U. S. History

How Woodrow Wilson’s propaganda machine changed American journalism

April 27, 2017 9.51pm EDT Christopher B. Daly Professor of Journalism, Boston University When the United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago, the impact on the news business was swift and dramatic. In its crusade to “make the world safe for democracy,” the Wilson administration took immediate steps at home to curtail one…

Historian Peter Linebaugh on “The Incomplete, True, Authentic & Wonderful History of May Day” – Democracy Now!

Happy May Day, folks. Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! discussion of the history of May Day with historian Peter Linebaugh begins around the 29 min. mark of this video. Enjoy! Transcript of this April 29, 2016 show. That’s right, Sunday is May Day, or International Workers’ Day. Organizers and activists across the United States are planning…

Time to Pardon Ethel Rosenberg – by Filmmaker John Sayles

John Sayles, the independent filmmaking genius behind Matewan, Eight Men Out, and Lone Star, posted this about Ethel Rosenberg recently. This is a historic injustice which President Barack Obama is uniquely well-positioned to at least partially correct with a presidential pardon. Grand jury testimony recently made public has now proven that Rosenberg’s brother lied on the…

November 2, 1920: Eugene Debs Received Nearly a Million Votes for President While in Jail for Espionage Act Conviction

On November 2, 1920 Eugene V. Debs received nearly a million votes for president in his fifth campaign for that office, despite residing for the entirety of the campaign in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Debs was serving a ten year sentence for violating the Espionage Act by giving a June 16, 1918 speech the Canton,…

August 2, 1931: Albert Einstein Urged Scientists to Refuse to Cooperate with Preparations for War

On August 2, 1931, the Associated Press reported that Albert Einstein appealed to “the scientists of the world to refuse to cooperate in research for the creation of new instruments of war,” in a letter read to an international conference in Lyons, France of opponents of war. Those who think that the danger of war…

The Last Shadow of Liberty

Dignities and high sounding names have different effects on different beholders. The lustre of the Star and the title of My Lord, over-awe the superstitious vulgar, and forbid them to inquire into the character of the possessor: Nay more, they are, as it were, bewitched to admire in the great, the vices they would honestly…

Hormel Workers Won a Historic Victory – November 13, 1933

1933: Striking workers at the Hormel meatpacking facility warm themselves around a fire in Austin, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. Click on image to enlarge.           On November 13, 1933, in what historians have suggested was the first officially-recorded sitdown strike in U.S. history, victorious workers at the Hormel…