The Plot to Overthrow FDR in 1933

This "In Search of History" documentary explains the plot by anti-Semitic, fascist-supporting American right-wingers to overthrow President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933, combining WWI veterans in the bonus army, General Smedley Butler, and business leaders like J.P. Morgan concerned that going off the gold standard was "the end of Western civilization." Butler blew the whistle … Continue reading The Plot to Overthrow FDR in 1933

How WWII Spread in Europe, from Nazi Invasion of Poland in 1939 to VE Day in 1945

Crash Course European History: "Only a couple of decades after the end of the First World War--which was supposed to be the War that Ended All Wars--another, bigger, farther-flung, more destructive, and deadlier war began. Today, you'll learn about how the war in Europe progressed, from the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and the invasion of Poland, to … Continue reading How WWII Spread in Europe, from Nazi Invasion of Poland in 1939 to VE Day in 1945

1920s, 1930s: Economic Depression and Dictators in Europe

Crash Course European History: "We're still leading up to World War II, but first we gotta talk about the rise of the dictators. Today we talk about the rise of militaristic dictatorships in Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and Spain, and the economic depression that set the stage for their rise." Transcript. Sources: Hunt, Lynn … Continue reading 1920s, 1930s: Economic Depression and Dictators in Europe

In the 1930s, Democracy in America Almost Died. Citizens Kept the Ideal Alive

Harvard historian Jill Lepore, in an article for The New Yorker, recounts the last time democracy almost died in America and around the world, in the 1930s, "from the Andes to the Urals and the Alps...Americans argued about it, and then they tried to fix it...(American democracy) staggered, weakened by corruption, monopoly, apathy, inequality, political … Continue reading In the 1930s, Democracy in America Almost Died. Citizens Kept the Ideal Alive

Ataturk: Remarkable Founder of Modern Turkey

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSiHQQo2_jE Ekip Film: "Ataturk: Founder of Modern Turkey is a comprehensive and acclaimed documentary on the life and career of Mustafa Kemal, or Ataturk. Through archival film and photos, contemporary photography in historical locations and interviews with international experts and those who’ve personally known Ataturk, the film presents a unique portrait of one of 20th … Continue reading Ataturk: Remarkable Founder of Modern Turkey

The 6 or 7 Phases of U.S. Political Party Alignments

America’s political parties have undergone at least six phases or realignments in the nation’s history. Political scientists suggest the nation is overdue for another realignment as demographics and voting patterns change. The First Political Party System — consisting of the Federalists, created by Alexander Hamilton of New York, and the Democratic-Republican Party, created by Thomas Jefferson and … Continue reading The 6 or 7 Phases of U.S. Political Party Alignments

Historian Zara Steiner’s Succinct Characterization of 1920s, 1930s

The period leading up to World War II was a time of “few heroes, two evil Titans and an assortment of villains and knaves.” Adolph Hitler was "“an opportunist who knew where he was going.” Josef Stalin was a cruel tyrant whose purges of more than one million Russians in the 1930s grew out of … Continue reading Historian Zara Steiner’s Succinct Characterization of 1920s, 1930s

Great Migration of African Americans From South to North Between 1915 and 1970 Is Now In Reverse

Vox: "During the great migration, around 40% of America's black population left the rural south. Today, census data indicates a new shift underway." The Great Migration, sometimes known as the Great Northward Migration or the Black Migration, was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban … Continue reading Great Migration of African Americans From South to North Between 1915 and 1970 Is Now In Reverse

Scottsboro, AL Boys, Falsely Accused of Rape, Spent Years In Prison and Court Before Proving Their Innocence and Inspiring Civil Rights Movement

History.com: "The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women aboard a train near Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931. The trials and repeated retrials of the Scottsboro Boys sparked an international uproar and produced two landmark U.S. Supreme Court verdicts, even as the defendants were forced to spend years battling the … Continue reading Scottsboro, AL Boys, Falsely Accused of Rape, Spent Years In Prison and Court Before Proving Their Innocence and Inspiring Civil Rights Movement