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What We’re Reading: April 29, 2010 Edition

AHA Staff | Apr 29, 2010

Edwin Smith papyrusWe start off this week with a selection of articles on history and new media. First up, Slate magazine looks at how historians may use the Twitter archive in the future. Then, listen to a Digital Campus podcast on “social history,” read Sharon Leon’s series on "21st Century Public History,” and check out a new document on the National Library of Medicine’s Turning the Pages site. Following this are a number of American history related articles: K.C. Johnson looks at what’s “deemphasized” in the teaching of U.S. history, Inside Higher Ed looks at the Tea Party movement and the misconstruing of American history, the Legal History Blog notes a new journal on Civil War history, and more. Finally, a historian admits to dissing his competition on Amazon and NPR looks at “land bought by newly freed slaves in the 1860s and 1870s” seven generations later.

New Media

American History


  • Historian Orlando Figes admits posting Amazon reviews that trashed rivals
    The Guardian reports on historian Orlando Figes’ admission that he’s used Amazon to negatively comment on other’s books.
  • Photographer Finds Kinship With A Black ‘Homeplace’
    Sarah Hoskins captures small “hamlets” right outside of Lexington, Kentucky that “were built on land bought by newly freed slaves in the 1860s and 1870s. They have names like Frogtown, Maddoxtown, Zion Hill. Many of these towns still survive today, six or seven generations later, though some are fading fast into history.” Make sure to watch the video clip recounting the history of these small communities and listen to the story from NPR’s Weekend Edition.  

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend

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