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‘History Has Been Told About Men, for Men, by Men.’ How One Historian Wants to Bring a New Perspective to George Washington

Few Americans are as surrounded by legend as George Washington is. The first President of the United States is renowned as a military genius who led his troops to victory during the Revolutionary War, as a boy who displayed an honest conscience in the famous fable of the cherry tree and as the owner of what may be history’s most famous set of false teeth. Some of those legends land firmly in the realm of myth, and yet they have persisted in schools and in history books for more than two cen...
Tags: Books, News, Washington, Virginia, Uncategorized, America, History, United States, Presidents, Donald Trump, Edward, American History, George Washington, Mary, George, Martha

What American literature can teach us about human rights

The arrival of a new child destroys a household’s ordinary sense of time. At least, it did for us. When our first son was born last fall, two leading scholars had just published books that each, in their own way, describe how contemporary US fiction has been shaped by the dramatic rise of human rights in global politics since the 1970s. Despite their many differences, both these books—James Dawes’ The Novel of Human Rights (2018) and Crystal Parikh’s Writing Human Rights (2017)—argue that new ki...
Tags: Books, Featured, Human Rights, US, United States, Literature, Trump, American History, Dawes, Congressional, UN Convention, Arts & Humanities, Parikh, Trump Administration, Brian Goodman, Literary History

In America, trees symbolize both freedom and unfreedom

Extralegal violence committed by white men in the name of patriotism is a founding tradition of the United States. It is unbearably fitting that the original Patriot landmark, the Liberty Tree in Boston, sported a noose, and inspired earliest use of the metaphor “strange fruit.” The history of the Liberty Tree and a related symbol, the Tree of Slavery, illustrates American entanglements of race and place, nature and nation.The Liberty Tree was a specific elm (Ulmus americana) in the Province of ...
Tags: Books, Texas, Featured, California, Boston, Trees, US, America, Indiana, History, United States, Slavery, Brazil, Java, Republican Party, North America

A Troubled Sound Rings on in Danny Goldberg's 'In Search of the Lost Chord'

How plastic is the hippie? That's a question to dig in on. Some media will show you black and white photos adorned with flowers and smiles and peace signs while espousing the legendary, progressive steps taken by these individuals. Others will just tell you about The Altamont Speedway Free Festival, where drugs led to death and the party turned as sour as the beer on the Hell's Angels' breath that night. The truth lies somewhere in the air in between, under, and above all that, but Danny Goldbe...
Tags: Music, Media, Activism, Protest, Review, Book Review, Woodstock, Black Panthers, American History, Allen Ginsburg, Haight Ashbury, Goldberg, Sixties, Danny Goldberg, Akashic, Hippies

Pelosi’s Suggestion That President Trump Postpone the State of the Union Address Is Not as Strange as It Sounds

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump on Wednesday to postpone the State of the Union address, she gave him two options – reschedule the speech, or send it to Congress in a letter. Pelosi’s letter argued that the speech raised safety concerns because many members of the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, which handle security for the event, are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. She noted that a State of the Union address has never before...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Uncategorized, House, Jimmy Carter, Secret Service, Nancy Pelosi, John Adams, Department Of Homeland Security, Wilson, Trump, Sotu

L.A. vs. Boston? This World Series is new, but city rivalry is real

Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton walks back to his position after the Boston Red Sox scored six runs on three home runs during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Workers prepare the field the day before game three of the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith B...
Tags: Boston, Angels, Sports, Sacramento, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Ted, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, Cambridge, Kings, Nba, Beverly Hills, Manhattan

Sitting down with author and historian Colin G. Calloway

The National Book Award is an American literary prize given out each year by the Nation Book Foundation. Five judging panels made up of writers, literary critics, librarians, and booksellers determine a long list, award finalists, and award winners for a selection of categories.We recently had the opportunity to catch up with historian Colin G. Calloway, whose book The Indian World of George Washington is a finalist for the Nonfiction National Book Award. In the interview below, Colin discusses ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Washington, US, America, History, National Book Awards, American History, George Washington, Colin, Native, Native America, Author Q&A, Native American History, Colin Calloway, Colin G Calloway

The ‘New Woman’ & American literature

In the late 19th and early 20th-century America, a new image of womanhood emerged that began to shape public views and understandings of women’s role in society. With the suffrage and labor movements, the “new woman” emerged. These modern women were attending colleges, rejecting domesticity, asserting themselves politically in public, and becoming a part of the cultural landscape through literature. As the 12th century progresses, the voices of women pushed for more self-discovery and freedom fr...
Tags: Books, Featured, New York City, America, History, Feminism, House, Literature, Connor, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Morrison, American History

