Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapper

29 Sep

Thomas Crapper’s actual innovation was entirely tangential to the flush toilet. Get the full poop on Crapper from Kat Eschner’s post at the Smithsonian here: Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapper | Smart News | Smithsonian

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Ken Burns, America’s best-known documentarian, explained

28 Sep

His aim is not to make us rethink American history, but, rather, to reexperience it.

So says Todd VanDerWerff in his post at Vox. Read his astute essay on Burns here: Ken Burns, America’s best-known documentarian, explained – Vox

A Walk in Willa Cather’s Prairie

26 Sep

Alex Ross provides a wonderful report-essay in the New Yorker on Willa Cather and the new National Willa Cather Center: A Walk in Willa Cather’s Prairie | The New Yorker

Tribes Defy Storm & Bureaucracy to Deliver Name Change Declaration to Yellowstone

19 Sep

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – “I stand in strong solidarity with you and my indigenous brothers and sisters in your demands to change the names in Yellowstone from war criminals to humane and freedom-loving people!” Dr. Cornel West informed Chief Stan Grier, a message sent for tribal leaders on the eve of their unity protest in Yellowstone. That Harvard professor Dr. West, once described by President Obama as “a genius, a public intellectual, a preacher, an oracle” and “the most exciting black American scholar ever” by critics, has publicly supported Tribal Nations’ efforts to change the names of proponents and exponents of indigenous genocide in Yellowstone, suggests the traction and profile the issue is gaining.

Read the rest of the story here at Native News Online: Backed by Civil Rights “Genius” Dr. Cornel West, Tribes Defy Storm, Bureaucracy & Deliver Name Change Declaration to Yellowstone – Native News Online

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PBS The Vietnam War: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)

19 Sep

Read historian Christian G. Appy’s thoughtful review of episode #2 of Burns & Novick’s The Vietnam War documentary: “Riding the Tiger” (1961-1963)

There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

18 Sep

A new movie sets its doomed entrepreneurs amidst 17th-century “tulipmania”—but historians of the phenomenon have their own bubble to burst. Read Lorraine Boissoneault’s report at the Smithsonian on historian Anne Goldgar’s work on tulipmania here: There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever | History | Smithsonian

PBS’ The Vietnam War: “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)

18 Sep

Read historian Christian G. Appy’s thoughtful review of episode 1 of Burns & Novick’s The Vietnam War documentary here at the Organization of American Historian’s site: “Déjà Vu” (1858-1961)

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