Archive for the 'History' Category

From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: A Legacy of Racially Motivated Murder in the U.S.

I join the masses in shock and horror at the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was on trial for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on the 12th February 2012 in Florida. Martin was a 17 year old black teenager and was unarmed when he was shot twice by Zimmerman. The […]

A Review of Stephen King’s The Long Walk (Written Under the Pseudonym, Richard Bachman)

*This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project*   The Long Walk is set in a dystopian North America and follows a torturous annual walking contest for teenage boys. Described as a “national sport,” The Long Walk features one hundred participants who must walk non-stop while maintaining a speed of 4 miles/hour. Long […]

Coyolxauhqui and Xochippili: An Interactive Resource

I am currently researching the use of Coyolxauqhui, the Aztec Moon Goddess, in Chicana literature. This mythological figure surfaces in much of Chicana fiction, poetry and theory.  During my research I came upon an interesting resource on the J. Paul Getty website which gives an interactive lesson on the story of Coyolxauhqui and Xochipilli (the flower […]

The Irish In Mexico: The San Patricios

The following videos discuss the San Patricio (Saint Patrick’s) Battalion, a unit of Irish soldiers in the Mexican Army. United under their colonial histories, the Irish soldiers joined forces with the Mexicans during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. Below, the Chieftains give a behind the scenes look at the production of their recent album San […]

The Martin Luther King Digital Archive: A Landmark of Intellectual Freedom

Today, on Martin Luther King Day, a new digital archive containing 200, 000 documents pertaining to Dr. King opened to the public for the first time. Letters, speeches, notes and telegrams are among the wealth of resources now available to scholars, students, researchers and general readers on an attractive and easily navigable website created by The King […]

Stephen King’s Hearts In Atlantis: A Timely Novel of Judgement and Reflection

~This review was written as part of The Stephen King Project~ “We had an opportunity to change everything. We actually did. Instead we settled for designer jeans, two tickets to Mariah Carey at Radio City Music Hall, frequent-flier miles, James Cameron’s Titanic, and retirement portfolios. The only generation even close to us in pure, selfish […]

Varian Fry: The American Schindler

Whilst researching for a conference paper I came across the name of Varian Fry in a poem by Lorna Dee Cervantes titled “Coffee.” After some research I discovered that this man is responsible for the rescue of some 2000 Jews including some of the most brilliant minds in art, literature, science, medicine. However, it seems […]