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Little Mischief

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This 25-second "kinetoscope" shot on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York City by Thomas A. Edison Inc. in 1898/1899, sheds light on shifting notions of girlhood at the turn of the 20th century. In Victorian children's stories, a father who buried his head in a newspaper was a standard trope that spoke of paternal preoccupation with the pressing demands of the world beyond the home at the... Read More »

Moonbeam Youth Training Center, Kenya

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The video shows The Moonbeam Youth Training Centre in Mavoko, Nairobi. The Centre is a project of UN-HABITAT built with support from UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuk. The purpose of the center is to improve housing in urban slums by training young people in low cost, alternative construction technologies. Trainees gain employable skills,... Read More »

People of various ages standing in front of a portrait of Mao

Morning Sun

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This companion site provides a wonderful introduction to 'the psycho-emotional topography of high-Maoist China.'
Video still image of child carrying fruit from Peruvian Youth Center for Child Laborers

Peruvian Youth Center for Child Laborers

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The photographs of a twelve-year-old Peruvian fruit market porter named Jonathan are from a video produced by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), a trade union organization affiliated with the International Labour Organization (ILO). The documentary describes Jonathan, who is one of a large group of similarly employed boys, who rise before dawn and spend their days... Read More »

Prisoners Mine Gold at Kolyma

Prisoners Mine Gold at Kolyma

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Prisoners mine gold at Kolyma, the most notorious Gulag camp in extreme northeastern Siberia.

Prisoners Work at Belbaltlag

Prisoners Work at Belbaltlag

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Prisoners work at Belbaltlag, a Gulag camp for building the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal.

Prisoners Work on the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal

Prisoners Work on the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal

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Built between 1931 and 1933, the White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal was the first massive construction project of the Gulag. Over 100,000 prisoners dug a 141-mile canal with few tools other than simple pickaxes, shovels, and makeshift wheelbarrows in just 20 months. Initially viewed as a great success and celebrated in a volume published both in the Soviet Union and the United States, the canal turned... Read More »

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Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate

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On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered a major speech on the Cold War with the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall as a back drop. Since the end of World War II, Berlin had been one of the main symbols of the Cold War. In staging this speech, President Reagan hoped to draw a parallel with the historic speech delivered in Berlin by President John F. Kennedy in July 1963. It was in... Read More »

Scenes from Andrzej Wajda’s film, Man of Iron (1981)

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Filmed just after Solidarity’s initial spectacular rise in 1980, Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Iron was won immediate global acclaim. Whereas Wajda’s earlier award-winning film, Man of Marble, had focused on the lonely struggle of an idealistic young film student to uncover the truth about the disillusionments and betrayals of the early communist era in Poland, the individual characters in Man of... Read More »

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Swords and Hearts

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In the years before D. W. Griffith made The Birth of a Nation (1915), the epic film that debuted on the 50th anniversary of the Civil War, he produced 11 Civil War films in which he mastered the art of filmmaking and storytelling. These have surprising relevance to the history of girls. A comparison of Griffith's portrayal of heroic girls in Swords and Hearts (1911) and The House with Closed... Read More »

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