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 from historians over the last couple of weeks.
By the numbers: In 1897, Helen Dortch, 34, married Longstreet, 76. The Civil War ended in 1865. She was a widow from 1904-1962, more than half of her 99 years. They had no children.
Imagine rushing to a bookstore on pub day, hurriedly opening it up to the chapter about you, and seeing this.
Don’t get John Locke started on sourdough starters.
File under “I had no idea!”
Dr. Keisha N. Blain @KeishaBlain✨ #OnThisDay: On August 2, 1925, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a labor union for African American employees of the Pullman Company, was organized. A. Philip Randolph was its first president. #history #labor #TodayinHistory https://t.co/I6WRKm0YsW
When Americans are chiller than the French.
ArtReview_ @ArtReview_Louvre takes legal action against Pornhub over erotic art history guide https://t.co/mP7lvcoue7 https://t.co/MIekUL4xI5
𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑇𝑖𝑎𝑛𝑎①①①👑💅🏽 @Rider_100x@ImFocusedMaaan @DoGoodRon_ I’m trynna figure out what y’all think yalls ancestors did to cure their sicknesses……..
On a related note.
Noah Smith 🐇 @NoahpinionI am a big fan of the "It's just Twitter" theory of American cultural deterioration. Two things reliably turn nice normal people into raging flaming assholes: 1) getting behind the wheel of a car, and 2) Twitter. https://t.co/TARNJ60S1W
Elmo’s politics are right.
I’ve never read anything like this. Historians rarely talk about the stories we tell while living our own, particularly early in our career, when we’re under such intense pressure and scrutiny.
Recent history. Imagine if he’d incited an insurrection!
Don’t read, don’t vote, let us get away with anything.
Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ @realchrisrufoThis is a lie. Almost 20 years ago, the founder of critical race theory, Kimberlé Crenshaw, boasted that "critical race theory" has been "used as interchangeably for race scholarship as Kleenex is used for tissue." It's their own definition; now they are being exposed. https://t.co/7kdFD0rSno
Susan Glasser @sbg1Offline for an hour only to discover that it is now apparently House GOP official position that Nancy Pelosi not Donald Trump to blame for 1/6 insurrection at the Capitol. #2021
Facial hair was a flex.
Angus Johnston @studentactivismWatching The Greatest Showman with Casey, and trying desperately to figure out when it's supposed to be set.
This feels true for many of us.
Did you know founding father Henry Knox was a bookseller before the Revolution? I’ll forever be indebted to him for writing detailed letters to his wife, which I quoted heavily in You Never Forget Your First.
Jake @ HUB History @HUBhistoryFrom the Boston Gazette and Country Journal #OnThisDay in 1771. https://t.co/lHjBHN3Mh9 https://t.co/bGpAau4BB9
Archives are essential to my work, and most have been closed or inundated with requests for almost two years. They were just reopening or were scheduled to be…but this keeps happening.
50% of tweets fall under “you do you.”
Gregory A. Hargreaves @bordergrovesUnpopular opinion: your pets are not children, nor are they equal to children.
On a related note:
My great grandmother Rose
mother of Ashley gave her this sack when
she was sold at age 9 in South Carolina
it held a tattered dress 3 handfulls of
pecans a braid of Roses hair. Told her
It be filled with my Love always
she never saw her again
Ashley is my grandmother
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