Thanks to the generosity of my patrons, there are many ways to give and receive a subscription, as I make changes to the free subscribers’ list moving forward
First, due to security measures, I will be pruning the free subscription list back to only subscribers who also subscribe and pay for at least one other substack. My free list is crawling with paid operatives, and it will only get worse through 2024. If you would like to be certain you remain on the list, please take out a subscription here. I’ve lowered the price to $48 annually and $6 monthly for the next week.
The good news is, many of my supporters are offering to gift subscriptions so if you are a nickels-down free subscriber who also subscribes to other substacks, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in a lottery to win a free annual subscription. Everyone will be vetted. I also have an activist rate and offer group rates, so please reach out.
Thankfully, I have very generous patrons who are helping me grow this community exponentially.
If you would like to gift a member subscription, there are multiple ways to do so:
Donate the current annual fee of $48 to my coffee account
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Some of you have asked what I would like for my upcoming birthday, and I would very much like to become a paid member of Joyce Vance, Heather Cox Richardson, David Pepper, and Timothy Snyder’s Substacks. Hint hint lol. Supporting other writers is my idea of a good time.
Thank you for being here and fighting the good fight with me.
Today, Musk’s Twitter disabled the ability to promote Substack. Within three seconds, my podcast partner, High Fidelity - a technologist - had a work around, so I am up and running and promoting away.
It contains this investigation I did with David Pepper - our ‘Speakeasy’ guest this weekend.
From that report:
Five years after the American Civil War, in 1870, the 15th Amendment granted black men the right to vote. In the South, they began to register in huge numbers. Thousands of black elected officials soon began to populate local offices across the South, as well as statehouses, and the halls of Congress.
“If you go back and look at all the old photos, there were black Speakers of the House in the South and black governors,” author David Pepper told Byline Supplement.
Before the Civil War, black Americans were only allowed to vote in a handful of northern states. Shortly after the defeat of the Confederate States of America, black people mobilized to demand suffrage. A decade of Radical Reconstruction led to 16 African American men serving in Congress; 600 elected to state legislatures; and hundreds more elected to local community offices.
The backlash from Southern white people bitter over losing their supremacy would last nearly a century. The accomplishments of black men during the brief period of post-war voting rights are long buried in American history. Shamefully, little is known of this era because laws that came to be known as ‘Jim Crow’ destroyed black voting rights.
“Whenever this country has been on the verge of a diverse democracy, we have seen this very fierce backlash,” said David Pepper, author of Laboratories of Autocracy. “And the clearest and most fierce backlash was after the Civil War, when black people began to register, vote, and get elected in big numbers. That is what led to an entire era of push backs.”
He said that in 2022, history is echoing loudly, as many of the same tactics deployed during the Jim Crow era are being rebooted in a sort of Jim Crow 2.0.
As you can see, we are war. We are fighting it on many fronts. Thank you for supporting my work and providing me the ability to support myself as I do this work.
Look forward to seeing paid members this Sunday for our Democracy pep rally with David Pepper. I am bringing pom poms.
Love you guys. xo
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More info about Bette Dangerous - This magazine is written by Heidi Siegmund Cuda, an Emmy-award winning investigative reporter, author, and veteran music and nightlife columnist. She is the cohost of RADICALIZED Truth Survives, an investigative show about disinformation and is part of the Byline Media team. Thank you for your support of independent investigative journalism.
Save the date! The next Bette Dangerous ‘Speakeasy’ Zoom for paid members is Sunday, April 9, 4 pm PT, featuring ‘Laboratories of Autocracy - A Wake Up Call from Behind the Lines’ author David Pepper. All members must register in advance, and I will be sending out the invite over the weekend.
More about David:
David Pepper is a lawyer, writer, political activist, former elected official, and adjunct professor, and served as the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party between 2015 and 2021.
Pepper is a brilliant democracy coach, and no one will get you more excited about how you can pitch in to save ours. Please consider subscribing to join the community. Looking forward to meeting new members and seeing Bette’s core group. 🤍
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