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Ranch radio show aired for an unprecedented 16 years (between 1940 and 1956), featuring songs, comedy and action filled drama. Throughout the run, the show’s sponsor was cool, refreshing Doublemint Gum. Continue reading →
Novelist, poet, cultural interpreter, and member of the Federal Writers’ Project in Florida, Zora Neal Hurston sings and talks about “Halimuhfack,” A “jook” song, learned on the East coast of Florida. (Jook music is a style of hip hop created in the Tampa Bay area based off of bounce, booty/ bass music and some elements of dancehall reggae,” jook began more than 100 years ago in central and south Florida.) Continue reading →
Initially, the Civil War between North and South was fought by the North to prevent the secession of the Southern states and preserve the Union. Even though sectional conflicts over slavery had been a major cause of the war, ending slavery was not a goal of the war. Continue reading →
In June 1987, President Reagan spoke in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin.
This speech contains one of the most memorable lines spoken during Reagan’s presidency, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Reagan’s foreign policy advisers, however, had tried to convince him up that phrase, fearing it was needlessly provocative. Continue reading →
In August 1961 the Soviets erected the Berlin Wall to stop the mass exodus of people fleeing Soviet East Berlin for West Berlin and the non-Communist world. The wall was a mass of concrete, barbed wire, and stone that cut into the heart of the city, separating families and friends. For 28 years, it stood as a grim symbol of the gulf between
Racial tension and violence accompanied Virginia state elections in 1883 when Democrats succeeded in ousting the more racially-egalitarian Readjuster Party. Riots centered in Danville, killing four African Americans wounding numerous others. In the aftermath of the election, local and state political committees sought testimony and affidavits about the conduct of the election