History

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…

September 2, 1945: Ho Chi Minh Declares Vietnamese Independence

Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic, free of French colonial rule, on September 2, 1945. Half a million people gathered in Hanoi to hear him read the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence, which was modeled on the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Below, Susan Dunn delves into the inspiration for Ho Chi Minh’s speech that…