Micro Essay/ Macro Hack – August 14, 1945


The orignal photo that was published on the cover of TIME LIFE magazine in 1945


The famous image recreated into a statue which is located in the harbor of San Diego, CA

This photo was taken on August 14, 1945 which is V-J Day and is truly an iconic picture of the ending of World War II. The image was originally taken by Alfred Eisentaedt and was published on the cover of TIME magazine. This image symbolizes this time period for many people today, the war was over and couples were reuniting together. This shows the excitement from triumph and victory that America had achieved over the Japanese after fighting for almost a half of a decade. Due to the excitement and happiness from the Japanese surrendering and the war coming to an end this couple celebrated by kissing in this very iconic photo. This photo was not taken with a purpose someone was just able to capture this moment which expressed so much more than just a kiss. It showed the true all American couple the nurse and the sailor expressing their excitement in a very personal manner. This picture was taken for the purpose of showing the true excitement for American. The image is only 1545 x 2048MB but has been reproduced countless number of times and is available in multiple sizes. The image possess a modern context of the war ending and reuniting loved ones. Today you can see it on many young military couple’s social media pages as it truly represents the young couple getting back together post war. One can now find young and old military couples reenacting this image in front of the statue in San Diego California.  I found this image on Google by searching for Time magazine sailor kissing nurse I knew I wanted to use this image because it is so iconic in the 20th century and it is an image that everyone has seen at least once. This image reminds me more than just the ending of World War II and couples and families being able to rejoice in the fact that their loved ones were coming home and the war was over. It truly reminds me of my own family my grandmother was a nurse and my grandfather a sailor who fought in World War II and the struggle my grandmother must have faced as her husband was gone to war and raising their children. It reminds me how I have felt in my past waiting for a friend or family member to return home from Afghanistan. This image is truly the image of homecoming and war ending and has been for the past seventy years. This image has tried to be replicated time and time again there are statues here in San Diego of this image but this image is truly historic and cannot be replaced. There has been a lot of historic events that have come after this one but none will truly compare to this day seventy years ago.


In the final chapter of Hist the text begins to discuss the early 2000’s and where are government is now. As we know we have had the struggles with the war on terror, the first black president, 9/11, the boom of social media, and of course the sad expansion or reality television. The era that has become the 2000’s has shown us how much the generation has changed since the Reconstruction in 1865 and molded us into the country we are today. It would be interesting to seeing what the next publication of Hist has in 20 years and see where history has been taken as we are all constantly hacking into history on a daily basis.

Hack #5

From listening to lecture and of course watching the movie in which Tom Hanks became famous for The Black Power movement is something we have all heard of. In this clip from Forest Gump where Jenny takes him to black panther meet up he is treated poorly by the members he is patted down and they think he is there to cause problems. When his best friend is African-American who was named Bubba and who he ends up creating a legacy at the end of the movie by opening up a shrimp company in honor of his friend. This shows not to judge a book by its cover and because Forest may have been a southern white man he was not racist and viewed people as equals.

Hack #4

As talked about in lecture Monday, professor talked about JFK taking over Vietnam and making his changes. This quote is very powerful when reading what President Kennedy it is obvious that he is saying it is never to late to change history. Which is true everyday we have the opportunity to change our own history.

Have you seen this man? If so please return to AL-201


Have you seen this man? Funny neither have his 400 angry students who were hoping to have a fun and exciting new approach to learning history. Maybe you have seen him enjoying a nice jog around Lake Murray or shopping at the local Goodwill. If you see him let him know he has a lot of discouraged and angered students waiting for him… #whereisblum



As we learn more of the Cold War in class from Dr. Putnam it is obviously that today we are still dealing with issues with Russia. In this instagram post it is portraying Obama as Hitler and showing that people believe he is also trying to destroy Russia. This is showing that we may believe that the Cold War maybe over but could another one be starting again?

HACK!! Censorship and Explicit.. what does freedom of speech even mean?

Last Monday, in lecture Linnea brought up many points of censorship and how the government controls almost every aspect of what we hear, see, and speak. When looking at censorship in history it has been happening for years, started with African-Americans and limiting their rights and as well as limiting woman’s rights. One often hears Americans preaching about freedom of speech and that they can truly express their opinions in any way they want. When the truth is that one can not, you look at music and if an artist says “Fuck” or “Shit” they are immediately given a label. But why does the government get to decide what we say, I was always taught as an American I have the right to have freedom of speech. But in reality everything I say, do, or experience is censored by the government in some way shape or form. The image below gives the truth of what the United States government is doing with censoring what we hear, see, and speak on a daily basis. As this class progresses I hope we can learn more and truly understand why the government controls so much what we can truly do as “free citizens.”