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OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
ANYWAY.
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.
On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.
Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.
After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.
Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.
And now you know Robert Smalls.

ROBERT SMALLS IS THE MAN.

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OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).

ANYWAY.

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.

On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.

Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.

After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.

Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.

And now you know Robert Smalls.

ROBERT SMALLS IS THE MAN.

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In the post-World War II era, the Klan experienced a huge resurgence. Its membership was skyrocketing, and its political influence was increasing, so Kennedy went undercover to infiltrate the group. By regularly attending meetings, he became privy to the organization’s secrets. But when he took the information to local authorities, they had little interest in using it. The Klan had become so powerful and intimidating that police were hesitant to build a case against them.

Struggling to make use of his findings, Kennedy approached the writers of the Superman radio serial. It was perfect timing. With the war over and the Nazis no longer a threat, the producers were looking for a new villain for Superman to fight. The KKK was a great fit for the role.

In a 16-episode series titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” the writers pitted the Man of Steel against the men in white hoods. As the storyline progressed, the shows exposed many of the KKK’s most guarded secrets. By revealing everything from code words to rituals, the program completely stripped the Klan of its mystique. Within two weeks of the broadcast, KKK recruitment was down to zero. And by 1948, people were showing up to Klan rallies just to mock them.

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How Superman Defeated the Ku Klux Klan | Mental Floss (via sarkos)

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I ain’t the world’s best writer nor the world’s best speller
But when I believe in something I’m the loudest yeller

“Stetson Kennedy,” Woody Guthrie

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If Woody Guthrie wrote a song about your merits, you freaking HAD them.

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Stetson Kennedy: American Badass.

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my favourite thing about William Shatner is that he is obsessed with Reddit, he goes on there all the time and talks about it all the time, its so good, and then one day, he got really upset with the behaviour of [coughing]the majority of redditors[/coughing] and actually commented that he thought the moderation should change and rules should be enforced and how upset he was seeing all this racism, sexism etc etc.

and fan boys on reddit who had literally been falling over their feet trying to send Mr. Shatner Messages and shower him in love, suddenly turned around and were vilifying him and even saying that somehow The Feminist Agenda had gotten to William Shatner

it was honestly the fucking funniest thing I have ever experienced and its one of my fondest memories

by the way, i’m not making this up, it was amazing i was there i saw this first hand it was history in the making

i loved it

i love william shatner

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Faith in humanity restored! Never judge a book by its cover! 

I’m actually sobbing


Seen this before. Sob’d the first time. Doing it again.

Bless them.. I like bikers even more now.

This is so cute

Where is the funding for them? Why have I not heard of this before? Talk about unsung heroes

peashooter85:

Bodyslammin’ Nazi’s,

Believe it or not, in the 1930’s American had its own Nazi party.  The German American Bund was a fascist organization founded by the German immigrant Heinz Spanknoble under the directions of Nazi Deputy Chief Rudolf Hess.  The group was openly pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic.  On the eve of World War II a Nazi group in America was about as popular as well… a Nazi group today.

One day in 1939 the Nazi’s at the German American Bund headquarters in New York were astonished to see a diminutive man place a ladder in front of their building and tear down the large sign at their doorway which read "No Dogs or Jews Allowed!".  The Nazi’s wanted retribution, and faster than a Hitler salute the 5’4”, 140 pound little middle aged man found himself surrounded by 20 armed fascist thugs.

The diminutive little man was a Jewish immigrant named Joseph Greenstein.  As a child Greenstein was forced to flee his home in Poland in the early 1900’s to escape a rash of anti-Semitic violence.  Joe Greenstein, also known by the stage name “The Mighty Atom” made a fine living for himself in America as a circus strongman and professional wrestler.  Earning himself the title “The Worlds Strongest Man”, Greenstein’s act included such feats as bending metal bars, straightening horseshoes, biting nails in half with his teeth, driving nails with his bare hands, changing a car tire without any tools, snapping chains wrapped around his chest through chest expansion, squat lifting a car, and resisting the takeoff of an airplane with his hair.  He was also known for having apprenticed with strongmen from Russia and India, trained with the famous heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, and once sustained a .38 caliber pointblank gunshot to the skull without being injured.

The Nazi’s intended to re-arrange Greenstein’s face, free of charge.  One of the Nazi’s sneaked behind Greenstein and pinned his arms while three or four others proceeded to punch and kick him.  The fight only went downhill for the Nazi’s from there.  Moments later the police arrived on the scene to find 20 incapacitated men, and one uninjured Joseph Greenstein.

Greenstein was charged with aggravated assault, grievous bodily harm, and mass mayhem.  However the judge dismissed the case due to disbelief that one man could take on 20.  There was also a severe lack of evidence since 20 of the Nazi’s, many of whom were still in the hospital, refused to testify against him.

During World War II Greenstein did war bond tours for the US Military.  He also trained police officers and soldiers in Jiu Jitsu and unarmed combat.  Greenstein continued his act even into his old age.  He was featured in the Guiness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.  On his off time he made and sold his own handmade coconut body soaps.  His last act occurred on May 11th, 1977 at Madison Square Garden.  Six months later he lost his final battle, succumbing to cancer at the age of 84.  

