What We’re Reading: November 4, 2010 Edition
We begin this week by linking to what others are looking forward to at this year’s 125th Annual Meeting: Medieval history sessions, digital history sessions, and the Cliopatria awards. Also, if you’re on the job market, The Chronicle has an article on reducing stress. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with two articles detailing events, more resources, and recognizing a number of Native American women. We also link to three National Archives related pieces: on possible theft by an employee, a new report on changes, and a video on Civil War documents. Read three other Civil War related links, which note the upcoming sesquicentennial and some remaining myths. Even though Halloween is over, the Backstory podcast tackles some spooky stuff, we see some ghostly images in daguerreotypes, and Jane Austen had some frightening grammar. Finally, things get a bit political in two articles on the misuse of history in politics.
- Medieval sessions at the 125th Annual Meeting of American Historical Association
Medievalists.net rounds up a long list of Medieval sessions at this year’s 125th Annual Meeting.
- Digital History at the 2011 AHA Meeting
Dan Cohen laments the small number of digital history sessions at the upcoming annual meeting, but recognizes the ones that are going on.
- 2010 Cliopatria Award Nominations
HNN’s Cliopatria group blog is accepting nominations for “the best history writing in the blogosphere.” Submit your picks for Best Post, Best Series of Posts, Best Individual Blog, Best Group Blog, Best New Blog, and Best Writer. Cliopatria will announce the winners at the AHA’s 125th Annual Meeting.
- Managing Your Emotions on the Market
Some good advice from The Chronicle’s “Manage Your Career” section controlling anxiety while on the job market.
Native American Heritage Month
- Native American Heritage Month
Loriene Roy, a professor at The University of Texas, Austin and advisory editor for The American Indian Experience, writes about how to “celebrate and commemorate” Native American Heritage Month through events, resources, and education.
- The Women of American Indian Heritage Month
The National Women’s History Project recognizes the American Indian women through history.
- Agents raid home of ex-National Archives official
The Washington Post reports on a recent raid of a former National Archives employee, who is suspected of theft.
- The beginning of real change at NARA?
The Archives Next blog takes a close look at the National Archives’ recently released “final report of the Archivist’s Task Force On Agency Transformation.”
- Inside the Vaults: Discover the Civil War
The National Archives has posted a new video on how documents from the Civil War are an integral part of their exhibit “Discovering the Civil War.”
- In Richmond, a Civil War expert seeks to emancipate history’s narrative
Historian and University of Richmond President Edward Ayers talks to The Washington Post about rethinking “what the [Civil War] war is about, and what we’ve being doing in Richmond is instead of talking of one sesquicentennial, one anniversary, it’s really two: One’s the Civil War, and the other’s Emancipation."
- The myth of the black Confederates
Historian Bruce Levine tries to dispel the myth that thousands of “Southern blacks — both free and enslaved — served voluntarily, loyally, consistently and as fully fledged combatants in the South.” His article stems from the recent controversy about a 4th grade Virginia textbook, which AHA Executive Director Jim Grossman addressed in his blog post “Historical Malpractice and the Writing of Textbooks.”
- Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina, 2011-2015
See a roundup of resources, lectures, exhibits, and events the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, “operating with an experts advisory panel of leading historians,” has been putting together for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
- American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural
In time for Halloween (though we’re linking to it after the fact) the American History Guys present a podcast on “ghosts, spirits and witches throughout our nation’s history.” They also offer a number of links to more online resources.
- Very early photographic images of humans discovered
This article takes a look at some of the earliest daguerreotypes of people.
- Jane Austen’s Well-Known Style Owed Much to Her Editor, Scholar Argues
Jennifer Howard at The Chronicle explains that an “editor of a new digital edition of Austen’s fiction manuscripts says the drafts reveal the unedited novelist to be a more creatively unruly, grammar-bending writer than many people think.”
- The party of antihistory
The Boston Globe profiles historian Jill Lepore and her thoughts on the Tea Party and their use of history.
- All Patriots ‘Know’ That Moses Wrote the Constitution
The Atlantic delves into a meeting of the National Center for Constitutional Studies, the idea of "British Israelism," and confusion over who created the Constitution.
Contributors: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Vernon Horn
This post first appeared on AHA Today.
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