Robin Henry http://kmuw.org en Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight http://kmuw.org/post/another-piece-civil-rights-fight <p>On June 19th 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, breaking the 83-day filibuster by Southern Democrats. While this act is recognized as a groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation for African Americans, it also held the key to future civil rights advancements and protections for women.</p><p>Two days before the final vote, Representative Howard W. Smith, a powerful Democrat from Virginia, added <em>sex</em> as a protected class to Title VII, a section that prohibits discrimination by employers. Historians have been wondering about his motivations ever since.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 36024 at http://kmuw.org Another Piece of the Civil Rights Fight Past And Present: A Major Landmark In The Fight For Civil Rights http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-major-landmark-fight-civil-rights <p>This year marks the 60th anniversary of the celebrated civil rights case, <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>. However, on May 3, 1954, two weeks before the <em>Brown</em> ruling, the Supreme Court delivered another important decision in the American Civil Rights movement.</p><p>In <em>Hernandez v. Texas</em>, the court declared that the 14th Amendment’s right to equal protection extended to all racial and ethnic groups. In 1951, Texas convicted an agricultural worker named Pedro Hernandez of murdering Joe Espinosa.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 34022 at http://kmuw.org Past And Present: A Major Landmark In The Fight For Civil Rights How A Devastating Tragedy Led To Real Workplace Reform http://kmuw.org/post/how-devastating-tragedy-led-real-workplace-reform <p></p><p>In the afternoon of March 25, 1911, the New York City fire department answered a call from Greenwich Village and found smoke billowing out of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that occupied the top floors of the Asch Building.</p><p></p><p>As smoke turned to fire, a crowd gathered below to watch as the firefighters attempted to put out a fire that had grown beyond the reach of their equipment. Inside, fear and panic mounted as the largely female workforce found their escape blocked by the fire, and the doors locked by managers who thought the women took too many breaks.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 31922 at http://kmuw.org How A Devastating Tragedy Led To Real Workplace Reform Valentine's Day, Murder And The Rise Of The FBI http://kmuw.org/post/valentines-day-murder-and-rise-fbi <p></p><p></p><p>On February 14th, 1929, Chicago’s North Side neighborhood of Lincoln Park erupted into violence, leaving dead seven members of Al Capone’s and Bugs Moran’s rival gangs.</p><p>For the next 10 months, newspaper headlines announced leads that directed police to reluctant witnesses, the charred remains of the getaway car, and eventually to the single conviction of Fred Burke.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 30060 at http://kmuw.org Valentine's Day, Murder And The Rise Of The FBI Past and Present: How Brown v. BOE Could Have Happened Earlier http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-how-brown-v-boe-could-have-happened-earlier <p></p><p>2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case, <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em>. However, Brown could have been decided one year earlier, if not for some unusual circumstances that brought the lawyers back to the Supreme Court to argue the case… for a second time. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 28279 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: How Brown v. BOE Could Have Happened Earlier Past and Present: An Early Draft Of A More Perfect Union http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-early-draft-more-perfect-union <p></p><p>In the summer of 1776, the Second Continental Congress officially declared independence from the British crown, but it also drafted the Articles of Confederation. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Robin Henry 26471 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: An Early Draft Of A More Perfect Union Past and Present: Court Day Is Here! Court Day Is Here! http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-court-day-here-court-day-here <p></p><p></p><p>Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court opens its October Term. Most Americans these days will not mark this first Monday in October with any fanfare, but in 18th-century Virginia, the celebration of &ldquo;Court Day&rdquo; established the legal and social rules for the entire community. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Robin Henry 24242 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Court Day Is Here! Court Day Is Here! Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-enacting-womens-suffrage <p></p><p>On August 18, 1920, Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment, providing the final ratification necessary to enact women’s suffrage. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Robin Henry 21942 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Enacting Women's Suffrage Past and Present: Harry Sternberg http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-harry-sternberg <p></p><p></p><p>In 1936, the Guggenheim Foundation awarded graphic artist Harry Sternberg one of its prestigious fellowships to study and portray the lives of the American worker. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Robin Henry 20015 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Harry Sternberg Past and Present: DOMA and Equal Protection http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-doma-and-equal-protection <p></p><p></p><p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in <em>United States v. Windsor</em>, the case addressing the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. Wed, 29 May 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Robin Henry 17934 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: DOMA and Equal Protection