The National Museum of American History is celebrating the opening of their new wing "The Nation We Build Together" today. One of the first things you'll see is a very muscular George Washington offering his sword—symbolizing power—to the people. The new exhibitions explore the ideas and ideals of the American people, including what happens when a people decide to govern themselves, the never-ending process of becoming one nation, and more. 🇺🇸🗽✨🗽🇺🇸 📷: @amhistorymuseum
"Jersey City Quartermaster Repair Sub-Depot; Negro women play an important part in the conservation activities of the Quartermaster Corps.; Overcoats, shirts, trousers, and other items are prepared for final repair operations by ripping off torn pocket flaps, sleeves, and other portions of garments and replacing with patches or new portions; This is termed 'preparation"; Approximately 100 employees are engaged in preparing clothing similar to view shown in photograph."
Via #NYPL Digital Collection
Sadie Pfeiffer, Spinner in Cotton Mill, North Carolina. Photography by Lewis Hine, Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, Lewis Hine believed that images of child labor would force citizens to demand change. The muckraker conned his way into mills and factories from Massachusetts to South Carolina by posing as a Bible seller, insurance agent or industrial photographer in order to tell the plight of nearly 2 million children. Carting around a large-format camera and jotting down information in a hidden notebook, Hine recorded children laboring in meatpacking houses, coal mines and canneries, and in November 1908 he came upon Sadie Pfeifer, who embodied the world he exposed. A 48-inch-tall wisp of a girl, she was “one of the many small children at work” manning a gargantuan cotton-spinning machine in Lancaster, S.C. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. #ecofashion#cottonmill#photography#irishimmigrants#americanhistory#carolinacottonmills#beautiful#haunting#cottonspinners#gettymuseum#lagunabeach#orangecounty#losangeles#workingwoman#mylifebythesea
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Have you ever heard of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion? Nicknamed the “#SixTripleEight ”, this battalion was the only #AllBlack , #AllFemale battalion station overseas during #WorldWarII , “charged with sorting mountains of mail & ensuring each piece was delivered properly”. The 6888th consisted of 855 #BlackWomen & was led by Major #CharityAdamsEarley . Major Adams was the FIRST black woman officer in the #WomensArmyCorps (aka #WAC ) & was the highest ranking black woman in the army when the war ended. 6888th was created thanks to the work of #MaryMcLeodBethune , who got the support of #FirstLady#EleanorRoosevelt to create "a role for black women in the war overseas." At the time, there was a massive backlog in sorting, processing & delivering approximately 7 million letters to soldiers stationed overseas. Morale was slipping as soldiers were completely disconnected from the warm words from their loved ones. That is where the #6888th went to action. Given 6 months to clear the backlog in England, these #MelaninMagic filled black women got the job done in 3. They were redeployed to other countries in Europe to keep the mail moving. Their motto: “No mail, no morale”. Though the work of these women propped up soldier morale during (WWII), they’re still black & that meant #Segregation . They had to sleep in separate barracks & eat in separate mess halls.6888th vet, Mary Crawford Ragland, said ‘We served our country proudly, & we did a good job, people were so positive. They asked, ‘Why does your country treat you so badly when black people have contributed so much to the country & the culture?’ It was embarrassing having them ask that…When we came back, though, there were no parades, there were no speeches, there was no recognition. They gave us our papers discharging us & sent us on our way.” It took 64 years after the war for 6888th to get the recognition they deserved. Ladies, thank you for your service. You legacy will never be forgotten. To quote 6888th vet Gladys Schuster Carter “You are standing on our shoulders, but let me tell you what our pride is: seeing you young women who have succeeded since us.” Salute!
Another scene from Erie Street in Lowell, Arizona. This tiny town outside of Bisbee was bought by the Copper Queen Mine over 100 years ago. Most of the original town site was taken over by the Lavender Pit mine. Today, old cars, signs, and storefronts line the street, part of a project taken on by several Bisbee residents and artists to preserve some of the cultural history of the area. There are a few operating businesses here, such as the Bisbee Food Co-op, but most storefronts are just a façade. Definitely worth the side trip just to see it.
On this day in history, June 28th 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by Bosnian Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip. While the assassination was an important cause of war in and of itself, it was mostly only a spark that lit a fuse decades in the making, for the causes of the Great War go far beyond the assassination. Since the dawn of large nation-states in Europe in the Early Modern Period, European powers operated on a system of balance of power; creating alliances and going to war in order to prevent one power from growing too strong. However, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 disrupted this balance and left it unresolved. Germany was left the undisputed superpower of Continental Europe, and Great Britain, France, and Russia were drawn into a game of forging and forgoing alliances in order to best weaken their enemies and secure their positions; it was widely accepted at this time that a European war to resolve the tension was inevitable, but no one imagined how devastating it would be. Because of this, the Great Powers were wrapped up in extensive alliance networks that drew them into the comparatively insignificant affairs of smaller nations. Exacerbating this setting was the incompetence of many nation-state leaders and the breakdown of reasoned discourse. Also, the technology and tactics of the day lent themselves to war and mobilization plans that were inflexible to a fault; all hopes of a quick victory required full mobilization and a first strike without time for negotiation.
