Tag Archives: 1930’s

1939: Revolt

Hale Woodruff’s murals commemorating the revolt on the Spanish slave ship Amistad were installed in Talladega College’s Savery Library in 1939, the centennial of the uprising. The first mural depicts the moment when, on or about July 1, 1839, kidnapped … Continue reading

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1930: PCA-2

A Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro during its certification flight over New York City, 1930

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1930: Work Must Not Cease

A performance of Karel Capek’s R.U.R. at the Haohel Theater, Tel Aviv in 1930. The play opens in Rossum’s Universal Robots (thus the title), a factory which manufactures artificial humanoids designed to be perfect obedient workers. At first, the robots … Continue reading

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1937: Local 174

This mural showing the early history of UAW local 174 was painted by Walter Speck and Barbara Wilson in 1937 and originally hung in the local’s union hall at 2730 Maybury Grand St., in Detroit, Michigan. After moving with the … Continue reading

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1937: The Building of Tidewater

John Noble: The Building of Tidewater (c.1937)

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1956: The Hound of Heaven

In 1893, English poet Francis Thompson published a poem called “The Hound of Heaven.” The work is an extended metaphor: as a hound pursues a hare in a hunt, so does God pursue the human soul to restore it to … Continue reading

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1936: Expectation

Richard Oelze: Expectation (1935-36)

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1938: Signs of Hard Weather

From a collection of folklore gathered by Irish teachers in the 1930’s: Weather 27-12-1938 Signs of hard weather: Robin flying into house. Lapwings seen early in winter. Wild geese seen flying inland (southwards). Small birds gathering in large numbers about … Continue reading

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1930: Plant

Aleksander Vasilievich Kuprin: G. I. Petrovsky Metallurgy Plant, Dnepropetrovsk (1930)

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1865: An Army of Striking Labor

In Black Reconstruction in America (1935), W. E. B. Du Bois argues that a “general strike” by millions of enslaved African-Americans decided the outcome of the civil war. By rebelling against their masters, abandoning southern plantations, contributing their labor to … Continue reading

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