What We’re Reading: May 29, 2014
Today’s What We’re Reading features the “Case for Reparations” and ensuing conversation, Jon Stewart historicizes the Department of Veterans Affairs controversy, a restoration puzzle, and much more!
Social media is abuzz over a recent article written by Ta-Nehisi Coates in the Atlantic argues that ‘Reparations—by which I mean the full acceptance of our collective biography and its consequences—is the price we must pay to see ourselves squarely.’ The article has already garnered the most page views of any Atlantic story, ever.
Coates recently visited the Buzzfeed offices and discussed the making of his story, as well as the reactions.
A historian responds to the landmark Atlantic article.
Jon Stewart looks at the shameful history of the long-established bipartisan tradition of mistreatment of American veterans (abridged for his segment by skipping over the entire 19th century).
Susan Schulten weaves together maps, World War II, popular culture, and American perceptions of the world.
Death Comes to Pemberley, a BBC miniseries, draws ire from food historians regarding flaws in its depictions of eating etiquette in Georgian times.
Tracing the idea of mapping big data to Census Office maps made during the Civil War.
Photographs, videos, and audio recordings, as well as timelines and a chronology.
At NPR: The emergence of “kitchen culture” and its legacy.
A New York Times video about the broken artifacts of Yungang Grottoes, a Chinese Buddhist temple. Ancient shards are put back together like pieces of a puzzle.
Patricia Limerick, incoming president of the Organization of American Historians (and former AHA vice president, Teaching Division), asks for help in proving to Nicholas Kristof that university professors do matter “in today’s great debates.”
The Washington Post discusses the potential connection between Common Core State Standards and the Boston Public School System move to reorganize academic departments.
In anticipation of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s 20th anniversary celebrations, its current director reflects on what sets digital history apart.
Digital Public Library of America community rep Sarah Melton asks, “How might we leverage a national platform to help research neighborhood histories?”
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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