Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 1)

Martin Luther King, Jr

TweetShareShare In Black American history there have been many influential people. Phyllis Wheatley. Sojourner Truth. Harriet Tubman. Frederick Douglass. Booker T. Washington. George Washington Carver. Jackie Robinson. But few transformed America and his race more than Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s why every January, America stops to celebrate his birthday. He’s on par with Washington…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 2)

TweetShareShare  In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  +++++++++++++++++++++   Every prophet journeys through a season of preparation. Just as Moses spent years as a desert shepherd, Martin Luther King honed his message through years of education. As Martin’s influence grew, so did the opposition to his…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Making of an American Moses (Part 3)

Martin Luther King speaks

TweetShareShare   In PART ONE, the individuals and events that influenced King’s childhood and adolescence were addressed.  In PART TWO, Martin Luther King’s rise to inspire and lead the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. +++++++++++++++++++++   By 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. had lived up to his royal last name. His speeches were legendary…

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Four Chaplains Day: A Day of Faith, Sacrifice and Service

TweetShareShare It’s a day the U.S. military has celebrated since 1951, but the tale has grown dusty and dark with time. February 3 is “Four Chaplains Day.” Never heard of it? You should. It’s a fascinating story of courage, service and faith. It’s the tale of the day the U.S.A.T. Dorchester–packed with over 900 men–was…

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Nazism: How Hitler Used Fascism and Eugenics to Transform 1930s Germany

TweetShareShare Few four-letter words spark more fear, insult and outrage than Nazi. And well it should. Nazism carries a boatload of baggage, even for generations that never experienced the Holocaust and fascism of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. “Nazi” is a nickname linked to a political ideology characterized by dictatorial rule, forcible suppression of opponents and…

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Court Packing: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Reshaped the U.S. Supreme Court

TweetShareShareIn 1937 nobody was more popular than Franklin D. Roosevelt. His “New Deal”–hinged to Social Security and unemployment benefits–catapulted FDR to a 523-8 electoral landslide (60.8% of the popular vote) to a second term in 1936. Only Ronald Reagan would come close to that margin of victory in 1984 with 525-13 electoral votes (58.8% popular…

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Charles Curtis: The First U.S. Vice President of Color

Charles Curtis

TweetShareShareDid you know the Kamala Harris wasn’t the first U.S. Vice President of color? It’s true. That honor goes to Charles Curtis who served as Herbert Hoover’s Vice President between 1929 and 1933. Today this decorated politician is virtually unknown to Americans but Curtis’ legacy is rich and inspiring. He proved the perfect political pick.…

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First World Series: How Baseball Opened the American Century

On This Day in History October 1, 1903 First World Series

TweetShareShareNo sport framed 20th century American culture more than baseball. In fact, America’s story–how we worked, what we believed, the battles we fought and the glory we shared–is found in the game. From the rise of a new industrialized economy to racism (against Jew, Italian, blacks) to celebrity culture, baseball was there. And every time…

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The Real Thing: Coke Advertising

First Coca Cola Advertisement

TweetShareShareI’ll confess. I’m deeply biased when it comes to my favorite carbonated beverage. If it’s not a Coca-Cola, it’s not a cola. I don’t know if I was born with this affection (some might call it an affliction), but here I am 58 years later still sipping Coke…albeit in more sugar-free varieties. My favorite is…

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The Model T Defined an Era

The Final Model T is Produced

TweetShareShareThe Model T was not Henry Ford’s first car, but it might’ve been his best. Also known as the “Tin Lizzie” or “Leaping Lena” or “Jitney” or “Flivver,” the Model T was the first truly affordable automobile. In 1999, it was honored as the “most influential car of the 20th century.” Manufactured between 1908 and…

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