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Do idyllic southern plantations really tell the story of slavery?
In these memorials to southern splendor, much of the history being told is devoid of the atrocities of slavery
memory  plantations  tourism  south  slavery  246 
5 days ago
The Forgotten Suffragists
NEH Magazine: "How the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment is being remembered and how, for decades, it was not."
wsv  suffragists  memory  19thAt100 
8 weeks ago
Susan Schulten on Suffrage Maps
The Senate ratified the 19th Amendment a century ago. What took so long?
wsv  suffragists  maps  19thAt100  nyt 
11 weeks ago
We Can Do Better Than the Suffragists
How many references to suffragists have you seen in the news lately? In April, the US Treasury announced that five suffragists will appear on the back of the new ten-dollar bill. Three months later…
wsv  suffragists  19thAt100 
11 weeks ago
The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper
Juan Carlos Ulate / Reuters W hen Yale recently decided to relocate three-quarters of the books in its undergraduate library to create more study space, the…
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12 weeks ago
Blue Note Tone Poet Remasters “A Religious Revelation” Says Joe Harley
“I’m not such an egotist that I could come up with a name like that,” laughs noted sound guru Joe Harley when questioned on the origin of his nickname, Tone…
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12 weeks ago
The Political Odyssey of Sean Wilentz
(Illustration by Joe Ciardiello) A s the campaign to impeach Bill Clinton rolled forward in 1998, the White House called on the assistance of a longtime ally:…
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may 2019
Jazz 625 videos
Sharp suits, thin ties and the coolest musicians on Earth is an appreciation by the Guardian's Richard Williams of BBC Two's Jazz 625 series of concerts, which were all recorded in 1964 and '65,...
jazz  video 
may 2019
Stacey Abrams: Why I Am Determined to End Voter Suppression
As more people of color claim political power, efforts to block them will accelerate — unless we act.
wsv  voting 
may 2019
Almost 16 million voters were removed from the rolls. We should be alarmed.
The worst practices are those that rob Americans of the franchise because of errors, overly aggressive attempts to clean voting lists and voting roll manipulation designed to influence elections and political power.
wsv  voting 
may 2019
Twelve Rules for the Bookish Life
(Of course, the bookish life needs no rules.) by March 1 st 2019 Appears in Spring 2019 With gratitude for half a decade of service alongside the Comment team,…
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may 2019
A Unified Theory of Everything Wrong with the Internet
T he veil of wonder that once gleamed around the internet has been lifted. Behind it, we’ve located the inconvenient truth about life online — it’s filled with…
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may 2019
The Lexington Cure
I n Lexington, where I’m from, a federal medical prison stands on the town’s west side. Far off the main road, it does not ask our attention as we drive home…
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may 2019
A New Civil War Museum Speaks Truths in the Former Capital of the Confederacy
At the terminus of five railroads, Richmond, Virginia was more than just the nominal capital of the Confederate States of America. The city’s factories supplied…
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may 2019
The Fall, and Rise, of Reading
Students often don’t complete assigned reading. Professors are finding ways to solve that puzzle.
teaching  reading 
april 2019
The Corrosion of High School Debate—And How It Mirrors American Politics
While high school football players burst out of locker rooms at halftime to vigorous cheers, their counterparts on the debate team exit their buses and cars to…
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april 2019
Not Forgotten: Recovering Florida's Silenced History of Enslavement from Prison
Pete and Antonio write about this 1950s postcard of the former site of Springs Garden Plantation: “It is not hard to imagine the place as it would have looked…
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april 2019
Gracias, Manu: A Farewell to a Basketball Legend – Texas Monthly
The first time Gregg Popovich saw Manu Ginobili, he watched a scrawny, wiry guy moving at a frenetic pace up and down the court. It was a low-quality tape of…
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april 2019
In Praise of Public Libraries
The Library Book by Susan Orlean Ex Libris a film directed by Frederick Wiseman Haizhan Zheng/Getty Images Bates Hall, the reading room at the Boston Public…
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march 2019
Introducing FOH: Faculty Office Hours
Do you suffer from stress, sleep deprivation, or an Academic Status Report denial? You may be on of the millions of students suffering from Fear of Meeting One-on-One…
video  oweek  teaching 
march 2019
John McPhee, The Art of Nonfiction No. 3
John McPhee, ca. 2009. Photograph courtesy of the Princeton University Office of Communications. John Angus McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1931,…
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march 2019
To Dunk or Not to Dunk?: The Dinesh D’Souza Question
Soi-disant says so much Historians have recently begun gaining fame by refutingclaims made on social media platforms about the past, particularly on…
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march 2019
An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Liberals Who Love Him
The reparations demand survives as a parlor debate — it cannot address the real needs and interests of black workers.
