The History Of United States Elections

October 17, 2013

History Of United States Elections

An exhaustive look at the history of US elections begs the question: what caused the American South to become so jarringly red in the latter half of the 20th century? Some claim that when the Civil Rights Movement took the country by storm in the 1960s, desegregation, the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act by Democratic administrations left a formerly blue-blooded, slaveholding South feeling “betrayed” by their own party. Sniffing out their vulnerability, Republicans reached out to these incensed southern Democrats and–relatively quickly–drew them to their side of the aisle. This process is dubbed the “Southern strategy”, and as you can tell not much has changed since.

The Great Boston Molasses Disaster

October 12, 2013
Boston Molasses Disaster Front Page Newspaper

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In the early 20th century, before building and safety guidelines were standard laws, one of the most bizarre tragedies in recent history befell Boston’s North End. The square-mile neighborhood was packed with over 40,000 Italian immigrants and thousands of commercial dock workers, making it one of the most densely populated places on the planet at the time. Located right on the northern corner of the city’s downtown peninsula was the Purity Distilling Company, right along a long line of heavily trafficked docks.

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Obesity In America

October 5, 2013

Obesity In America

Obesity is most certainly a public health epidemic in the United States. However, what many wish to blame on flawed individual decision making has some twisted roots in poverty, race and some pretty predatory food giants whose cheap, additive-laden foods contain addictive properties.

The American Communist Party In Madison Square Garden, 1931

September 30, 2013

While the “red scare” quickly quelled the burgeoning communist movement from the United States before it could gain any longterm hold on the political debate, there was a time when communist and socialist ideologies weren’t found only in some rather dusty corners of San Francisco. The Communist Party USA played an integral role in fighting Jim Crow laws, racial injustices and founding unions to protect worker rights, and by 1919 CPUSA claimed over 50,000 registered members. Today, however, a mere 2,000 individuals belong to the party.

An Amazing And Rare Interview With Malcolm X

September 29, 2013

The civil rights leader was certainly a divisive one, and that carries through in this rare, color interview taking place in 1963. Here, he discusses how the African experience in the United States is one that–right down to surnames–is denied its own, authentic history. Fascinating stuff.

Atlantic City Boardwalk, 1962

September 23, 2013

Atlantic City Boardwalk 1962

The backbone of New Jersey’s ocean-abutting city, when the Atlantic City Boardwalk opened up for visitors in 1870 it became the first boardwalk in the United States.