Who was Mae West, and why was Paramount struggling?

Going West

Ten days in jail wasn’t enough to demolish Mae West’s career.

ItIt was in 1927 that the New York-born actress was arrested for obscenity charges while starring in her self-penned Broadway play Sex. She replied to reporters who asked how she found her first night in prison that it was…

A forgotten piece of history, the first Black only owned record label

InIn 1921, Harry Pace began a business venture the likes of which had never been seen before. Acknowledging a gap in the music industry market, and also the lack of availability for black Americans to record and seriously distribute their music in a white-dominated society, Pace opened Black Swan Records…

As nostalgia hits me with good times gone,

And memories of permanent goodbyes,

The autumnal sun hits through the naked trees,

Laying itself upon the rooftops of promising fortunes.


Victoria Woodhull for President, Frederick Douglass for Vice-President

InIn 1872, the United States held the 22nd Presidential Election. The primary contenders were Ulysses S. Grant of the Republican Party and Horace Greeley, who represented the Liberal Republican Party in alliance with the Democrats. Grant won and retained his presidency. However, the presidential election of 1872 was unique, it…


How JFK’s father failed to enter the White House

It is well documented that the Kennedy’s were a strong political family, with an equally strong desire for power. Not only did JFK actively seek the presidency in 1960, so too did his brothers Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy. Ultimately, fate intervened, as Bobby, like his older brother…

A brief history of the brief Nazi government that continued after Hitler’s death.

HHitler’s suicide in 1945 didn’t end Nazi rule in Germany at once. In fact, prior to his suicide, Hitler had appointed a successor, Karl Donitz, who temporarily served as the new leader. …

A turning point for the actress’s career

BBette Davis began her rise to stardom in the early 1930s, as one of the many actresses who made the journey from Broadway theatre to Hollywood cinema at the transition of silent to sound pictures. Talent scouts, working for specific film studios and on the hunt for appropriate actresses that…

Jack Patrick

MA Public History and Heritage and BA (Hons) History graduate, with a love for writing and learning.

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