Anti-War Protests In 1967 Harlem

May 11, 2014

Anti War Protest Harlem 1967

The political landscape of the 1960s United States is one filled with fascinating yet devastating intersectionalities. Ostensibly and aggressively promoting liberal democracy abroad through war, the US government remained a laggard when it came to domestic enfranchisement for African Americans. A little over a decade following Brown v. Board, many blacks still felt like second class citizens who existed as pawns of the American colonial state, and were therefore rather opposed to fighting for a country that never fought for them.

As phrased by Malcolm X, “It will take black nationalism to bring about the freedom of 22 million Afro-Americans, here in this country, where we have suffered colonialism for the past 400 years…

When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare. We haven’t benefited from America’s democracy. We’ve only suffered from America’s hypocrisy. And the generation that’s coming up now can see it. And are not afraid to say it. If you go to jail, so what? If you’re black, you were born in jail.”

10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About American History

May 9, 2014
American History DC

Source: Pat Dollard

George Washington was the first President of the liberty-loving nation, and The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Both of these comprise rather well-known events throughout the course of American history. But there’s a wealth of hidden history nuggets that you might not know about. Here are ten of them.

American History Declaration Of Independence

Source: When In Time

1. The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper, since at the time at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber. The democratic delegates eked out the document’s first and second drafts—completed on June 28th and July 2nd 1776, respectively—on Dutch hemp paper. The final document had a more official air, though, as it was printed on parchment.

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Namibia’s Mysterious Fairy Circles

May 5, 2014

Lone Tree Fairy Circles Namibia

Most prominently found in Namibia, fairy circles are natural ‘bald spots’ whose formation is rather contentious. Some think that it’s the work of the sand termite, while others speculate that it is–as you might imagine–the work of aliens.

The Construction of Madison Square Garden In 1966

May 1, 2014

Construction Madison Square Garden

Officially opening its doors to the public in 1968, Madison Square Garden is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in New York City, and one of the busiest music arenas in the world. With a price tag of a cool $1.1 billion, it’s also thought to be one of the most expensive venues ever built.

An Amazing Vintage Photo Of Mardi Gras In New Orleans

April 29, 2014

Mardi Gras New Orleans 1938

Perhaps one of the only festivals in the world that overtly condones hedonism in the name of the Lord, a group of voluptuous men can be seen baring all to the camera–or as much as “all” would socially allow in the early 20th century–in 1938.

Women Of Hell’s Angels, 1965

April 25, 2014
Old Ladies Hells Angels 1965

Source: Time

The United States has had a rebellious streak from its inception, and its mid 20th century incarnation–Hell’s Angels—proves no exception. Photographer Bill Ray and writer Joe Bride described the leathered outlaws as a new breed of rebel that “absolutely despised everything that most Americans value and strive for. They rode their bikes, hung out in bars for days at a time, fought with anyone that messed with them. It was extraordinary to be around.”

And yet even within this rebellious sect, gender divisions bore a strong resemblance to more mainstream society. Of particular interest to the LIFE duo was the role that women played within the club. Women would come and go, and many of them were as young as teenagers. During Hell’s meetings, they would wait patiently in another room, not allowed to take part in the discussion.