Crash Course European History, 1970s, ’80s, ’90s: The Soviet Bloc Unwinds and Cold War Ends

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aStaPgdvIdI Crash Course European History: "In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, protests and unrest continued across Europe, and the Soviet Union was having increasing trouble holding its sphere of influence together. Today you'll learn about the labor strikes of Poland, the dissident punks of East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and … Continue reading Crash Course European History, 1970s, ’80s, ’90s: The Soviet Bloc Unwinds and Cold War Ends

1960s & ’70s: Protests in Western and Eastern Europe Sparked Reforms, Repression

Crash Course European History: "The post-World War II decades in Europe are sometimes called the Thirty Glorious Years (1945-1975). As those years wore on, tensions between East and West grew, and economic growth slowed or was unevenly distributed across Europe, protests and dissent arose across the continent." Transcript. The Thirty Glorious Years started with the … Continue reading 1960s & ’70s: Protests in Western and Eastern Europe Sparked Reforms, Repression

‘Mrs. America’ TV Series Explores Both Sides of Women’s Liberation Movement

"There are two sides to every revolution...."Mrs. America' recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, the FX series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture … Continue reading ‘Mrs. America’ TV Series Explores Both Sides of Women’s Liberation Movement

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Legal and Women’s History

A movie documentary and a docudrama (with actors) illustrate the remarkable life of "RBG" or Ruth Bader Ginsberg, available on Youtube as well as various streaming services. "At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique … Continue reading Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Legal and Women’s History

Europe Post-WWII: Rebuilding & Stumbling Into the Cold War

Crash Course European History: "Sometimes, friendship isn't forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same … Continue reading Europe Post-WWII: Rebuilding & Stumbling Into the Cold War

First Reaction to 1980s’ AIDS Epidemic Was Denial, As Is Always The Case

Writer Andrew Sullivan, who is HIV-positve and considers himself a survivor of AIDS, recalls the reaction to the 1980s AIDS epidemic in mainstream culture and in the gay community. The first response was denial. "Those of us who have already been through a plague experience in our lives know this all too well. As the … Continue reading First Reaction to 1980s’ AIDS Epidemic Was Denial, As Is Always The Case

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

Fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany: 30th Anniversary Is Marked With ‘Never Forget’ Messages

For 28 years, an ugly wall lined with barbed wire divided Berlin, Germany between West and East. It symbolized the larger division of Germany and the world for 45 years during the Cold War, between capitalists and communists, freedom and oppression. from 1961 to 1989. The Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, marking the end … Continue reading Fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany: 30th Anniversary Is Marked With ‘Never Forget’ Messages

1980: ‘Made for TV Election’ Explores Role of Media in Shaping Public Opinion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeJxuOVXEm8 Description A William Brandon Shanley film available at Amazon.com. "Pertinent, powerful, persuasive. Handsomely produced... Brilliant." -- Los Angeles Times. "Profoundly enlightening. A devastation look at television's impact on the presidency." -- Helen Thomas. "This film should be seen by every American in every city and town." -- Norman Lear, TV Creator. Hollywood star and … Continue reading 1980: ‘Made for TV Election’ Explores Role of Media in Shaping Public Opinion

Progressive Movements Inevitably Lead to Backlash: 1920s, 1960s-1970s, 2010s

Almost all social movements tend to have excesses, especially when social change occurs quickly and dramatically.  Advocates may go too far in one direction, over-reach, and then there is a backlash, reaction or counter-revolution that over decades may lead to an eventual balance. This pattern was initially identified by the German political philosopher Friedrich Hegel, … Continue reading Progressive Movements Inevitably Lead to Backlash: 1920s, 1960s-1970s, 2010s