Social Commentary

Cities On The Edge – 1975

With the latest reports of several towns in California filing for bankruptcy, and the growing problem of cities in default nationwide, I was reminded of the last time such a wave occurred. The 1970’s were a particularly harrowing period for the American city. Most famously was the economic crisis that...

Y-Day At The Bowl – 1963. The Beach Boys, Surfaris, The Routers, The Challengers – Past Daily Pop Chronicles.

Part 1: Part 2: A few years ago I ran a portion of this concert, via my now-defunct Newstalgia site. It featured headliners The Beach Boys at the annual Y-Day At The Bowl event for the YMCA on October 19, 1963. It was a star-studded event and I promised to...

FDR Gives A Fireside Chat About The State Of The Nation In 1938

Billed as a Fireside Chat, even though it was one of the hottest Summer days in Washington, President Roosevelt gave one of his frequent talks on the state of the Nation and the State of the Government. Assessing the accomplishments of the recently adjourned 75th Congress and his thoughts on...

LBJ Signs The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 – July 2, 1964

And lest we all forget – this day, forty-eight years ago, was a significant turn in American history when President Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Hard fought and bitterly opposed by Southern Democrats, it was the one piece of legislation JFK had hoped would be...

Getting Sick In The Sixties – Healthcare In America – 1968

Since the subject of Healthcare has been front-and-center in the media and most conversation the past few days, it’s sobering to know it’s not a new argument. In fact, the subject of affordable healthcare has been argued since as far back as 1909. So in the 1960’s, even with Medicare,...