Jefferson scholarship as childlike and simpleminded, were anything but that (Gordon-Reed, 2008).
There is no 'Gone With the Wind' for the 17th and 18th centuries, no literature wallowing in the romance of defeat, no passionate attachments to divisive symbols that live on to poison contemporary race relations and threaten the American future. The Civil War is over, but the politics that fueled it and helped design its aftermath are still very much with us, playing out in various racially charged and seemingly intractable disputes about desegregation, affirmative action, even the continued use in the public sphere of a Confederate battle flag that once flew against the United States of America (Gordon-Reed, 2008).

Interested in deeper inquiry? Then let us inspect the roots of this tree - they are the source of the myth's life. Follow below.

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M.A. Lucas-Green


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