Posts Tagged ‘history’

Kinky Hair Is No Disgrace

October 29, 2017

“Kinky Hair Is No Disgrace,” a sermon by Rev. J.M. Gates. Recorded before the congregation of Atlanta’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1930. Okeh 8884, the flip side of “Pay Your Policy Man.”

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Child Labor in America

October 10, 2017

In  November 1908, photographer Lewis Hine, working undercover for the National Child Labor Committee, came upon Sadie Pfeifer working a cotton-­spinning machine in ­a Lancaster, SC mill.

Hine believed his images of children, some as young as 8, laboring in mills, meatpacking houses, coal mines and canneries would force demands for change. He was right. Regulations and legislation cut the number of child laborers nearly in half by 1920. Editors of Time Magazine selected Hine’s photo of Sadie Pfeifer as one of the 100 most influential images of all time.

See more of Lewis Hine’s photos here.

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Fahrenheit

October 9, 2017

“What the Fahrenheit?” A Veritasium video narrated by physicist Derek Muller, animated by Marcello Ascani.

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Jeep

October 8, 2017

“Autobiography of a Jeep” (1943), from United Films via the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, reprocessed by Jeff Quitney. The Willys MB Jeep was the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II (more here). This WWII-era film celebrates the buggy’s prowess.

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Jesse, Adolf, and Franklin

October 5, 2017

American Jesse Owens won three gold medals in three days at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. You probably think you know what happened next, but you don’t.

“Adolf Hitler famously refused to shake Owens’ hand, not wanting the humiliation of acknowledging a Black athlete’s brilliance, or so the story goes. But the truth is that, after the first day of competition, Hitler didn’t shake any athlete’s hand because the head of the International Olympic Committee told him he must congratulate all gold medalists or none at all. Sure, the führer wasn’t keen on photo ops with Black or Jewish athletes, but he simply chose to steer clear of the stadium altogether. So Owens was never personally snubbed by Hitler, but his story is still defined by systematic racism — not in Nazi Germany, but in the United States.

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The History of Tea

September 26, 2017

“The History of Tea,” a TED-Ed video by Shunan Teng of Tea Drunk. Directed and illustrated by Steff Lee; music by Gav Cantrell.

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Why knights fought snails in medieval art

September 21, 2017

Knights fought snails in medieval art. WTF? Phil Edwards investigates.

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How Martin Luther Went Viral

September 6, 2017

How Martin Luther Went Viral

500 years ago a disgruntled Catholic priest named Martin Luther is said to have nailed his handwritten 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg. Well, maybe he did, but that 1517 parchment blog post, with the clickbait title Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, was picked up by the cool kids of the day, nerds who translated it from Latin to German, coded it into moveable type and spread it across Europe with their newfangled printing presses.

More:

“How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity,” Tom Gjelten, NPR

“Long Before Twitter, Martin Luther Was a Media Pioneer,” New York Times

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Image (“Martin Luther with His iPad, after Lucas Cranach the Elder”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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What Those Monuments Are About

August 30, 2017

Video by Carlos Waters, Vox. Mona Lalwani, story editor.

More:

“Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy,” Southern Poverty Law Center

“Confederate Monuments Are Propaganda — Not History,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

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We’ve Been Here Before

August 14, 2017

Don’t Be a Sucker!a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943. It was re-released in 1947 to make the case for the desegregation of the U.S. armed forces.

Watch the 18-minute film here

More:

“After Charlottesville violence, World War II anti-fascist propaganda video finds a new audience,” Derek Hawkins, Washington Post

“Why an Anti-Fascist Short Film Is Going Viral,” Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic 

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