coates  reparations  jacobin 
march 2019
The Case For Repair, Part 1
A Guest Post by N. D. B. Connolly. In honor of his string of excellent essays over the past several years and out of special respect for what many have called his best work to date, I went out and bought a hardcopy of The Atlantic at my local Whole Foods. I bought a chai…
reparations  coates 
march 2019
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now
Ta-Nehisi Coates. Photo: Cole Wilson/The New York Times​/Redux In recent days, as Democrats debated the definition of “reparations,” Joe Biden rationalized his…
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march 2019
My Housing Plan for America
Team Warren Mar 16 In the middle of the 2008 housing crisis, I traveled to Nevada to hear from people who had lost their homes. One of the people who spoke that…
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march 2019
A Few Notes on Productivity
I was asked to facilitate a discussion about productivity and administration with my Associate Dean colleagues on the Administrative Council for Undergraduate…
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march 2019
How the Daughters and Granddaughters of Former Slaves Secured Voting Rights for All
Historian Martha S. Jones takes a look at the question of race versus gender in the quest for universal suffrage
wsv  voting  af-am  history  suffragists 
march 2019
The Rise of the Pedantic Professor
Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review I n recent weeks, Donald Trump’s pursuit of a border wall between the United States and Mexico has worked its way back in…
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march 2019
Robert A. Caro on the Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives
Robert A. Caro and Ina Caro on the car they bought while living in Texas, where they were researching a biography of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Photograph…
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january 2019
Why I Don't Grade Slideshare
Can we imagine assessment mechanisms that encourage discovery, ones not designed for assessing learning but designed for learning through assessment? Much of o…
teaching  grading 
january 2019
Why I Don't Grade
Grades are currency for a capitalist system that reduces learning to a transaction. Grading is a massive co-ordinated effort to take humans out of the educational process.
teaching  grading 
january 2019
(Un)Grading: It Can Be Done in College
Guest post: Laura Gibbs joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 1999, and she has been teaching fully online courses since 2002. You can find out more at her website: MythFolklore.net, which is also home to the "Growth Mindset Cats" -- Cats.MythFolklore.net.
teaching  grading 
january 2019
The Trouble with Rubrics (#)
The Trouble with Rubrics - Alfie Kohn
teaching  grading 
january 2019
Where to Rough It (or Not) In and Around Big Bend Ranch
Choose from campsites, a bunkhouse, or a luxury resort. (And ¡Viva Terlingua!)
camping  texas 
january 2019
Txt.fyi
Simple publishing platform
markdown 
january 2019
The Modern Monkhood of Thomas Merton
Merton was the person in motion who seeks stillness; the monk who wants to belong to the world; the famous person who wants to be unknown. Photograph by Sibylle…
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january 2019
The Costs of the Confederacy
In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology
246  118  civilwar  memory  monuments 
november 2018
Music of time: A night with Eric Hobsbawm’s record collection
On a Sunday afternoon in Shoreditch, east London, a group of strangers sat around listening to jazz. Or maybe they didn’t. There were tables full of people –…
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october 2018
Dozier School graves
A Florida home for wayward boys was once synonymous with horrific conditions. Now, some are trying to discern what occurred by digging for bodies on the campus’s grounds.
sugarlandtf 
october 2018
Discovering the dead: Gullah Society takes on preservation of black burial grounds in Charleston
Plunge a shovel in the Charleston earth and you are likely to dig up history. It’s there in layers, accumulated over the centuries.
