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Debate: Prosecute Trump, with Rich Lowry and David Blight

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In the News #ProsecuteTrump #StolenRelations #IndianSlavery #BigIsms

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  The Sunday Debate: Prosecute Trump Intelligence Squared With David Blight, Sterling Professor of American History at Yale University, and Rich Lowry, Editor-in-chief of National Review, to debate the issue. The host for this discussion is journalist, academic and former White House correspondent for the BBC, Philippa Thomas. continue   Counties with more slaves in 1860 have higher gun ownership rates today, study finds Matthew Rozsa, August 25, 2022, Salon Though the Civil War was over 150 years ago, the social fabric of the United States still suffers from the country's former divisions. Cultural and political values are split between the so-called free counties and the former slave counties, which existed in 15 states (only 11 of which seceded during the Civil War). Now, a new study has shown one of the most peculiar, yet perhaps unsurprising, divisions between former slaveholding and free parts of the U.S.: the prevalence of slavery in a given county cor

On the Mighty Waters: Indians, Maritime Labor, and Communities of Color...

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Jason R. Mancini, Ph.D., Executive Director of CT Humanities, presents the program “Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Indians, Maritime Labor, and Communities of Color in Southern New England.” This program is hosted by Otis Library in partnership with the Norwich Historical Society.

Over 90% of Medieval Manuscripts Have Been Lost, Study Says

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Scientists borrowed the ecological “unseen species” model to estimate how many works of medieval European literature have gone extinct.     by Elaine Velie August 17, 2022   SOURCE The study tracked Medieval narrative tales, not religious texts. Lavishly illustrated German manuscript containing the Arthurian romance of Wigalois, Ltk 537, f. 71v-72r (University Library, Leiden, the Netherland) Yearning princesses locked away in castles, heroic knights, hawkish Vikings — fragments of medieval European stories have permeated nearly every aspect of contemporary culture, from Taylor Swift songs to Shrek . But how many stories haven’t survived to the modern day? A recent study published in Science found that nearly one-third of Medieval tales and over 90% of original manuscripts have been lost forever. The study, titled “ Forgotten books: The application of unsee

Ancients: Ammunition for white supremacists today

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  If we want to see more diversity in Classics, we have to work harder as public historians to change the narrative — by talking to filmmakers, writing mainstream articles, annotating our academic writing and making it open access , and doing more outreach that emphasizes the vast palette of skin tones in the ancient Mediterranean. - Dr. Sarah E. Bond We were suckered by the Hollywood-ized Version. - Blog Editor Sarah writes: As classicist Christopher B. Krebs wrote in A Most Dangerous Book , his work on the Third Reich’s manipulation of the classical author Tacitus, “Throughout the 19th century, scientists would scour far and wide mismeasuring human anatomy. The more data that was compiled, the less significant the result became. Where science failed, prejudice stepped in and observation yielded to opinion.”  This prejudice was seen particularly in the diagramming of beauty within anatomical textbooks of the 19th and early 20th centuries.   Too often today, we fail

When Did Racism Begin? #BigIsms

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Ancients - definitely, had separated themselves from lesser human beings, serfs who they enslaved. There were only two classes: us and them.  Blog Editor TLH   The Fractious Historical Debate Explained by Vanita Seth   Vanita Seth is an associate professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Does racism have its roots in the ancient and premodern past, or is it a product of Western modernity?  That question has animated a significant body of recent scholarship on ancient, medieval, and early-modern texts and cultural practices. In his 2015 editorial introduction to a journal issue on race and the Middle Ages, the medievalist Cord Whitaker wrote that the “question of race’s relevance is solved: yes, the Middle Ages have been thoroughly raced.” But has it? The recent scholarship on medieval “racism” resolutely rejects, and seeks to overturn, a prior consensus, broadly dating from the 1990s, that the concept of race is both mo

IN THE NEWS #BigIsms #SLAVERYWAR #BlackBirding

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  What’s Actually Being Taught in History Class Kassie Bracken, Mark Boyer, Jacey Fortin, Rebecca Lieberman and Noah Throop, August 17, 2022, The New York Times In the last two years, dozens of state legislatures have introduced bills that would limit what teachers can say about complicated subjects like race, gender and inequality. The legislation is part of a larger debate over politics in public school education. Across the United States, parents have demanded more oversight over curriculums, and school board meetings have erupted into fiery discussions. In 2020, amid widespread protests over racial inequality, some conservative activists began using critical race theory, or C.R.T., as a catchphrase. They claimed that C.R.T., a decades-old scholarly framework that raised questions about structural racism and inequality, was infiltrating modern-day classrooms. “They’re trying to rewrite history and redesign the future of the United States,” said Greg Abbott, the g

Major civil rights moments in every state

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  These Are All the Places in the United States Where Nobody Lives CLICK source by: STACKER , Andrew Lisa | Feb 25, 2022 ( STACKER ) – A land of contradictions from the outset, the United States was founded by enslavers who spoke passionately and eloquently about liberty, freedom, and justice for all.  In the beginning, “all” was limited to men of European ancestry who were wealthy enough to own land.  The Constitution’s protections did not apply to most of the people living in America for most of the country’s history—at least not in full. Women—about 50% of the population—were not included in the country’s concept of “all,” likewise millions of slaves—and for a long time, their offspring.  The descendants of the original inhabitants of the United States were commonly excluded from the promise of America, as were many immigrants, ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ people, and religious minorities. Despite all the work that remains to be done, all of those groups an

DNA is now data

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What really caught my attention is the DNA bullshit TV ads luring in people …This DNA marketing is used like ammunition and The Holy Grail. And to my horror, we know they are storing our DNA results but are they using them in some way nefarious? DNA is our signature and belongs to humanity. It is not something a company should own. L/T   Our Obsession with Ancestry Has Some Twisted Roots https://www.newyorker.com › Magazine › Genealogy May 2, 2022 — The genealogical behemoth Ancestry , which boasts more than three ... largest genetic database , was purchased for $4.7 billion in 2020.   **👇 Are DNA companies working with Mormons? Preston Bell Studied Engineering (college major) at Utah State University Yes, they are, and I assume that you are curious about the reason why. Mormons are obsessed with their families. They do a lot of genealogy to find out who is in their family tree. They believe that they can link their generations together for eternity in their temples. Chec

Covering Up Slavery in the Birth of the US

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A s some politicians try to shackle educators with restrictive laws, Raphael E. Rogers recommends using historical records to show  the role that slavery played in  the forming of a nation .     By Raphael E. Rogers  Clark University O f all the subjects taught in the nation’s public schools, few have generated as much controversy of late as the subjects of racism and slavery in the United States. The attention has come largely through a flood of legislative bills put forth primarily by Republicans over the past year and a half. Commonly referred to as anti-critical race theory legislation, these bills are meant to restrict how teachers discuss race and racism in their classrooms . One of the more peculiar byproducts of this legislation came out of Texas, where, in June, an advisory panel made up of nine educators recommended that slavery be referred to as “ involuntary relocation .” The measure ultimately failed . Slavery in what is now known as the United States is oft

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