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Avid Google+ fan, teacher, proud progressive liberal, history blogger and foodie.
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"Ruben Cortez and a committee found Mexican American studies textbook for use in public schools has 141 errors of fact, interpretation and omission." The Guardian's article includes a link to the 54 page report that the review committee organized by Mr. Cortez published.

#MexicanAmericanStudies

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In 1914, D.W. Griffith's U.S. Mutual Film Company contracted with Pancho Villa for exclusive rights to film his battles in return for Mutual's payment in gold and 20% of the revenues from the news reels featuring Villa. Villa sought to influence public opinion in the U.S. as Zapata, Juerta and Villa fought for control of Mexico. This is an excellent article for not only those who are interested in Villa, but for anyone exploring the limits of early war time film coverage and the abuses of the truth.

M.F.C. sold the rights to adapt the news reels into a movie. According to Wikipedia :

"The film concerns the filming of The Life of General Villa (which was shot in 1914) and is seen through the eyes of Frank N. Thayer, a studio boss's nephew who gets a career boost when he is placed in charge of the project. The resulting film became the first feature length movie, introducing scores of Americans to the true horrors of war that they had never personally seen. Thayer sold the studios on making the film despite their concerns that no one would sit through a movie longer than 1 hour, by convincing them that they could raise the price of movies to ten cents, doubling the going price at that time. The actual contract that Pancho Villa signed with Frank N. Thayer and the Mutual Film Company on January 5, 1914 to film the Battle of Ojinaga still exists and is in a museum in Mexico City. The original film has been lost, but some unedited film reels of the battle, showing Pancho Villa and his army fighting Federal forces, as well as photographs and publicity stills taken from the original film, still exist."

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I wonder how many people have discovered that one of their ancestors was an orphan who was transported west. Apparently, approximately 250,000 children made the journey and not all were treated well.

+jane smith shared a personal account that someone she took care of shared with her :

"I took care of an elderly woman whose father sent her to America, from Norway, because her mother had died. She came with her cousin, who was also a girl, when she was about 10. When they arrived in America, they were put on the "Orphan Train" and sent to the west coast to live on farms. At the age of 14, the farm people who used her as their maid, brought her into a city doctor in Montana, who gave her a hysterectomy, so she would not have children and stay on their farm...eventually, she ran away to Seattle, got married and adopted two children."

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Remember Goliad?

On this date in 1836, three weeks after the fall of the Alamo, nearly 350 men under the inept command of Colonel James Fannin were summarily executed by Mexican soldiers.

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qeg02

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Remember Goliad?

On this date in 1836, three weeks after the fall of the Alamo, nearly 350 men under the inept command of Colonel James Fannin were summarily executed by Mexican soldiers.

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qeg02

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It was on this date in 1911 that 146 lives were lost in what is known as The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, or The Triangle Fire.
On this date in 1911, a needless tragedy claimed 146 lives, mostly female, mostly immigrants from Eastern Europe.
http://dmarkthomas.com/triangle-fire/

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On this date in 1911, a needless tragedy claimed 146 lives, mostly female, mostly immigrants from Eastern Europe.
http://dmarkthomas.com/triangle-fire/

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It was on this date in 1824 that a group of White ruffians murdered nine members of the Seneca Tribe east of present-day Markleville, Indiana.
What is most notable of this event, known as The Fall Creek Massacre, was the swift justice meted out to the perpetrators.

One of the killers escaped to parts unknown, never to be apprehended. However, of the remaining four, all were sentenced to hang.

The sentences, save for one, and then, only at the last possible second, were carried out in Pendleton, Indiana. One was hanged in January of 1825, the others meeting their fate in June of that year.

Here is the account of an eye-witness to the prosecution.
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