nprfreshair:

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a movement to open the polls to blacks in Mississippi and end the state’s white supremacy. 
Freedom Summer was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which recruited 700 college students—mostly white students from the North—to come down to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote. 
A new documentary called Freedom Summer airs on PBS tomorrow. The film’s director Stanley Nelson, and longtime journalist and one of Freedom Summer’s organizers Charles Cobb joined Fresh Air to discuss the movement. Cobb explains how SNCC trained the students for their entry into the violent South: 

Charles Cobb: We could show people how best to try and protect yourself from actual physical [harm] – what to do if you’re attacked by a mob, how to cover your body, how to protect somebody who you’re with without engaging in fistfights or whipping out a pistol… We could show people how to do that. We had some experience in that because we all came out of the sit-in movement and were used to being surrounded by mobs of hostile whites.

nprfreshair:

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a movement to open the polls to blacks in Mississippi and end the state’s white supremacy. 

Freedom Summer was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which recruited 700 college students—mostly white students from the North—to come down to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote. 

A new documentary called Freedom Summer airs on PBS tomorrow. The film’s director Stanley Nelson, and longtime journalist and one of Freedom Summer’s organizers Charles Cobb joined Fresh Air to discuss the movement. Cobb explains how SNCC trained the students for their entry into the violent South: 

Charles Cobb: We could show people how best to try and protect yourself from actual physical [harm] – what to do if you’re attacked by a mob, how to cover your body, how to protect somebody who you’re with without engaging in fistfights or whipping out a pistol… We could show people how to do that. We had some experience in that because we all came out of the sit-in movement and were used to being surrounded by mobs of hostile whites.

wiscohisto:

Food tables at Juneteenth Day festival, Milwaukee, 1983.
Photo by John Sleezer. Juneteenth — celebrated on June 19 — commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. 
via: Historic Photo Collection, Milwaukee Public Library

wiscohisto:

Food tables at Juneteenth Day festival, Milwaukee, 1983.

Photo by John Sleezer. Juneteenth — celebrated on June 19 — commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. 

via: Historic Photo Collection, Milwaukee Public Library

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wilife:

Wisconsin’s First Teacher

Schools are important social institutions but they only came into existence in early Wisconsin once a critical mass of parents was willing to hire a teacher. On June 20, 1828, Electa Quinney became Wisconsin’s first public school teacher. Writer Karyn Saemann tells us about this well-educated woman from the Stockbridge Indian tribe.

Karyn Saemann is a journalist and author of Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher.

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Books make great Mother’s Day Gifts! Here are a few ideas:

  • My Life with the Green and Gold by Jessie Garcia is a “sports mom-oir” that chronicles the trailblazing sportscaster’s career covering the Packers as well as her experience as a working mom. Not many parents can say they’ve changed their child’s diaper in the tunnel at Lambeau Field…


Find these titles Wisconsin Historical Museum gift store on the square or at your local bookstore and online.

A Look at Two Books

sparkcollective:

For a while now I’ve been hankering for a good book. Nothing I’ve started has appealed to me, but now I happen to be halfway through two interesting books. They couldn’t be more different.

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This book is a memoir about what it was like to live in rural Wisconsin in the 1930s and ’40s without…

Risking Everything

A new blog on Risking Everything: a book, an exhibit, and a digital collection

The Wheel Fever Blog: Cycling and Disability

wiscohisto:

Grand Trunk car ferry leaving Milwaukee harbor in winter, February 1965.
Photo credit: Milwaukee Journal
via: Milwaukee Waterways, Milwaukee Public Library

wiscohisto:

Grand Trunk car ferry leaving Milwaukee harbor in winter, February 1965.

Photo credit: Milwaukee Journal

via: Milwaukee Waterways, Milwaukee Public Library

Happy Holidays from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press! May it be well lit and well read. Cheers!
(From Wisconsin Lighthouses, “Wind Point Lighthouse at Christmas”)

Happy Holidays from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press! May it be well lit and well read. Cheers!

(From Wisconsin Lighthouses, “Wind Point Lighthouse at Christmas”)

Some pictures from the wonderful event at the Mabel Tainter Theater last weekend. Check out MICHAEL PERRY’S new book FROM THE TOP