FACULTY BLOG: Witnessing Inaugural Preps and Gathering in D.C - Part I: Sunday
January 22, 2009
Sunday, 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...