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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice

Top: A group of Americana pinbacks from Aisthorpe’s collection. Above: Several of Aisthorpe’s antiwar buttons, circa 1967-1971. “In this modern age of political polarization, we Americans increasingly surround ourselves with friends, neighbors, and news sources that reinforce our worldviews rather … Continue reading

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Remembering the Black Panther Party

Charles Bursey hands a plate of food to a child as part of the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program. “2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of both Stokely Carmichael’s coining of the phrase ‘Black Power’ and the formation of the … Continue reading

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Decent interval

Henry Kissinger and President Richard Nixon discussing the Vietnam situation in Camp David, 1972. “Decent interval is a theory regarding the end of the Vietnam War which argues that from 1971 or 1972, the Nixon Administration abandoned the goal of … Continue reading

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The Things We Knew Then: Vivid Then, Fading Now?

“1. James Forman was a. ’68 Olympic heavyweight champion b. national director of the Congress of Racial Equality c. a Czechoslovakian film director d. executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 2. In Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, … Continue reading

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Who Was the Umbrella Man? | JFK Assassination Documentary

On the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Errol Morris explores the story behind the one man seen standing under an open black umbrella at the site. “For years, I’ve wanted to make a movie about … Continue reading

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Libra – Don DeLillo (1988)

“Libra is a 1988 novel by Don DeLillo that describes the life of Lee Harvey Oswald and his participation in a fictional CIA conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The novel blends historical fact with fictional supposition. … The … Continue reading

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Legend of a Mind – Timothy Leary & LSD

Timothy Leary during a press conference in New York City, September 19, 1966 – “turn on, tune in, drop out.” “‘Legend of a Mind’ is the name of a 1968 song by British rock band The Moody Blues. It’s about … Continue reading

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The Battle of Chicago, 1968

A protester being led away by police outside the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968. “In the late summer of 1968 the sense of anticipation was palpable at Ramparts magazine’s offices in San Francisco. The Democratic National Convention was about to … Continue reading

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JFK – Oliver Stone (1991)

“JFK is a 1991 American political thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy and alleged cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim … Continue reading

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Operation Ranch Hand

Four-plane defoliant run, part of Operation Ranch Hand “Operation Ranch Hand was a U.S. military operation during the Vietnam War, lasting from 1962 until 1971. Largely inspired by the British use of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (Agent Orange) during the Malayan … Continue reading

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