The age of European colonial imperialism effected China negatively. During the 19th century China was gradually being divided among the British, Germans, French, and Russians into spheres of influence. The Japanese Empire also become more involved in gaining territory. The Chinese would resist and the Boxer Rebellion became the image of that anti-colonial resistance. The […]Read more "The Yellow Terror in All His Glory (1899)"
Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the prominent Italian artists of the baroque period. Women during this time had limited opportunities to get work as or become professional artists , but her talent was too great. She had a vast body of art work , which people were willing to buy. Lucretia depicts a noble woman […]Read more "Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia (1623-1625)"
Christianity was a unifying force for Ethiopia . The photograph captures Empress Zewditu (1876-1930) with one of her favored priests. She was a conservative in both religious and political contexts. During her reign the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was promoted more . More churches were constructed in the country . Zewditu was a firm believer in […]Read more "Empress Zewditu With Her Priest"
These were the boundaries of the Asian continent in 1914. The two major empires that fought each other for control of Asia were Russia and Japan. Russia lost the Russo-Japanese War and this resulted in Japan’s full domination of Korea. Persia (Iran) and Afghanistan maintained their independence , however the British Empire was a threat […]Read more "Political Map of Asia in 1914"
Alice Walker in this interview describes her life growing up in the South and her writing career. Born in Eatonton, Gregoria she was a child of sharecroppers. Writing was an activity that Alice Walker started in her youth. The interview also contains her reading some of her poetry. The video also shows her reading from […]Read more "Alice Walker Interview (1989)"
Roza Otunbayeva became president of Kyrgyzstan in 2010. She was the Kyrgyzstan’s first female president and the first of a Central Asian country. The photograph shows President Otunbayeva standing for the national anthem at the ceremony. While this should have been a celebration for a barrier broken, the nation was in crisis. Ethnic tension and […]Read more "Roza Isakovna Otunbayeva Sworn In As President of Kyrgyzstan (2010)"
Before Jiang Qing became a prominent figure in the Cultural Revolution, she was an actress. This is a cover of a film magazine from China that Qing was featured on. Her involvement with the CCP dated back to the 1930s. Active in the Communist Cultural Front this got the attention of the authorities. Qing was […]Read more "Jiang Qing Movie Magazine Cover"
Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in tennis. She was the first African American athlete to win a Grand Slam title in 1956. The year 1958 saw more victories with winning both Wimbledon and the US Nationals. Gibson was making headlines in the American press and got featured in Jet. The magazine founded by John […]Read more "Althea Gibson Jet Magazine Cover (1958)"
Ida B. Wells published a pamphlet in 1892 exposing the violence of lynching. She was not only a journalist and civil rights activist , but a dedicated researcher of problems facing the African American population in the US. What she discovered in these cases of mob violence and murder was that African Americans of significant […]Read more "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases Pamphlet (1892)"
Marcus Garvey was the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. His call for a unified black nation and the end of European colonial imperialism made him a popular figure in the fight for racial equality. Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey emigrated to the US to expand UNIA. Membership increased dramatically, but it also drew […]Read more "Marcus Garvey : Toward Black Nationhood"