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”

The Underground Railroad: Crash Course Black American History #15

Escape was one of the many ways that enslaved people resisted their captivity in the system of American slavery. The Underground Railroad was not literally a railroad. It was a network of people, routes, and safe houses that helped people escape from slavery in the south to freedom in the north. Today we’ll talk aboutContinue reading “The Underground Railroad: Crash Course Black American History #15”

School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks

“Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association wrote in a letter to Joe Biden this week detailing incidents that have unfolded across the country. “Education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association—the representative body for more than 90,000 school board members in the U.S.—wrote this weekContinue reading “School Boards Are Begging the White House to Shield Them From Right-Wing Attacks”

Whistleblower’s SEC complaint: Facebook knew platform was used to “promote human trafficking and domestic servitude”

For the first time, read the whistleblower’s complaints to the SEC that led to 60 Minutes’ report on Facebook. For the first time, 60 Minutes is publishing whistleblower complaints filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission against Facebook by former employee Frances Haugen. The filings, submitted by Haugen’s lawyers, state, “Our anonymous client is disclosingContinue reading “Whistleblower’s SEC complaint: Facebook knew platform was used to “promote human trafficking and domestic servitude””

Report: 9 NYC firefighters suspended over racist messages

New York City officials have suspended nine firefighters without pay in connection with a string of racist messages and memes they shared on their phones, including ones that mocked the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, according to a published report. A spokesperson called the suspensions the most severe punishments ever handedContinue reading “Report: 9 NYC firefighters suspended over racist messages”

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”

Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree

Decarceration advocates urge lawmakers to consider sentencing reform instead as prisons have seen high rates of Covid outbreaks The southern US state of Alabama, which has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in America, is planning to use Covid relief funds to help construct three large prisons and renovate several others. State lawmakers began a specialContinue reading “Alabama plans to use Covid relief funds to finance prison-building spree”

U.S. Facing Over Twice as Many Domestic Terror Threats as Foreign, FBI Says

The United States is facing far more domestic terror threats than those from international parties, according to the FBI. Timothy Langan, assistant director of the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division, told lawmakers Wednesday that the U.S. is approaching more than 2,700 domestic terrorism threats. The number of international terror threats is under 1,000, Langan said when asked byContinue reading “U.S. Facing Over Twice as Many Domestic Terror Threats as Foreign, FBI Says”

Stalin’s Doctor’s Plot: The Paranoid Conspiracy against the Soviet Jews – The Cold War

Our historical documentary series on the history of the Cold War continues with an animated video on the Doctor’s Plot – as the Soviet leader Stalin suddenly decides that there is a plot of Jewish Doctors against him and starts persecuting them.

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”

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