Historic fife orchestrates the Battle of Lake Erie

Historic fife orchestrates the Battle of Lake Erie

The grog ration being served out, drums and fifes struck up the thrilling air “all hands, all hands, to quarters”, calling all to their respective stations. So wrote Usher Parsons, Surgeon’s Mate onboard the U.S. Brig Lawrence, describing the onset of the Battle of Lake Erie, a turning point in the War of 1812 and …

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Return of Ulysses: A Greek classic set to an African American voice

Return of Ulysses: A Greek classic set to an African American voice

In 1977, while making black-and-white photostat copies of Renaissance paintings, Romare Bearden (1911-1988) realized that most of the subjects were white. He reversed the black and white tones which darkened the color of the characters and, by doing so, added an African American voice to art history. This realization, coupled with the advancements of the …

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