A Brief History Of Hippies

April 4, 2013

In the mid 1960s, a never before seen counter-culture blossomed throughout the United States, inciting both the Flower Power movement as well as the general revulsion of more straight-laced, Ward Cleaver-esque Americans. No longer wanting to keep up with the Joneses or confine themselves to white picket-fenced corrals of repressive and Puritanical sexual norms, these fresh-faced masses would soon come to be known as Hippies.

Originally taken from ‘Hipster’, the term “hippie” was used to describe beatniks who found their technicolor heart in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco; children of the road who believed they should make love, not war. Their vocal opposition to the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the increasingly rocky road to shared civil rights among all Americans led to this new, alternative form of activism.

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Prohibition’s Happy Ending

March 8, 2013

End Of Prohibition

While the intentions of prohibition proponents were often based on innocuous Christian maxims, the national outcome was markedly less holy. During World War One, the Anti-Saloon League was successful in achieving a nationwide prohibition of the sale and production of alcohol..and ushering in a new wave of organized crime. Ultimately, prohibition came to a much-needed close with the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5, 1933. With that said, getting sloshed in public was still considered a poor sign of public decorum.

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.