Posts Tagged ‘history’

Barnstorming

October 8, 2021

Mo Rocca explores Barnstorming for The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. 

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Red Summers, White Riots: Media, Rumor, Racism

September 10, 2021

After World War I, anti-Black school curriculums, newspapers and film helped instigate racial violence in Chicago and Washington DC.

More:

“How racist propaganda inspired riots in America’s biggest cities,” Bayeté Ross Smith and Jimmie Briggs, The Guardian

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Labor Day

September 6, 2021

Big Bill Haywood

“Every dollar that the boss did not work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it.”

William “Big Bill” Haywood

Related:

“What Is Labor Day? A History of the Workers’ Holiday,” Karen Zraick, New York Times

“Most Americans view unions favorably, though few workers belong to one,” Drew DeSilver, Pew Research Center

“Unions struggle in the courts, but they have a fighting chance in the streets,” Barry Eidlin, Washington Post

“Donald Trump’s war on workers,” Paul Waldman, Washington Post

“A Labor Day Reflection on Unions, Race, and Division,” Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker

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America’s Exclusion Act

August 30, 2021

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 suspended Chinese immigration to the U.S. and blocked Chinese immigrants from citizenship. Robert Chang explains in this TED-Ed video, directed by Mohammad Babakoohi and Yijia Cao.

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Salt & Pepper

August 12, 2021

The history of salt and pepper, in just a shake. A BBC video.

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The Hidden Graves Of Louisiana

August 4, 2021

New York Times reporters explore the painstaking search for the graves of enslaved people along the Mississipppi River in Louisiana.

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The Growth of London

July 28, 2021

The Growth of London, from the Romans to the 21st Century, visualized in a time-lapse animated map, by Ollie Bye. Music by Marten Moses.

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Mesmerism

July 8, 2021

“Franz Anton Mesmer, a charismatic physician from Vienna, Austria, began ‘healing’ people in Paris using an alternative therapeutic practice he called ‘animal magnetism’ …..

“Mesmer claimed an invisible magnetic fluid was the life force that connected all things, and that he had the power to regulate it to restore health in his patients. He was a celebrity figure until Louis XVI, the last king of France, commissioned a group of leading scientists to investigate Mesmer’s methods in 1784.”

More:

“Mesmerising Science: The Franklin Commission and the Modern Clinical Trial,” Urte Laukaityte, Public Domain Review

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Global Warming Was Explained in 1856. By a Woman

July 5, 2021

Eunice Foote, a pioneer in the field of climate change, wrote about the heat-trapping effects of CO2 in 1856. She was ignored by history, perhaps because she also wrote about womens rights. A BBC video, animated by Peter Caires.

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American Venus: The Tragedy of America’s First Supermodel

July 1, 2021

Audrey Munson (1891 – 1996), the “American Venus,” an artist’s model and film actress, was the model or inspiration for scores of statues in New York City and across the country. She appeared, nude, in the 1915 film Inspiration (re-issued in 1918 as The Perfect Model), the 1916 film Purity, and also in Heedless Moths (1921). Her long life didn’t end as glamously. After a series of scandals, she attempted suicide in 1922, and spent 65 years in an asylum before her death at age 104. Even though her likeness appears on sculptures and images across America, her grave was unmarked until 2016.

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