HACK #6

This is from an episode of The Fairly Odd Parents which is a show I watched when I was a kid.  It popped into my head this week when the professor in large lecture mentioned code name “Deep Throat.”  Deep Throat was an anonymous informant that told two reporters at The Washington Post inside information about the Watergate Scandal during the time of the Nixon Administration.

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In this episode of the The Fairly Odd Parents there is an informant named “Deep Toot” that informs Timmy’s parents about an issue he is dealing with.  I personally just thought it was funny that it finally clicked why Tootie was called “Deep Toot” in this episode.  I guess that every other time I learned about the Watergate Scandal I just forgot about this episode.

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Hack #5

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Earlier, this week my little brother sent me a Snapchat of a meal that he created with a caption that said, “This is so bomb!”  My first thought and response was, “Drop acid not bombs!” Obviously this is not good advice to tell your little brother, however, I then got to explain to him what we’ve been learning in large lecture about the feelings towards the Vietnam war.

U.S. soldiers fought in Vietnam from 1945-1975, however, protests about the war did not begin in America until around 1965 when America started bombing North Vietnam.  This was a problem because the damage being done in North Vietnam not only killed the Vietcong but the innocent Vietnamese people as well!  And also in the process young college-aged American soldiers were being murdered as well!  This sparked a lot of protesting in America.  American’s began protesting in the streets and movements began being made!  The hippie movement came out of the Vietnam war as well as many political movements on college campuses such as Berkley.  “Drop acid, not bombs,” was only one of the many slogans used to put an end to the Vietnam War.

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Hack #4

“Tune in, turn on, drop out, switch in, switch on,and explode.”

One of my favorite movies that depicts America at the time of Vietnam is Across the Universe.  This movie pays tribute to The Beatles while telling the love story of two college aged students and their friends and family.  Since we were talking about Hippies this week in class it reminded me of this song Mr. Kite.  This song, as depicted in the movie, shows how kids who had grown up in structured middle class families rebelled and became apart of the hippie movement.  They experimented with marijuana and LSD and made their own rules to live by.  This clip shows the “oneness” that people tried to experience, with nature and each other, while taking drugs.  Also, if you listen to the lyrics, you can also assume that The Beatles were also on drugs while they created this song.

The 50s and 2nd Reconstruction

The 1950s were known as the Age of Affluence.  This decade of plenty is when the “middle class” was established.  Consumerism among the middle class sparked strong economic growth and industries began producing new and desirable products.  These products like the t.v., washing machines, and cars (to name a few), which had previously seemed like luxuries, became the norm among young families and were viewed as necessities.  Because American’s had more money from the increase in wages or just from benefits from being in the war, American’s in the 1950s were heavy consumers.

The automobile during this time was made affordable to the average american, so the automotive industry took off.  The federal government took notice and in 1956 they passed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act.  This Act, which was the greatest “work project” of it’s time “authorized $25 billion to build 41,000 miles of interstate highways over the following ten years” (Hist 439).  Not only did this transform american transportation but it also changed the landscape of America as well.

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The roles of women during this time began to change as well.  During World War II, while the men were off at war, women had become the providers and they were the workers of the time.  However, when the war ended and men came home and the baby boom generation began.  Men were then known as prominent working gender.  It was expected that women of this age stay home to take care of their children, to cook, and to clean their homes while their husbands worked.  This became the social norm and very few women actually had jobs other the housework.  The few, however, that did work could only get jobs as secretaries, nurses, teachers, or waitresses; jobs that were viewed as “women’s work” anyways.

The 1950s, as discussed in our large lecture, was also known as the time when the 2nd Reconstruction began.  The case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 overturned the previous precedent in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson.  Oliver Brown won this case and desegregated public school systems so that blacks and whites could go to the same schools.  However, this court ruling wasn’t implemented until 1957 when nine African American students decided to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  President Eisenhower sent a thousand troops to protect the students from their racist community so that they could attend the school.

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Another important movement at the time began after Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for sitting in a “whites only” section of a Montgomery bus.  After her arrest, in hopes to integrate the Montgomery Bus Systems, the African American Community began a boycott and refused to ride the busses.  In 1956, the African American’s non violent efforts paid off and because the bus systems became bankrupt, due to the dramatic loss of passengers, public transportation was then desegregated.  Later, due to the efforts of the bus boycott, the over turn of Plessy v. Ferguson and countless other efforts (ie. Jackie Robinson desegregating sports, Truman integrating the military, or the uproar about Emmett Till’s death), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headed by Martin Luther King Junior began and lead into the 1960s.

HACK #2

When I was sitting in the history lectures this week a few cartoons were playing because they were being related to why the light bulb was used in cartoons to portray someone getting an “idea.”  However, indirectly related, some of the cartoons were being used as subtle advertisements to target kids and their parents. (ie. the cat in the video was buying headlights and contributing to the economy)

Seeing that example in class made me immediately think of an example in the movie “A Christmas Story.”  The company Ovaltine uses a secret code and game/ prize system for little kids to sell their product.  Once Ralphie realizes that he has been tricked to see that the “secret code” is just the company advertising, he’s a little angry.

-Katie Byrd

Hack #1

As I was reading in Chapter 16 of the HIST book last week, the book was talking about how black women were being sexually violated and raped by white males in the south. The book then went on to point out how the freedom of African Americans was still extremely limited since the Civil War ended and that “change” wasn’t being made in their favor.

sdsu-crime1I thought that this was depressing and also extremely relevant to our lives as college students.  We have had multiple sexual assault/ rape issues on our campus in this year alone and other universities in the United States have had similar instances.  People everywhere are still having bits of their freedom stripped away by acts of sexual violence.  It’s sad to discover that this was and still is an issue in America.

Katie Byrd

http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/11/23/police-seek-suspects-in-attempted-sdsu-kidnapping/