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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.


“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.


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Off to Huntsville, Alabama

I am about to leave for Huntsville, Alabama to give a lecture: tomorrow, July 25, 2019, at 6 pm (Eastern), at the National Geographic Theater located at the US Space and Rocket Center.

This event is part of their “Pass the Torch” lecture series. My subject: How Apollo 8, not Apollo 11, won the 1960s space race and changed the world

If you are Huntsville or nearby please consider coming by. It will be a great event.


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  • Jay

    I visited there last week after I got done with a project I had in Tennessee. First thing I did was make a bee line to the Saturn V! I never get tired of looking at that. I wish you had the event last week, I probably would of caught it.

    I am sure you have been there before, but just to warn you, there is that super humidity there. We both live in areas of the U.S. with very low humidity. Safe flight.

  • Richard M

    Well, I wish I could make this. Hope they can make a recording of it available at some point.

    I think you are 100% correct: Apollo 8 won the Space Race. We now know the Soviets were really nowhere near being able to do a landing in 1969 (and likely for some time beyond that) given the massive teething problems with the N1.

    But they *did* have an outside chance of pulling off a circumlunar Zond flight before an American lunar orbit flight (“F” mission), which would have been a major propaganda coup than it deserved to be; and the evidence is that the Soviets were trying up to the last minute to do *something* at Baikonur in December (see Quest, 2004 issues Volume 11, numbers 1 and 2). Given them a few more months to try, and . . .

    But Apollo 8 beat them to the punch. Apollo 8 won the race. And in many ways, it is the most historic space flight.

  • Ryan Lawson

    Ha! I am going to drive up from Birmingham. Unusually low temps and humidity these past couple of days in Bama!

  • Ryan Lawson

    It was nice to meet you Mr. Zimmerman! We both enjoyed the presentation and I especially appreciated hearing about the real human elements behind these major historical events. The contrast between Lovell’s and Borman’s perspective of Earthrise is definitely thought provoking. Aside from your talk and eating German food underneath a Saturn V, we both also were very impressed with the VR Apollo 11 experience. Seeing the Earth from orbit and watching the first step from the perspective of the Moon’s surface was mindblowing. Overall, it was a very worthwhile trip to Huntsville!

  • Ryan: It was a pleasure to meet two of my readers. Note that the famous Earthrise picture was taken by Bill Anders, not Jim Lovell. I hope I didn’t say Lovell in my talk by mistake. I didn’t think so.

  • Ryan Lawson

    You are quite right, I just had Lovell on the brain. You did specifically say it was Anders in the talk.

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