Posts tagged history

Posted 1 week ago


Girl high school gymnastics and/or ninja training. From the good old days of syncronized exercise. Charlestown High School, Boston.1893.

I love the fact that these are clearly taken of girls who have stopped and held awkward ‘Look, we are in motion! Behold our athletic grace!’ poses because cameras of the time were awful about capturing motion…

Posted 3 weeks ago

Sofija Jovanović, also known as the Serbian Jeanne d’Arc, joined the Serbian army under a male name upon the outbreak of WWI, early 1900s.   OjIkrsU


Sofija Jovanović, also known as the Serbian Jeanne d’Arc, joined the Serbian army under a male name upon the outbreak of WWI, early 1900s.   OjIkrsU

Posted 3 weeks ago

Indigenous futurism


Indigenous futurism

Posted 3 weeks ago
do you know how the whole thing with 4chan started? I'm still rather confused
beautysnake asked


It’s a big misconception that “most of Tumblr brought this on themselves!! wahhhh”

What really happened is this -

/pol/, the politics section of 4chan, posted a fake 4chan raid on /b/, the random section of 4chan, which was this


/pol/ was basically trolling /b/,  and in fact /pol/ actually despises tumblr politics, but apparently there were a few tumblr SJWs hanging around 4chan that actually saw this post and took it seriously and raided on July 4th.

What they didn’t expect is that they didn’t know how to work the 4chan website. 3 feminist threads were posted in /b/ and promptly banned, and that was the end of said “tumblr raid”

It’s not 4chan, but /b/ (random, a section of 4chan) responsing to this “raid.”

Their response was obviously to “”troll”” with gross images from various corners of the internet because they know how “”sensitive”” the tumblr community is about triggers - they often post disturbing pictures/videos of murder, gore, animal abuse, rape, and hardcore porn on their boards they are desensitize to so they basically dumped folders of that shit in what they believed to be the most visited tags.

now they are trying to do things like photoshop selfies on porn and post them everywhere - which they can get arrested for if reported, because it’s slander, sexual harrassment, harrassment and even possibly pedophilia/possession of child porn if the selfie was of someone underaged. i honestly didn’t care much about this raid until then.

so to conclude?

  1. /pol/ started it
  2. those few SJWs were stupid wandering into territory they didn’t know about
  3. i think /b/ was just as stupid to overreact and retaliate like they did because they acted like Tumblr was a hivemind of some sort that came up with this idea when most of us probably want nothing to do with 4chan

what’s really funny is that they were so butthurt by this “”raid”” they wanted to take it to this level lmao, but i don’t think they care, most of them are misogynistic MRA dudebro neckbeards that can’t spend a second away from the computer screen and are here to laugh at us

Posted 3 weeks ago


There’s a pretty important detail our movies and textbooks left out of the handoff from Native Americans to white European settlers: It begins in the immediate aftermath of a full-blown apocalypse. In the decades between Columbus’ discovery of America and the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock, the most devastating plague in human history raced up the East Coast of America. Just two years before the pilgrims started the tape recorder on New England’s written history, the plague wiped out about 96 percent of the Indians in Massachusetts.

In the years before the plague turned America into The Stand, a sailor named Giovanni da Verrazzano sailed up the East Coast and described it as “densely populated” and so “smoky with Indian bonfires” that you could smell them burning hundreds of miles out at sea. Using your history books to understand what America was like in the 100 years after Columbus landed there is like trying to understand what modern day Manhattan is like based on the post-apocalyptic scenes from I Am Legend. #CrackedClassic

6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America

Posted 3 weeks ago

Seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887

There is a gif map going around that talks about the Seizures and Theft of Native Lands over the History of the US.
It is a good map, and well timed for the 4th.
It ignores, however, that those lands were seized before the US took them over, and that the genocide and devastation was not solely at the hands of a single nation, but many, part of a European history of colonization and Occupation that is still going on to this day.


Seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887

There is a gif map going around that talks about the Seizures and Theft of Native Lands over the History of the US.

It is a good map, and well timed for the 4th.

It ignores, however, that those lands were seized before the US took them over, and that the genocide and devastation was not solely at the hands of a single nation, but many, part of a European history of colonization and Occupation that is still going on to this day.

Posted 3 weeks ago


signs, Edgar Heap of Birds (Southern Cheyenne)

artist’s statement:

The oppression and slaughter of human beings by white American society does not only come from hatred; greed and potential impediment to economic growth also feed the frenzy to kill and destroy people of color and spirits that grow from the soil or move the surface that is our earth. It is therefore proper we inform the Minnesota public to honor those forty Dakota tribal citizens who were executed by hanging in Minnesota in 1862 and 1865 by order of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson with the support of the citizens of Minnesota.

