Toys R Us was a large toy store chain can trace its origins back to 1948. It had stores internationally with stores in Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, France, and Switzerland. Yet, this retail chain was distinctly an American company. It was a large part of American childhoods through the generations. Toy R Us filed […]Read more "Toys R Us Commercial (1982)"
Russell Means a longtime activist of the American Indian Movement appears in this video addressing the US Senate. The hearing took place in 1989. This was a period of a resurgent conservatism directed by the Ronald Reagan administration. Matters related to race relations were either ignored or met with hostility. The Bush administration was not […]Read more "Russell Means Testifies Before The Senate (1989)"
Golda Meir when she was foreign minister of Israel made a visit to the United States. President John F. Kennedy took a different approach to Israel than previous administrations. Arms embargoes were to be lifted and a new military alliance was to be formed. This would have large consequences in both the later half of […]Read more "John F. Kennedy Meets With Golda Meir(1962)"
When the American Civil War broke out, Native Americans were impacted. Prior to the national crisis, Indian Americans faced the reality of rapid white invasion and settlement in their lands. Forced removals and broken treaties put Indians in a vulnerable position. Indians were driven from Oklahoma ( Indian Territory) into Kansas by Confederate forces in […]Read more "Indian Home Guard Calvary Soldier (1860s)"
The man seen in this photograph was known as Gordon. The massive scars on his back came from whippings form overseers on a plantation. Slavery in the United States was kept alive through violence and the force of the law. The enslaved had no rights nor the benefits of citizenship based on the color of […]Read more "Gordon the Enslaved Man Medical Examination Photograph ( 1863)"
This rare photograph shows a Joseph Pierce a Chinese American who served in the Union Army. The Chinese have been a part of American history, but their stories have been often ignored or not given serious study. There were more Chinese Americans who served in the American Civil War, but the exact number is unclear. […]Read more "Joseph Pierce Chinese American Civil War Soldier (1860s)"
Lou Costello and Bud Abbot were a dynamic comedy duo in vaudeville and film. They made numerous movies that continue to be part of American popular culture. Some of their movies are not as remembered as others, but there was one that demonstrates the prejudice of the time. This is a poster from the movie […]Read more "Abbott and Costello “Africa Screams” Movie Poster (1949)"