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yesterday by oripsolob
Bondage and Freedom | The Yale Review
Thus “goaded almost to madness,” and savagely brutalized, Douglass created a vision in which only violence could result, a condition in which he soon argued the entire nation would find itself. In Bondage and Freedom, Douglass still claimed that he fought Covey only from a defensive posture. But this time he attacked with a “fighting madness” and left no doubt that Covey deserved to be bloodied or even killed. This violence was for the good of the slave’s own soul, not merely a matter of natural right. “I was a changed being after that fight,” said Douglass the completely recovered Garrisonian. “I was nothing before; I was a MAN NOW. It recalled to life my crushed self-respect … A man without force is without the essential dignity of humanity.”
race  history  writing  Books 
8 weeks ago by oripsolob
90-Second Newbery - Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 1991 Newbery Medal...
Adapted by Siena L, Yaretzy M, and Tatevik A. of Edgewood Middle School (2018)
Books  Video  Music 
9 weeks ago by oripsolob
Frederick Douglass in Full - The New York Times
Dependent upon abolitionist charity for his family’s daily bread, Douglass nonetheless chafed under a stifling Garrisonian orthodoxy that required adherents to embrace pacifism and abstain from politics. He charted a course away from all that by starting his own newspaper and openly embracing as household saints blood-drenched figures like the slave-rebellion leader Nat Turner and the white revolutionary John Brown, both of whom he classed with the founders.
Books  history  race  politics  War 
november 2018 by oripsolob
Schoolbooks and Slavery in 1864: Lessons in the North and South
When you visit Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, two of the first objects you’ll see are books: The First Dixie Reader, used in the South, and The Gospel of Slavery: A Primer of Freedom, used in the North. Both were likely used in schools to teach children to read; both were published in 1864, during the American Civil War; and both discuss slavery. However, the lessons on slavery in each book are completely different.

[digital copies of each are available]
history  race  Books  children 
november 2018 by oripsolob
You Are Masters Of The Fish And Birds And All The Animals
Books  photography  gender  sociology 
july 2018 by oripsolob
Quote by Frederick Douglass: “I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, wom...”
“I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land.
history  Books  religion 
june 2018 by oripsolob
The United States of Amnesia - On The Media | WNYC Studios
Fifteen years since the start of the Iraq War, we live in what many see as a fresh hell: the erosion of institutions and standards at the highest levels. But political science professor Corey Robin argues that the Trump era is merely an extension of the same reflex that gave us the Iraq War — and much that preceded it. Robin recently wrote a piece for Harper's Magazine about the American tendency to re-imagine the past. He and Brooke discuss our collective failure to draw connections between Trump and what came before, and how it forms part of a longer pattern of forgetting in American culture.

This segment is from our March 30, 2018 program, We, the Liberators.

"Whatever you're currently confronting is something we've never seen before..."

"The very person who ten years ago you would have been reviling in exactly the same terms, suddenly becomes anodyne, human, a man you'd want to hug..."

FDR, Lincoln: These were "realignment presidents". Presidents who don't just run against a candidate; they run against a whole nexus or web of institutions

When liberals make it personal (about Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Trump), they are signaling to everybody, "just get this guy out" and "everything will go back to normal."

Missed opportunities.
Podcast  history  NPR  War  iraq  politics  Books 
april 2018 by oripsolob
I have forgotten how to read - The Globe and Mail
When we become cynical readers – when we read in the disjointed, goal-oriented way that online life encourages – we stop exercising our attention. We stop reading with a sense of faith that some larger purpose may be served. This doesn't mean we're reading less – not at all. In fact, we live in a text-gorged society in which the most fleeting thought is a thumb-dash away from posterity. What's at stake is not whether we read. It's how we read....

The suggestion that, in a few generations, our experience of media will be reinvented shouldn't surprise us. We should, instead, marvel at the fact we ever read books at all. Great researchers such as Maryanne Wolf and Alison Gopnik remind us that the human brain was never designed to read. Rather, elements of the visual cortex – which evolved for other purposes – were hijacked in order to pull off the trick. The deep reading that a novel demands doesn't come easy and it was never "natural." Our default state is, if anything, one of distractedness. The gaze shifts, the attention flits; we scour the environment for clues. (Otherwise, that predator in the shadows might eat us.) How primed are we for distraction? One famous study found humans would rather give themselves electric shocks than sit alone with their thoughts for 10 minutes. We disobey those instincts every time we get lost in a book.
literacy  Books  shallows 
february 2018 by oripsolob
Aunt Mary’s Storybook – Companions Journeying Together
We record imprisoned parents reading books to their children and send the recording and book to the child.

The overall organization is called Companions Journeying Together. The specific organization that I work for within that group is called Aunt Mary's Storybook.