As a sign of respect, forty Dakota-English, red lettered metal signs were exhibited originally in 1990 in the earth in the business zone of what was called the Grain Belt.

This is a proud historical districts of the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota that houses the grain and flour mills, canals, and facilities to ship out fruits to “American progress..”

It was the potential disruption of American commerce that cost Dakota people their lives. The Native tribes of the Upper Midwest were not allowed the sovereignty and dignity to provide for their own economic livelihood through hunting and gathering. The Native land base of this region, as in all America, was not given the right to exist intact in a prominent way and was automatically superseded by white invading immigrants and their hunger to cultivate and consume more of this earth.

As the forty signs are now offered in the Nash Gallery symbolically along the water called the Mississippi, which remains a highway for American business, we seek not only to extract profit from our surroundings. We also wish to honor life-giving force of the waters that have truly preserved all of us from the beginning, and to offer respect to the tortured spirits of 1862 and 1865 that may have sought refuge and renewal through the original purity that is water.

Posted 4 weeks ago


July is National Ice Cream Month! 

Pictured is dessert as the author Jane Austen would have known it in 1810. Only the most privileged English families served “ices”—frozen desserts made of fruit, sugar and water or cream. Cooks often pressed these concoctions into fruit- or flower-shaped molds to make frosty, alluring sculptures (as seen above). “For Elegance and Ease and Luxury,” Austen wrote while staying at the manor house of her wealthier brother Edward, “I shall eat Ice & drink French wine”—two exclusive treats that she did without at her own modest home.

Today, variations on the ice cream idea can be found around the world. Italians created gelato, which is similar to ice cream but with less butterfat. A Japanese confection called mochi ice cream is a ball of pounded sticky rice with an ice cream filling. Sorbets, frozen desserts made with sweetened water, have many variations, from Hawaiian shave ice to Indian chuski.

Posted 1 month ago


it was really disappointing when i found out helen keller was a eugenicist, because, as a disabled woman, there was so much that i looked up to her for, one of them being her brilliant eloquence when discussing such vitally important issues such as women’s rights and laborer’s rights, as well as her part in helping found the ACLU, and her advocacy for socialism. 

but, it doesn’t change the fact that she was a eugenicist, and the fact that she publicly supported the euthanasia of a disabled child.

while her writings on the abolishment of horrific institutions like capitalism and poverty do seem invaluable, i think people need to take into consideration, before they post quotes of hers, or pictures of her [and so on], that there’s nothing more capitalistic and corrupt than systematically wiping out ”defectives” such as the poor, disabled people, people of color, sex workers, lgbtq people, &etc. by sterilizing them, forcibly institutionalizing them, and murdering them, because they did not ”contribute” to the maintaining of the ”right” kind of society. 

Posted 1 month ago



Cold War rhetoric is alive and well in the youth of the United States.

Also if you live in the USA you should probably know that the Cold War created in fact a lot of violence often backed by the USA to “contain communism” and by that we meant genocide was okay as long as you were a nationalist.

In other words: grading really depressed me tonight

Cold War rhetoric is one of the SPOOKIEST FUCKING THINGS, and it’s so alarming to look at how even media-wise we’ve backpedaled straight into propaganda, do not pass go, do not collect $200, to the point where ACTUAL COLD WAR MEDIA is s/t less ham-fisted about it, and is more self-aware, where the modern consensus is more of a catchall us vs. the “enemy,” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED THANKS TO GENOCIDE/WAR CAMPS/TORTURE/ETC. It’s really surreal to see from your peers and from younger kids, seriously.

Posted 1 month ago


“I’m a black kid. Try to teach me about slavery without me feeling resentment towards white people.”

His face though…

Posted 1 month ago
We have a society that conflates resources with values and then kicks the shyt out of those who lack resources because we have judged and deemed them “valueless.”

by princss6, a commenter on the Daily Kos article “Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did” written by HamdenRice.

I had so many feels when I read this.

Posted 2 months ago



Ancient Roman Dogtag,

Inscription Reads: “Hold me if I am lost and return me to my master Viventius on the estate of Callistus”



Adorable ancient history

Posted 2 months ago



"i wish i lived in the 50s" the white girl says. "it was just so much more classier back then.." in an instant, ‘whites only’ signs reappear on public areas. black people are being chased down the streets with dogs and fire hoses. a white sheet begins to materialize itself on to her. she is now leading the woman’s ku klux klan revolution. white power.

