May 4, 1970 saw America’s tensions over the Vietnam War explode into violence. Shortly after Richard Nixon authorized an American “incursion” into Cambodia, thus expanding the war he’d pledged to end, backlash erupted on college campuses across the country. Unexpectedly, … Continue reading How We Got Here: The Hard Hats Strike Back
Note: Didn’t have time to research my planned subject this week; here, then, is a post combining two of my old blog posts on everyone’s favorite President. Richard Nixon took office with a bold strategy to end the Vietnam War. … Continue reading How We Got Here: The State Department and the Madman
Warning: contains major spoilers for recent episodes, especially “Can’t Go Back.” This week’s Steven Universe episodes put fans through the emotional wringer. The second episode, “A Single Pale Rose,” will undoubtedly draw the most attention with its game-changing revelations about … Continue reading Steven Universe: Why Lapis Lazuli Matters
Welcome to this week’s History Thread! This week’s topic: Terrorism. Everyone during this generation has lived under the shadow of terrorism, but it’s not a new phenomenon and goes back, in one form or another, all the way to distant … Continue reading The Weekly History Thread Blows Up!
In 1850, the United States of America stood on the edge of a precipice. The Mexican War added 529,000 square miles to the United States, re-sparking long dormant debates about the future of slavery. Southern slave owners had long maintained … Continue reading How We Got Here: Liberty at Christiana
There wasn’t a politics thread for today and I’m stranded so let’s do this. Trump is still President despite being America’s answer to Trujillo, Kanye is still saying dumb shit about slavery, the Middle East continues to fester and 2018 … Continue reading The Wednesday Politics Thread Flies Us In!
Welcome to this week’s History Thread! It’s May Day, so we’re going to discuss labor and the history of labor activism. Today’s picture commemorates the famous Haymarket Riot in 1886, which led to May Day’s adoption as an international worker’s … Continue reading The Hardly Working History Thread
On May 12, 1898 American warships appeared off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. After two months of blockade, and several failed attempts by Spanish warships to break it, the Americans prepared a land invasion. On July 25, American … Continue reading How We Got Here: The Ponce Massacre and Contempt for America’s Colony
Welcome to this week’s History Thread! This week we’re going to discuss ideologies in history: political, philosophical, religious or other. I’m casting the net as broadly as possible to encourage a wide-ranging discussion. What systems of government or economics have … Continue reading The Ideological Weekly History Thread
January 11, 1871 was Victoria Woodhull’s moment to shine. With Congress addressing women’s suffrage for the first time, Woodhull – thirty-three year old, strikingly beautiful and intensely charismatic – received the honor of addressing them. She had the blessing of … Continue reading How We Got Here: Victoria Woodhull’s War
Welcome to this week’s history thread! This week’s discussion topic: What is your primary resource for learning about history? Do you read books, like a nerd? Do you watch documentaries, also like a nerd? Do you watch a movie/read a … Continue reading The Weekly History Thread Learns
Note: This week’s planned article, a follow-up on last week’s article about Vladimir Putin, has been postponed. I didn’t have time to write an original piece from scratch, so I’m revising something from my personal archive again. On February 2, … Continue reading How We Got Here: The American Protective League, the Wobblies and the “War on Slackers”