filter by medium
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.
While the passion for fitness began in the early 1900s, it was not until the 1980s that fitness commercialized in the aerobics. The 1980s became an incubator where the rise in free-market economics and the development of new technology mixed with the Me-generation creating a new cornerstone of American culture: the admiration of a fit body.