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

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

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

On Impeachment, History is Clarifying

History has a way of clarifying things once personal ambitions and partisan agendas are no longer relevant. Impeachment is an example. None of the presidents who have been impeached -- Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton -- come off well in historical terms. Yet some Republicans now out of office who voted to impeach Clinton … Continue reading On Impeachment, History is Clarifying

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

Civil Rights Movement in American Popular Culture Had Overwhelmingly Positive Impact in 1950s and Early 1960s

"Beginning with the end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865, African Americans toiled to reach equal status in the eyes of the law. Not only that, they also struggled against abuse – both physical and mental – by racist members of society. Starting with the right to vote, and then laboring to integrate schools … Continue reading Civil Rights Movement in American Popular Culture Had Overwhelmingly Positive Impact in 1950s and Early 1960s

‘But for Fate, We the Fortunate and the Unfortunate…’

“In serving, we recognize a simple but powerful truth, we need each other. And we must care for one another. Today, we do more than celebrate America; we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America. An idea born in revolution and renewed through two centuries of challenge. An idea tempered by the knowledge that, … Continue reading ‘But for Fate, We the Fortunate and the Unfortunate…’

Nation-Building in Latin America From the 1940s to Today

"Banana Republic" was for many years -- since the novelist O. Henry coined the phrase at the turn of the 20th century -- the US cultural stereotype of Latin America. Henry based his fictional country on Honduras, describing it as totally dependent on bananas, the one economic product it produced. The 1971 Woody Allen comedy … Continue reading Nation-Building in Latin America From the 1940s to Today

At Cold War’s End, Western Leaders Feared the Worst. How US Perspective Has Changed With Hindsight

Only in retrospect does the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany and independence of Eastern Europe look to be a great triumph for the West, capitalism, freedom and the Reagan-Bush administration. Only in retrospect could Reaganites claim that he always intended to bring about the collapse of … Continue reading At Cold War’s End, Western Leaders Feared the Worst. How US Perspective Has Changed With Hindsight