#tbt: How a Riot Helped to Ratify the 19th amendment

By Alyson Foster Content & Collections Specialist, National Geographic Library This week marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The event was the culmination of more than a century of struggle and setbacks for American women. For those of us living today, it’s hard to understand the controversy surrounding the enfranchisement of women. What’s the … Continue reading #tbt: How a Riot Helped to Ratify the 19th amendment

‘People’s Republic of Amnesia’

WORLD China has tightened security and widened a clampdown on dissent, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, creating what one writer calls the ‘People’s Republic of Amnesia.’ (BBC and National Geographic News) Use our resources to remember the protests. Watch Tiananmen’s “Tank Man” in the most powerful piece of civil rights footage in 50 years. Discussion Ideas Why is “amnesia” such … Continue reading ‘People’s Republic of Amnesia’

Thai Leader: ‘It’s No Use’ to Protest

WORLD Thailand’s junta leader warned citizens not to cause trouble, not to criticize, not to protest—or else face a return to the “old days” of street violence. (Associated Press) Use our resources to learn more about protests. Discussion Ideas What is a junta? (Use our glossary to get an idea.) The United States has not had a military junta, but many nations have. What are … Continue reading Thai Leader: ‘It’s No Use’ to Protest

Ukraine Protesters Maintain Blockade

WORLD Thousands of protesters have spent the night in freezing cold in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, after Sunday’s huge anti-government rally. (BBC) Use our resources to better understand the conflict in Ukraine—protesters supporting closer ties with the European Union, and government backers supporting closer ties with Russia. Discussion Ideas The protests in Kiev are both political and economic. What are some of … Continue reading Ukraine Protesters Maintain Blockade