There’s a point to this question

Crowdsourcing… What are “must know” history facts about the United States and its people, including both the positive and negative?

Like… inventions, innovations; things from science, literature, music & the arts; best & worst policies; culture; big protests, rights achieved; great firsts & accomplishments; rights & wrongs…; war & peace; health; education…. all that stuff?

+ Positive +

Achievements, policies, or actions by Americans and/or the United States Gov’t that enriched the human experience; without these our lives would be less sustainable and more perilous or difficult*

– Negative –

Dark, cruel, and terrible acts that Americans inflicted upon others, including policies, injustices, and deceptions, so we can be informed about the consequence of these actions and find a common level of respect, decency and integration despite differences*

I’m wondering how to put this information side by side, how can we look at the whole of our American experience, the US Story, and see all of it in its complexity? How successfully can I present the information in a way that says our country is all of the above, that We are still a We, so that We can do better than this? [Treating asylum seekers as criminals, taking their children, taking away rights, leaders lying, manipulating people’s fears, hard-hearted callousness towards suffering….]

Video: Us Talking #2, 60 sec, (turn on audio). Audio is from border recordings of children Texas 2018, May Day in Chicago 2006 (credit: Ignotus at Free sound.org), refugee rights protest London 2016

 

 

Just Once Then

“Just once, then”, 2012, encaustic on panel, 11″ x 8.5″

 

 

*the paragraphs for positive/negative are modified from what a Quora user posted here.