A little under five years before the United States was to become involved in World War II, swastikas appeared in the same room as the American flag to recognize the loss of 35 lives, 28 of whom were German. Another death, albeit unseen, was that of the airship era.
Labor unions sure didn’t come without a fight. Armed with pipes, members associated with the Trotskyist Communist League of America led a strike for over-the-road drivers that, coupled with a few other…
There were many losers in the Vietnam War, but nature perseveres as the perennial winner; the eternal splendor of Vietnam’s La Drang is perhaps most evocative of that. 1965 marked the first major battle between US Army regulars and the People’s Army of Vietnam in this presently pristine North Vietnam plot of land. Despite the technical superiority of US forces, Vietnamese opposition proved a formidable opposition and this battle largely set the tone for subsequent war-waging strategies on both sides.
Just goes to show that one’s heroism abroad doesn’t necessarily translate at home. While James F. Blake, the bus driver who filed the complaint against Rosa Parks, served in World War II and fought for the lives and dignity of millions of individuals unjustly persecuted by those with power he couldn’t seem to do the same on his own soil.
Strangely enough, when Blake commented on the 1955 event some years later, he evoked a quasi-Nazi defense: “I wasn’t trying to do anything to that Parks woman except do my job. She was in violation of the city codes, so what was I supposed to do? That damn bus was full and she wouldn’t move back. I had my orders.”
Relations between France and the United States may have been a bit terse over the past decade, but if anything is to be emblematic of the common ground between the two nations it’s the Statue of Liberty. Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated in October of 1886, the verdigris “Lady” was supposed to serve as the champion of the ideas that Napoleon III suppressed during his reign.