Through a close study of representations of lobotomy in a wide variety of cultural texts, American Lobotomy offers a rhetorical history of the infamous procedure and illustrates its continued effect on American medicine. The development of lobotomy in 1935 was heralded as a “miracle cure” by newspapers and magazines, which hoped openly that the “soul surgery” would empty the nation’s perennially blighted asylums. However, the miracle cure soon began to fall from favor with the American public, as the operation became characterized as a barbaric practice with suspiciously authoritarian overtones. – See more at: http://www.press.umich.edu/4664873/american_lobotomy#sthash.EDrTdqxp.dpuf
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On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Tom Kay examines how anti-Semitism used by the German ruling class as a weapon against the workers’ movement escalated into genocide.
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Tower Colliery SWC was formed in 1951, at that time 1200 men worked at Tower. A general meeting was held and the men agreed to have 5p (1 shilling old money) deducted from their wages. This would be used for parties for the children of employees at Christmas. £1.50 would be used for retired miners to have “a get together” at the St Johns Ambulance Hall.
Corrington Gill, Asst. WPA Administrator told the Senate Committee on relief today that large numbers of rural families are facing serious deprivation, Gill declared that at least 3,500,000 families. At more than one out of every four rural families has received public assistance at some time during the Depression.
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‘King Solomon’s mines cannot compare with the money that has been raked in by greyhound racing’: greyhound racing, its critics and the working class, c. 1926–1951 ‘King Solomon’s mines cannot compare with the money that has been raked in by greyhound racing’: greyhound racing, its critics and the working class, c. 1926–1951
This man said that last year he thought maybe he would be a little better off when he got the WPA work and had a small amount of cash coming in but that he was worse off now. “Last year I had a cow and some chickens and I had to sell my cow and eat my chickens. I get worse off every year”
“We are a lost people.” That description by an Innu chief seemed fitting when a shocking video of six gas-sniffing teens, screaming they wanted to die, was broadcast to the world. The once-nomadic Innu of Labrador have struggled under a haze of isolation, poverty and addiction ever since their 1967 settlement. A second relocation, this time from the shantytown of Davis Inlet to the new community of Natuashish, offered much promise, but it was just the beginning of a long healing process.
In this essay, Kevin Riley examines the history of amphetamine use by long-haul truck drivers in the United States in the postwar era, providing an extended analysis of the complex ways stimulant use was embedded in industry practice.
Skid Row Baltimore 1982. At one time, skid rows were confined to a certain area of the city, near the urban center and on the beaten track. Then, urban renewal and decentralization of the city had taken their toll, leaving the Baltimore skid rows less clearly defined and the population dispersed throughout low-income sections of the city.