A hush falls over a normally busy city street as the sun begins to ease it’s behind municipal buildings, almost as though it doesn’t want to be present for what evil may come. Black people quickly and quietly leave their places of business. Their heart beats steadily increasing in pace as they wait outside for the bus to come. A  small, copper colored woman with thick, dark hair that was pressed down into a nearly scalp tight bun hold’s anxiously rummages through her purse for a pocket watch. ” Where is it…” Lip stick, cigarettes, church programs, coins, medicine, all seemed to collectively decide that it was best to bury her bus schedule.

"Doris, it’s coming down round the corner now." The voice of her next door neighbor, the tall and immaculately dressed mullato Jonas Crawford came right over her shoulder just as the panic of near darkness was surrounding them.

The City of Darlington was a Sundown Town. As in Negroes, Colored folk, Niggers, Darkies, were not permitted inside the gates after the night  settled down upon the earth like Grim reapers cloak.

Doris was still shaking. Her small gloved hands fumbled with the clasp of her purse until it snapped.  Jonas’s weary grey eyes caught her large dark ones with gentle concern. He was there when the those teenagers caught her after work one night. They nearly beat her to death and had been her savior in that moment, risking his life to protect her from rape and death.

She had missed the bus after Young Dawson asked her to stay late.  She was the secretary for the Mayor of Darlington.  Dawson was a slight wisp of a man with red hair and stone colored freckles that seemed to darken when he was angered. Which was often.

He considered himself sympathetic to the plight of the colored man. His family came to America as poor Irish immigrants. His father, a widower raised Dawson and his 4 brothers alone. He was able to buy a small farm right as people began to pour into Darlington. Soon, he found himself rich. Rich enough to buy more land, slaves, and buy several businesses in town.

Dawson didn’t agree with his father’s practices of owning people….He found it cruel. He could hear the dark people crying in the night sky. He saw them whipped and tortured. He loved playing with the child servants that bore a eerily similar appearance to him down to the freckles and greenish grey eyes…

But when  the War came then later slavery was abolished he lost his friends. His dad still managed to keep his land and his money. 20 years later young  Dawson became the Mayor of Darlington by a landslide vote bought by a lot of his father’s money and influence.

He was a proud man. So hearing that one of his employees was brutalized in front of his office angered him. But not enough to lift the Sundown Ordinance. Instead he put her on paid leave and quietly doubled her salary. Doris was the best secretary he ever had the pleasure of working with and the most beautiful woman he ever saw, the sweetest he had the pleasure of knowing. A secret he kept tucked in the deepest parts of his heart.He watched  from his window to make sure Doris got on the bus safely  once she returned to work and even considered providing a car.

Doris shivered,leaning slightly against Jonas as rattling tin can of a bus approached and Dawson, from the darkness of his window, scowled.

(Source: afro-dominicano)

Posted 2 months ago






I’ve seen this image going around, and I feel compelled to point out that it’s only half-right. It’s true that high heels were originally a masculine fashion, but they weren’t originally worn by butchers - nor for any other utilitarian purpose, for that matter.

High heels were worn by men for exactly the same reason they’re worn by women today: to display one’s legs to best effect. Until quite recently, shapely, well-toned calves and thighs were regarded as an absolute prerequisite for male attractiveness. That’s why you see so many paintings of famous men framed to show off their legs - like this one of George Washington displaying his fantastic calves:

… or this one of Louis XIV of France rocking a fabulous pair of red platform heels (check out those thighs!):

… or even this one of Charles I of England showing off his high-heeled riding boots - note, again, the visual emphasis on his well-formed calves:

In summary: were high heels originally worn by men? Yes. Were they worn to keep blood off their feet? No at all - they were worn for the same reason they’re worn today: to look fabulous.

so then how did they become a solo feminine item of attire?

A variety of reasons. In France, for example, high heels fell out out of favour in the court of Napoleon due to their association with aristocratic decadence, while in England, the more conservative fashions of the Victorian era regarded it as indecent for a man to openly display his calves.

But then, fashions come and go. The real question is why heels never came back into fashion for men - and that can be laid squarely at the feet of institutionalised homophobia. Essentially, heels for men were never revived because, by the early 20th Century, sexually provocative attire for men had come to be associated with homosexuality; the resulting moral panic ushered in an era of drab, blocky, fully concealing menswear in which a well-turned calf simply had no place - a setback from which men’s fashion has yet to fully recover.


History side of tumblr getting a meme all the way together