Gregory Wimmer

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Take a Trip Through New York City in the Year 1911

Back in 1911, the Swedish film production company Svenska Biografteatern visited New York City during a trip to America and shot footage of various …

New York City

The richest American family hired terrorists to shoot machine guns at sleeping women and children

The Rockefellers took on the striking miners of Ludlow, Colorado but didn’t expect them to fight back<p>The bloody history of the American labor …


The Heavy Burden of Teaching My Son About American Racism

If my black child has to learn that society will hate him, he should hear about it from someone who unconditionally loves him.<p><i>This article is part of Parenting in an Uncertain Age, a series about the experience of raising children in a time of great change.</i><p>When I saw the sign for the Emmett Till …

Civil Rights

The Press at War, From Vietnam to Iraq

The conflicts change, but the factors influencing the quality of the coverage—including ignorance, confusion, and competition—stay consistent.<p>The Iraq War, launched 15 years ago today, always brings another war immediately to mind for me, and did so even when it first began. It’s not that Iraq …


Writing a Feminist Novel With a Man's Point of View

The author Tayari Jones explains what Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon taught her about the centrality of male protagonists in stories that explore female suffering.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann,</b> …

To This Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Was Bailed Out by a Millionaire

Incarcerated people today aren’t so lucky.<p>Editor’s Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>Image above: Ralph Abernathy (<i>left</i>) and King pass through a corridor at the Birmingham, Alabama, city jail just after their release in 1963.<p>In the course of his life, …

Civil Rights

Self-employed people happier and more engaged at work, study finds

19 March 2018<p>Self-employed people are happier and more engaged in their work than those in any other profession, according to a new study of 5,000 …

UK Universities

These horrifying ‘human zoos’ delighted American audiences at the turn of the 20th century

‘Specimens’ were acquired from Africa, Asia, and the Americas by deceptive human traffickers<p>More than 20 million people attended the 1904 World’s …

South Carolina

Suicide Rates For Black Children Have Increased By 71 Percent In 10 Years

After a phone call with his mother, where he expressed frustrations over a faulty printer in their one-bedroom apartment, Rylan Thai Hagan hung …

Nazis Explain Why They Became Nazis

In 1934, American writer Theodore Abel created a fake competition to trick hundreds of people into describing why they loved the Nazi Party so much. Their words seem worryingly relevant today.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Germany.</i><p>In a 1934 letter to American sociologist Theodore Abel, …

Great Depression

How the NAACP fought lynching… with pictures of a man being lynched

Nothing was censored — and that was the point<p>In July of 1916,at the end of a long day, readers all across the U.S. picked up the most recent issue of …

Regulate Weapons Like We Do in the Military, Says an Army Officer

For the list of previous entries in this series, please see the index at the end of the post. But: if you’re revving up to send me a note explaining what kind of ammunition the AR-15 uses, and how it is similar to (and different from) the military’s M-16 (and so on), please first at least look at …


How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries

Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. In some countries, the process takes months.

The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation


WWI’s Zeppelin Bombings Popularized the Trend of ‘Pyjamas’

It was a matter of practicality—but also of looking good.<p>World War I introduced so many terrifying new ways to die, and chief among those was, of course, death by air.<p>You didn’t even have to be a soldier. For Londoners, the threat began in January 1915, when the Germans sent zeppelins loaded with …

Remembrance Day


Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."<p>This new report, titled <i>Teaching Hard History: American Slavery</i>, is meant to be that intervention: a resource …

Black History

President says Poland did not take part in the Holocaust

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president said Monday there was no institutionalized participation by Poland or its people in the Holocaust but acknowledged that individual Poles took "wicked" actions against Jewish neighbors.<p>President Andrzej Duda said he would never allow Poland and Poles in …


Random and bizarre facts part 3

When the South Was the Most Progressive Region in America

Groundbreaking elections in the late 1860s gave birth to real, if short-lived, interracial democracy—the likes of which America had never seen.<p>One hundred and fifty years ago, on January 14, 1868, an extraordinary convention opened in Charleston, South Carolina, the cradle of the Confederacy.<p>That …

South Carolina

US Navy submarines are getting Xbox 360 controllers to control their periscopes

But not for gaming<p>The US Navy is beginning to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate the periscopes on submarines, according to <i>The Virginian-Pilot</i>. The first submarine to get the new controller will be the USS Colorado, which goes into active duty in November. The Xbox controllers will later be added …


A New Clue to the Mystery Disease That Once Killed Most of Mexico

The evidence comes from the 16th-century victims’ teeth.<p>In the decades after Hernán Cortés invaded Mexico, one of the worst epidemics in human history swept through the new Spanish colony. A mysterious disease called “cocolitzli” appeared first in 1545 and then again in 1576, each time killing …


How the Tet Offensive Undermined American Faith in Government

Fifty years ago, the January 1968 battle laid bare the way U.S. leaders had misled the public about the war in Vietnam.<p>When Americans wince upon hearing presidents make proclamations about foreign policy, the legacy of the 1968 Tet Offensive looms large.<p>On January 30, at the start of the sacred …

Political Science

Soon the only coral reefs we see will be on the nature channel

Kyodo via AP Images<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> Grist <i>and is reproduced</i> …

Climate Change

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation<p>Los Angeles, California, 5 December<p>“You got a choice to make, man. You could go …

Human Rights

At least 10,000 people died in Tiananmen Square massacre, secret British cable from the time alleged

Tiananmen Square

It was sex all the time at this 1800s commune, with anyone you wanted and none of the guilt

<b>Life at the Oneida Colony was kind of a like a key party, but no one had cars and everyone was doin’ it for Jesus.</b><p><b>(This article is the first in a</b></b> …