Mar-23: Liberty, Tyranny, Education and Health Care

March 23 is defined by Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech.  Tyranny was present on this day when Germany enacted the Enabling Act giving Hitler dictatorial powers or when the Roosevelt administration sent Japanese-Americans to … Continue reading Mar-23: Liberty, Tyranny, Education and Health Care

Nov-29: Massacres, Partition, Pong, Beatles and a Chimp

1781 Zong Massacre In 1781, the crew of the slave ship Zong began throwing 132 slaves overboard to increase the survival rate of remaining slaves and to cash in on insurance for the slaves (which would not have been paid had the … Continue reading Nov-29: Massacres, Partition, Pong, Beatles and a Chimp

May-6 (Pt 1): US Embraces Xenophobia with Chinese Exclusion Act

1882 President Arthur Signs Chinese Exclusion Act On this day President Chester Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers.  (President Hayes had vetoed similar legislation in 1878). The Act was denounced by its opponents as … Continue reading May-6 (Pt 1): US Embraces Xenophobia with Chinese Exclusion Act