Database of the Week: American Memory

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    1. cool find, eric. it’s interesting there’s a video called “arrests in china town” on that page.

      i recently went to a talk given by rebecca solnit about her new book, a paradise built in hell, which is about disasters and how they bring people together and form community. she said the most tragic disasters are those where the authorities value personal property over human life, which was the case in the 1906 earthquake and katrina. hundreds of people were actually killed by the armed guards sent in to protect private property in the wake of the 1906 earthquake, not to mention all those who were arrested. it’s sad–one man was actually shot and killed because they mistook him trying to unbury a victim from ruble as a looter trying to pillage for goods…

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