Potpourri

Quotes

A list of Cwod's favorite quotes… and then some.

"I don't respect anyone who is no wiser today than they were yesterday." ~ Abraham Lincoln

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those people who in times of moral crisis maintain a position of neutrality." ~ Dante

"I may not agree with what you say, but I would defend with my life your right to say it." ~ Voltaire

"An unexamined life is not worth living." ~ Socrates

"A day without an epiphany is like a day without a bowel movement." ~ Cwod

Books Mentioned in Class

These books were mentioned as part of the [[[historical-revisionism | Historical Revisionism]] lecture.

  • People's History of the United States —
  • The Age of American Unreason — written by Susan Jacoby, the same person as "How Dumb can we Get?"
  • Lies my Teacher Told Me —
  • Devil in the White City — mentioned in class 9/18

Top 100 Events

The Top 10 events in history, according to a survey done by Newseum are as follows:

  1. United States drops atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II, 1945
  2. Astronauts land on moon, 1969
  3. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, 1941
  4. Wright brothers make first flight, 1903
  5. Women win right to vote, 1920
  6. John F. Kennedy assassinated, 1963
  7. Nazi concentration camps revealed, 1945
  8. World War I begins in Europe, 1914
  9. Supreme Court decision ends school segregation, 1954
  10. Stock market crash begins Depression, 1929

Why Students Hate History

Basically, the textbooks are boring and hard to relate to. In Cwod's words, they're not very big on "herstory," just history. Also, Amercians with different cultural backgrounds and immigrants don't always see where they fit in to American history.
Also, the way history is taught varies so significantly that college teachers actually have to re-teach their students what they learned in high school.

Random Notes

  • The Jungle- Upton Sincliar runs for gov. of CA in 1930's
    • Died in 1968
    • "I aimed for the public's heart and hit them in the stomach"
      • The majority of people only cared about 12 pages.. out of 350. They were more concerned that they were eating parts of animals and humans than the humans themselves.
  • Jack London- Socialist. "What Uncle Tom's Cabin did for black slaves, The Jungle will do for white slaves"
  • Theodore Roosevelt read The Jungle and started the FDA

Fast Food Nation

  • 8 oz pop @ fast food restaurants was the only option in the 1950's
  • Today, the average size is 32 oz
  • A steer passes 50 lbs of manure a day
  • Beef trusts
    • Controlled meat production in Packingtown
  • Kroc and Disney— you can now get a Happy Meal and visit the Happiest Place on Earth
  • 2/3 of Americans are obese
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