history-of-america

Give me more of a Steve and Bucky who lived through the Depression. Show me two super soldiers sitting together to clip all the coupons they can because they can buy loads of stuff now but they’re still both REALLY stingy about money. Show me both of their apartments looking like episodes from Hoarders. Show me Bucky showing up on Christmas day to Avengers Tower with a whole sack full of oranges for Steve and Steve laughing till he cries while everyone else has no idea what’s going on. GIVE ME A STEVE AND A BUCKY WHO ARE STILL FROM THE ‘30S NO MATTER THE HENLEY SHIRTS AND APPLE STORE VISITS

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March 1st 1692: The Salem Witch Trials begin

On this day in 1692, three women were brought before local magistrates in Salem Village, Massachusetts, thus beginning the infamous Salem Witch Trials. The women were Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba and all three had been accused of witchcraft after local girls began experiencing strange fits. Given the lack of medical knowledge at the time and the preponderance of beliefs in the supernatural, witchcraft was the only logical explanation for their condition. The accused women matched the description of the stereotypical witch: Good was a beggar, Osborne rarely went to church and Tituba was a slave of different ethnicity. The women were interrogated by magistrates John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin and Tituba eventually confessed to witchcraft, claiming Good and Osborne were her co-conspirators. The three were then sent to jail; Osborne died in jail, Good was hanged and Tituba (as a useful confessor) was kept alive and eventually released after the trials ended. The initial interrogation was followed by many more accusations of witchcraft throughout the village and the surrounding area, fueled perhaps by local rivalries, poisoned grain or just mass fear. The manhunt resulted in 19 ‘witches’ being hanged, one pressed to death and hundreds more imprisoned in horrendous conditions. The event is a famous example of mass hysteria and has become a cautionary tale for religious extremism and false accusations.

The Framers [of the Constitution] were cynical about the future of democracy. They studied failed democracies like Greece and Rome. They read Demosthenes. They designed a Constitution on the assumption that democracy might well deteriorate into demagoguery, and they created these complicated systems in order to filter the will of the people from being directly expressed. So all of these new media technologies – the idea of presidents tweeting directly to the people would’ve appalled [James] Madison, who thought direct communication between representatives and the people was the main potential source of tyranny, to be avoided. All of these filtering mechanisms are being undermined by technology, by reforms over the years, by the growing populist forces that are sweeping the world, and maintaining these Madisonian values in the face of these populist forces is something that liberals and conservatives increasingly should converge around.
—  Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center, with Terry Gross
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Join the protect Maria Reynolds squad. Stop victimizing Alexander Hamilton. 

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Mar. 15, 2017 // lowkey stressed bc college decisions are slowly trickling in, but all I can do at this point is wait and see. if anyone wants to scream about college decisions tho please hit me up. here’s last week’s space-themed bujo spread, featuring the 12-pack of muji pens that my guy friend randomly got me from his trip to London, which was uber nice + sweet of him! I also (finally) finished my IB History of the Americas HL IA, and my teacher said it was pretty good which was a pleasant surprise.