Monthly Archives: June 2015

“Equal Pay for Equal Work” Bill nearly Defeated

Wednesday, June 30, 1943 As race riots played out across the country, Tuskegee airmen began to make the news. “We’re on location, with our guns ready,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Davis of his squadron stationed in North Africa. Flying P-40 … Continue reading

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Citizen Hero Nabs Killer!

Tuesday, June 29, 1943 Unarmed, William F. Mahoney, motorman on the Madison street car line, trailed a killer for five miles and, with the help of two Chicago policemen, seized the man. Ex-con Ernst Nautski shot 79-year old Joseph Schulte … Continue reading

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The French reinvent “Stone Soup”

Monday, June 28, 1943  Do you know the stone soup story? It takes many forms but the simplest is this: a stranger arrives in town claiming that he can make soup with just water, a pot, and a stone. The … Continue reading

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Fair employment practices stirring racism?

Sunday, June 27, 1943 As I write from the perspective of WWII, I am also following the murders in Charleston, SC. So it’s interesting to read that yesterday in 1943, Alabama Rep. Carter Manasco responded to the Detroit riots with … Continue reading

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Chicago Mayor to appoint advisory committee on racial relations

Saturday, June 26, 1943 Chicago Mayor Edward Joseph Kelly will appoint a committee to study racial problems and relations between “whites and Negroes.” “It is about time that all our citizens, white and Negro, realize that they must discourage discrimination … Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo [coming from] – WWII?

Friday, June 25, 1943 The Axis was pulling back troops toward Berlin and shortening its defense lines in preparation for Allied invasion. But which direction would it come from? Now that the Allies held North Africa, one possibility was through … Continue reading

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Love On a Hot Slab

Thursday, June 24, 1943 It’s not what you think: Rosalie, a burner in a Tacoma shipyard, married Jack, the leadman shiplifter, after they met and fell in love working on No. 1 hot slab. And while we’re having a lighter … Continue reading

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