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On October 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown led an interracial group of men on a raid on the armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown hoped to arm slaves and instigate a slave rebellion. The mission failed, and Brown became a villain in the South, but his trial and execution for treason made him a martyr in the North and inspired one of the United States’ most enduring national hymns.
Comedy Hour’s political and antiwar content made it too controversial for primetime. Despite their abrupt firing, the Smothers Brothers left behind an important legacy. In just three seasons, their show challenged television norms and opened the door for other television shows to wade into political commentary.
Exercise Fever It’s almost impossible to turn on the television today without scenes of limber men and women in spandex flashing back at you, encouraging you to worship at the feet of the goddess of fitness. Whether through infomercials or reality shows, it is hard for Americans to imagine a time before our culture focused… MORE