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My antagonist in Fortune's Flame () helped banish Native Americans from their lands. This is a poignant reminder that natives had (have) a thriving culture long before white people. From




April 1867: During the reign of Napoleon III, the Int'l Exposition (World's Fair) of Art and Industry begins in Paris, France




Tonight! Dr. Bonar Hernández will present “From Reformers to Revolutionaries: Religion, Class, & Ethnicity in during the ” for the Your Historians series at the Public Library. 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!







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The first Earth Day was 1970. Curious how it was celebrated? Here’s some and . This is a description provided by my dad, who started as faculty at Orange Coast College in 1968.













Join the “Honorable Bonehead Brigade” and help us reach our stretch goal to bring Janice Chiang, hand-letter-extraordinaire, onto the graphic novel project! We have just 10 days left!







On this , we celebrate the legacy of John Brademas as chief House sponsor of the Environmental Education Act (EEA) in 1970. EEA awarded grants for developing environmental curricula and training teachers.




Today at Hakoinen hill fort, Janakkala, Finland. Weather was warm, but slightly gothic.






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At the of Prehistory of the Gorges du Verdon. There is a temporary exhibit on Bronze Age jewelry and tools. I love watching all the videos on the history of the region and the archeological digs.







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…excellens philosophus, cosmographus,
mathematicus, historicus, stultus.“

trans.  an excellent philosopher, cosmographer, mathematician, a foolish historian.

—  For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, Scaliger for Postel
Roman law at its most careful and precise, [demonstrated] sophisticated skill in legal draughtsmanship almost without parallel anywhere in the classical world […] The surviving Latin text runs to about ten modern pages and goes through every aspect of the process of redress, from the question of who is allowed to bring a case (‘any man of the Latin name or of foreign nations, or within the discretion, dominion, power or friendship of the Roman people’) to the rewards and compensation that are to follow a successful prosecution (damages are set at double the loss incurred, and a full Roman citizenship is offered to a successful prosecutor).
—  Beard, SPQR

I wanna talk about the British Museum

As a British citizen, I love the British Museum. I have wonderful memories of when i was child walking around and learning about peoples throughout history. It was fascinating and it’s a fascination I hold to this day.

It’s one of the most well-known museums around the world. A testament to British exploration and empirical history. It’s a landmark for what Britain used to be.

Inside are housed some of the most priceless artifacts known to all of human culture. However, the “savages” from whom we took these pieces aren’t dumb to the fact their property was stolen and they want it back.

And rightly so!

And it’s not even “uncivilised” countries that want their artefacts back. Greece, Italy, Turkey all want their property returned. And that’s it, returned, they don’t want money or power, they just want their stuff back.

A prime example is the Rapa Nui people who have been in the news recently demanding their Moai statue to be returned. They don’t want anything else, just their Brother back.

There’s an argument going round that the Rapa Nui people, who carved the statues over 300 years ago, aren’t capable of looking after the mighty heads. Now, this is just a flat out lie.

They’re made of hard basalt stone, one of the hardest rocks around. They don’t need any protection because they are effectively unbreakable and it’ll take another 300 years to start to see any real damage.

If the argument was about keeping certain Islamic artefacts away from harm is slightly valid since ISIS in Syria have been destroying priceless pieces of art, ancient buildings and melting down any golden jewellery. Effectively destroying the history of the land to make a new future for themselves (classic fascist tactics).

However, the Rapa Nui are peaceful.

I’m making this post to urge people to stop spreading misinformation about the topic.

Yes, certain artefacts can’t be returned because of the uncertainty regarding their safety but that’s not the case here.

And this goes the same for much of the other artefacts being displayed at the British Museum. We don’t need them anymore, we have the internet for education. It’s time, to let go of the past and move forward.

The British Empire is dead and so should colonialism.

