In the midst of destruction, the United Nations saw potential for innovation and created the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a fractured, post-World War II landscape. Made to build lasting peace and form bonds between people, UNESCO’s first directive was to rebuild schools, museums, libraries and other important cultural and intellectual sites after the war. Since its inception in 1945, UNESCO has positively impacted the world in a number of ways.
Perhaps Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi says it best: “The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don’t know each other, but we talk and…
With income inequality as high today as it was in the 1930s, a photo peek into the past presents us with a not-too different vision of our divided present. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 hurtled the coming decade into a financial crisis that would leave a lasting impact across the globe. Authoritarian governments would sink their teeth into nations in Europe, Asia and South America, while most Americans and Canadians suffered from extreme poverty and starvation. Labor rebellions broke out in the English controlled Caribbean and Mohandas Gandhi led a march to the sea as a stand against Imperialism. The 1930s proved to be a difficult time for many, and would eventually lead to the rise of Nazism and the start of World War II.
20 Photos Of Segregation In America That Show How Far We’ve Come, And How Much Farther We Have To Go
Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Condoleezza Rice are just some of the names that people tend to offer when saying that the United States is long past the days of Jim Crow. While such a statement is certainly debatable and in many ways untrue, what isn’t debatable is the fact that in terms of time, Jim Crow is not that far removed from us.
In reality, the last of the legal barriers facing African-Americans was torn down less than 50 years ago with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which disallowed racial discrimination when it came to voting in United States elections. Many amendments to that act have since been passed (some of which have effectively gutted it), and the Department of Justice believes the Voting Rights Act to be the most important legislation involving civil rights that has ever been enacted.
When Jim Crow was put into effect following the Reconstruction period, African Americans’ status in the South was defined yet again by whites in positions of power, this time not as three-fifths of a person but as “separate but equal”. As the photos here suggest, racial segregation that followed did little to suggest that equality actually existed. Instead, it led to inferior conditions and discrimination within almost every facet of segregated society, and whose legacy can still be seen today.
For more on Jim Crow laws, check out this short–and chilling–documentary:
Perhaps no theory today is better known—or more controversial—than the theory of evolution. And we have one man to thank for that: Charles Darwin. Darwin wrote The Origin of Species, one of the most influential scientific works of all time that also paved the way for modern biology. But there is a lot more to the man himself.
1. He was born on February 12, 1809. In and of itself, this is not particularly noteworthy, but Darwin does share his birthday with another prominent historical figure – Abraham Lincoln.