Black Friday and other Black Days in History

Well it is here again, the day after Thanksgiving, known to shoppers worldwide as Black Friday (even though most stores opened Thursday night, but that is a different rant for a different day). Considering the day, I thought it would be interesting to examine some other black events in history:

  • Black Death- One of the most demoralizing pandemics in history that started in China and spread to Europe in the mid-1300s. The Black Death decimated Europe’s population by 30-60 percent.
  • Black Tuesday- On Tuesday, October 29, 1929 the U.S. Stock Market crashed, beginning the Great Depression.
  • Black Saturday- During the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, Soviets shot down a U-2 on Saturday, October 27. Rather than retaliate immediately, Kennedy let negotiations continue and the confrontation ended the next day.
  • Black Sunday- Refers to a severe dust storm that struck the Midwest in April 1935. Dust storms, caused by severe draught, caused major agricultural and economic damage to the American prairie lands in the mid-1930s labeling this region of the nation the “Dust Bowl.”

We hope you enjoy your Black Friday and, if you ventured out shopping, we hope you got the items you wanted!

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4 thoughts on “Black Friday and other Black Days in History

    • I (Erin) caught a bit of the Dust Bowl documentary that was on. It isn’t really my area of study, so I was pretty shocked when I heard them mention ‘flour dresses’. Pretty crazy. I’d definitely recommend for people to watch it and then ask any one that might have lived during the depression and dust bowl if they remember certain things! We love personal experience stories – it’s way better than reading horrible handwriting that’s around 100 years old!

  1. That is funny, “Black Events” Just because of what they were called. Instead of the great Dust Bowl, its called Black Sunday. I am sure ii is labeled other things but it is just funny to hear. I wonder has anybody in any history class ever voices there displeasure with the use of black to describe negative events in history. Now I know Malcolm X mentioned it in a speech. I also remember a classmate years ago as a undergrad get upset with a HPU professor use of black and the N word in his class.. I settled him down and told him he is reading things in context. Just like the use here has to be understood as such.

    • Completed agreed Chaka. We have even heard people get upset over the use of “slaves” and “black” being used in the same sentence. It then has to be explained that it’s not an insult or an attack but just a term. Thanks for your constant input – we love it and appreciate it!

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