Your World This Week, Volume I

Confederate Flag

A confederate flag flying in South Carolina Source: WJLA

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.

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Anne Frank Would Have Been 86 This Month. Celebrate Her Life With These Photos.

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© Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group/REX Source: MSN

Decades have passed since Anne Frank’s death, and the world could still take a page from her diary. 15-year-old Frank’s life ended at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945, just a few weeks shy of the camp’s liberation. Frank’s remarkable spirit would be remembered by and shared with millions through her diary, which was returned to her father by his colleagues Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl and published soon after the end of World War II.

June 12th marked what would have been Anne Frank’s 86th birthday. With that in mind, we look back at her short, yet remarkable life through pictures and excerpts of the famed diary.

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When Liberation Meant Demonization: France’s “Ugly Carnivals”

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From 1940 to 1944 Nazi Germany occupied northern and western parts of France, in what to this day remains a source of deep humiliation for the country. Moments after France was liberated in the summer of 1944, celebration expanded to include demonization, with Allied victors engaging in some of the same revenge tactics against women as their enemies. Many French women believed to have had children or collaborated with German occupiers were publicly humiliated. Sometimes this meant having their heads shaved; other times–even in addition to head shavings–it meant public beatings.

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Drinking, Womanizing, And Plenty Of Smokes: The Real Mad Men

original mad men tobacco pipeMad Men producers broke the hearts of millions when they called the series quits early in 2015. Thankfully, we have DVD sets and these incredible LIFE Magazine photos to keep the Mad legacy alive:

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Madison Avenue, Mad Men territory. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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When running an ad campaign for a client, you have to know where their customers reside.Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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A refrigeration campaign boasts $5 down, $5 for your old ice box, and 5 years to pay. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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They say the gray flannel suit as the ‘uniform’ of the Mad Men is a myth, but pictures suggest otherwise. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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Sometimes the brainstorming sessions could not be contained by a desk and had to move to the office floor. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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A demanding, high-stress job led to the need to unwind. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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A new campaign claiming that you can “Breeze through washday” is the center of attention, but it is hard not to notice the illustration on the wall of a woman with sink plungers for a bra. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

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You can never have too many pencils at the ready when reviewing a client’s campaign. Source: Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Getty Images

Mad Men Ads Samsonite

A late '60s Samsonite campaign Source: TIME

Mad Men Ads Cokes

Coca-Cola, April 11, 1960 Source: TIME

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In 1958 the real Mad Men ruled Madison Avenue, New York. Though the dapper advertising executives would really hit their stride in the 1960s, LIFE Magazine saw the change in tide coming–and did a feature article on the subject in 1958 wherein they tried to separate fact from fiction.

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