a denim shift dress & the weather underground


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members of the 1970’s domestic terrorist group, the weather underground

(Disclaimer: I do not align or identify with any of the ideologies that I discuss in this post. I  simply present the facts of historical events.)

Within the past few weeks I have stumbled across a series of documentaries entitled The Seventies. Like the true history aficionado that I am, I watched all of the episodes in a binge-watching fashion that closely rivals my sister’s addiction to Grey’s Anatomy. One of the episodes that particularly stuck out to me was about terrorism in the 1970’s. This episode profiled a domestic terrorist group called The Weather Underground. Founded in 1969 on the campus of The University of Michigan, The Weathermen’s ultimate goal was to overthrow the U.S. government. As vehement opponents of The Vietnam War, capitalism, and the creative non-violence movement of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior, The Weathermen used terrorism to draw attention to their cause. During the 1970’s, The Weather Underground masterminded hundreds of bombings across the United States, many of them targeting national monuments and high traffic areas such as The Capitol Building, The National Guard Headquarters, The Pentagon, and the NYPD Headquarters. As the decade neared its end, the power of The Weathermen began to diminish mostly due to the demolition of their bomb factory and the establishment of the FBI Anti Terrorist Task Force.

The most important thing about history, is that it offers perspective on the things happening in our world today. After watching the documentary, the facts of The Weather Underground’s activities shocked me as I had previously not even been aware of their existence. How had I not read about these events in my history books? I had thought of the 1970’s as a more peaceful and safer decade.  This documentary made me realize that hate will always be present, and violence will always be a reality. There is an inherent danger in glorifying the “good ol’ days,” because in doing so we fail to acknowledge how far we have come as a society. By sugar-coating the events of our past, we forget what we, as Americans, are capable of overcoming. We still have far to go.  However, instead of letting this discourage us, we must instead be fortified with courage, compassion, and kindness. Instead of letting our differences divide us, we must be united because love can change the world.

Because of this recent obsession with the 1970’s, I fell in love with a denim mini dress from Forever 21 that reminded me of a similar dress that my grandmother wore circa 1975. (This photograph is burned in my memory but unfortunately I have not been able to locate it as I’m sure it remains buried in a dusty box somewhere deep in my grandma’s closet.)

I paired this dress with a vintage silk scarf, and a vintage pair of leather pumps. Then I found a gorgeous but spooky mansion built by a millionaire in 1892 to shoot some photographs. With 35 rooms, a turret, lots of brick, and overgrown ivy, this was the perfect location for a blog post about terrorism in the 1970’s. I hope you enjoy the photos. Please leave me feedback in the comment section or on my social media.

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(photos by Vivacious Images)

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