Category Archives: American History

A Poem for Newspaper Carrier Day

September 4th is Newspaper Carrier Day.  In 1833, New York Sun editor Benjamin Day ran an ad for “steady men” to vend the paper. When 10-year-old Barney Flaherty applied for the job, he impressed Day, and was hired, becoming the … Continue reading

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TCS: But Alien Still – The Question of Loyalty

Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ To … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Organized – IWW Day

June 27, 1905 – The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), whose members were nicknamed the ‘Wobblies,’ was founded in Chicago, Illinois. The IWW was the first union in the U.S. open to women and men of all races. Some … Continue reading

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The Golden Gate Bridge

May 26, 1937 – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens after five years of construction, for Pedestrian Day – 200,000 walkers marvel at the 42,000-foot-long suspension bridge. It opens for vehicles the following day

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TCS: In Their Own Words – Presidents Day 2021

 Good Morning! ______________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ______________________________ “Speech is power: speech … Continue reading

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My Only Ticket Out – Poems by Mitsuye Yamada

The internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII is a dark stain on United States history. There were people who spoke out against it even at the time, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, but the attack on Pearl Harbor … Continue reading

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TCS: Morning After Calamity – A Kaleidoscope of Poets of Color

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A Poem for Absinthe Day

Absinthe gained quite an unsavory reputation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its high alcohol content (90 proof or higher) combined with its popularity among adherents of bohemianism, especially artists and writers in Paris, led to its condemnation … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: RIFT (Redux – for Black History Month)

by Nona Blyth Cloud We sometimes forget how closely History is following behind us. Just over 50 years ago, it was still illegal for people of different races to marry in 16 U.S. states, mostly in the South. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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National distractions: Does draconian democracy deconstruct the administrative state

By ann summers Like Caliguila’s horse, Draco (not the Harry Potter one) ordered death penalties for cabbage theft, but had no cure for a leader who also had the mind of one. The Trump Cabinet continues to surprise us with … Continue reading

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