A Painful Commute

March 5, 2013

New York Commuters November 1963

Taken in a place where the incredible amount of faces can overwhelm even the most savvy public transportation user, on this New York car in November 1963, the only face seen was that of the recently-deceased John F. Kennedy.

A Harrowing Map Of Lynchings In America

February 28, 2013

Map Of Lynchings In America

Following the Reconstruction Era, the South was a region embittered and falsely attributed their self-induced economic malaise to the black man. As such, the Tuskegee Institute estimates that from 1882 to 1968 (yes, that recently), a staggering 3,446 blacks were unjustly killed by the noose.

The Incredible Evolution Of The Confederate States Of America

February 27, 2013

Evolution Confederate States Of America

Formed in 1861 and enduring until its demise in 1865, the Confederate States of America comprised 11 states, two less-formally declared states and one new territory during its existence. Outraged at the demand to abolish slavery, anti-union fervor swept through slave-owning states that ultimately led to South Carolina’s secession on December 20, 1860.

The Resilience Of Rosa Parks Mug Shot

February 19, 2013

Rosa Parks Mug Shot

While Rosa Parks wasn’t the first woman to refuse to move while on a Montgomery bus, she was certainly the most iconic. With segregationist seating policies in place in Alabama’s bus system since 1900, by 1955 Rosa Parks–like most of her black counterparts–was fed up with being treated as second-class when her money played an equal role in keeping the bus system solvent and acted accordingly. While her stern resolve against the bus driver resulted in a brief stint in jail, it also aided in catapulting the cause for civil rights to a much broader scale. Rosa Parks mug shot became one of the most famous photographs of the civil rights movement.

The Story Of Ishi, The Last Native American

February 10, 2013

On August 29th 1911, Ishi, the last of the Yahi, walked out of the Sierra wilderness and into American culture. Estimated to have been born around 1860-1862, Ishi’s life was marred by fighting and massacre. As the last of his people, a tribe thought to be extinct, Ishi provided a vital link to cultural information about North America’s Native American history.

Born at the decline of the Yahi population, at a time when gold mining had damaged water supplies, decimated fishing and scared away deer, Ishi survived the Three Knolls Massacre, an attack that reduced the Yahi people to approximately sixty. To avoid further clashes, Ishi and his family went into hiding for the next forty years, avoiding the world being built by the new settlers of the California Gold Rush.

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Joan Trumpauer-Mulholland, Moral Hero

February 5, 2013

Joan Trumpauer Mullholland

Born into a world of southern white privilege at a fiery juncture in American civil rights, Joan Trumpauer-Mulholland proves that privilege does not have to be what divides us but rather what can unite us. Exposed to the horrors of racism in her Indiana community at an early age, Joan decided to use her white privilege as a way to draw attention to the cause for equality and civil rights. This good deed didn’t come unpunished: as a result of Joan’s activism, she spent several months in prison, was beaten by mobs, and risked the severing of her family relationships and academic ties.