I have a college project due this semister. I would like to do it on the Battle of Athens, but know no one who witnessed it or participated in it. If you know anyone or were there yourself, please email me or PM me.
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October 18, 2006, 06:50 PM
While not a source to cite in and of itself, Wikipedia has an entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Athens) that might lead to other useful sources of research.
October 18, 2006, 08:22 PM
If you do some sluething, you might be able to find some eye-witnesses. Find some newspaper reports that mention participants by name. Then try and track down any of them that are still alive today. All of my history Proffs loved it when a student got a first hand account. A tellephone interview would make a great source. Be sure to ask you teacher if it is OK first, and for some help contacting and conducting the interview.
You also might try contacting the town of Athens for any historical records they might have.
Allways do your research before you call someone. People are more likely to help someone who sounds like an educated scholar than some 2-bit yokel calling on a whim.
October 19, 2006, 07:33 PM
Jim--here is a link to a Battle of Athens site with a preface by Eleanor Roosevelt!
Don't quote me but I believe Al Gore's father was involved in this and he does not like to talk about it!!It would be nice to see someone jam him up at a news conference with this.
Had a conversation about this event with a FBI agent last week--he did not believe anything like this had EVER taken place in the US.I showed him the printout and he was very surprised.
There have been serveral incidents of this type but you have to dig to find them--academic types don't like to discuss this.
October 19, 2006, 07:49 PM
Don't quote me but I believe Al Gore's father was involved in this and he does not like to talk about it!
Possible. But he's from the Carthage area, not Athens. If he was involved, it was as part of the initial conspiracy by the Dems to take control, or to protect those who were deposed.
October 19, 2006, 08:29 PM
Al Gore Sr. got involved in the GI Reform Party AFTER the battle, but supported the fight in hindsight and expressed a willingness to go there again if necessary.
By approximately 1950 (not sure exactly) Gore Sr. was a leader in the movement to merge the GI Reform Party back into a cleaned-up Democratic Party, and was a Dem from that point forward.
Gore Sr wasn't a hero, but he WAS supporting the correct side.