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Before the Lorax (1971), before the Cat in the Hat (1957), even before Gerald McBoingBoing (1950), Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss was just his pen name) had a major career in illustration going clear back to the 1920s. Some of the content would be quite surprising to those who only know him as an author and illustrator of "kiddie books." This article traces a brief history of the first half of his career.
Most Americans realize that there was a time in the United States when it was legal to have allegedly "separate but equal" school facilities for African American children. They were, of course, definitely separate but definitely UNequal. And most are also aware that travel on buses was also separate but UNequal-
Perhaps you have seen photos of camouflaged tanks in World War II, hard to spot on the ground by enemy planes. But have you seen the camouflage jobs that were done on whole huge aircraft factory complexes and air fields in the US, making them virtually undetectable from the skies? Check out this collection of photos and explanations of how it was done in this overview of these amazing projects.
The Pony Express is the stuff of legends in the US, often depicted in Hollywood and on TV in the heyday of the Western Movie craze, as well as in many books going clear back to the 1800s. Given the amount of attention it has received in historical fiction settings, you'd think it was an institution that lasted for at least a generation or two. You'd think wrong. This brief overview of the history of the business will set you straight.
When we think about the "Civil Rights Movement" of the 1950s and 60s, what most often comes to mind first is photos of brave adult African Americans marching along arm in arm in large groups, in protests such as that in Selma in 1965. Yes, they often endured taunts and threats and jeers, and sometimes actual violence. But some of the bravest acts of resistance to segregation weren't performed by men and women. And they weren't acted out "arm in arm" with compatriots who could provide moral support. As an example, this article is an overview of the amazing bravery of one tiny little girl who marched bravely past taunts and threats and jeers, arm in arm with no one-
The Stone Mountain theme park just outside Atlanta, Georgia, was in the news in autumn 2015 because plans had been announced for placing a memorial there to the I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King, along with a model of the Liberty Bell. Those plans were quickly opposed by many Georgia citizens. A stalemate has ensued, but many news reports about the situation have neglected to put the current situation in historical context so that "outsiders" can understand the roots of the debate. This article provides some much-
There has There has been debate in recent years about the propriety of a "method of interrogation" by the US military known as "waterboarding." The assumption by many US citizens seems to be that this is some sort of modern method invented by those responsible for getting intelligence information from prisoners in the US prison in Guantanamo. As you will see in this brief overview, this is a mythconception. Waterboarding-
Uncle Sam, as a "personification" of America, has a long history. But actually you can't find his name used in writing before the War of 1812. And you can't find published political cartoons of him, with top hat, straggly hair, gaudy striped pants, and such going back much before the Civil War. That's because America had long had a more sophisticated-
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