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August 2013

History on Saturday-Million Man March 1963


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Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963, where many various groups organized a meeting for people to come together to show their support of the Civil Rights Movement. It culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, I Have a Dream Speech.

This is a popular event in history but one that is repeatedly told through popular history circles. If one were to grab a few books and do some research at a local library they would find there was much more to the civil rights than that. Dr. King himself was a small part of the movement. Not unlike today, people tended to rally around those they felt confident to be the fore runner for justice in our country and he was chosen for the civil rights movement at the time. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for it too. Today we celebrate his life, work and death as we keep the memory alive and his dream lives on in the hearts of many. He would be amazed at the progress we have accomplished since that time but he would also tell us to keep working toward our goals.

I am including some webs I found to visit that offers insight into the importance of the civil rights movement, Dr. King, and the march. Enjoy!

The Civil Rights Movement:

http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/1945-present/civil-rights-movement

Dr. King:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/mlk/

The March:

http://www.npr.org/news/specials/march40th/march.html

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Why I like Drunk History



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I am a very serious person. I like to read books, watch learning channels and look at the world in a serious way. I am not easy going or laid back. I am not meticulous, but I like order, direction and discipline. My husband, of course, is the total opposite. When I met him, I never watched Comedy Central. I rarely even watched a comedy show on TV. I usually watched Lifetime, the History Channel, Discovery, etc. But that changed after I got married. Comedy Central is one of my husband’s favorite and we watch it often.

When the series premiere of Drunk History showed up, both of us rolled our eyes. My husband is not a history buff. But he gets history beat into him on a daily basis. I am always talking about the history while he nods and channel surfs and I am sure, not listening much, except to correct me when I am wrong. Then I am like, “wow, really?”… So we end up watching DH one evening over dinner trays as there was nothing else on at the moment. I found myself mysteriously curious about the show and laughed a little. The next time I laughed a lot. Now it is in my D.V.R. (digital video recorder) to catch each one and here is why:

The show Drunk History is a comical way of narrating the past. It has a little reenactment of a particular story. Now some of them have been told a thousand times or so and are common knowledge. Some are not, and I found I did not even know about them. I do not know about accuracy, which is the historian’s watchword, but I do find them amusing and relevant. Someone has created a way to bring history and comedy together. In doing so they can reach an audience of people who might otherwise find history boring, even a bit snobbish. I find more and more people doing this. They bring history together with other topics to make history interesting. It is good for the field. It is also good for historians to let their hair down and enjoy something funny, some entertainment for a change. Even historians can get fatigued in the study.

Some of my history peeps do not like the show. I am not particularly fond of the drinking part as I am not really a drinker. One thing my husband taught me years ago, it was that I should not be too serious. For that, I am grateful. I have added comedy into my daily digest and I am a happier person. I laugh a lot. I find humor in everyday life, and it makes my step a little lighter. Like I said, I do not know the accuracy of the shows. I tend not to use Hollywood for my history books. It often sparks curiosity, and that takes me on a journey to the paper volumes. Hey, books are making a comeback. Perhaps, history and other flavors added in are a contributor of this.

History on Saturday: The Weather Underground


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Today is TammysAllThingsHistory’s inaugural History on Saturday. Each week I will post something interesting to ponder, view, read, etc.

Today I found something interesting browsing for an interesting blog topic: The Weather Underground. I was looking at something about rain and history since we are having a lot of it recently in NC. This is what came up and so I went to take a look. I have not seen the video but it looks good. Have you seen it? Weigh in…

Time Travel



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Someone posted an interesting blog a few days ago. In the discussion the question was posed: what era of history would you travel back to if you could and why?

I have often thought about time travel. I do not know if it is something for me or not. When I visit museums I feel like I have traveled back in time. The artifacts and displays bring the past to life for me as I imagine what it must have been like. Now that I have been trained to really study history professionally it seems a bit different. There are so many questions and so much information to consider it seems impossible to really know what it was like. I like diaries and memoirs because they offer an idea about what the atmosphere was like. Still, it is only one point of view and how accurate is it really?

The blog article was great and a good one to follow with many more interesting topics. I love to read labor history. What is even greater about it is the fact it fits into a huge puzzle and when more pieces are added it makes sense and really comes to life. I always end up coming back to it again and again in my readings. I am definitely drawn to the 1800-1900s. I definitely would like to travel back to this time.

What era would you like to travel back to?

Woodstock 1969


peace-love-musicToday the History Channel Club, posted about this day in 1969 when a huge music festival occurred at Bethel, NY. I love this time in history. It is full of drama. People were focused on civil rights, not only for blacks and other minorities but everyone. The Vietnam War was going on and people were concerned about oppressive and intrusive government. Sound familiar? History repeats it self many times over.

What are your memories from this time period?

What are you reading?


BooksWhat are you currently reading about history?

What is history?


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What is history to you?

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