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"a broad brimmed Felt Hat, Snuff coloured Jacket, old cloth coloured ditto, old Blue breeches, white shirt, coarse grey stockings, and new shoes, with Buckles not Fellows [emphasis mine]."
This is my third time at the turntable as host of the History Carnival (see HC 56 and HC 100) but it is the first time in many years. It is also the first time at this blog, where my 18th Century historical interpretation and material culture research interests went to live after I put Walking the Berkshires on ice. So let me be your DeeJay and I'll lay some righteous history grooves on you here at Another Pair, &c.
DISC ONEMozart Myths. For a history of the spinning discs themselves, from the shellac era to the rebirth of vinyl, look no further than this post at Vinyl Lovers Unite.
TRACK 2: "AMERICAN PIE" - DON McLEAN. If you prefer platters of a different sort, you might be inspired, as was Rich Halpern while at the AHA 2017 Annual Meeting this month, to investigate The Muddled History of the Denver Omlete at the AHA Blog. Early Modern Whale is making Umble Pie, while Four Pounds of Flour makes a Chicken Country Captain from the 1850s and ponders naturalization. A Tapster turned Highwayman is revealed at the blog Here Begynneth a Lytell Geste of Robin Hood. At Process: a blog for american history, Mario Sifuentez makes a good case for lying to his students by offering "a class called the history of food but it’s about workers."
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Drifting Focus Photography
TRACK 4: "DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME)" - SIMPLE MINDS. Judith Weingarten at Zenobia: Empress of the East, asks "Where are the Real Women of the Ancient World?" Where indeed, and while we are at it, Yvonne Seale wonders, "where are the Medieval women in your college survey course?" Phoebe Evans Letocha guest blogs at Medical Heritage Library on Women Veterans of World War I. Our Girl History dares to interpret the untold. Over at Last Real Indians; Trace L. Hentz calls out selective memories and historians and institutions that are that are late in acknowledging suppressed and oppressed history. It is a nettlesome read and worth taking the the time to do so, particularly for insights like this:
"So, how DO you keep violence alive in a museum exhibit or book but not make people throw up or pass out? Very carefully...Memory Studies are a new big thing. Memory is emotional, so history done right is capable of invoking a wide range of emotions..to create empathy but not traumatize."
TRACK 5: "AIN'T GWINE WHISTLE DIXIE" - TAJ MAHAL. Kevin Levin, who has been deeply engaged with memory studies for more than a decade at Civil War Memory, shares his excitement about the newly designated Reconstruction Era National Monument at Beaufort, South Carolina. Millard Fillmore's Bathtub examines a letter written by its eponymous ex-president to Abraham Lincoln in 1861.
TRACK 6: "RESPECT" - ARETHA FRANKLIN. The Women's History Network introduces us to Edith Morely, Britain's first female professor, while Historiann laments; A woman's work is never done (part II), and even when it is, it's not on the syllabus. The Australian Women's History Network hosts a tribute in celebration of the internationalism of feminist historian Marilyn Lake, with reminiscences by her many colleagues and friends.
TRACK 7: "THE EDISON MUSEUM" - THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS. Blogs hosted by institutions large and small weigh in with such fascinating posts as a 2,000-year-old pet cemetery at Smithsonian.com (hat tip: World History Blog) and Gremsdoodle Library with 22 blocks in Schenectady. Another Upstate story is revealed by Hoxie! in a post about armless train announcer Fred Lillie. Just a short way up the canal, the Friends of Scoharie Crossing tell us about the notorious locks known as The Sixteens. Our friends at Fort Ticonderoga blog discuss the heavy casualties taken by provincial rangers under Robert Rogers during the Battle on Snowshoes in 1757.
DISC TWOTRACK 8: "OLD AND IN THE WAY - DAVID GRISMAN". David Gills at Looting Matters looks back at disputed cultural property and illegal trafficking in antiquities during 2016. Dumpdiggers lauds the trend in office lobby museums and describes an artifact of office printing technology from the 1880s, now on display at a business in Toronto. Flavia at Ferule and Fescue muses about the relevance of reference books in the digital age.
TRACK 9: "U.N.I.T.Y." - QUEEN LATIFA. The group blog The Australian Women's History Network generated a number of excellent posts as activism against gender violence. Among these are Lucinda Horrick's Out of the Closets: A Homosexual History of Melbourne; Dianne Hall on Early Modern Domestic Violence; Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien on Witchcraft and Communal Violence and Vera Mackie discussing militarized sexual abuse during the Asia-Pacific War.
Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex and Sickness in the Middle Passage. Viola at bookaddiction shares her thoughts on Paula Byrne's biography of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy. Jonathan Dresner at Frog in a Well offers a thought on military and transnational history in lieu of a review of Kenneth Swope’s A Dragon’s Head and a Serpent’s Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War. The Renaissance Mathematicus reads an excellent biography on Kepler's mom. Legal History Blog offers lessons learned from writing The Chapter from Hell.
TRACK 11: "PLASTIC FANTASTIC LOVER" - JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. It is
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TRACK 13: "WHAT IT MEANS" - DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS. Alternate facts abound with America's post-expert POTUS. Historians know the difference and they document the hell out of it. Executed Today burns a werewolf. The Many-headed Monster examines the history of Fake News in the 17th century and compares it to that of the present day. Airminded investigates claims of Death Ray development between the wars.
"if we find ourselves...governed by 'an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct' — then I can only pray that God will give me and you the strength not to hesitate, not to calculate or procrastinate, but to defend what is right without fear."
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Naval Impressment, Newport Rhode Island, 1765
Photograph by John Collins
"What do we want? Evidence-based Science!"
"When do we want it? After Peer Review!"
So say we all.
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resplendent in striped calimancoe
Time to face the music. Yes, this was actually a carnival of history's untold stories and under-represented voices, all served up with musical accompaniment. I actively sought to highlight these posts and bloggers and you can too.
The next edition of the History Carnival -
No. 163 - will be at Dirty Sexy History. Be sure to nominate the Best History Blog Posts of February, 2017 and consider hosting this Carnival yourself.
There's no school like Old School.