Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Honors World History II: 1 June 2011

Beyond the Soundbites


p. 628ff, Ch. 20 Cold War and Postwar Changes 1945-1970

Confrontation of the Superpowers

p. 632, The Truman Doctrine

Truman Doctrine, 2:31

p. 632, The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan, 1:40

Dwight D. Eisenhower exit speech on Jan.17,1961: warning of the military industrial complex.


p. 635, The Cuban Missile Crisis

Kennedy addresses the nation on the Cuban Missile Crisis, 3:05

p. 635, Vietnam and the Domino Theory

Domino Theory, Eisenhower to Nixon, 1:11

p. 638, Picturing History, Sputnik

Sputnik beeps overhead, Americans in awe, including a young John Glenn, 3:23

John F. Kennedy's Moon Speech to Congress - May 25, 1961, America on the Moon, July 20, 1969, 1:36

p. 644, Economic Miracles: Germany and Japan

p. 646, Youth Protest in the 1960s, "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964, 1:26

Campus Unrest in late 1960s & early 1970s at UCLA, Inauguration, Communist professor teaching, Angela Davis, 6:31


Weatherman, known colloquially as the Weathermen and later the Weather Underground Organization (abbreviated WUO), was an American radical left organization. It originated in 1969 as a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) composed for the most part of the national office leadership of SDS and their supporters. Their goal was to create a clandestine revolutionary party for the violent overthrow of the US government.

With revolutionary positions characterized by Black separatist rhetoric, the group conducted a campaign of bombings through the mid-1970s, including aiding the jailbreak and escape of Timothy Leary. The "Days of Rage", their first public demonstration on October 8, 1969, was a riot in Chicago timed to coincide with the trial of the Chicago Seven. In 1970 the group issued a "Declaration of a State of War" against the United States government, under the name "Weather Underground Organization" (WUO). The bombing attacks mostly targeted government buildings, along with several banks. Most were preceded by evacuation warnings, along with communiqués identifying the particular matter that the attack was intended to protest. For the bombing of the United States Capitol on March 1, 1971, they issued a communiqué saying it was "in protest of the US invasion of Laos." For the bombing of the Pentagon on May 19, 1972, they stated it was "in retaliation for the US bombing raid in Hanoi." For the January 29, 1975 bombing of the United States Department of State Building, they stated it was "in response to escalation in Vietnam."

The Weathermen grew out of the Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM) faction of SDS. It took its name from the lyric "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows", from the Bob Dylan song "Subterranean Homesick Blues". You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows was the title of a position paper they distributed at an SDS convention in Chicago on June 18, 1969. This founding document called for a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other radical movements to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and achieve a classless world: world communism."


Obama Ayers Association, 1:06

Bill Ayers: IED Maker & Obama, 7:11

Bill Ayers: unrepentant domestic terrorist & Obama. Clips from the 2004 documentary film "The Weather Underground."

Ayers as depicted in a Chicago Magazine profile.

And finally, did Ayers write one of Obama's books?

Jack Cashill has written Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President -- Threshold Editions -- 2011 concerning his theory that Barack Obama's autobiography Dreams From My Father was ghostwritten by former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers. Separately, Christopher Andersen, an editor for Time magazine, interviewed people who knew Obama at the time Dreams was being written and concluded that he submitted tapes, notes, and a partially written manuscript to Ayers.

May 4, 1970 Kent State Shootings, 5:43

p. 646, The United States in the 1960s

p. 646, John F. Kennedy

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You: the inaugural address of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 5:37

This is the side of Kennedy that is most often presented in presidential hagiography but JFK is more complex than any one simple approach. The preeminent historian Robert Dallek writes: "Learning, for example, a great deal more than any biographer has previously known about Kennedy's medical history allowed me to see not only the extent to which he hid his infirmities from public view but also the man's exceptional strength of character. In addition, I have tried to understand his indisputable womanizing, including previously unknown instances of his compulsive philandering" (p. x, An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963, Robert Dallek).


p. 646, The Johnson Administration

A first-rank account exists of the crucial period between November 1963 and July 1965 when LBJ and Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense, lied to the American public and escalated the war in Vietnam.