Just got the USS Enterprise in world of warships or the “Big E” as her crew called her, The Enterprise was a legendary Yorktown class aircraft carrier commissioned in 1936 that went on play one of the biggest roles in ww2 following the surprise attack on pearl harbor by the Japanese navy, carrying much of the weight of us navy that had lost a significant amount of its strength and at one point fought the odds holding its ground against the imperial navy as the only operational carrier left following the lost of the USS hornet during the battle of Santa Cruz, The Enterprise not only took part in the majority of the pivotal operations in the Pacific as well as 1 of 3 pre war commissioned carriers to survive throughout the war despite suffering 3 separate close calls suffering that nearly ended her service that would mistake the Japanese navy into believing her to be sunk becoming known to them as “the grey ghost”. The most decorated ship having earned 20 battle stars the Enterprise earned its place in history with it’s well deserved hard fought legendary status as the ship the fought the odds and played one of the biggest roles in bringing the Japanese Navy to its knees made possible by the sheer bravery, experience, and determination of its crew and pilots who braved the seas against a war machine that initially had them outnumbered. The story of the Enterprise and her exploits is one of my all time favorites, so much so that I personally own a framed painting with a authentic wooden splinter from the flight deck of the ship hanging proudly on my wall. Although sadly she was scrapped in 1960 her legend and legacy still lives on having her own exibit at the naval aviation museum in Florida, and even her name and memory being the inspiration of science fictions most iconic show settings star trek. And in world of warships she is as breathtaking to look at and as fun to use makeing her my most favorite ship to use at the moment next to my Japanese battle cruiser kongo. A legendary ship with a legendary history, may her memory and service and sacrifice of her brave crew carry on centuries to come.

Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa into the Twenty-First Century by Velma Maia Thomas

This elegant bind-up of three collectible books by Velma Maia Thomas—Lest We Forget, Freedom’s Children, and We Shall Not Be Moved—offers an intimate look at black history in America through the lens of a passionate historian committed to preserving these important accounts, along with related memorabilia. Based on materials from the nationally acclaimed Black Holocaust Exhibit, Lest We Forget documents the plight of an estimated 100 million Africans, from their rich pre-slavery culture to their enslavement in a foreign land. This book is a collection of stirring historic papers, memoirs, personal effects, and photographs brought to life in a unique, three-dimensional, interactive format. Lest We Forget chronicles the unyielding strength of a people who refused to be broken.

Taste the sweetness of freedom and the bitter struggle for equality through the documents that impacted the lives of an entire race. Freedom’s Children is a stirring collection of photographs and removable documents that bring to life the heart-wrenching and inspiring tale of freedmen and freedwomen during Reconstruction and into the twentieth century.

Throughout the twentieth century, African Americans would trouble the waters of America—agitating, challenging, and defying the status quo. We Shall Not Be Moved chronicles the struggles and triumphs of African Americans leading up to and during the Civil Rights Movement. Feel the strength of those entrenched in the fight for justice through interactive, removable documents.

This book is more than just about history or black history. It’s an ode to the black struggle in America and all it encompassed.
I have to say that one of the things that made me want to read it was the fact that for the first time I was not being told about slavery from a colonizers country point of view. In countries with a colonialist past, unsavory themes like Slavery and the Discoveries tend to be brushed aside quickly out of common shame and that does a huge disservice to everyone, creating two different realities depending on which point of view your teacher and your government have. This book levels the field a bit.
I did find that it appealed to the reader’s feelings a lot, mainly by using the expression “my people” in almost every page which got tiring really quickly but I was content with the way that the book was divided into several short chapters, each one focused on a different decade and theme.

My favorite part though was learning more about themes to which we are aware but have no idea the true meaning it had like Rosa Parks and what followed her and the aftermath of the Civil War that was not as simple as what idealist wants us to believe.
This is the kind of book that is supposed to be held physically, due to all the photos, maps and historical documents that are difficult to read on a screen. The transcripts at the end of the book do provide a chance for you to read the historical documents that were less legible in the middle of the book though.

5/10

My father is the most right wing conservative Christian biased man ever. We were talking about the Notre Dam Burning. Which while sad should not lead to any of the topics I avoid which include Religion and Politics. But off course it does bc my brother asks why Jesus was crusified. Which brings up herisy and I say as a rational person would “It maybe true but it’s not ok to diss someone’s religion. And here’s where we delve into politics and religion. I was told it’s always ok to trash Islam (no its not. Try to convert sure if you’re so inclined trash no). And then he procceds to lecture about how Islam is evil (radicals yes the religion no) and how by not denouncing radicals all Muslims show that they support what they’re doing and oh I almost forgot “they teach that you go to heaven by killing non Muslims” I don’t think that’s it. I think it has to do with fasting and believing and knowing the Quaran and trying to convert people, I think feel free to correct me there I’m not certain. Still the whole killing thing seems a little extreme. But the part I could not ignore and tune out like I usually do was Nazis and Germans. You can’t argue that there were good Germans in WWII because if there were they would have overthrown Hitler themselves he says. I respond with they didn’t realize how bad Hitler was until it was too late. He says they say around and watched 6 million of they’re neighbors get killed. But no there were Germans who helped Jews escape and thought Hitler was wrong but they lived in a dictatorship and didn’t want to end up dead or their families dead. At which point because it’s like arguing with a brick wall I walked away