Some awesome sources on Judy Garland for y’all!


**Not to be mistaken with bibliography**

(These are just in the order that I happened to come across them, I rate all of them a 10/10)


Queerty interview

Gave me a basic understanding of who Judy Garland was, and what she stood for. I learnt about how she felt about her predominantly gay following, as well as one possibility on what could have happened if she hadn’t died in 1969. I also didn’t realize how humorous Judy was.


The Washington post

I learnt that, from an extremely young age, Judy’s mother stuffed pills down her throat. She would stop for nothing, until her baby was famous. Amphetamines, pep pills, and sleeping pills were the norm, for a preteen. From a very young age, she was addicted to the pills that would eventually kill her.


The Judy Room

Taught me about Judy’s final film with the MGM productions corporation, Easter Parade. I was reading her schedule for filming, and noticed just how much she was working. During this film, she missed many days due to her plummeting health conditions.


Interesting Facts about Judy Garlands Ruby Slippers

Questions and Answers about the Slippers

These two sites, were mainly for my speech, giving me some important details pertaining to the history of Dorothy’s red slippers. I did my speech, from their perspective. They are great sites, that are extremely informative on her shoes.


Special Dedication to Judy Garland

Judy’s most well known film, is the Wizard of Oz. This website was really helpful, and taught me a lot about the, “Behind the scenes,” of filming the iconic movie. I learnt about how her cast members treated her, the disastrous filming process, as well as how they filmed each scene.


The Wizard of Oz makes Judy a Superstar

Made me realize who Judy was competing against. From the very beginning, Judy wasn’t a star, like Shirley Temple. Shirley didn’t have the natural ability that Judy had though, referring to her acting and singing. After the Wizard of Oz, Judy’s ability started to be appreciated.


The New York Times

This article was more of an overview of Judy’s life. It was a good research tool, because it helped me zoom in on the sad parts of her life. I always like having two sides to every story, and this was definitely one of those sides.


Surprising Facts about the Wizard of Oz

Was really helpful for my speech. It zoomed in to the, “not-so-pretty,” parts of the Wizard of Oz filming. It had many little known facts, and after looking them up on several other websites, they were all true. A lot of the facts are vague versions of the real thing.


The Exploitation of Judy Garland

Although partially outdated, this website took a better look at the exploitation of Judy Garland during the filming of the Wizard of Oz. This is a definite must-read article, for people looking to find a second side to Judy’s perfect life.


Judy Garland News Blog

This is a Judy Garland fan’s blog page, so it glazes over the sad parts of her life, but I read a few of his entries, to learn more about the types of fans she had. It was really interesting to hear his view on her different kinds of fans. You can also read a few of his other entries, links are in his blog!


Why Famous Women Marry Gay Men

Although it’s not directly related to Judy, it was good to research with. I learnt more about why she might have been drawn to marry gay men, and why she never realized they were homosexual.


Judy’s IMDb page/quotes

I used this website near the end of my project, to compare how I thought Judy felt about certain objects and people in her life, versus what she stated in her quotes. I agreed with all of the quotes, but I think it’d be better to read them in the beginning of the project.


Judy Trivia on IMDb

This website had some great trivia questions, to refresh my memory near the end of the project. Seeing as, after presenting my speech, I didn’t do very much research. It would also be a great starting point if you want to learn about Judy Garland, for whatever reason.



Here is the link, just in case the movie doesn’t show on your screen: )

Life with Judy Garland: Me and my Shadows

This is a movie based off of Lorna Luft’s, (Judy’s daughter) book. It’s a great source, that was really interesting, and more fun to watch, then just reading pages of words. I 100% recommend! (You can also find part two and three of the movie on youtube… I watched them as well.)




Judy Garland: The Secret Life of an American Legend

I read more of this book, because I picked it up, and just couldn’t put it back down. It is a biography, but its entertaining. It feels more like a story, because its not straight facts. My favourite part was near the beginning, when it talked about her parents life before Judy. This is a great read for those of you looking for an interesting biography.


Get Happy 

I didn’t read much of this book, due to time restrictions; but the parts that I did read were extremely informative, and interesting. Honestly though, over the course of Eminent, I’ve come to love anything about Judy, as you will.


Hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment for any clarification, I’d be happy to help! 😀

My Social Revolution Wheel **hint hint, it includes the industrial revolution**

In social studies, we are currently studying social evolution, specifically a theory called the PEST revolution. PEST stands for the; political, economical, social, and technological advances/revolutions that have occurred over the course of history. I honestly believe that they could occur in any given order.

For the purpose of this document of learning, I will be starting with the industrial revolution, which is my own additive, than an economical revolution, preceding a major political change, followed by a social adjustment, and ending in a technological revolution.

The industrial revolution that you will be reading about in one moment, is closely tied to the Great Depression. If you have never heard of the Great Depression, you’ve been living under a rock. The Great Depression, and the effects it had on our society, are enormous!

Just to clarify, before this document of learning, I had never learnt anything about the Great Depression, the industrial revolution, or the Second World War. That being said, I will not in any means judge you, if you haven’t heard of the Great Depression. I do however, hope that this post will teach you something about it. There are also some great links for reference at the bottom of this page.

So the following is pretty much what I’ve learnt over the past two days, and how I believe that the revolutions connect themselves.

In my opinion, it is easy to draw a straight line between the Great Depression, and the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution, was essentially when a bunch of machines were created. These new machines caused many people to lose their jobs, or receive job cuts, because they were slower than machines.

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This same thing is currently occurring, but on a much smaller scale. If you’ve ever been to a supermarket, you have probably seen self-checkout stands. They are where you pay for your items, but they don’t require a cashier. Only one worker is required, cutting back on the individual cashiers at every stand, that were once common.