It is utterly humiliating and disgusting to live a nation where white people were lawfully allowed to lynch people of color just because they WANTED to. It is disgusting that white people were allowed to lynch a pregnant black mother, cut the baby out of her womb and stomp the baby to death. What is more horrific is that white people refuse to acknowledge this reality. Let's stop denying the past shall we? Someday, the United States and the world will have to face the truth about our dark history. African Americans have been victims of white terrorism and hate for over 400 years. The racial cleansing of 1912 in Forsyth, Georgia is by far the most disgusting act of terrorism our nation has ever seen. An entire county of whites managed to harass, lynch, and torment black families and young children until they feared for their lives and were forced to move out of the county. Thousands of African American home owners left everything behind in fear of their lives. These hate filled white supremacists and bigots did not stop until literally EVERY black body was gone. Whether they left voluntarily or not, most were murdered or driven out past county lines or up North. This novel is quite telling and I suggest EVERY U.S citizen, especially whites who THINK they know American history to tap into this. I challenge you to be different than the monsters in this story. I challenge you to do one thing that scares you a day. For some of you, that might just mean facing the hard truth. #bloodattheroot#americanhistory#blacklivesmatter#racialcleansing#whiteterrorism#emancipateyourmind#facethetruth#unitedstatesrefugeecrisis#silenceisconsent#injustice#americawasnevergreat
1863 – General Meade replaced General Hooker three days before the Battle of Gettysburg. General George Gordon Meade said “Well, I’ve been tried and condemned without a hearing, and I suppose I shall have to go to execution,” in response to his appointment as head of the Union Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. Within a week his army won the Battle of Gettysburg, assuring Meade of a record of success superior to all of his predecessors. #americanhistory#gettysburg#gettysburgpa#battleofgettysburg
In this week's MGR Spotlight, we talked to Jeff Theiss, one of the Festival's long-time musical gurus (featured in CATS, ON THE TOWN, OKLAHOMA!, and many more.) Jeff is the music director of PARADE, which runs July 5-26 at the Playhouse. Be sure listen for him in the pit orchestra and witness this show's soaring score! fingerlakesmusicaltheatre.wordpress.com to read more! #ParadeFLMTF
“She [Jackie] met a young, handsome senator from Massachusetts named John Kennedy at a dinner party in Georgetown. They dated over the next two years, during which time Jackie mused at the idea that she might actually marry a man who was allergic to horses, something she never thought she would have considered. In 1953, the two were engaged”
DID YOU KNOW: #Oregon is racist AF?! 🤔 How racist you ask? Please read below:
When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon’s founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.
Waddles Coffee Shop in Portland, Oregon was a popular restaurant in the 1950s for both locals and travelers alike. The drive-in catered to America’s postwar obsession with car culture, allowing people to get coffee and a slice of pie without even leaving their vehicle. But if you happened to be black, the owners of Waddles implored you to keep on driving. The restaurant had a sign outside with a very clear message: “White Trade Only — Please.” #youngblackandaware#americanhistory#knowyourhistory#racismisreal#oregonracism#staywoke#woke#roots
Luke Cage was the first black superhero to star in own comic book series entitled Luke Cage, Hero for Hire. Written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by George Tuska, the series debuted in 1972 and starred Luke Cage as an ex-convict imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, who gains the powers of superhuman strength and unbreakable skin after being subjected voluntarily to an experimental procedure. The series was turned into a television series in 2016 on Netflix, with Mike Colter portraying Luke Cage.
Somehow hidden from view of the main roads despite being less than half a mile from one of Rhode Island's biggest malls, the Pontiac Mills used to be a major hub of the state's textile industry. Built in 1863, the Pontiac Mills manufactured military uniforms for the Union army during America's Civil War, and the village of Pontiac surrounding it prospered. After World War I, however, shifts in ownership and management strategies led to a nearly year-long strike of mill workers across the state, after which the textile industry in Rhode Island (and across New England as a whole) would never be the same. The paternalistic structure of management was broken, and it was in this time period of unions clashing with businesses that the shift of the GOP of Abraham Lincoln began to see its role reversed with the Democratic Party, leading to the incarnations and general perceptions of the parties as we know them today.
The Pontiac Mills are currently mostly vacant. Gutted and being converted into living spaces, only the portion closest to the Warwick Mall is complete and open to the public as a NYLO hotel. .
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These are photos from Perry's Cave in Put-In-Bay, Ohio. This cave is 50 feet below ground, and being in here was a very unusual experience. In most places in the cave, I was not able to stand straight up with being 6' 2". In some places, the height was less than two feet. Not great for a guy who isn't crazy about closed spaces. 😊
This underground cave has a lake, and legend has it that the clean water from this lake was instrumental in Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's men winning the Battle of Lake Erie. You can read more here...
Today bring the 48th anniversary of the stonewall inn riots. Here are 2 prominent fieugers in lgbt history. Marsha p Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. And they serve as inspirational reminders that, even when the world seems to be pitted against us, we still must find the strength and courage to stand for what is right. And remember we are one community. #lgbt#lgbthistory#americanhistory#transpeople#trans#gay#bi#lesbian