I heard about this video from The Two Nerdy History Girls. The folks at British Pathé have just put this online, along with thousands of other fantastic newsreel film clips from their archives. Give it a watch, it’s great.
The video is from 1931 and here are three things I immediately thought of when I watched it:
- This woman has only been allowed to vote for 11 years.
- Prohibition is still in effect, but she can easily find herself a drink in this cosmopolitan city.
- The Great Depression started 1 year earlier, but she can afford nice clothes.
- In Paris, there was nothing unusual about being a woman and an artist.
- An artist considers it murder when they destroy their own work.
- It was very difficult to understand what Hans Hoffman was saying a lot of the time.
- Yellow is an extremely difficult color to work with.
- Jackson Pollock was not that memorable the first time you met.
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in a sweat-shop factory in the tenement section of New York City. The horrible and unsafe working conditions of the factory led to the tragic events of that day in which 146 women died. Elevators broke down, the fire escape collapsed, and doors were locked. The fire brought a national outcry and through the tragedy major reforms were made for workers safety. Viewer discretion advised, as some of the photographs are of a graphic nature.
“Much of our national memory of the civil rights movement is embodied by male figureheads whose visibility in boycotts, legal proceedings, and mass demonstrations dominated newspaper and television coverage in the 1950s and ’60s. Missing from that picture is a group of extraordinary women who, while less prominent in the media, shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America, just as their mothers and grandmothers had done for decades.”