They are running on a shoestring, but they are doing good work. Basically we have one full time employee facilitating work at all of the institutions you see listed on the link. We have a budget in the $50,000-100,000 range.
story  Books  prisons  sociology  children 
january 2018 by oripsolob
AP US History: "Choose Your Destination"
This teacher scanned and uploaded the entire contents of "Past and Present" and Zinn's book to his course (public) website
web  Books  COPYRIGHT  history 
september 2017 by oripsolob
Why Ending Mass Incarceration Means Locking Up Fewer Violent Criminals: A Conversation with John Pfaff - Hit & Run :
Even in a state like Oklahoma, which went 60-65 percent for Trump—one of the largest margins of victory for Trump in any state—at the same time they passed two criminal justice reform referendums. It means a sizable number of Trump voters voted for these referenda, shifting drug cases from felony to misdemeanor, and they're reallocating the money being saved to treatment programs. They weren't rescaling violent crimes but they were focusing on really tackling drug offense at the state level. Several years ago Mississippi—actually the only state I've seen really do this—they cut the punishments for violent crimes. They had a truth in sentencing law that required you to serve 75 percent of your time in prison before you got parole, and they cut it back to 50. So even tough on crime places are showing more local smartness.

In my book, I never used the words "violent offender," because violent offender defines who the person is, as opposed as to the *state* they are passing through.

(Blames guard unions and other public sector unions at the state level for perpetuating incarceration, and opposing decarceration)

People complain about how private prisons have this contract that mandates payment even when the prison's empty. They still get a minimum payment based on a certain capacity. But New York state keeps certain [public] prisons open with very few prisoners but lots of guards, which is exactly the same defect but at a much larger level because there's just so many more public prisons than private.
books  prisons  inequalities  sociology  election  politics 
march 2017 by oripsolob
Special Requests | Chicago Books to Women in Prison
You can drop off your books 2-5 p.m. any Sunday

4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
(Hermitage and Sunnyside)
Only two blocks from the Montrose Brown Line stop and plenty of free street parking

To mail books, please send them by USPS (Media Mail)

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
4511 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640
books  sociology  prisons  women 
february 2017 by oripsolob
Donations | Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Exhaustive list of the types of books needed (and not needed)
books  prisons  women  education  sociology 
february 2017 by oripsolob
The cult of memory: when history does more harm than good | David Rieff | Education | The Guardian
Hyperthymesia is a rare medical condition that has been defined as being marked by “unusual autobiographical remembering”. The medical journal Neurocase: The Neural Basis of Cognition identifies its two main characteristics: first that a person spends “an abnormally large amount of time thinking about his or her personal past”, and second that the person “has an extraordinary capacity to recall specific events from [his or her] personal past”.

To the sceptical eye, the contemporary elevation of remembrance and the deprecation of forgetting, these can come to seem like nothing so much as hyperthymesia writ large. Remembrance, however important a role it may play in the life of groups, and whatever moral and ethical demands it responds to, carries risks that at times also have an existential character. During wars or social and political crises, the danger is not what the American historian Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi called the “terror of forgetting”, but rather the terror of remembering too well, too vividly.
history  psychology  mythology  war  books 
may 2016 by oripsolob
America's Long (Unaddressed) History of Class - On The Media - WNYC
Nancy Isenberg, author of the forthcoming book, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America, argues that the myth of America as a classless nation has obscured an ugly truth: that this country was founded on a disdain for the poor that has never been fully addressed.
class  radio  race  inequalities  sociology  books  history  ais 
march 2016 by oripsolob
Note to Self: There's Just Something About Paper
Researchers at Princeton and UCLA say taking notes by hand is actually better for retaining information. In three studies, they found that students who took notes on laptops had more trouble answering conceptual questions than those who took notes longhand in a class. Laptop note takers, it turns out, tend to transcribe lectures rather than processing the facts and reframing them in their own words.
radio  books  npr  podcast  shallows  technology  education 
june 2015 by oripsolob
Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There : NPR
"For me the great lesson was that what we do during the day bleeds over into what we do during the night," she says. "The immersion online is always in some ways shadowed, if you will, by this constant reminder that we should be doing something else, too; that our email is just a click away; that there is this almost incessant feeling of 'Well, I should go faster,' instead of 'I should immerse myself.' "
shallows  books 
may 2015 by oripsolob
» Eduardo Galeano, ¡Presente! Zinn Education Project
The great writer, historian, activist, and critic, Eduardo Galeano, passed away on April 13, 2015.
history  writing  books  modern 
april 2015 by oripsolob
Dinsmore Ely, one who served : Ely, Dinsmore, 1894-1918 : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Susan Holderread: I wanted to let you know about a great archival resource for those of you who teach about WWI. Dinsmore Ely, a New Trier student, fought in WWI and was killed in action. (He’s quoted on a plaque in the library). His father published a book of his letters describing his experiences and that text is available online here:
history  war  books 
february 2015 by oripsolob
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