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  • [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #1]

    [Once a Star raw: Jim Rivera #1]

    00:00 Bars and background noise. 01:07 Video opens with b-roll footage of traffic in Angola. 03:17 A sign for “Captains Cabin: Unexcelled Dining Overlooking Beautiful Crooked Lake” 04:20 Footage of swimmers in the lake. 06:13 In a Jungle Jim’s Saloon, talking with former Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Rivera. He talks about sliding headfirst, and Rogers Hornsby. 08:26 Why don’t baseball players play all-out? He blames the contracts. Players don’t need to earn the big payout. 10:56 Rivera talks about … Continue reading

  • [Bughouse Square debates]

    [Bughouse Square debates]

    CAN-TV coverage of the Bughouse Square Debates at Washington Square Park in Chicago in July 2001. The event, a free speech forum, traces its history to the early twentieth century when soapbox orators, beatnik poets and radicals gathered at the park to rant and rave. Generally, the video is a static shot of the podium with occasional cutaways to the crowd. Continue reading

  • The Defense of Lolita Lebron: An Interview With Conrad Lynn

    The Defense of Lolita Lebron: An Interview With Conrad Lynn

    Lolita Lebron was arrested in 1954 for carrying out an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives with fellow Puerto Rican Nationalists Andres Cordero, Rafael Cancel Miranda, and Irving Flores. Lebron was a strong symbol in the Puerto Rican Nationalist movement for being a female who insisted on taking full blame for orchestrating the action, rather than getting a lighter sentence as a mere participant. Most of the tape is made up of an interview with Lebron’s attorney Conrad Lynn, who goes into depth about the trial, his defense of Lebron, the Puerto Rican Nationalist movement, and Lebron’s personal life. Continue reading

  • L.A. Riots

    L.A. Riots

    Andrew Jones goes to Los Angeles in the aftermath of the riots of 1992. He speaks with many people about the racial issues that sparked this uprising–the feeling that blacks and Latinos had been systematically discriminated against in their own neighborhoods for years. The main complaint is that stores in their neighborhoods were owned by whites and Koreans and they were overcharged for all services and products. Much of the tension appears to be between the blacks/Latinos and the Korean shop owners. Another interesting feature of the tape is the discussion of the differing motives between rioters and looters and between the actions in different parts of the city. For example, in some areas, only specific businesses, those that were seen as longtime oppressors, were targeted. A man shows footage from his camcorder of the looting, and notes that all of the looters were white, and all were smiling. Clearly, the situation in Los Angeles was far from simple. This tape is a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of the time period. Continue reading