American History

Presidential Proclamation: Col. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers to Become National Monument

Presidential Proclamation: Col. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers to Become National Monument

The Establishment of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument: The African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation was instrumental in making this happen, saying “The monument will preserve the home and post-Civil War military legacy of Col. Charles Young (1864-1922), a distinguished officer in the United States Army […]

by Janet Shan· · American History
Actor Danny Glover:  Second Amendment Written to Strengthen Slavery, Take Land From Native Americans

Actor Danny Glover: Second Amendment Written to Strengthen Slavery, Take Land From Native Americans

During a discussion with Texas A&M University students at an event to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., actor Danny Glover said the Second Amendment was written to strengthen the institution of slavery and to help take land away from Native Americans. “I don’t know if people know the […]

On This Day Jan. 13, 1966: LBJ Appoints Robert C. Weaver as First Black Cabinet Member

On This Day Jan. 13, 1966: LBJ Appoints Robert C. Weaver as First Black Cabinet Member

On This Day in history Jan. 13, 1966: President Lyndon Johnson appointed the first black cabinet member.  Robert C. Weaver was appointed to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HHS), which is now referred to as Health and Human Services. Separately, Patricia Roberts Harris was the first black […]

by Janet Shan· · American History, Black Politics
Tavis Smiley Slams “Django Unchained” Calls it a “Spoof About Slavery”

Tavis Smiley Slams “Django Unchained” Calls it a “Spoof About Slavery”

Tavis Smiley slams “Django Unchained,” calls it a “spoof about slavery.” Is anyone surprised that he joins Spike Lee in panning the controversial movie? Tavis Smiley told the Daily Beast he refuses to see the movie and won’t pay to see it, but has read the screenplay. During the interview […]

Jan. 7, 1789:  White Male Property Owners Only Allowed to Vote in 1st Presidential Election

Jan. 7, 1789: White Male Property Owners Only Allowed to Vote in 1st Presidential Election

On This Day January 7, 1789: America held it’s first presidential election. Only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. George Washington won the election and was sworn in on April 30, 1789, as the first President of the United States. Women and blacks were shut out of […]

by Janet Shan· · American History, Elections
President Obama Recognizes 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation Issued January 1, 1863

President Obama Recognizes 150th Anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation Issued January 1, 1863

Happy New Year to all our supporters and readers! President Obama recognized the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. On this day, January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, claiming that all slaves in the Confederacy were “forever free.” […]

On This Day: Dec. 30, 1969, President Richard Nixon Raised Taxes on the Rich, Cut Taxes for Most Americans

On This Day: Dec. 30, 1969, President Richard Nixon Raised Taxes on the Rich, Cut Taxes for Most Americans

On This Day December 30:  1969: President Richard Nixon signed a sweeping tax reform legislation, raising them on the rich and cutting taxes for most Americans by five percent. The tax reform exempted nine million low-income citizens from paying any taxes at all and also sharply raised Social Security benefits. More […]

by Janet Shan· · American History, Politics
On This Day: Dec 29 President Andrew Johnson was Born, President Washington Acknowledged Seneca Nation

On This Day: Dec 29 President Andrew Johnson was Born, President Washington Acknowledged Seneca Nation

ON THIS DAY:  December 29 1790: President George Washington told the Seneca Nation that the U.S. was dedicated to friendship with Indians. “In future you cannot be defrauded of your lands… you possess the right to sell, and the right of refusing to sell your lands.” 1808: Andrew Johnson was born. He […]

by Janet Shan· · American History
Today in History:  President John F. Kennedy Assassinated in Dallas November 22, 1963

Today in History: President John F. Kennedy Assassinated in Dallas November 22, 1963

Today in History:  President John F. Kennedy assassinated November 22, 1963, as he and his wife rode in a motorcade through downtown Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was later arrested for the murder but is shot shortly after by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

by Janet Shan· · American History
TODAY IN HISTORY:  President John F. Kennedy Signed Executive Order Banning Segregation in Federal Funded Housing

TODAY IN HISTORY: President John F. Kennedy Signed Executive Order Banning Segregation in Federal Funded Housing

TODAY IN HISTORY:  November 20, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 11063, which “prohibits discrimination in the sale, leasing, rental, or other disposition of properties and facilities owned or operated by the federal government or provided with federal funds.” The order banned segregation in federally funded housing, though it […]

by Janet Shan· · American History, Race in America