The Great Depression was an economical setback, wiping Americans of thousands of jobs. National poverty, and debt settled in all over the country. People slaving away, working multiple jobs, still couldn’t salvage enough money to eat, in many cases, let alone buy new clothes, or pay mortgages. Lots of other people couldn’t find any jobs to begin with.

When Theodore Roosevelt came into power, many changes occurred. One of the main sections in his platform, was to give everyone jobs. So, he created work, mainly so that people had work to do. He made many public works, including bridges, dams and many buildings, including hospitals and schools. The workers on these projects, were commonly payed just enough to purchase the necessary food to feed their families. These public works were part of a document that Roosevelt created, called the New Deal.

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The new deal had three parts to it, relief, recovery and reform. Relief focuses mainly on the unemployed, and poor. It works on getting them back on their feet. Recovery was working on balancing the economy, and leading Americans out of debt. Finally, reform was to fix the financial system, and hopefully prevent a second depression.

After reading about the new deal, I began to realize that Roosevelt genuinely cared about society, and the economy. I guess I’m not American, but at the same time, I was slightly surprised that I’d never really heard about him. I also find it funny, that Roosevelt created the new deal. He was born into a fairly rich family, and wasn’t ever taught about business. Hoover, the president right before him, was born poor, making his way up the food chain, but still couldn’t figure out the economy!
Just thirty days before Roosevelt came into power, Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. Adolf Hitler was essentially the leader who began World War II. Nearly two years into the Second World War, the Japanese, bombed Pearl Harbour, in Hawaii. This lead to America joining the Second World War, as per Franklin Roosevelt’s orders.

In the Second World War, many social adjustments occurred. In order to preserve wool, and cotton, women’s dresses became increasingly shorter. The few inches in change, were drastic compared to the little amount of skin originally being revealed. Women who worked in auxiliary units during the Second World War, also started being payed the same as men. Usually women worked as nurses in the army or navy, although, there were the odd female marines and coast guards.

By the end of World War II, a major technological revolution occurred. The creation of nuclear weapons ended the war. While nuclear weapons were a horrible invention, without them, the mass destruction of the war, could have been even greater.

Its not something that I particularly enjoy thinking about, but I find myself contemplating what would’ve happened if nuclear weapons weren’t invented, quite often.

How long would the war continue on? Would it kill off the whole population?

I have a theory, I believe that the war would have continued to no end, until nuclear weapons were invented. Without them, humans wouldn’t realize how much destruction they were truly causing. It is just a theory, so for now, we just have to wait and see. Although, I’d bet money, that world war three is just around the corner. Maybe it will end with nuclear destruction. Maybe it won’t end, until there are no people left to end it…

So there you have it, my own version of the idea of PEST revolutions. I will call mine IEPST. As a challenge learner, we have to fill out IEP’s which is short for “Individualized Education Plan.” For the purpose of this assignment, I remember what order the letters go in by thinking that we are filling out our “IEP’S Tomorrow.”


Some really good resource sites on the Great Depression and World War II, include but are not limited to:

Novel Guide

Gilder Lehrman 


To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. -Socrates


Where are you with respect to social studies? Where are you going? What interests/challenges you about this topic?

In middle school, I was in a 7/8 split class twice, with the same teacher. Therefore, my grade eight year was extremely repetitive of my grade seven year. Both years, we focused largely on the Middle Ages, as well as the Renaissance, in social studies. Besides those years, I was never really able to retain information, and therefore have a very small understanding of the rest of history. I am very easily bored with history, unless I can find a way to relate to it. I am however, very interested in Greek mythology, including Greek gods and goddesses. This passion comes from my love of the Percy Jackson series, but nonetheless. Roman gods and goddesses are similar to those of Greek, so I don’t mind learning about them either.

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I have studied the election process a couple of times in past grades. I understand how elections work, and what the four main party’s platforms are, but to be honest, it’s never really interested me. I have never studied economics in school, but I know a little bit from watching the news and listening to my parents talk. I suppose it interests me, because it is something I will have to know and understand sooner or later, but again, I don’t know all that much about it. I absolutely love travelling, and one thing about travelling to other countries, is currencies, so it’d be nice to study economics for a short period of time. My absolute favourite part of social studies, is philosophy. The quote,

“To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”

seems to sum up my feelings perfectly. It was once said by the famous Greek philosopher,

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Socrates. It is my reminder that all of the conflicts, that seem so big, are miniscule in reality. Compared to the universe, we are nothing. Our knowledge is so tiny in comparison to the possible information we could learn, and yet I have such a passion for learning as much as I can.  I have so many questions that have no answers that are set in stone. I also have a lot of questions with debatable responses. I am a firm believer that anyone, no matter their race, sex, or any other factors, should have an equal voice. Everyone should be listened to, not just heard. Besides the defending other cultures part, I would also like to learn about them. I know it may seem like an elementary school event, but I would love to do a multicultural type day within our class. Everyone could bring in a food item from a different culture, and maybe explain a little to the class about rituals of that country. Closely tied to diversity, is mental health, which I am also extremely interested in. I have seriously considered working with mental health awareness, or psychology when I get older.



What have we done/read/discussed so far that provides an example of the main or 2nd focus questions?

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While reading about Christopher Columbus, one thing I couldn’t help but notice, is how the Europeans treated the women, as well as anyone else from a different culture. Because I am so defensive of equality, I think that this tied in well with what my future might hold. I believe that everyone should have the same rights, responsibilities, and freedoms, and it sickens me that people have been so against such things for so long. Why is it, that for so long, men thought they were superior, and women couldn’t do anything about it? Why, were people of colour sold, beaten, abused, and even executed because of their race? And more importantly, why didn’t anyone think anything of this treatment?