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My next career: I'm going to be a medium who delivers presidential endorsements from the spirit realm #presidentialhistory #twitterstorians
Twitter is often a hellscape of pile-ons and bad opinions, but once you find your people, there’s nothing like it. Here are the most thoughtful, vexing, delightful tweets I bookmarked in May and early June—with special appearances by Tom Hanks, Moby Dick, and Ellie Kemper:
Where I’m coming from: In my book, one of my secondary arguments is that the Black people I study, owned as slaves by Native Americans, received reparations in the form of 40 acres of land.
When I fist started working on the Madison Papers, I thought deciphering his encrypted correspondence would be intriguing. Turns out it’s more tedious than intriguing.
Dr. A.C. Jackson, called “most able Negro surgeon in America,” was shot to death while emerging from his home during Tulsa Race Massacre of a century ago:
Whenever this starts getting retweeted again I know he's done something shitty.
Eton College writes to Boris Johnson's dad in 1982 https://t.co/pIVbsOdZIG
Letters of Note @LettersOfNote
“Don’t judge the past by the standards of the present!” But also “Don’t judge people in the present — let historians do it!” https://t.co/jXr8aMkHJe
Yeah... folks have pointed this out but you really can’t assume “history will judge” anyone because historical remembrance itself is a battle between the oppressor and the oppressed.
DEFUND & ABOLISH POLICE, REFUND OUR COMMUNITIES @BreeNewsome
Squeeze! squeeze! squeeze! all the morning long; I squeezed that sperm till I myself almost melted into it
“Ms. Rivera was part of a group of Puerto Rican photographers, mostly men, who had set about documenting their community, seeking to wrest back their story from the wider society in which they were often stereotyped.”
nytimes.comSophie Rivera, Photographer of Latin New York, Dies at 82Her portraits of fellow Puerto Rican New Yorkers could be both majestic and tender. She was also a constant street photographer and later made herself her subject.
A note on this map being shared all over the place. 1) It is really well done! And pretty darn thorough.
To prove that some groups are absent from our story of American history I gave students a list of important events in LGBTQ+ history and asked them to find any of them in our textbook. Take a wild guess how many they found?!? Yes, zero they found ZERO references to LGBTQ+ history
Making an attack on Critical Race Theory the center of your party’s politics is an odd way to make the point that race is not central to the narrative of America.
When a poltergeist began creating havoc in a 1930s London home, a psychic investigator got involved, hoping to prove the existence of ghosts once and for all.
nyti.msWhen Teacups, Burning Lumps of Coal and Eggs Flew Through the AirIn her delightfully spooky new book, “The Haunting of Alma Fielding,” Kate Summerscale investigates poltergeist activity in 1930s London.
Illinois is poised to become the first state to require Asian American history be taught in public schools.
politi.coNation’s first school mandate on AAPI history heads to Illinois governor“I’m getting calls from all over the country — people who have read about TEAACH and how they can pass this bill in their state,” state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz said.
If you're interested in how carnival balls like the Veiled Prophet developed during Reconstruction and lent glamour to white supremacy, I have a chapter on them in my history of the debutante ritual (including an account of my trip to one of them): bookshop.org/books/the-seas…
@ChrisQRG1917 @WB_Baskerville A fancy event put on by our local KKK, of which Ellie Kemper was once the Queen of Love and Beauty https://t.co/6xgwa788Ck
Thee Hannah @hannastasia
A fascinating read from @treelinescom. The Chinese Laundrymen of Homestead
homesteadhebrews.comThe Chinese Laundrymen of HomesteadThe Chinese residents of Homestead were never permitted to form a community in the way other immigrants took for granted. Here’s what their lives were like.
Okay, we're all talking about the sweet and sort of awkward pic of the Bidens and the Carters, but can we talk about the latter's wedding photo? There is so much joy in this pic.
“And I thought, ‘Wait a minute… what happened about the Civil Rights movement? What about Martin Luther King?" Remarkably, the essay Hussman read "a couple of times" has an entire section on Martin Luther King, Jr. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
The conversation @AntheaButler @mboorstein and I had about Billy Graham, evangelicalism and American politics for @AmExperiencePBS yesterday is available here:
youtube.comOne Nation Under God? The political power of Evangelicalism | Past ForwardAmerican Experience presents a virtual conversation on the influence of evangelicalism in American politics. This discussion is inspired by the premiere of A...
I feel like it's an underappreciated fact that the very real phenomenon called McCarthyism that dominated American politics and culture in the early 1950s was based upon an entirely fabricated "list of 57 known communists." Lies can shape reality.
washington.eduDocuments that Changed the World: Joseph McCarthy’s ‘list,’ 1950Sometimes a document can be devastating — can ruin lives and change history — even if it doesn’t really exist.
This article mentions my case along with @CornelWest @nhannahjones and @garrett_felber I am proud to be in their company.
insidehighered.comUniversities that fire tenured faculty without due process are setting a dangerous precedent (opinion) | Inside Higher EdIf universities can sack tenured faculty without due process, it will set a dangerous precedent -- one that could ultimately be a death sentence for the profession, argues Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt.
The average age of US Senators is older than it has ever been in history. There is a minimum age for a senator (30), but unlike in Canada, no maximum age (Canada's max is 75). The military has mandatory retirement– but the people declaring war don't. Hmm
washingtonpost.comThis Senate is the oldest in American history. Should we do anything about it?“Age may bring challenges, but it’s also a benefit when it comes to being in Congress,” says 87-year-old Dianne Feinstein. Many disagree.
Yesterday's webinar, "Why you can't teach U.S. history without American Indians" (with @rkmiron, @Doug_Kiel, Liz Ellis, and Sasha Suarez), is now available to stream.
vimeo.comWhy You Can’t Teach United States History Without American IndiansThis is “Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians” by Wisconsin Historical Society on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos…
Huh, I wondered, why is Iroquois Confederacy trending? Surely not alongside the casual mention of a film (Birth of a Nation) that is still used for Klan recruitment? That sound you hear the simultaneous primal scream of historians
CNN's Rick Santorum: "We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes we have Native Americans but candidly there isn't much Native American culture in American culture" https://t.co/EMxOEYDbg7
Jason Campbell @JasonSCampbell
"[Schools] should stop the battle to whitewash curriculums to avoid discomfort for students. America’s history is messy but knowing that makes us a wiser and stronger people." -- @tomhanks
nytimes.comOpinion | Tom Hanks: You Should Learn the Truth About the Tulsa Race MassacreSchools and the entertainment industry, which help shape what is history and what is forgotten, must portray the burden of racism in our nation.
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