sugarlandtf 
october 2018
Community and Memorialization
Gullah Society Anson Street Burial Grounds
sugarlandtf 
october 2018
The Dad Joke Doctrine
ABC Photo Archives / ABC via Getty Every time we drive through farm country in my dad’s home state of Indiana, we know it’s coming. As soon as he spots it in…
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september 2018
Summering with Confederate Statues
Our family just returned to California after spending much of the summer driving around the South promoting our new book, Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy. We logged about 1,700 miles in the car, visiting thirteen towns and cities in six southern states. We dined on local delicacies—from BBQ … Read More Read More
civilwar  memory  246  confederacy 
august 2018
The World’s Greatest Living Jazz Composer Celebrates His Eighty-fifth Birthday
If Wayne Shorter had made no other records than the three he recorded in 1964, his perpetual place in the pantheon would still be assured. Photograph by Bill…
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august 2018
Kytle and Roberts op-ed on Silent Sam take-down
We should preserve unoccupied pedestals as the ruins they are — broken tributes to a morally bankrupt cause.
civilwar  memory  monuments  246  nyt 
august 2018
Writing about "Slavery"? This Might Help
This is a crowdsourced short guide that can eventually be shared with editors, presses, journalists, and curricular projects as well as with authors, teachers and public historians. Considering the particularities (legal, demographic, etc.) of the institution of slavery in various parts of the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and how slavery changed over time, this guide is a set of suggestions that raises questions and sensitivities rather than serving as a checklist that enforces any set of orthodoxies. We are all grappling with language to describe and analyze the intricacies and occurrences of domination and coercion under slavery. And we have inherited a set of assumptions embedded in language. That said, language has evolved. Depending on context, some words clarify, some obscure. Those who have contributed to this crowdsourced guide include leading scholars in the field of slavery studies. This intervention is offered in the spirit of building ethical community.
slavery  writing 
august 2018
Broken Time – Believer Magazine
I. It was supposed to be the best day of Richard “Blue” Mitchell’s life, but June 31, 1958, turned out to be one of the worst. The trumpeter had been summoned…
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august 2018
Error message when trying to upload a file
Descriptions of max limits on post and file uploads
omeka 
june 2018
The presidential elections of the United States
Relief shown by hachures. Shows political party which carried each United Sates map (14 x 26 cm.) in election years from 1789 to 1876, with portrait of each President. "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1877 by Henry Clay Donnell, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington." LC copy 2: Maps on 4 separate sheets. Includes list of "Nationality of the immigrants arriving in the U.S. from 1820 to 1870." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. 2 copies
maps  19c  246  118  reconstruction  civilwar  presidency 
may 2018
10 Questions Every Houston Homebuyer Should Ask Before They Press Go
Get these answers before you commit to a house. (Jim Blackburn quoted)
realestate  houston  houses  flood 
march 2018
How the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Changed Gun Laws
Eighty-nine years later, will the public finally demand similar action?
118  guncontrol  capone  fwis 
february 2018
Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News
For more information: www.fsgbooks.com/broadcasthysteria On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report…
video  majors  history  118 
february 2018
Don’t Do What You Love; Do What You Do
“Love” puts too much pressure on work.
tmdr 
january 2018
Two maps explain the racial history behind Alabama's senate vote
America is a young country. We measure our history in decades, sometimes minutes. Last night, history changed when Alabama elected a Democrat, senator Doug Jones, for the first time in 25 years. Jones defeated Roy Moore in a heated election. Moore, who has been accused of sexual abuse and child molestation, has a long track record...
246  history  slavery  maps  senate  voting  2017  civilwar 
december 2017
Future Historians Probably Won't Understand Our Internet, and That's Okay
What’s happening? This has always been an easier question to pose—as Twitter does to all its users—than to answer. And how well we answer the question of what…
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december 2017
Using Reacting to the Past in the Civil War Classroom
The time had come for the delegates to Kentucky’s Sovereignty Convention to decide whether or not the state should secede. One by one, the delegates responded to the roll call vote. Once the representatives from the Cumberland Plateau, Pennyroyal, and Jackson Purchase regions had spoken, the vote was tied. It was up to the Bluegrass … Read More Read More
civilwar  246  teaching  rttp  pedagogy 
november 2017
Fantasizing Lee as a Civil Rights Pioneer
Andy Hall on the story of Lee taking communion with a black man in a Richmond church after the war.
246  civilwar  lee  memory  fwis 
november 2017
What John Kelly Got Right About Robert E. Lee - WSJ
Jay Winik with a bunch of warmed over Lost Cause myths
fwis  memory  civilwar  246  lee 
november 2017
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