When it comes to John Brown’s raid, nothing is black and white
In 1859, the white abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia (now West Virginia) to initiate an armed slave revolt. Although the uprising only lasted thirty-six hours and ended with him and his men taken prisoner, killed or forced to flee, it still captures the imagination of many. Mieke Bleeker of the John Adams Institute travelled to Harpers Ferry and learned about the many layers of the story and the different perspectives on the raid.
Atlantic City, Forlorn
In his book Atlantic City, American photographer Brian Rose captures a haunting image of the city once known as ‘the World’s Playground’, by documenting what remains of the city in the aftermath of the casino explosion. John Adams director Tracy Metz reflects.
Faces on the Ferry
American artist Rachelle Meyer lives in Amsterdam Noord and uses her 12 minute ferry commute to sketch her fellow commuters and the city’s changing seasons. In this blog series she takes us with her on her Faces on the Ferry art project.
Cajun Culture - Portraits of South Louisiana
Capturing the essence of musicians on film is quite difficult. Dutch photographer Emile Waagenaar succeeds in doing just that. In his book Arrête pas la musique! Portraits of South Louisiana, he showcases Cajun musicians in their homes and cities. His black-and-white photographs create an image not just of a musician, but also one of the Cajun culture of the Deep South. In this blog series we will present a few of his pictures with commentary from Emile Waagenaar himself.
The Golden Rock
The colonists in America started the war for independence from Great Britain in 1775 with an army that lacked everything. It was only thanks to the smuggle of arms and gunpowder through the Dutch free port of St. Eustatius that George Washington managed to keep up the fight in those important first years of the revolution. The decisive role played by this Dutch island in the birth of the United States is the subject of a new book by the Dutch journalist Willem de Bruin, published by Uitgeverij Balans. The title ‘De Gouden Rots’ – The Golden Rock – refers to the name by which St. Eustatius was known in the eighteenth century on both sides of the Atlantic.
No other state sparks the imagination like California does. The sixth economy in the world attracts whiz kids and entrepreneurs, surfers, musicians, entertainers, immigrants and tourists from around the world, all chasing their own Californian dream. Sometimes they make it, very often they don’t. Because not all that glitters on the West Coast is gold: the richest of all states is also home to the highest poverty rate in the country. Journalist Laila Frank spent most of 2018 traveling the West Coast. In this series she shares her adventures and observations.
Midterm Elections 2018
In this new blog series Iris Bos, boardmember of Stem op een Vrouw, Kathelijne Niessen from Campagnebureau BKB and Casper Thomas, correspondent in Washington D.C. for Het Financieele Dagblad and editor of De Groene Amsterdammer, address several topics related to U.S. Midterm Elections.
Poverty and Profit in the American City
In this blog series we focused on the theme of our event with Matthew Desmond on July 4, 2018: home evictions. In 2016, 2.3 million people were touched by eviction, showing this to be not just a local or regional problem, but a nationwide epidemic that is as much a cause of poverty as a result. At the event, Dutch journalist Arjen van Veelen read a column about his time living in St. Louis, on which he based his new book ‘Amerikanen Lopen Niet’. In this blog series you’ll find an interview with Van Veelen, three segments of his book, an interview with Matthew Desmond, and a review of the exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington based on Desmond’s book ‘Evicted’.
Ross Tilchin, researcher at the Brookings Institution, came to Amsterdam to work for three months at the Amsterdam Economic Board. For the John Adams he wrote a twelve-part blog on the differences between American and European cities. “I hope to cover a wide range of topics, including urban quality of life, neighborhood design, cycling (of course), diversity and gentrification, and the role of creative industries in urban life.”
The War We Would Forget
To commemorate a painful chapter in American history, the John Adams Institute published a series of blogs by Vietnam vets, all of them members of the 1964 class at Dartmouth college in New Hampshire. For the 50th reunion of the class of ’64 Phil Schaefer brought together 55 essays by classmates who served during the Vietnam era. ‘The war our country would like to forget, but should remember’, this is how Schaefer describes the Vietnam war in his introduction to the collection of essays.
Presidential Election 2016
De leden van de BKB Academie zijn in de Verenigde Staten voor een campagne trip. Ze leren campagnevoeren tijdens de ‘moeder aller campagnes’, de politieke campagne in de Verenigde Staten van Amerika. Vanuit dit BKB programma, bloggen de BKB leden de komende twee weken. Vanuit Boston reist de BKB-Academie naar New Hampshire, waar ze de laatste dagen voor de primary rondlopen, spreken met journalisten, kiezers, vrijwilligers en een kijkje nemen bij de campagnes van Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, Trump, Rubio & Christie. Vervolgens vliegen ze door naar Washington DC, waar ze op bezoek mogen bij onder andere Politico,The American Enterprise Institute, 270 Strategies, Emily’s List, en . Al deze avonturen zullen te volgen zijn via deze blog.
New Amsterdam Stories
‘New Amsterdam Stories’ is a project and weblog. Guided by scholars from the New Netherlands Institute (Albany, NY), it makes original documents found in both the New York Municipal Archives and the Stadsarchief Amsterdam(the Amsterdam City Archives) available to the general public for the first time. It highlights the individual stories of the people of New Amsterdam, by combining information that has been found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
A Nation Torn
The midterm elections revealed the deep divisions within the US political system. With a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Obama has a tough last two years ahead of him. In a short series of blogs, a number of America-watchers will reflect on the question: where do we go from here?
Scott Kildall and the Impakt Festival
Between 29 October and 2 November 2014, the Impakt Festival takes place in Utrecht. Impakt presents critical and creative views on contemporary media culture and innovative audiovisual arts in an interdisciplinary context. American artist Scott Kildall will blog for the John Adams Institute about his residency and the theme of the festival, Soft Machines, the projects at the festival as well as his own projects, and his general experiences during his stay in the Netherlands.
50 Years JFK Assassination
In the days leading up to the fiftieth anniversary of this historic event, we published a series of blog posts by renowned Dutch and American academics, writers, journalists and thinkers on what JFK had meant to them.
Presidential Election 2012
Dutch journalist Kemal Rijken, author of Roma and journalist for Metro, covered the US 2012 Presidential Election and shared his experiences in this collection of blogposts.