Josephine Baker took Europe by storm, reaching dizzying heights in her fame. Yet when she returned to the US, she was rejected by her fellow countrymen. Join the History Buffs as they discuss Baker, bananas, and racism in Europe and the Americas.
Today we’re talking about corruption in American politics. And honestly, is there a better time to talk about this topic than now? Join Elizabeth and Katie as they discuss some scintillating political scandals in U.S. politics.
Speaking of politics, have you registered to vote yet?
Featured image: Harry F. Sinclair, multimillionaire oil magnate (left) and his counsel Martin W. Littleton. Teapot Dome hearing. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.printReproduction Number: LC-DIG-hec-44031
Tammany Hall: A rational law, or – Tammany // C.J. Taylor. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-7884
The combination doesn’t really seem to make much sense, we know – but you’ll see the connections soon! Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the fascinating, interconnected worlds of gender, war, colonialism and religion in Latin America.
Rigoberta Menchu, 2009 / Wikimedia Commons
Further Reading and Show Notes
“Guerillas in Latin America: Domestic and International Roles.” Journal of Peace Research 43 (May 2006): 313-329.
Kampwirth, Karen. Women and Guerilla Movements. Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, Cuba. State College: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.
Menchu, Rigoberta. I, Rigoberta Menchu. (London: Verso, 1983).
Reif, Linda L. “Women in Latin American Guerilla Movements: A Comparative Perspective. Comparative Politics 18 (January 1986): 147-169.
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The criminal culpability of people with mental illness has long been hotly debated. Recently, the “insanity defense” has received particular scrutiny as John W. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan and members of his staff in 1981, has been released from the inpatient mental facility where he has lived since 1982. Many, including Reagan’s family members, think the insanity defense Hinckley used allowed him to get off without facing the consequences of his actions. This got us wondering: where did the insanity defense come from? Join Marissa, Sarah and Averill as they talk about crime, mental illness, and the law.
Matejkowski, Jason C. MSW, Sara W. Cullen, MSW, and Phyllis L. Solomon, PhD, “Characteristics of Persons With Severe Mental Illness Who Have Been Incarcerated for Murder,” J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 36:74 – 86, 2008
Join Averill and Sarah this week as they trace the journeys of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, an early Spanish explorer to the southern United States. His writings leave us with a rich picture of his travels, one that complicates the ruthless picture of the Spanish conquistadores that many of us have previously learned.
Frederick Law Olmsted is most well known for being the father of American landscape architecture, but he was also something of a jack-of-all-trades: a sailor, farmer, abolitionist, writer, reformer, public health worker, and conservationist. Join Elizabeth and Dan as they chat about Olmsted’s fascinating life and work!
Correction: Thanks to Zhi Ting Phua of the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy for pointing out that while The Front does not exist in name, it is still a part of the park system, just now under the name of Front Park.
Show Notes and Further Reading
Guillet, Travis, Bruce Kelly, and Mary Ellen H. Hern, eds. Art of the Olmsted Landscape. New York: New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and The Arts Pulisher Inc., 1981.
Johnson, Paul S. Sam Patch, The Famous Jumper. New York: Hill & Wang, 2003.
Kowsky, Francis R. The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.
Martin, Justin. Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2011.
Mintz, Steven. Moralists and Modernizers: America’s Pre-Civil War Reformers. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
Seas of lemonade, four simultaneous lovers for every woman, and perfectly formulated communities of 810 men and 810 women. Charles Fourier was an idealist, who believed Perfect Harmony could be achieved, if only we better engineered our society. Join Averill, Sarah, and Marissa as they discuss the utopian movements of the 19th century in the U.S., the final installment of our American Second Great Awakening series.