Greetings from the Philadelphia Negro

Now that I have your attention, we should get a few things straight:

1.  I took the name of my blog from W.E.B. DuBois’ classic book: The Philadelphia Negro, A Social Study.  Now he was an intellectual.

2.  I am African American, a very liberal Republican (in the mold of the late Jack Kemp); and yes, I voted to elect President Barack Obama.

3. I am not a native of Philadelphia.  I am a Southerner, from North Carolina.  I have a Ph.D. in early American history (Princeton) and have been drawn to Philadelphia from the moment I read the first lines of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

4.  I am interested in literature, history, science, music, and just about everything else.  I intend to write about it all.  Do yourself a favor and do not try to find a pattern in my posts.

5.  I look forward to thinking and writing about things, and to hearing from anyone who might be interested in the same stuff.