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Jun 07 2010

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Eric Drooker Cohen v. California

Back in the day on June 7th, 1971, The Supreme Court of the United States overturned a ruling in the free speech case of Cohen v. California. The legal dispute stemmed from an incident in April 1968 when 19 year old Paul Cohen wore a jacket reading “Fuck the Draft” inside a Los Angeles …

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May 21 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/21/10

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Eric Drooker The White Night Riots

Back in the day on May 21st, 1979 demonstrators took to the streets of San Francisco in what would be known as the White Night riots. The raucous events were spurred in part by a verdict returned in the controversial trial of Daniel James White. The former member of the San Francisco Board …

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May 17 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/17/10

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Eric Drooker Brown v. Board of Education

Back in the day on May 17th, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against racial segregation in the nation’s public schools. The landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case resulted in all nine justices unanimously striking down the doctrine of ‘separate but equal,’ as a violation of the …

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May 14 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/14/10

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Eric Drooker Emma Goldman Passes Away

Back in the day on May 14th, 1940, anarchist, feminist, and revolutionary agitator Emma Goldman passed away in Toronto, Canada at the age of seventy. She had crossed the Atlantic from London that year to raise money for the Iberian leftist crusade against the Spanish fascist forces of Francisco Franco. While in Canada, Goldman …

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May 13 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/13/10

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Eric Drooker Brazil Abolishes Slavery

Back in the day on May 13th, 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery. The centuries-old practice established in the former colony of Portugal and continued after independence was finally overturned in full by the sanctioning of “Lei Aurea” or the Golden Law. Brazilian Emperor Dom Pedro II had …

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May 12 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/12/10

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Eric Drooker Bob Dylan Walks Out of The Ed Sullivan Show

Back in the day on May 12th, 1963, a young, talented yet relatively still unknown Bob Dylan walked off the Ed Sullivan Show. The singer-songwriter had been booked on the highly rated television program ahead of the release of his second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” He rehearsed and planned …

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May 11 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/11/10

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Eric Drooker The Pullman Strike

Back in the day on May 11th, 1894, three-thousand workers staged a wildcat strike in Pullman, Illinois. As an economic recession gripped the nation starting a year prior, the notorious George M. Pullman targeted cutbacks against hourly workers employed in his Pullman Palace Car Company. The conditions for many of the non-management employees were already untenable …

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May 10 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/10/10

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Eric Drooker The Death of Roque Dalton

Back in the day on May 10th, 1975, leftist Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton was executed just days shy of his fortieth birthday. The acclaimed wordsmith, whose works include “The Window in My Face,” “The Injured Party’s Turn,” and “Clandestine Poems,” had lived a life as rebellious as his poetry. Early in his adulthood, …

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May 07 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/07/10

Eric Drooker The Murder of Reverend George W. Lee

Back in the day on May 7th, 1955, Reverend George W. Lee was murdered in Belzoni, Mississippi. The Vice President of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership and member of the local branch of the NAACP was in his car, when unknown assailants in another car pulled up next to him and …

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May 06 2010

Subversive Historian – 05/06/10

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Eric Drooker U.S. Congress Passes Chinese Exclusion Act

Back in the day on May 6th, 1882, the United States Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The first immigration legislation to explicitly ban immigration on the basis of race and nationality was signed into law two days later by President Chester A. Arthur. Chinese immigrants came to the states after the gold …

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