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On this 159th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, let's all take some time to reconsider whose side is radical and whose is moderate.
http://dmarkthomas.com/immoderate-nature-of-john-browns-raid/

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I recall watching this on live television at my now-long-deceased grandparent's house.
h/t #James C.B Gray
On this date October 16th in the year 1968 U.S.A. athlete Tommie Smith won the 200 meter race with a world-record time of 19.83 seconds. Australia's Peter Norman finished second with a time of 20.06 seconds, and the U.S.A.'s John Carlos won third place with a time of 20.10 seconds. After the race was completed, the three went to the podium for their medals to be presented by David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter. The two U.S. athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty.Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. and wore a necklace of beads which he described "were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage."All three athletes wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges after Norman, a critic of Australia's White Australia Policy, expressed empathy with their ideals. Sociologist Harry Edwards, the founder of the OPHR, had urged black athletes to boycott the games; reportedly, the actions of Smith and Carlos on 16 October 1968 were inspired by Edwards' arguments.

Both U.S. athletes intended on bringing black gloves to the event, but Carlos forgot his, leaving them in the Olympic Village. It was the Australian, Peter Norman, who suggested Carlos wear Smith's left-handed glove. For this reason, Carlos raised his left hand as opposed to his right, differing from the traditional Black Power salute. When "The Star-Spangled Banner" played, Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed, a gesture which became front page news around the world. As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd.Smith later said, "If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro.
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It was on this date in 1871 that the Great Chicago Fire began. Read the Chicago Historical Society's outstanding collection of accounts on the disaster.
https://www.greatchicagofire.org/great-chicago-fire/
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President Lyndon Johnson prevented General William Westmoreland's attempt to use a nuclear weapons program during the Vietnam War. #US #Vietnam #ColdWar https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/world/asia/vietnam-war-nuclear-weapons.html

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Muhammad Ali.

“I never knew much about my ancestors until now,” Ali said then. “When I’m gone I want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to give me credit for what I did — and in the same way, I’m happy to know about my ancestors so I can give them credit. “

https://www.ebony.com/entertainment-culture/muhammad-ali-dna-ancestry-linked-escaped-slave

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*WHO IS THIS PATHETIC PIECE OF S**T, JOE RYAN?!?*

I've made 1 or 2 posts before about this pathetic excuse for a person. He espouses the "Lost Cause" theory and says there is no evidence that secession was caused by slavery in his other videos. In this video, he rips apart an award-winning historian's (Joan Waugh) book about U.S. Grant without providing his own evidence to the contrary.

This goof, throughout the video, uses the word, "pathetic", to describe Joan Waugh as well as her book. I contend, once you watch this video, that you will agree that this guy is PATHETIC, himself!

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*SHELBY FOOTE*

This is a terrific interview with Shelby Foote on Cspan's "Book TV". As much as some historians don't like Shelby Foote, I find him extremely interesting and there is something soothing about his accent.

Check it out and enjoy.
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