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The Largest Trees on Earth - California’s Disappearing Redwoods
When gold was discovered in north-western California in 1850, thousands crowded the remote redwood region in search of riches and new lives. Failing in efforts to strike it rich in gold, these men turned toward harvesting the giant trees for booming development in San Francisco and other places on the West Coast. These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth. The size of the huge trees made them prized timber, as redwood became known for its durability and workability. By 1853, nine sawmills were at work in Eureka, a gold boom town established three years prior due to the gold boom. At that period of time, redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres of the California coast.
After many decades of unobstructed clear-cut logging, serious efforts toward conservation began. In 1918, the Save-the-Redwoods League was founded to preserve remaining old-growth redwoods. By the time Redwood National Park was created in 1968, nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged. Today there is only 133,000 acres of redwood forest left.
Djamila Bouhired (جميلة بوحيرد) is a leading Algerian heroine and revolutionary.
She fought in the war of national liberation (1954–1962) and has worked as a vocal activist in the movement for women’s rights in independent Algeria. Djamila Bouhired joined the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) while a student activist to fight for independence from France. Bouhired and other young women played a critical role during the battle for Algiers, which began in September 1956. Bouhired assisted the FLN leader, Saadi Yacef , in recruiting young Muslim women from the capital who could pass as Europeans. Dressed as Frenchwomen, Bouhired and two other female militants placed concealed bombs in the European sections of Algiers. Two bombs exploded, causing civilian casualties; Bouhired’s bomb failed to detonate. This event and others unleashed the Battle of Algiers, which raged until 1957. Bouhired eluded the French military and police until April 1957, when she was arrested, imprisoned, and subjected to appalling torture; in July she was sentenced to death by the guillotine after a trial deemed a travesty of justice. However, Bouhired became a cause célèbre because of international media coverage of the French army’s systematic use of torture, and she was eventually released.
In the early twenty-first century Djamila Bouhired continued to be actively involved in feminist politics, advocating fundamental transformations in the legal, political, and social status of Algeria’s women.
A Great Day in Harlem - Art Kane, 1958
A Great Day in Harlem Survivors - Gordon Parks, 1996
lovely & sad.
Photo by Gordon Parks
On June 11th 1963, Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, sat down in the middle of a busy intersection in Saigon, covered himself in gasoline and He then ignited a match, and set himself on fire. Đức burned to death in a matter of minutes, and he was immortalized in a famous photograph taken by a reporter who was in Vietnam in order to photograph the war. All those who saw this spectacle were taken by the fact that Duc did not make a sound while burning to death. Đức was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion.
School for black civil rights activists; young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face
Exclusive, heartbreaking photos from the Lorraine motel on the day Martin Luther King died. (see more here)
Pictured: Theatrice Bailey attempts to clean blood from the balcony, hours after the 6 p.m. shooting.
“I don’t know if there were official people around taking notes and pictures and things like that. Nobody was there when we were there. And the fact that the blood was still on the floor, and this man is actually putting it in a jar … When you see a picture like that, God, it feels invasive.”
This is where my grandma lives, Taos New Mexico. These pueblos are 1,000 years old and people still live in the original ones.
On the 50th anniversary of a night when a savage mob trapped Riders and others in a church in Montgomery, Alabama — with no guarantee that they would not torch the church and everyone inside — LIFE.com looks back at one of the most terrifying, and pivotal, moments of the civil rights movement.