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June 18, 1941: With 100,000 Blacks Threatening to March on D.C., FDR Agrees to Integrate the Defense Industry & Government

Courtesy of the White House Historical Association. FDR, A. Philip Randolph and the Desegregation of the Defense Industries Since September 1939, war had been raging in Europe. Hitler’s armies had virtually seized the mainland, so that Great Britain stood alone as the last bastion of democracy on that continent. Hitler’s ally in the East, Japan,…

“Go to the end of that feeling and find out for yourself” – Oliver Stone Tells Graduates

On Friday May 20, 2016, filmmaker Oliver Stone published a transcript of his commencement speech to University of Connecticut graduates earlier in the month. Read at the source, OliverStone.com.   Transcript May 7, 2016 I thank you both, Dr. Herbst and Dr. Choi for bringing me. And I’d also like to thank Professor Frank Costigliola,…

1912 Campaign: Teddy Roosevelt Calls for a Greater Social Contract with Farmers

“There is no body of our people whose interests are more inextricably interwoven with the interests of all the people than is the case with the farmers.” – Teddy Roosevelt, radical advocate for family farmers, land stewardship, and government regulation of special interest groups

“So long as the farmer leaves cooperative activities with their profit sharing to the city man of business, so long will the foundations of wealth be undermined and the comforts of enlightenment be impossible in the country communities.”

The Times They Are A-Changin’ Released, February 10, 1964

From the Peacebuttons.info This Week in History calendar: Feb. 10, 1964 – Bob Dylan’s ”The Times They Are A-Changin’” was released. The album’s title song captured the emerging, principally generational gap in American culture concerning war and racism.         Lyrics: Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around…

Massacre at Wounded Knee, 125 Years Ago Today

From This Week in History, the peace and justice history calendar of Peacebuttons.info: December 29, 1890. The U.S. Army killed approximately 300 Oglala Sioux at Wounded Knee, in the new state of South Dakota. The 7th Cavalry (Custer’s old command) fired their artillery amidst mostly unarmed women, children, and fleeing men. The Wounded Knee Massacre was…

Unsafe at any Speed Published 50 Years Ago

On Nov. 30, 1965, “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile” was published. The book began, “For over half a century the automobile has brought death, injury and the most inestimable sorrow and deprivation to millions of people.” Seatbelts, airbags & antilock breaks have saved countless lives, including the Raucous Rooster’s.…

One Hundred Years Ago Today 33,000 Women Marched in NYC to Demand the Right to Vote

On October 23, 1915, 33,000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand the right to vote. Read historian Jean Baker’s blog post from Oxford University Press:   Getting and keeping the vote By Jean Baker, Editor of Votes for Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited Buy Now Organizing for the women’s suffrage…