Fascist Control of Theatre in the 1930s & 40s

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Control of public space is essential for the existence of an oppressive regime or dictatorship. Political ideas such as fascism cannot thrive unless they are the dominating subject of conversation in public. Fascism and other forms of dictatorship survive by smothering any other political ideas out of the public mind. A very effective way to do that is to control and manipulate public space through the cultural tool that is theatre. The political idea of…

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Librarians on Horseback & The New Deal: A Fascinating History

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It’s one of the staples of a high school history education, and one of the most widely known pieces of reform in America’s history—Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ plan. Roosevelt’s vision included a host of public works projects, public reforms, and regulations in an attempt to stabilize the United States economy as a response to the Great Depression. The creation of basic programs—roads, Social Security, Wall Street reform, aid for farmers—are all familiar to the most…

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The Value of Public Libraries

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I grew up going to the library every week because at the rate I read books it was so much cheaper to go there than to buy new books. I want to be a librarian because I know how important libraries are and how important they were to me when I was little. Libraries are essential to a livable society and have been around for thousands of years. Libraries are where children learn to read…

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Where does the Mid-March Warning, “Beware the Ides of March,” Come From?

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I took Latin every year when I was in high school. I only needed two semesters of it, but I ended up taking four because I loved it so much. One of my favorite parts was learning about the culture and history of the Ancient Romans. This part of the class helped me discover that I wanted to study history in college. One of the most well-known figures in Roman history is Julius Caesar, partially…

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