When we contemplate the past, quite often some things are particularly hard for us to fathom or even understand.

When one considers, for example, that women have been eligible to vote for just over 100 years in the United States it boggles the mind, or it was only in the early 20th century that the Wright Brothers first flew a very crude and simple craft when today we are able to fly into outer space.

The East Texas Historical Association provides this column as a public service. Scott Sosebee is an associate professor of history at SFA and the executive director of the association. He can be contacted at sosebeem@sfasu.edu; www.easttexashistorical.org. If you enjoy Dr. Sosebee’s weekly columns, SFA Press has published a new book with a compilation of his material over the last ten years. It is titled What Is It About Texas?. You can purchase the work through Texas A&M Press Consortium at tinyurl.com/SosebeeBook.

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