The Rise of Cotton: Crash Course Black American History #13

Cotton is everywhere in our modern world, and it became a hugely important crop in the 19th century United States. Cotton was a huge economic boon to the US, and much of that wealth was built on the backs of enslaved laborers. And cotton didn’t only benefit the states where slavery was legal. While cottonContinue reading “The Rise of Cotton: Crash Course Black American History #13”

Obamanation: Crash Course US History #47

In which John Green teaches you about recent history. By which we mean VERY recent history. John covers the end of George W. Bush’s administration presidency of Barack Obama (so far). Some people would say, “It’s too soon to try to interpret the historical importance of such recent events!” To those people we answer, “You’reContinue reading “Obamanation: Crash Course US History #47”

China rations electricity amid worst blackouts in decade – Al Jazeera

China is rationing electricity as it struggles to contain its worst power blackouts in a decade. Long hours of outages are affecting residential areas and shutting factories. The government has introduced coal rationing and is trying to increase coal imports. But as Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Hong Kong, the crisis is a resultContinue reading “China rations electricity amid worst blackouts in decade – Al Jazeera”

Ford, Carter, and the Economic Malaise: Crash Course US History #42

In which John Green teaches you about the economic malaise that beset the United States in the 1970s. A sort of perfect storm of events, it combined the continuing decline of America’s manufacturing base and the oil shocks of 1973 and 1979, and brought about an stagnant economy, paired with high inflation. Economists with aContinue reading “Ford, Carter, and the Economic Malaise: Crash Course US History #42”

The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War, which was the decades long conflict between the USA and the USSR. The Cold War was called cold because of the lack of actual fighting, but this is inaccurate. There was plenty of fighting, from Korea to Viet Nam to Afghanistan, but we’ll get intoContinue reading “The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37”

World War II Part 2 – The Homefront: Crash Course US History #36

In which John Green teaches you about World War 2, as it was lived on the home front. You’ll learn about how the war changed the country as a whole, and changed how Americans thought about their country. John talks about the government control of war production, and how the war probably helped to endContinue reading “World War II Part 2 – The Homefront: Crash Course US History #36”

The New Deal: Crash Course US History #34

In which John Green teaches you about the New Deal, which was president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan to pull the united States out of the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Did it work? Maybe. John will teach you about some of the most effective and some of the best known programs of the New Deal.Continue reading “The New Deal: Crash Course US History #34”

The Progressive Era: Crash Course US History #27

In which John Green teaches you about the Progressive Era in the United States. In the late 19th and early 20th century in America, there was a sense that things could be improved upon. A sense that reforms should be enacted. A sense that progress should be made. As a result, we got the ProgressiveContinue reading “The Progressive Era: Crash Course US History #27”

Growth, Cities, and Immigration: Crash Course US History #25

In which John Green teaches you about the massive immigration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century. Immigrants flocked to the US from all over the world in this time period. Millions of Europeans moved to the US where they drove the growth of cities and manned the rapid industrializationContinue reading “Growth, Cities, and Immigration: Crash Course US History #25”

Slavery – Crash Course US History #13

In which John Green teaches you about America’s “peculiar institution,” slavery. I wouldn’t really call it peculiar. I’d lean more toward horrifying and depressing institution, but nobody asked me. John will talk about what life was like for a slave in the 19th century United States, and how slaves resisted oppression, to the degree thatContinue reading “Slavery – Crash Course US History #13”

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