accounts

Paperboy of the 1990s - Juan Conatz

A brief indulgence in 1990s nostalgia by Juan Conatz, centering on his first job.

The Red Butterfly - John Lauritsen

John Lauritsen in 1969

A first person account of involvement in and the activity of The Red Butterfly, a socialist "cell" within the US Gay Liberation Front 1969-1971.

The first Gay Liberation Front demonstration - John Lauritsen

A protester outside the Village Voice, 1969

A first person account of the first demonstration of the US Gay Liberation Front against the Village Voice newspaper in New York City in 1969 for their homophobic advertising policy.

The Cherokee Removal Through the Eyes of a Private Soldier

In May 1838, federal militias started to round up Cherokees and move them into stockades in several southern states. They were then forced to march one thousand miles westward. Thousands of Cherokees died as a result of the removal. The journey became known as "The Trail of Tears" or "The Trail Where They Cried." Fifty years later, in 1890, Private John Burnett, who served in the mounted infantry; told his children his memories of the Trail of Tears1, which he described as the "execution of the most brutal order in the History of American Warfare."

From Voices of A People's History, edited by Zinn and Arnove

A senior concert of the High School of Music and Art - Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman recounts observing a school concert.

Eleven-plus and the comprehensive

Short account from a parent about their experience with two children in state education, taking the eleven plus exams.

First impression

Short account from a first-year student just beginning secondary school in London about his educational experience.

A last look round

Short article about the educational experiences of an anonymous sixth former.

Bombed site and comprehensive school - Winifred Hindley

A personal account from a teacher about her experiences teaching children in a "horsa hut": prefab schools constructed across the UK from 1944 to replace schools destroyed in bombing and to accommodate additional pupils created for increasing the state education minimum age to 15.

From a South African notebook - Maurice Goldman

An eyewitness account of the brutality of South Africa's apartheid system.