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DID YOU GUYS KNOW THERE IS A BIKER GANG CALLED RESCUE INK THAT BREAKS UP DOGFIGHTING RINGS, CONFRONTS ANIMAL ABUSERS, CONFISCATES NEGLECTED ANIMALS AND INVESTIGATES STOLEN ANIMALS

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YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS BADASSERY HERE

F yeah

Bikers are generally great dudes

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i think we found the opposite of nash greir

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do u know that dwayne johnson (the rock) was 2013’s top-grossing film star, his movies earning a total of $1.3 billion at the box office and he bought his housekeeper of 10 years a brand new SUV as a surprise. 

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obama is fucking done with all this bullshit in that last gif

Forward motion towards sanity
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12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego setThe Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.

this gives a whole new dimension to The Lego Movie.

That’s one cool 12-year-old.

I actually use a brailler at work on occasion and yeah they’re ridicul-0 expensive

The inventor’s name is Shubham Banerjee, and is going to make his printer open-source so anyone can make one of their own.

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12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set
The Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.

this gives a whole new dimension to The Lego Movie.

That’s one cool 12-year-old.

I actually use a brailler at work on occasion and yeah they’re ridicul-0 expensive

The inventor’s name is Shubham Banerjee, and is going to make his printer open-source so anyone can make one of their own.

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We have to understand that no matter what we do with our lives we will never be as awesome as Christopher Lee is.

I will never get over how he corrected Peter Jackson on the proper sound a man makes when he’s been stabbed in the back because he actually worked in the British clandestine services.
Or how he volunteered to fight in one of the most brutal fronts of WWII (the Finnish-Russian Winter War).
Or how he was fucking NAZI HUNTER.
Basically, Christopher Lee is the real Most Interesting Man in the world and I honestly don’t know why we tell Chuck Norris jokes when this badass is walking around.
And then I see him rambling on about how Saruman and Gandalf are actually Istari, which are one of the Maia in the LotR commentaries and I realize he literally cannot become more awesome.

Oh can’t he?

#Christopher Lee wrote a Metal Opera about Charlemagne #all opinions are irrelevant
I just read up on that and now I regret I didn’t include it! The man is 90 years old and he’s releasing a metal album next year. ACTUAL MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD CHRISTOPHER LEE.

[swoons]

OH GOD I FORGOT ABOUT HIS METAL
GOD HE’S HARDCORE AS FUCK

He’s also played Dracula like 5 billion times and in the first one he refused to use the terrible dialogue and wasn’t fired.
He was also bros with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, but unlike them was able to get away from the horror genre and forged a well-rounded career.
He can speak 8 languages and will sometimes do his own dubbing for foreign versions of his films.
His family carries the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire.
He’s related to John Lee, Robert E. Lee, and Ian Fleming.
He really is the most interesting man in the world.

do you ever just cry because christopher lee

This is why I can’t have nice things… because Christopher Lee has them all already.

He also actually had JRR Tolkien’s blessing to play Gandalf.

excuse you, but robert e lee is related to HIM
don’t confuse the order of excellence here

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We have to understand that no matter what we do with our lives we will never be as awesome as Christopher Lee is.

I will never get over how he corrected Peter Jackson on the proper sound a man makes when he’s been stabbed in the back because he actually worked in the British clandestine services.

Or how he volunteered to fight in one of the most brutal fronts of WWII (the Finnish-Russian Winter War).

Or how he was fucking NAZI HUNTER.

Basically, Christopher Lee is the real Most Interesting Man in the world and I honestly don’t know why we tell Chuck Norris jokes when this badass is walking around.

And then I see him rambling on about how Saruman and Gandalf are actually Istari, which are one of the Maia in the LotR commentaries and I realize he literally cannot become more awesome.

Oh can’t he?

#Christopher Lee wrote a Metal Opera about Charlemagne #all opinions are irrelevant

I just read up on that and now I regret I didn’t include it! The man is 90 years old and he’s releasing a metal album next year. ACTUAL MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD CHRISTOPHER LEE.

[swoons]

OH GOD I FORGOT ABOUT HIS METAL

GOD HE’S HARDCORE AS FUCK

He’s also played Dracula like 5 billion times and in the first one he refused to use the terrible dialogue and wasn’t fired.

He was also bros with Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, but unlike them was able to get away from the horror genre and forged a well-rounded career.

He can speak 8 languages and will sometimes do his own dubbing for foreign versions of his films.

His family carries the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire.

He’s related to John Lee, Robert E. Lee, and Ian Fleming.

He really is the most interesting man in the world.

do you ever just cry because christopher lee

This is why I can’t have nice things… because Christopher Lee has them all already.

He also actually had JRR Tolkien’s blessing to play Gandalf.

excuse you, but robert e lee is related to HIM

don’t confuse the order of excellence here