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G.O.P. Path Recalls Democrats’ Convention Disaster, in 1924

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A presidential candidate who banked on support from the Ku Klux Klan. Blunt demands to ban certain religions and races from playing a full role in society. Violence and disorder at campaign rallies.

And a political party that tore itself apart not only over whom it would nominate for president, but also over whether religious and racial bigotry would be visible in its fabric.

Welcome to the 1924 Democratic National Convention, held at Madison Square Garden in New York, when the most powerful bloc in the Democratic Party was the Klan, fiercely opposed by the Tammany Hall Democrats. It was the longest political convention in American history, going 16 days and requiring 103 ballots before a compromise candidate was selected.

The convulsions of the Democrats in 1924 are, in broad movements, mirrored in the rived and bedraggled pilgrimage of the Republicans in 2016 as they stagger toward their convention behind Donald J. Trump and his rivals.

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Four years later, Governor Smith won the Democratic nomination, but the Klan awaited him as he crossed the country, burning crosses and spreading lies. “The Grand Dragon of the Realm of Arkansas, writing to a citizen of that state, urges my defeat because I am a Catholic,” he said in a speech. “During all of our national life, we have prided ourselves throughout the world on the declaration of the fundamental American truth that all men are created equal.”

He lost to Herbert Hoover.

Watch Kendrick Lamar’s stunning performance

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Lamar exemplifies so many of the themes of Harlem Renaissance art in his 2016 Grammy performance, as he interprets Black history from the plantation to the penitentiary.

Prohibition? The Economic Argument

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Excessive drinking doesn’t just result in a high bar tab, it also lowers productivity and costs the country billions….

They found that the most significant cost was the lost productivity of hungover workers who either showed up for work barely able to function, or who were unable to show up at all, which cost nearly $90 billion. In total, all forms of lost productivity accounted for about $179 billion of alcohol-related costs. The researchers estimate that the government, and thus taxpayers, cover about 40 percent of the total $250-billion bill.

Ex-President Warren Harding’s love child confirmed

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

It turns out the rumors were always true – America’s 29th president had a love child.

New genetic tests reveal Warren Harding fathered a child with Nan Britton during his presidency.

 

When ‘Petting Parties’ Scandalized The Nation

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Two flapper women — with their dates — sit on a bed in Chicago, circa 1928.

 

To some social observers, petting parties of the 1920s were a natural, post-First World War outgrowth of a repressed society. To others, the out-in-the-open hug-and-kissfests were blinking neon signposts on the Road to Perdition.

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Imagine: There was a time when the KKK was an out-in-the-open, part-of-the-community organization. I had always envisioned the repugnant and reprehensible lawbreakers operating in the cowardly shadows. After all, it was known as the Invisible Empire.

16 Shocking Vintage Posters That Warned Men About The Dangers Of Women Having Rights

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

In the 1890s and early 1900s, women were fighting for their rights. The kind of propaganda that came out during that time is shocking to modern day society. Illustrations, like the ones listed here, were made to warn men against the dangers of women’s rights.

Why Isn’t Jazz More Popular?

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

A great Quora response

So why is jazz not as popular as it once was? I think it’s mostly due to hip-hop’s rise as the preferred authenticity-signaling genre for many white listeners.

Scopes trial age of the earth argument

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

http://youtu.be/d2ctCPe51X4

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Imagine: There was a time when the KKK was an out-in-the-open, part-of-the-community organization. I had always envisioned the repugnant and reprehensible lawbreakers operating in the cowardly shadows. After all, it was known as the Invisible Empire.



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