"As American involvement in Vietnam deepened, the gap between the true nature of that commitment and the president's depiction of it to the American people, the Congress, and members of his own administration widened" (Cf. Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam, H. R. McMaster, p. 322).


McGovern Warns Obama of LBJ Legacy, 3:40

In 1964, President Johnson said of Vietnam that I don't think it's worth fighting for, and I don't think that we can get out. Its just the biggest damn mess I ever saw.'' Yet Johnson escalated the conflict and America became bogged down in Southeast Asia for more than a decade. Former Senator George McGovern recently sat down with ANP and said that Obama runs the risk, like Johnson's Great Society, of hobbling his ambitious domestic goals if he continues to send troops into Afghanistan.

pp. 647, 651, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"

I have a Dream Speech, 2:18

p. 648, The Emergence of a New Society

Ch. 21 The Contemporary Western World 1970-Present

p. 656, "Tear Down This Wall"

Ronald Reagan- "Tear Down This Wall," 4:00

p. 661, Revolutions in Eastern Europe

p. 661, Poland, Lech Walesa, Roman Catholic Church

p. 668, The U.S. Domestic Scene

p. 668, Nixon and Watergate

p. 669, The Carter Administration

"Crisis of Confidence" Speech July 15, 1979, 2:08

p. 669, The Reagan Revolution

Ronald Reagan 1984 TV Ad: "Its morning in America again," 1:00

Revisiting the Reagan Revolution -- A Book Release Party Featuring Dr. Steven Hayward, 4:08

p. 672, The Growth of Terrorism

p. 672, 9/11

Peace Train by Cat Stevens, w/ Lyrics, 4:14

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam Calls For The Murder Of Salman Rushdie, 1:38

Salman Rushdie's novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the centre of a major controversy, drawing protests from Muslims in several countries. Some of the protests were violent, in which death threats were issued to Rushdie, including a fatwā against him by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989.

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam has tried to get this video (in which he clearly calls for the murder of Salman Rushdie) removed and banned from wherever it has been posted on the internet.

This is Cat Stevens who is famous for the song "Peace Train" and other songs that are amongst the most peaceful and mellow pop songs; thereafter, Yusuf Islam promotes his Islamist version of "peace".

Michael Scheuer on "Inside 9/11," 4:27

p. 675, Popular Culture

p. 675, Elvis, Beatles

"Imperfectly Perfect !!"---- Sam Phillips and Sun Records

Sun Studio was opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950. It was originally called Memphis Recording Service, sharing the same building with the Sun Records label business. Reputedly the first rock-and-roll single, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' "Rocket 88" was recorded there in 1951 with song composer Ike Turner on keyboards, leading the studio to claim status as the birthplace of rock & roll. Blues and R&B artists like Howlin' Wolf, Junior Parker, Little Milton, B.B. King, James Cotton, Rufus Thomas, and Rosco Gordon recorded there in the early 1950s.

Rock-and-roll, country music, and rockabilly artists, including unknowns recording demos and others like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis, signed to the Sun Records label recorded there throughout the latter 1950s until the studio outgrew its Union Avenue location. Sam Phillips opened the larger Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio, better known as Phillips Recording, in 1959 to take the place of the older facility. Since Sam had invested in the Holiday Inn Hotel chain earlier, he also recorded artist starting in 1963 on the label Holiday Inn Records for Kemmons Wilson.

In 1969, Sam Phillips sold the label to Shelby Singleton, and there was no recording-related or label-related activity again in the building until the September 1985 Class of '55 recording sessions with Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, produced by Chips Moman.

Tour The Stax Museum

Chapter 18 References

The End of the British Empire, Cf.

Video clips of Gandhi and other Indian leaders

The life of Gandhi

Find out more about African independence

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Brief History

Middle East


TSA Pokey Pokey Dance, 2:10

Phil Ochs -- Love me, I'm a liberal, 4:40

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