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FACULTY BLOG: Witnessing Inaugural Preps and Gathering in D.C - Part I: Sunday

January 22, 2009

Category: Faculty, Sociology

EastisSunday, January 18th
by Dr. Carla Eastis, Assistant Professor of Sociology


About 10 folks get on the Amtrak train with me in Salisbury at 8:30 on a Sunday morning. Several of us are going to D.C., and the conductor puts us in one of the rear-most cars. That car is almost full already, and there has only been one stop! As I talk and listen, I realize that most of the passengers had boarded in Charlotte and that most of us are heading to DC for inauguration (or, as in my case, almost-inauguration) activities. The conductor tells a fellow passenger that every seat on the train has been sold, and that only 16 of the people who board in North Carolina are headed farther than D.C.


Many people know each other, and are going back and forth between seats and even between cars. There's a really upbeat, friendly atmosphere and everyone has a story to tell.  Read more...



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