A Fond Farewell 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. It’s with heavy hearts that we’re announcing the end of Origin of Everything. Thank you to all of our curious viewers who have explored the light-hearted and hilarious as well as the grim but incredibly important histories that define our world. While we won’t be making any new videos, the channel…

Did Europeans Enslave Native Americans? 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. Here in the United States, when we think about the term "slavery" we think about the transatlantic slave trade and the institution of chattel slavery. But this wasn’t the only type of enslavement that took place in the Americas and the Caribbean. Today Danielle looks at the complicated history surrounding the…

The History of Reparations 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. In 2014, writer Ta-Nahisi Coates’ article for The Atlantic “The Case for Reparations” went viral. Tracing everything from the racial terror of slavery to the rampant housing discrimination of the 20th century, Coates made the case for financial reparations for the descendants of those who were enslaved in the US. However,…

Evolution of Law Enforcement 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. With ongoing protests across the United States and the globe against law enforcement violence and extrajudicial killings of people in Black, brown, and impoverished communities, the world is contemplating the place of police in our society. Some argue for reforms, others for defunding, and others still for the complete abolition of…

Health Disparities in the Black Community: Past & Present 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. Checkout Overview on PBS Terra! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnOajuolHWI Black Mental Health Matters: https://blackmentalhealthmatters.carrd.co/#resources You’re probably aware that the United States healthcare system is letting down many Black Americans. Today, Danielle looks at the historic reasons for distrust of medical establishment in the Black community as well as why these huge health disparities still…

Why Do We Have Political Parties? 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. John Adams warned us. George Washington begged us not to. Despite numerous warnings, here we are on the cusp of the 2020 election with two major parties locked in a perpetual struggle for power. Today Danielle looks at the emergence of the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans shortly after the United States’s foundation…

The Racist Origins of U.S. Law 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. Laws are intended to maintain order and promote justice, but what happens when those laws promote and spread discrimination and bigotry? Today Danielle analyzes the discriminatory history US law, tracing its origins in colonialism and chattel slavery up through the Jim Crow era and today’s mass incarceration. Special thanks to our…

Why Do We Say “Latino”? 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. The first thing to pop into your mind when you hear "Latino" is probably people from Latin America – places like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. But where exactly did the history of that word come from, and has it always meant Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean?…

Concentration Camps Are Older Than World War II 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. We’re all familiar with the haunting images of the concentration camps of World War II. But the history of those concentration camps extends back to the late 19th. century and the invention of barbed wire and automatic rifle. Today Danielle looks at the grim origin of concentration and internment camps and…

How We Discovered Germs 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. Humanity didn’t always know about the invisible viruses, bacteria, and microbes that can cause disease. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t come up with some truly bizarre ideas. From the four humors and miasma theory to bloodletting and trepanation (aka literally drilling holes in people’s heads), Danielle traces humanity’s winding road…

Economic Lessons from Past Pandemics 0 (0)

From Origin Of Everything. It’s a weird time to be alive. A pandemic is sweeping the world and life as we know it has gone through a seismic shift in a matter of weeks. But this isn’t the first time humans have encountered an epidemic. Today, Danielle (from the safety of her Chicago flat) looks…