U. S. History

Jan. 3, 1891: After Wounded Knee Massacre, L. Frank Baum Called for Total Annihilation of Native Americans

It was one hundred thirty years ago today, on January 3, 1891, that L. Frank Baum published an editorial in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre that called for the total annihilation of the Native American population. Baum would, nine years later, write The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Read on for Baum’s editorial in the…

Pentagon Budget Could be Cut in Half, Former Secretaries of Defense Stated in 1989

Sure Could Use that Peace Dividend Now Thirty three years ago the front page of the New York Times featured a stunning report on the possibility of a complete reorientation of the U.S. economy away from war, toward peace. It was all the more remarkable as it was neither written by nor about peace activists…

‘Now is the time to resist’ – A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority First Published 53 Years Ago

Fifty-three years ago, the October 12, 1967 edition of the New York Review of Books published “A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority” as part of antiwar activists’ efforts to support draft resistance in opposition to the war in Vietnam. Over 20,000 people signed it, including academics, clergymen, and writers. It urged “that every free man…

We Had Ho Chi Minh on a Silver Platter in 1945 – How Truman Admin Anticommunism Led the U.S. to Ignore its own Intel and Embark on the Disastrous Indochina Wars

U.S. concluded Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese nationalist first and foremost, who used the U.S. Declaration of Independence as a model. Ho did not yet see the Soviet Union as a willing or able ally U.S. assurances to the Philippines that it would gain its independence after the end of WW2 encouraged the Vietnamese…

75th Anniversary of the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence

“All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth…

America Never Was America to Me – Langston Hughes Saw Trump Coming in 1936

Hughes – the Promise of America was Meaningless Unless Universal Langston Hughes saw Trump coming at least as early as 1936, with the publication of his poem, Let America Be America again. I have journalist Paul Rosenberg to thank for reminding me. As the racist, overgrown child and tv con man who currently occupies the…

In a Time of Criminal Power, Daniel Berrigan Was Branded a Peace Criminal by War Criminals – August 4, 1970 Sermon

Fifty years ago, on Sunday, August 3, 1970, the Reverend Daniel J. Berrigan stepped up to the pulpit of the United Methodist Church of Germantown, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and gave the sermon below. Berrigan, a Jesuit, pacifist, and dedicated anti-Vietnam War activist, was also a fugitive at the time as a member of the Catonsville…

LBJ Used a Gulf of Tonkin Attack That Never Happened to Escalate the War in Vietnam – Excerpt from Dan Ellsberg’s Secrets

First Full Day at the Pentagon for Ellsberg is a Memorable One 56 years ago, on August 4, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson used an attack on U.S. warships that never happened to justify “retaliation,” and the massive expansion of the U.S. war effort against North Vietnam. Squadron commander James Stockdale was one of the U.S.…

Dawn of the New Booboisie – Reagan Found His Groove in Detroit in 1980 & Took the Anti-Tax Revolt Nationwide

Note from the editor: ‘Booboisie’ is a term coined by that legendarily discourteous American journalist, H.L. Mencken, which he used to refer to those prone to willful ignorance and stupid mistakes.- RR Forty years ago, as the sun rose, illuminating the gleaming skyrises of the Detroit, Michigan riverfront on the third week of July, 1980,…

100 Years Ago Today the U.S. Invasion of Russia Ended

It was on April 23, 1920 that General William S. Graves and the last of his remaining staff departed Vladivostok by boat, bound for the United States. Most of the 8,000 troops under his command in Vladivostok had left Russia weeks earlier, on April 1, an occasion the New York Times acknowledged briefly in its…