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

Race: the Power of An Illusion, Especially in Housing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHlKwWp50IM "If race doesn't exist biologically, what is it? And why should it matter?" asks "The House We Live In," an episode in the PBS film series on race in America, "The Power of an Illusion." It focuses "not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups … Continue reading Race: the Power of An Illusion, Especially in Housing

‘The Nation’ Digs Into Its Archives To Illuminate Civil Rights History Since 1865 As Teaching Tool

The Nation, a progressive magazine that has been in publication since 1865, is opening up its archives as a way to teach American history, with special emphasis on civil rights history and race relations. "Welcome to The Nation Classroom," greets the landing page. The student modules, designed to fit with the AP History Exam, include … Continue reading ‘The Nation’ Digs Into Its Archives To Illuminate Civil Rights History Since 1865 As Teaching Tool

‘Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy’

Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and North Carolina native David Zucchino recalls how an egregious history of abject racism in the South was covered up, how the perpetrators were recast as heroes. Not until more than 100 years later, in 2006, was the real story of the 1898 coup told in North Carolina's two major newspapers, and not … Continue reading ‘Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy’

Latino Americans: Timeline Since the 1500s. Links to 6-Part PBS History Series

Latino Americans: Timeline Since the 1500s. 2013 PBS Series on Latino Americans. Episode Guide to Six-Part Series. After "Foreigners in their Own Land, 1565-1889, there's Empire of Dreams (1880-1942) War and Peace (1942-1954) The New Latinos (1946-1965) Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980) Peril and Promise (1980-2000) The series is available here on PBS.org.

J. Edgar Hoover, Crusader Against Social Movements: Organized Crime, Communism, Anti-war and Civil Rights Protestors

"As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life." -- Movieclips trailers. Available on numerous streaming services. Much more on J. Edgar Hoover.

Raised As A Racist, Harry Truman Stood Up for Civil Rights, Equality for Blacks and Jews

In contemporary times, it is fashionable to report an incendiary quote or action from a public figure's past, peg and condemn him or her for all time. But human beings are complicated. President Harry S. Truman is a case in point. Raised by racist parents and Confederate sympathizers in Missouri at the turn of the … Continue reading Raised As A Racist, Harry Truman Stood Up for Civil Rights, Equality for Blacks and Jews

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

2010s Are Difficult to Instantly Characterize

Are there a few events or trends to sum up the 2010s that can be immediately identified? Like the 1920s in Europe, it might be classified as an "age of anxiety," which we now view as a precursor to the Great Depression and World War II. Or the decade of 2010s could be viewed optimistically … Continue reading 2010s Are Difficult to Instantly Characterize