imagelistening to this song from Jenniferl remind me of the lynching terror from the late 18th century to the 1920s. The reasons why many African Americans were lynched are because of the economic downfall after the war and their voting right. At the time, most non-African Americans would try different methods to reduce or eliminate basic human rights of the African American population in America. Before the victims were lynched on the tree, they were either set on fire or had all of their fingers cut off. Pictures of lynching victims were printed out as poster for sale. The White population were also lynched; however, the number of victims were small compare to African American victims.

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Hack #1 — Comparing Song Lyrics

Hack #1: Comparison of The Hunger Games’ “Hanging Tree” as sung by Jennifer Lawrence and Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”. Where Holiday’s song is a somber and emotional portrayal of the all to frequent and prejudice lynching of black Americans at the time of its transcription (1937), Lawrence’s song portrays a love affair between a murderer hung for his crimes and his lover. I hear an eerie resemblance.


“Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
They strung up a man
They say who murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope,
Side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight
In the hanging tree.”

-Jennifer Lawrence


“Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin’ eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin’ flesh.”

-Billie Holiday

HACK #1 (weeks 1-3)

Hack! Christine O’Donnell

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I saw this Mayan calendar used as decoration on the wall while I was grocery shopping at Ralph’s on El Cajon blvd. Although it is only meant to be wall art, it is a good example of how history haunts us when you think about how this calendar foresaw famine and natural disasters during the projected end of the world in 2012! photo