65 years ago today, nearly 75,000 North Korean soldiers from the People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. The surprise attack not only marked the start of the Korean War, but it was also the first military action of the Cold War—meaning the United States had to get involved. In July 1950, U.S. troops began a defensive mission to defend South Korea from North Korea and, in turn, from communism.
World War II ravaged Cologne, Germany, destroying infrastructure, dozens of landmarks and–perhaps the hardest to rebuild–a sense of cultural substance. After the war, sights like the one above–a woman walking a high-wire–were…
As concentration camps were liberated toward the end of World War II, no doubt that many attributed such an achievement to the work of the United States. But just as the US federal government worked abroad to win the war and put an end to concentration camps, at home it developed some pretty horrific internment camps of its own.
Anti-Japanese sentiment was at an all-time high following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and this widespread paranoia led to the forced relocation of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent. Involuntarily placed in internment camps like Manzanar Relocation Center, Japanese-American citizens will never forget these dark years.
Featured above is Al Capone’s prison cell at the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Capone spent nine months of his life there starting in May 1929, after he was convicted of carrying a concealed, deadly weapon.
The History Of The Confederate Flag
Following the tragic, racially-motivated shooting at the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week, debates about the Confederate flag’s rightful place (or lack thereof) within public spaces have renewed. While the arguments fall into two primary camps–those who say it represents racial hatred and those who say it represents Southern heritage–there have been some interesting shifts in each debate camp’s respective “members.”
Recently, Mitt Romney called for the flag to be removed, along with a number of white, conservative Christian groups that, having done what CNN describes as “soul searching,” are urging that the flag come down once and for all.