Today’s History Lesson: Juneteenth

Featured image: Celebrating Juneteenth poster by Everett Spruill. 20x 24 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. Features freed African slaves in front of the capital building. What is Juneteenth?Juneteenth is the most popular day of celebration of emancipation from slavery in the U.S.What is the history of the holiday? On June 19th 1865, Union Major General… Continue reading Today’s History Lesson: Juneteenth

Today’s History Lesson: How the U.S. Got Its Police Force

Boston Police watch over the Liberty Bell circa 1903. Library of Congress / Getty Images It would be easy to think that the police officer is a figure who has existed since the beginning of civilization. That’s the idea on display in the proclamation from President John F. Kennedy on the dedication of the week of May 15 as “National… Continue reading Today’s History Lesson: How the U.S. Got Its Police Force