An important means of avoiding repetition of errors is realizing them. For example, the Haymarket Affair, which spurred the creation of International Workers Day on May 4, 1986 and weakened Chicago unions, can be a reminder of how groups can become associated with more radical elements of the movement.
The University of Connecticut Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs is providing an opportunity for UConn students and faculty to take part in an internship to conduct and archive interviews at the U.S. Library of Congress in an effort to preserve the memories, experiences and sacrifices of service members from World War II to the present.
If you’re like me, you were taught in grade school that Columbus was an awful person who killed peace-loving natives, and is a symbol for Western oppression. Consequently, we were told that we shouldn’t celebrate Columbus Day, and that it would be better to replace the holiday with something to honor his victims. For the longest time, I believed this narrative.
David W. Blight, an American history professor at Yale University and one of three featured speakers at last night’s “Recasting the Confederacy: Monuments and Civil War Memory” event, brought up a relevant quote from poet Robert Penn Warren: “The Civil War lays around in the brush in America like unexploded grenades; sometimes we just step on one.”