How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

How colonial violence came home: the ugly truth of the first world war

Today on the Western Front,” the German sociologist Max Weber wrote in September 1917, there “stands a dross of African and Asiatic savages and all the world’s rabble of thieves and lumpens.” Weber was referring to the millions of Indian, African, Arab, Chinese and Vietnamese…

Three New DNA Studies Are Shaking Up the History of Humans in the Americas

Three New DNA Studies Are Shaking Up the History of Humans in the Americas

This statement is SO important from understanding something deeper about the world and humans: By sequencing and analyzing 15 ancient genomes found throughout the Americas—six of which were older than 10,000 years—these researchers determined that, around 8,000 years ago, the ancestors of Native Americans were…

Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries

Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries

WITHIN THE IRON-WROUGHT WALLS OF American cemeteries—beneath the shade of oak trees and tombs’ stoic penumbras—you could say many people “rest in peace.” However, not so long ago, people of the still-breathing sort gathered in graveyards to rest, and dine, in peace. During the 19th century,…

Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing

Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing

When she first saw the necklace, Genevieve von Petzinger feared the trip halfway around the globe to the French village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac had been in vain. The dozens of ancient deer teeth laid out before her, each one pierced like a bead, looked roughly…

The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”

The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking”

A hundred years ago, if you were a pedestrian, crossing the street was simple: You walked across it. Today, if there’s traffic in the area and you want to follow the law, you need to find a crosswalk. And if there’s a traffic light, you…

Mark Ruffalo reads Eugene Debs

Mark Ruffalo reads Eugene Debs

Great speech by Eugene Debs, Read more about the man here.

Northumbria Mining

Northumbria Mining

Bill Brandt Miner and His Wife at Their Evening Meal, Northumbria, England 1937

1911 – A Trip Through New York City

1911 – A Trip Through New York City

Old film of New York City in the year 1911. Print has survived in mint condition. Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. This film was taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America. Read…