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Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Computer Pioneer

NEW HAVEN — In a dining hall at Yale University, the portrait of an avid proponent of slavery has been replaced with a shield depicting a heraldic dolphin.<p>On Tuesday, beneath the dolphin’s fearsome eye, Yale’s president and the Navy’s chief of operations will make speeches, a chaplain will offer a …

Higher Education

The strange and stylish uniforms of WWII servicewomen

War fashion<p>Dress for battle.<p>In World War II, women in Allied countries served their nations in numerous roles, both on the homefront and in the …

Red Cross

‘None of them came back’: Remembering the Battle of Midway, 75 years later

In December, the United States observed the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, which brought America into World War II. In the coming months, we will remember battles great and small and the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of service members in that tremendous struggle. This week marks the 75th …

Military History

War Hero’s Family Suing in Its Decades-Long Fight to Identify Remains

In the early days of World War II, a baby-faced West Point graduate with a rifle in one hand and a tommy gun in the other made a one-man attack in the Philippines against the invading Japanese that altered the course of the war.<p>Jumping from foxhole to foxhole in the jungle, he downed enemies with …

History

For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs and the Weight of History

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The first group of women graduated from United States Army infantry training last week, but with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was almost impossible to distinguish the mixed-gender squads in the steamy woods from those of earlier …

Military History

Are the Dutch Lagging in Efforts to Return Art Looted by the Nazis?

Deventer, The Netherlands — The small boy, all in white, lies still, his tiny hands cupped together, his eyes serenely shut. A wooden torch lies across the bedsheets, its flame conspicuously snuffed out.<p>This striking painting, “Little Boy on His Deathbed,” by the 17th-century Dutch master …

The Arts

Florence Finch, Unsung War Hero Who Took On Japanese, Dies at 101

Florence Finch was an atypical hometown hero. For nearly 50 years after World War II, virtually no one outside of her family knew that she was a highly decorated Coast Guard veteran and a former prisoner of war whose exploits had been buried in time.<p>“Women don’t tell war stories like men do,” her …

History

Anne Frank Who? Museums Combat Ignorance About the Holocaust

AMSTERDAM — “She hid Jews?”<p>Aleatha Hinds, 17, ventured a guess about Anne Frank’s identity as she waited in line for two hours recently to enter the museum devoted to that world-famous diarist, who hid with her family in a secret annex for 25 months during World War II.<p>“No, no, no!” replied several …

Museums

There Are Museums for Spies and Bigfoot. Now There Will Be One for Women, Too.

The New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History will open its doors this spring, a season many expected to spend settling into life with the United States’ first female president.<p>Instead, the country finds itself in a different moment, one that brought millions of people to women’s …

Women's History

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How World War I Revolutionized Medicine

Advances during the “first mass killing of the 20th century” have saved countless lives since.<p>When World War I broke out in France, in August 1914, getting a wounded soldier from the battlefield to a hospital required horse-drawn wagons or mules with baskets on either side. Incapacitated soldiers …

Medicine

Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women

Vera Rubin, who transformed modern physics and astronomy with her observations showing that galaxies and stars are immersed in the gravitational grip of vast clouds of dark matter, died on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. She was 88.<p>Her death was announced by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, where …

Dark Matter

Ladies Who Launch: Women Who Opened the Door to Space Exploration

<b>THE GLASS UNIVERSE</b><b><br>How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars</b><br>By Dava Sobel<br>Illustrated. 324 pp. Viking. $30.<p><b>HIDDEN FIGURES</b><b><br>The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race</b><br>By Margot Lee Shetterly<br>346 pp. William …

Women in Science

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

On 5 June, 1934, about a year and half after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of the Reich, the leading lawyers of Nazi Germany gathered at a meeting …

Here's what President Roosevelt said to his Cabinet after the attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago, to the day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ushered his Cabinet into his study for what he deemed the "most important" Cabinet meeting since the onset of the Civil War in 1861.<p>Pearl Harbor, a naval base in Hawaii, had just been attacked by the Japanese, hastening the US …

Military History

Forbidden Photos Reveal What Life In Hawaii Was Like After Pearl Harbor

Things were never the same after Dec. 7, 1941.<p>It’s no secret that the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed more than 2,000 Americans, changed the course of history for the United States and the rest of the world.<p>But it also dramatically altered the identity of the island paradise of …

Hawaii

Pictures of the Second World War that look like they were taken yesterday

When Marina Amaral looks at a black-and-white photograph, she doesn’t see 50 shades of grey. She sees the true colours of the scene captured by the photographer – sometimes more than a century ago – and she sets about recreating them.<p>Amaral is a 22-year-old Brazilian artist whose digital …

History

9 WWII Novels Beyond Europe's Shores

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf<p>With readers around the world embracing novels like <i>Gone to Soldiers</i>, <i>The Nightingale</i>, and <i>Everyone Brave Is Forgiven</i>, it's clear that I'm not the only one who loves stunning and beautiful World War II fiction. Several months ago, I read <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i> by …

Literature

Walker Evans’s Typology of the American Worker | The New Yorker

As a young man, Walker Evans wanted to be a writer. And though he later made a living, for a short period, penning reviews for <i>Time</i>, he retired his loftier ambitions early, after a failed stint in Paris in the nineteen-twenties, where he’d hoped to prove his worth. It’s often said that Evans went on …

Walker Evans

Entertainment - MarketWatch.com

Economically, teens are dependent on their parents for longer.<p>11:45 p.m. Sept. 21, 2017<p>This father feels uncomfortable asking his nanny, who works …

Billie Jean King

Color photos show how Americans lived during World War II

The U.S. Library of Congress has published more than a 1,000 color photos of American life between the 1930s and 1940s.<p>The particular set of photos we've chosen highlights how Americans were getting by at home while soldiers were away.<p><b>You can see all the photos in the gallery above.</b>

Unseen photos of Europe after World War II

These color images, taken by photographer David Seymour in 1947, trace the route that the Allied forces took as they drove toward Berlin during World War II.

European History

The 20 Most Important Battles of World War II

The clashes that shaped the course of the deadliest war of all time.<p>World War II was the greatest conflict in history, carried out on a scale almost impossible to grasp. In many ways it was the first modern war, in which airpower played a vital role both on land and at sea, but many actions were …

Military History

Talking Movies on the female filmmakers of the past

Many view the new female-driven Ghostbusters movie as a positive step forward for women in Hollywood.<p>However in the early days of cinema, women wielded comparatively more power than they do today.<p>During the silent era women worked as producers, directors and writers; in some instances they even ran …

Watch Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II Online

$1.99 - $7.99<p>USD<p>instock<p>Vimeo<p>https://vimeo.com/ondemand/homefrontheroines<p>video<p>Equal pay as men. Designer clothes. And (eventually) respect. It's the …

How World War II Changed Walt Disney

Filmmaker Walt Disney filming on Brazilian beach. 1941<br>Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 6<p>When the Great Depression ended in …

Walt Disney Company