In the aftermath of World War I, Americans were very leery of getting involved in another World War. When war began again in Europe in September 1939, most Americans demanded neutrality regarding the war. The America First Committee was established on September 4, 1940, in response to the neutrality efforts. A group of Yale law students established the committee including; R. Douglas Stuart, Jr., future U.S. President Gerald Ford, Sargent Shriver, and future Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart.

Prominent business people and politicians agreed with the committees cause and soon joined on. Senators Burton K. Wheeler, David I. Walsh and…

As another 100 + degree weekend approaches here in California, thoughts of what to wear to stay cool circulates in my mind. A summer fashion staple of some men is the ribbed tank top a.k.a. the “wife beater” or “beater”. On those scorching hot days, some men wear a “beater,” shorts and some clean white sneakers and are quite fashionable. If a person is really about that N.Y.C. life, they would swap in Timberlands for the sneakers and still be on point.

I first learned of the term “beater” in my teenage years and instantly thought; why is the shirt…

During the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Congress met and did business at the Pennsylvania State House a.k.a. Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The building is better known as the building where the Declaration of Independence and Consitution was debated and signed at. Under the Articles of Confederation, which was the supreme law at the time (the U.S. Consitution was not yet passed), Congress did not have direct control over the military, except in times of war. The country was reliant on state militias to enforce laws and keep order.

On June 17, 1783, Congress received a message from soldiers of the…

On March 23, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker left the port of Valdez, Alaska, bound for Long Beach, California. The ship contained 53 million gallons of crude oil. Shortly after midnight, the ship struck the Bligh Reef, a well-known navigation hazard in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

The collision tore apart the ship’s hull and caused 11 million gallons of crude oil to spill into the water.

The factors for the crash were:

1. Exxon failed to provide a rested and sufficient crew for the ship. Authorities found this was a widespread practice throughout the industry.

2. The shipmate steering…

In the 1830s, 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida. Their ancestors cultivated and occupied the land for generations.

White Americans feared and resented the Native Americans they encountered. Though the Native Americans occupied the land first, to the whites they were aliens who occupied land they wanted. Government officials believed that the best way to “deal” with the Native Americans was to “civilize” them. The goal of these efforts was to make the Native Americas as white as possible by converting them to Christianity, teaching them to speak…

Most people are aware of the Lewis and Clark expedition. It was an expedition to cross the newly gained western portion of the United States, also known as the Louisiana Purchase made in 1803. The land expanded from modern day St. Louis to Montana; the trek went further though to modern day Washington. Key members of the expedition were William Clark, Meriwether Lewis and Sacagawea. There was also an African American male who played a part in the expedition, who was less known his name is York.

York was born into slavery, the son of “Old York” and Rose, two…

In 2016, AT&T bought Time Warner for $85.4 billion. The merger brought Time Warner and all its holdings (CNN, Warner Brothers, DC Comics and HBO) under the same umbrella as AT&T telecommunications holdings including DirecTV. The pairing seemed odd when it was announced. A telecommunications company and content company? Most of us assumed there were smart people running the companies, and they knew what they were doing.

In May 2021, AT&T announced its selling all of its Warner Media assets to Discovery for $43 Billion. A little less than 5 years later, and 18 Billion less than they paid for…

With the end of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th Amendment by Congress, the question became how to fairly compensate former African American slaves for all of their years of hard labor and servitude. Most people are familiar with the 40 Acres and a mule plan that crashed and burned before ever really taking off. Subsequently, there was another much lesser known plan, a pension plan for former slaves.

William R. Vaughan, a white democrat concocted the idea that the U.S. Government should compensate ex-slaves by granting them a pension. Vaughan believed that pension would provide some…

This car was supposed to change the automobile industry, instead it went down as one of the biggest flops in automotive history. The Ford Edsel lasted only 3 years on the market but left a lifetime of lessons.

Ford saw an opportunity in the middle car market, equivalent to the Accord, Camry or Altima market of today. A fun bit of reference is the middle car market was the $ 2,500 — $ 3,800 dollar range then for a brand new car. (inflation.. sigh) Ford moved Lincoln to the upscale market and began designing a car only known as the…

The McDonalds coffee lawsuit, most people use it as a sign of what’s wrong with America and what’s wrong with the current judicial system. A concern is that most people don’t know the facts of the case, or what happened during the trial. The case was a meme before memes existed. Today we will dispel the myths and rumors about the silly lady who thought it was a good idea to drive holding hot coffee between her legs.

On February 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a 49 cent cup of coffee from the…

marlon mosley

recovering Lawyer, History buff who wants to share my knowledge with the world . To teach them lessons from our past. see all of the stories on www.mwmblog.com

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