On the Racist Revolutionary War Origins of the Atlanta Braves’ War Whoop

On the racist Atlanta Braves whoop:

1. Both the Atlanta Braves & Washington R-skins were originally “the Boston Braves.” Boston became “R-skins” in 1933, and then moved to Washington in 1937. The Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and then to Atlanta in 1966.

2. The origin of “Boston” and “Braves” was the Tea Party 1773: the Patriots’ disguise was war paint & feathers.

3. The Tea Party: Racists then, racists now

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

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