What We’re Reading: April 29, 2010 Edition
We 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.
- How future historians will use the Twitter archives
Slate considers the Library of Congress’s decision to archive Twitter and looks at how historians may make use of this information in the future. But they also ask whether the massive quantity of this information, “make[s] the job of historians easier or harder?”
- Digital Campus: Episode 55 – Social History
The folks at Digital Campus dissect the Library of Congress’s planned acquisition of Twitter data, and peer ahead to ask whether this is a sign that Twitter is on its way to becoming history.
- 21st Century Public History, Part I
Sharon Leon at the Center for History and New Media has started a series on "21st Century Public History" exploring the way new media changes the relationship with our audiences.
- An Ancient Medical Treasure at Your Fingertips
The National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health recently announced the addition of “the Edwin Smith Papyrus, the world’s oldest known surgical document” to their online Turning the Pages site.
- The Skewing of American History
K.C. Johnson, a history professor at CUNY, challenges the discipline for "de-emphasizing or eliminating altogether the study of American politics, the law, foreign policy, [and] military affairs" in the teaching of U.S. history.
- The Tea Party Challenge
Erik Christiansen and Jeremy Sullivan at Inside Higher Ed considers how “ignorance about history” fuels statements by members of the Tea Party Movement and causes the media and public to react with “fuzzy understanding.”
- Journal of the Civil War Era
Dan Ernst at the Legal History Blog takes a look at new journal from the University of North Carolina Press: The Journal of the Civil War Era.
- Links to a bygone era: Fewer than 100 kids of veterans of conflict remain; 6 in Tenn.
The Knoxville News Sentinel looks at the remaining living children of Civil War soldiers. Their numbers are dwindling, now less than 100.
- The Lost State of Jefferson
At the blog Strange Maps we came across the odd "lost state" of Jefferson.
- 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
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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