By Tamara on November 09, 2012

Here are the answers to the Hidden History Trivia Questions found on the wrap of the special double issue (December 2014/January 2015). These interesting facts and more can be found in your FREE 2015 Hidden History of the United States when you subscribe, give a gift subscription or renew your subscription through our website.

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1. On July 15, 1917, fifty thousand members of which profession went on strike for an 8 hour work day?

Lumberjacks. The International Workers of the World (IWW) helped organize the workers in Spokane. The event became part of folk music solidarity songs.

2. On December 17 of what year did Congress pass the first Clean Air Act?

1963. The passage of the Clean Air Act funded research and programs, but enforcement wouldn't happen until 1967.

3. On February 19, 1960, fifty-nine people were arrested in what city for a civil rights sit-in?

Chattanooga, TN. The lunch counter sit in protestors were mostly high school students.

4. February 28, 1828, is the date of the first publication of what Native American newspaper?

The Cherokee Phoenix, which is still published today!

5. In April 25, 1993, one million marched in DC in support of what?

Gay and Lesbian rights. Speakers included Melissa Etheridge, Ian McKellen, and Eartha Kitt.

6. You know April 22 as Earth Day. But what happened on that date in 1526?

The first slave revolt. The revolt took place in a Spanish settlement that is now South Carolina.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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