Posts Tagged "history"
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    Apr 21, 2014 1:15 pm

    pbsthisdayinhistory:

    April 21, 1989: Tiananmen Square Protests Begin

    On this day in 1989, students began protesting in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the symbolic central space of China. Several weeks later, when the government sent in the army to end the demonstrations, the citizens of Beijing poured into the streets in support of the students.

    The demonstrations ended in a massacre on the night of June 3-4, when the government sent the troops into the city with orders to clear Tiananmen Square. One day later, a single, unarmed young man stood his ground before a column of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured on film and video by Western journalists, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the struggle for freedom around the world.

    In 2012, FRONTLINE took a look back at how the iconic image of the “tank man” came to be, more than twenty years after the massacre at Tiananmen Square.

    Photo: A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Changan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. (AP/Jeff Widener)

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    Apr 19, 2014 4:30 pm

    Don’t Look Now, But Our Country Is In A Place It Hasn’t Been For Well Over 100 Years

    A few definitions to tee this up:

    Oligarchy: A society where power is in the hands of very few people, usually determined by wealth, corporate and family ties, and the military.

    The Gilded Age: From the 1870s to the early 1900s, our country was run by very few people (think John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew W. Mellon, Andrew Carnegie) but also marked by extreme poverty. The term was coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner to mean “an era of serious social problems disguised by thin gold gilding.”

    So … are we there yet?!

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    Apr 11, 2014 6:08 pm

    smartgirlsattheparty:

    smithsonian:

    Biochemist Florence Seibert won a gold medal for developing tuberculosis tests #Groundbreaker

    Smart Girl Biochemist!

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    Apr 02, 2014 11:51 am
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    Mar 30, 2014 3:47 pm
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    Mar 25, 2014 5:13 pm
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    Mar 15, 2014 5:13 pm

    rebeccacohenart:

    http://vitaminw.co/culture-society/womens-history-questions-and-facts

    Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.

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    Mar 10, 2014 9:49 pm

    policymic:

    Can you pass the US citizenship test?

    Every year, thousands of people take the U.S. citizenship exam. To pass the civics portion, which tests knowledge of American politics and history, applicants must correctly answer six out of 10 questions. The questions are randomly selected from a list of 100 with no multiple choice.

    The above questions were taken from the list of 100. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

    AnswersFollow policymic

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    Feb 16, 2014 8:07 pm

    explore-blog:

    An animated history of marriage. Let’s not forget the woman to whom we owe marriage equality.

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    Jan 27, 2014 11:11 am

    Coretta Scott King

    blackinhistory:

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    Married to one of the most influential civil rights leaders of our era, but a legend in her own right. She continued MLK Jr.’s legacy by founding the King Center, and was also the leader of a successful campaign in making her husband’s birthday a national holiday. Not only was she involved in civil rights for minorities, but human rights all around; this included LGBT and women’s rights. What’s her story?

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