James Grossman of the American Historical Association has a few words to the wise about “using” history …
History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of30 May
Life Has Never Been Normal, by Aaron Belz.
Source: The Center for Public Justice
The first appearance of the “battlefield cross” is a matter of conjecture. It might have been during the Civil War, to signify a dead soldier to be gathered and buried during a truce called for that purpose. Soldier dead were buried in graves in temporary cemeteries near the battlefields, identified by simple wooden plaques. The configuration of the rifle pointed downward with a helmet perched on the stock was a more common sight during World War I and World War II.
For the third installment of our Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project potluck series, we embraced 1950s cooking. We found recipes influenced by the end of World War II rationing, an ongoing interest in convenience, and the growing peacetime prosperity and leisure that many, though not all, Americans enjoyed. Here are just a few of the trends we noticed:
At least 250 Shoshone were killed by the Army at Bear River, Idaho in 1863, but their remains have yet to be found. At the Smithsonian, Sylvia Wright concisely recounts the massacre and the current search for the site: The Search Is On for the Site of the Worst Indian Massacre in U.S. History | History | Smithsonian
Where Polls and Surveys Fall Short: A Conversation with Robert Wuthnow on “Inventing American Religion”11 May
Sociologist Robert Wuthnow offers a fascinating take on polling and religion in this interview about his new book: Where Polls and Surveys Fall Short: A Conversation with Robert Wuthnow on “Inventing American Religion” | Religion Dispatches