U.S. History

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.


Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center conducted a study on public symbols of the Confederacy. The center found more than 700 Confederate monuments on public land in the U.S. — with nearly 300 in the states of Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina alone.

Around the country, a fresh push is on to remove Confederate statues, the great majority of which were erected well after the Civil War.

A protest linked to the proposed removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va., became a scene of violence, and officials elsewhere are moving swiftly to remove statues, hoping to keep their own towns and universities becoming similarly embroiled. Monuments in cities including Baltimore, Annapolis, Austin, Durham and New Orleans have already been taken down.

Though the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments is uniquely American, the U.S. is not alone in reckoning with public symbols of the past.

In Reckoning With Confederate Monuments, Other Countries Could Provide Examples

Photos: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images, Prylepa Leksander/AFP/Getty Images, Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images and Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

If Your Resistance Omits the Disabled and/or Those with Chronic, Degenerative Illnesses, It’s Falling Short

This arose yet again this week, so I’m posting a loving reminder: if your Resistance omits the disabled and/or those w/ chronic, degenerative illnesses, it’s falling short.

Today is Day #80 of DJT’s administration and it’s nuts how many times I’ve had to remind ostensible Resistance fighters, “Um, yeah, hi. He targets the disabled and ill, too." 

Plus, his healthcare bill was softcore eugenics.

Much, MUCH love to those of you who get it! If you can help nudge those who don’t, that’d be swell.

All the best.

Trump is Unworthy to Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand, Anyway

It was reprehensible DJT didn’t shake Merkel’s hand today. 

But she’s the better for it. 

The leader of the free world shouldn’t have to touch that goon.

  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: In Cabinet Battle #2 Jefferson asks Hamilton: "Did you forget Lafayette?" when Hamilton didn't want to help the French win independence. But a few songs earlier in What'd I Miss Jefferson states: "I helped Lafayette draft a declaration then I said 'I gotta go, I gotta be in Monticello.' Now the work at home begins." Why did Jefferson ask Hamilton that when Jefferson is the one who left Lafayette to deal with France, just so Jefferson could go back home and relax. Wasn't he the ambassador to France at that time? Isn't Jefferson the one who didn't even mention France again until Cabinet Battle #2, a whole six songs after What'd I Miss. Why didn't anyone call Jefferson out on his hypocrisy?

OPEN TODAY: Through the lens of the Whitney’s collection, An Incomplete History of Protest looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political and social issues of their day.

[Annette Lemieux (b. 1957), Black Mass, 1991. Latex, rhoplex, gesso, and oil on canvas, 95 13/16 × 105 × 1 13/16 in. (243.4 × 266.7 × 4.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Promised gift of Emily Fisher Landau © Annette Lemieux]

American Servicewomen in Vietnam

As women were not subject to the draft, all female Marines who served in Vietnam were there voluntarily. The majority of them were stationed in Saigon, where they worked with civilian populations during their off-duty hours. Staff Sergeant Ermalinda Salazar volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Orphanage. In a 1969 letter, Sergeant Salazar wrote that the orphanage of 75 children was run by 2 overworked nuns. She encouraged other Woman Marines to volunteer at the orphanage with her. Sergeant Salazar’s efforts resulted in a nomination for the 970 Unsung Heroine Award from the Ladies Auxiliary.

Staff Sergeant Ermalinda Salazar with two children from the St. Vincent de Paul Orphanage in Vietnam.

Learn more about “Remembering Vietnam.”