Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Moving South We Are

It's official!  My truck is fixed and we are on our way.  My goal was to leave the house this morning at 8:00; we left at 7:51!!!  In case you're wondering what my odometer read at the start of the trip, you'll have to guess.

We spent about an hour at the Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction.  I bought a clothes drying rack; it fits nicely in the back of the Suburban, but will be a bit of a hassle each time we need to get at anything, which is about every two hours!  The kids found some cool winter hats that we just had to have too.  The best part was the extra-large bag of kettle corn and the dozen snickerdoodle cookies -- YUMMY!!

It was our goal to reach Cincinnati before 4:00 so we could tour the National Underground Railroad Freedom Museum.  We bought our tickets at 3:55 - whew!  While an hour was not enough time to tour the museum, it was impressive and made an impact on the kids.  Did you know that the Civil Rights Act of 1866 added three new amendments to our Constitution?  It was the 13th Amendment that finally abolished slavery and involuntary servitude.  Or this?  In 1832 a barrel of corn sold for $1 and a barrel of flour for $5, but a healthy man, sold as a slave, fetched a price in the range of $550-$650.  I am thankful for the men and women who stood strong against slavery and fought for the freedom and liberty of all people.

We were not allowed to take pictures in the museum, but you can take a virtual tour here.

So, here are today's trivia questions.  Remember teams, email your answers to my gmail account and don't post them in the comments section.  Have fun!

1.  Name the Cincinnati author who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. (1 point)

2.  True or False:  Slaves seeking freedom often made their way to Canada or Mexico. (1 point)

3.  In 1770, what percentage of South Carolina's total population was slave?  a) 42%  b) 45%  c) 61% (1 point)

4.  What was my starting odometer reading?  a) 151,069  b) 176,318  c) 191,588  (1 point)

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