Sitting down with author and historian Colin G. Calloway

The National Book Award is an American literary prize given out each year by the Nation Book Foundation. Five judging panels made up of writers, literary critics, librarians, and booksellers determine a long list, award finalists, and award winners for a selection of categories.We recently had the opportunity to catch up with historian Colin G. Calloway, whose book The Indian World of George Washington has been longlisted for the Nonfiction National Book Award. In the interview below, Colin disc...
Tags: Books, Featured, Washington, US, America, History, National Book Awards, American History, George Washington, Colin, Native, Native America, Author Q&A, Native American History, Colin Calloway, Colin G Calloway

The multigenerational struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States [timeline]

The Women’s Suffragist movement spans multiple generations. 72 years passed between the Seneca Falls convention in 1848 and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. During that time, women skillfully organized, mobilized, and built a powerful social movement to achieve their long-sought goal. Let’s look back at the events that led up to that historical achievement nearly one century ago on 18 August 1920.  Gaining the right to vote was a huge accomplishment, but it did not automatical...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, United States, Labor party, Timeline, American History, Seneca Falls, Wikimedia Commons, Online products, Suffrage, US history, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, South While, Women's Suffrage, Oxford Research Encyclopedia

I’m Just Like My Country -- I’m Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

Back in 2014, on a whim (or possibly because I was reeeeeally stoned), I re-sorted the list of New Line shows into chronological order by when the shows originally debuted, to get a look at how our company has explored the history and evolution of the American musical theatre. It's cool to see how the art form has changed and reacted to world events over the twentieth century, but also how wide-ranging New Line's programming actually is. It's worth noting that never, in twenty-seven years have ...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Theatre, Chicago, Paris, Verona, Hamilton, Broadway Musicals, American History, Scott Miller, Rodgers Hammerstein, Jacques Brel, New Musicals, Bonnie Clyde, Living Dead, Riverfront Times

Why Newly Discovered Video Footage of Franklin D. Roosevelt Walking Is a Big Deal

A tourist captured footage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking in 1935
Tags: News, White House, Uncategorized, American History, Franklin D Roosevelt, Franklin, Onetime

Drenched in words: LGBTQ poets from US history

John F. Kennedy stated that “When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” Poetry attempts to reclaim awareness of the world through language, an entirely human construct that can only be pushed so far but one that is pushed repeatedly and necessarily in order to articulate what it means to be human. Throughout American history, LGBTQ poets have explored myriad themes including identity, se...
Tags: Books, New York, Featured, US, America, History, Harvard, United States, Literature, John F Kennedy, Columbia University, Biographies, Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Dickinson, Bishop, Jim Crow

How well do you know the US Supreme Court? [quiz]

The Supreme Court is at the heart of the United States of America’s judicial system. Created in the Constitution of 1787 but obscured by the other branches of government during the first few decades of its history, the Court grew to become a co-equal branch in the early 19th century. Its exercise of judicial review—the power that it claimed to determine the constitutionality of legislative acts—gave the Court a unique status as the final arbiter of the nation’s constitutional conflicts. From the...
Tags: Books, Featured, Supreme Court, Court, America, History, Quiz, US supreme court, American History, United States of America, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Judicial Branch, Legal History, Judicial Review, Stephen Mann

Resisting doomsday: The American antinuclear movement

An aging TV personality occupies the White House. Representing the Republican Party, he denounces his predecessors for coddling the nation’s enemies. Not long after taking office, he begins rattling nuclear sabers with the country’s most dangerous nuclear rival, threatening complete destruction and promising victory in nuclear war. His rhetoric concerns people at home and abroad. Just as this description applies to Donald Trump in 2017, it also characterizes Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. A l...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, California, North Korea, White House, US, America, Reagan, History, Ronald Reagan, Nato, Nuclear Weapons, Un, John F Kennedy, Republican Party

Prohibition and its discontents [Q&A]

The Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution banned alcohol from 1920 to 1933. Sometimes called the “noble experiment,” this disastrous public policy reduced tax revenues, made gangsters rich, and failed to stop drinking. Alcohol consumption did drop some, but regular drinkers turned to bootleg liquor and moonshine, some of which was deadly. In the following interview the historian W. J. Rorabaugh discusses prohibition and its discontents. Q: What was Prohibition, and when did it take place? ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Congress, Senate, Germany, US, America, History, United States, House, Q&a, American History, Alliance, Wikimedia Commons, ASL, Arts & Humanities

A visual history of the New York Crystal Palace [slideshow]

When New York’s Crystal Palace opened its doors in 1853, it quickly became one of the most endeared and celebrated landmarks in the city’s history. But five years later, the building was completely gone—engulfed in flames and reduced to a heap of smoldering debris. The following slideshow of photographs from The Finest Building in America recapture the sensation and spectacle behind the New York Crystal Palace: a building that mattered so much to antebellum Americans and New Yorkers, yet was nev...
Tags: Books, England, New York, London, Featured, NYC, New York City, America, History, Slideshow, Crystal Palace, Times, Hyde Park, Palace, Association, American History

