Plessy v Ferguson and Segregation: Crash Course Black American History #21

The United States’ Constitution is not a very detailed document. It lays out the basic structure of government, and the details are filled in with legislation, and clarified and reinforced by court decisions. One of the most consequential Supreme Court decisions was the 1896 case of Plessy v Ferguson, which set the precedent that segregatingContinue reading “Plessy v Ferguson and Segregation: Crash Course Black American History #21”

Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19

At the end of the Civil War, the United States was still a very divided place. 700,000 people had died in a bitter fight over slavery. Reconstruction was the political process meant to bring the country back together. It was also the mechanism by which the country would extend the rights of citizenship to BlackContinue reading “Reconstruction: Crash Course Black American History #19”

Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14

Clint Smith teaches you about Maria Stewart, a Black woman who lived in the 19th century, and was a pioneering abolitionist, writer, and orator. When studying history, we often focus on the big picture and world-changing events. Today we’ll focus on how one woman flouted the social conventions of her time and place and becameContinue reading “Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14”

DA ‘Nearly Certain’ Officers Returning Gunfire Killed Girl During H.S. Game

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer revealed the update in a statement on Monday.  Investigators have concluded with “near certainty” that bullets fired by Sharon Hill police officers who were shooting back at gunmen during a high school football game last month struck and killed 8-year-old Fanta Bility and injured three others.  Delaware County District AttorneyContinue reading “DA ‘Nearly Certain’ Officers Returning Gunfire Killed Girl During H.S. Game”

Long Beach school officer shoots 18-year-old, leaving her on life support

Video appears to show officer firing at fleeing car in incident fueling calls for removal of armed officers from schools An 18-year-old woman is on life support after a school safety officer shot her near a high school in Long Beach, California, this week, sparking outrage and renewing calls for armed officers to be removed fromContinue reading “Long Beach school officer shoots 18-year-old, leaving her on life support”

The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45

In which John Green teaches you about the United States as it was in the 1990s. You’ll remember from last week that the old-school Republican George H.W. Bush had lost the 1992 presidential election to a young upstart Democrat from Arkansas named Bill Clinton. Clinton was a bit of a dark horse candidate, having survivedContinue reading “The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45”

Did the pandemic signal the end of the American era? | The Bottom Line – Al Jazeera

Canadian-American anthropologist Wade Davis holds a mirror up to the United States and sees a society in decline. Davis argues that the US dominated the world in the post-WWII era because Americans came out of the war with a sense of common purpose. A vibrant, educated middle class dominated. But now America’s social fabric isContinue reading “Did the pandemic signal the end of the American era? | The Bottom Line – Al Jazeera”

America’s billionaires pay an average income tax rate of just 8.2%, Biden administration says

The wealthiest 400 families in the United States are paying an average income tax rate of just 8.2%, according to a new analysis from the Biden administration. President Joe Biden and Democrats are pushing to raise taxes on the richest Americans as they look for ways to pay for their ambitious agenda, making its way through CongressContinue reading “America’s billionaires pay an average income tax rate of just 8.2%, Biden administration says”

The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41

In which John Green teaches you about the rise of the conservative movement in United States politics. So, the sixties are often remembered for the liberal changes that the decade brought to America, but lest you forget, Richard Nixon was elected to the presidency during the sixties. The conservative movement didn’t start with Nixon though.Continue reading “The Rise of Conservatism: Crash Course US History #41”

The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40

In which John Green teaches you about a time of relative tumult in the United States, the 1960s. America was changing rapidly in the 1960s, and rights movements were at the forefront of those changes. Civil Rights were dominant, but the 60s also saw growth in the Women’s Movement, the LGBT rights movement, the LatinoContinue reading “The 1960s in America: Crash Course US History #40”

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