The Public Religion Research Institute has some fascinating results reported here. Consider, especially, the Midwest and Iowa in all of this: Top Three Religions in Each State.
The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Big Data analysis in light of the Ebola outbreak of 2014–all of these are in the mix of a fascinating research project that involves historians and computer engineers working together with their research questions. You can read Jennifer Howard’s summary of the project at the Chronicle of Higher Education here: Big-Data Project on 1918 Flu Reflects Key Role of Humanists – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The past, as William Faulkner famously said, isn’t even past. How particularly true for the Middle East. It’s in the news every day. We really should get to know it.
So observes Matthew Wills. Read his post, with links, on the making of the Middle East in the 20th century, here: Making the Middle East | JSTOR Daily.
The recent controversy in Oklahoma over the teaching of Advanced Placement (A.P.) U.S. History has brought lots of heat among some. It has also, though, brought some thoughtful reflections from Robert Tracy McKenzie, historian at Wheaton College, IL.
McKenzie is a self-described theological and political conservative. (He left a prestigious post at University of Washington, a state-sponsored institution of higher education, for one at Wheaton College, a much smaller but evangelical Protestant-sponsored institution of higher education.)
His blog reflections on the Oklahoma controversy are measured and thoughtful–and they might surprise at least some, given his self-description. As a historian and a fellow Christian, I commend them to you: WHAT IS HISTORY FOR? MORE THOUGHTS ON THE A.P. HISTORY CONTROVERSY | Faith and History.
This New York Times story by David Amsden about a new museum on slavery is mind-boggling: Building the First Slavery Museum in America – NYTimes.com.
Photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) is primarily known for his 20-volume photographic work The North American Indian, a document published between 1907-1930 that captured images of what he called the “Disappearing Race.” The North American Indian defined—and, lamentably, continues to define—the image of Turtle Island’s Indigenous people in the age of photography. Curtis’ other major work was a feature-length silent film, In The Land of The Head Hunters, which he created with the team who assisted him in collecting his songs and images. Curtis had hoped Head Hunters would save him from financial ruin. But the film, which had reportedly cost $20,000 to make, only grossed $3,269 when it premiered in 1914.
So begins a post by Christina Rose at Indian Country Today. Curtis has been noted on this site by me before. For better and for worse, he is significant for the history and understanding of Native Americans.
Now, most of Curtis’ movie has been restored. You can read about it all here in Rose’s full post: Return to the Land of the Head Hunters: 100 Years Later, Edward Curtis’ Movie Plays Again – ICTMN.com.
Vanport–a World War II “instant” city, 2nd largest in Oregon at the time. Segregation. Flood in 1948.
Read a fascinating story about this place, by Natasha Geiling at the Smithsonian site here: How Oregon’s Second Largest City Vanished in a Day | History | Smithsonian.