Experts in the Field: Lessons from Dr. Ashley Rose Young

March is Women’s History Month. Today in the Field Journal we celebrate an outstanding woman making her mark in the Museum field. Dr. Ashley Rose Young recently earned her Ph.D. in history at Duke University and is an Historian for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s American Food History Project. She attended Yale University as an undergraduate, where she fell deeper in love with history, food, and American culture. She has worked in Archives and Collections at the Southern Fo...
Tags: Food, Design, Exhibits, Wisdom, New York City, America, Success, History, Museum, Culture, Pennsylvania, Museums, Arkansas, Yale, Paris, Exhibit

Was a Violently Racist Carnival Game Once Popular in America?

In the not-so-distant past, white carnival goers threw eggs or balls at African Americans in a game popularly known as "Hit the Nigger Baby."
Tags: News, America, History, Racism, Fact Check, American History

George Washington and eighteenth century masculinity

We want George Washington—the President of all Presidents, the Man of all Men—to be a certain way. We want him to be an unalloyed male outdoing, singlehandedly, all the other competitors. We want him strong and rude, rough and rugged, athletic and hypersexualized, a chiseled torso, a Teddy Roosevelt, a Tarzan, and a John Wayne: “a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.” The notion that muscular and athletic bodies must define the perennial essence of masculinity has been debated, and increasing...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Featured, Washington, France, America, History, Anthropology, John Wayne, American History, George Washington, George, Lawrence, Mount Vernon, Hartford Connecticut, Masculinity

Step into the past with the best history podcasts of the present

Whether you long to hear bizarre true histories that put fiction to shame, in-depth analysis of famous events and characters, or interviews with world-renowned historians, you need to listen to the best history podcasts. The post Step into the past with the best history podcasts of the present appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Music, Podcasts, Trends, Web, History, American History, Android Army, Best Podcasts

Lincoln and Kennedy Coincidences

Numerous 'coincidences' between the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations are not really so amazing.
Tags: News, History, Lincoln, Fact Check, Kennedy, American History, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Kennedy Coincidences

Public lands, private profit

In August, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke gave President Trump his review of all the large national monuments declared since 1996, a review required by an executive order signed last April. Zinke traveled to many monuments, speaking to a few local groups but mostly to politicians and energy executives. Ultimately, he recommended reductions to four national monuments including Bears Ears, in southern Utah, whose territory he believes should be cut from 1.35 million acres to 160,000 acres. A...
Tags: Utah, Books, Politics, Featured, Congress, Obama Administration, Oregon, Senate, US, History, United States, Conservation, National Parks, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, BLM

5 Under-the-Radar Things to See in Tampa Bay

There’s no shortage of strange, offbeat things to see throughout the state of Florida and Tampa Bay plays its part. This land of pirates, then cigar rollers, then wildly erratic sports teams is no exception. Once you have explored the usual suspects and had enough of the beaches, here are some ideas for having a more memorable local experience. We teamed up with to bring you these top picks. Tampa Thai Temple on Sunday If you’ve ever been to Thailand, you’ll feel some serious deja-vu...
Tags: Travel, Florida, History, Thailand, Expedia, Us Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Weirdness, American History, Thai Food, Tampa Bay, APPALACHIA, US history, History Travel, Biggest highest longest, Strange Things To See

George Washington’s early love of literature [excerpt]

Unlike his contemporaries Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton — George Washington isn’t remembered as an intellectual. But for what he lacked in formal education, Washington made up for in enthusiasm for learning. His personal education began at an early age and continued throughout his adult life. In the following excerpt from George Washington: A Life in Books, historian Kevin J. Hayes gives insight into Washington’s early love of literature. Cubbyholes are magical spac...
Tags: Books, Featured, Education, Washington, Virginia, America, History, Reading, Trade, Literature, Literacy, Lincolnshire, Duke, Gloucester, Piper, American History

America’s forgotten war

You probably don’t know it, but we are now in the centennial year of United States entry into World War One. On 2 April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. Wilson had narrowly won re-election the year before by campaigning under the slogan “he kept us out of the war.” But by the following spring, and following the resumption of Germany’s unrestricted submarine campaign against North Atlantic shipping, Wilson felt h...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Featured, Congress, Australia, Washington, France, Germany, US, America, History, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, World War I

Were ‘Highway Closed in Event of Enemy Attack’ Signs Posted During the Cold War?

Early 1950s efforts to prepare Americans for nuclear war included the erection of signs giving advance notice of highway closures in the event of attack.
Tags: News, Cold War, History, Fact Check, American History, Civil Defense