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Strange Country Ep. 187: Minnie Cox

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Release Date: 04/15/2021

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Kelly and Beth have missed you Dear Dash Hounds, but we are back! In this episode you will learn the important story of Minnie Cox, an African American postmistress at the turn of the 20th century. Cox was smart, wonderful and successful, but still treated terribly because she was black. Before we get to the details of her story, sit tight for some ramblings about cockfighting, Facebook, and post office anxiety. Or fast forward to the halfway mark and get ready to be angry about American history that should be part of our common knowledge. As always, thank you for listening; it is an act of love.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

Cite your sources:

Garrett-Scott, S. (2018, March). Minnie Geddings Cox and the Indianola Affair, 1902-1904. Retrieved April 10, 2021, from http://www.mshistorynow.mdah.ms.gov/articles/421/minnie-geddings-cox-and-the-indianola-affair

James K. vardaman. (2021, February 10). Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Vardaman

Minnie M. Cox: A Postmaster's Story. (n.d.). Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://postalmuseum.si.edu/research-articles/the-history-and-experience-of-african-americans-in-america%E2%80%99s-postal-service/minnie

Momodu, S. (2020, February 26). Minnie M. COX (1869-1933) •. Retrieved April 11, 2021, from https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/cox-minnie-m-1869-1933/