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Tuskegee Airmen

This came via email from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Visit their website and the Tuskegee Airmen blog to learn how you can support this museum.

Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page from Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It will showcase individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.
A Page From Our American Story
Tuskegee Airmen Circa May 1942 to Aug 1943
Members of the Tuskegee Airmen
Circa May 1942 to Aug 1943
Location unknown, likely Southern Italy or North Africa

Not many people know the entire story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is going to change that. The Tuskegee Airmen epitomize courage and heroism. Their story, however, is more than just their legendary success escorting American bombers over Nazi Germany.


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Monday, February 6, 2012

7:00-9:00 pm

National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium

10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Smithsonian/Federal Triangle

NPR’s Tell Me More host Michel Martin and Prof. Annette Gordon-Reed, Prof. of Law, Harvard University, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family will discuss the lives of six slave families living at Monticello alongside Jefferson and his family. They will also explore ideas about how Thomas Jefferson and the 11 other American Presidents who owned slaves could have used the power of their office to end slavery and improve the lives of free black communities across the U.S., and chose not to. This program is based on the exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty. Copies of The Hemingses of Monticello, and Andrew Johnson will be available for sale and signing. The event is free and open to the public on a first come-first seated basis. Please call 202/633-0070 for more information.

via NMAAHC – Home Page.

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The More Things Change….

…the more they stay the same.

“…After the…bubble burst…they were eager to go wherever new opportunities presented themselves.  The biggest losers were the newcomers and the chronic poor who had tried to get rich quick.  Speculation…had driven the price up so fast that houses and businesses were mortgaged to the hilt…when the craze stopped abruptly and paralyzed commerce…”

What does it sound like we are talking about here?  Can you fill in the missing words?  Does it in part sound rather like events you yourself might have witnessed in recent years?

A tulip, known as “the Viceroy”, displayed in a 1637 Dutch catalog, cost a minimum of ten times the annual earnings of a skilled craftsman.

The year?  1637.  The place?  Netherlands.  The passage is from Our New Netherlands Immigrant Ancestors by Virginia Carpenter Jansen,[1]talking about tulip mania’s effect on Dutch immigrants: “Our New Netherlands immigrants that came to America were from Belgium, Germany and Norway as well as from Holland and other Dutch provinces. Most went to the booming city of Amsterdam to find work or to escape religious persecution. They lived there less than a generation before they moved again to the New World during the period 1632 to 1665.  After the bubble burst they were eager to go wherever new opportunities presented themselves…”

[1] Jansen, Virginia Carpenter. “Chapter 27. Westfall Ancestry of the Jansen Daughters.” Westfall Emigrants to America. webpages.charter.net/gjansen/famwes.htm (accessed April 4, 2011).

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