“The History Channel’s assault on truth”

Check this out!





History repeating itself: 1990s & the “Trump Teens”


“Ever since, it has been hard to miss the 1990s underpinnings of the Trump Teens. The tabloidism. The gutter talk. The kinky dossiers. (Remember the X-rated Starr report?) Had America not absorbed the sheer skeeviness of that decade, how else would it have become comfortable electing a thrice-married man who ran beauty contests and graced casinos, one of them with a strip club, with his name — a man accused of a string of unwanted sexual advances and assaults (all of which he denied)?”

Letters to Memory


This is an extraordinary essay about Letters to Memory, a new book on the Japanese internment during WW2, written by Karen Tei Yamashita.  The reviewer writes:

“Yamashita calls her project “memory”—it is memory that blends the author’s own recollections with historical narratives, personal papers, bureaucratic records, and great historical tomes. It is perhaps a species of group memory formed over thousands of years as humans have engaged the questions of war, necessity, failure, grievance, law, justice, forgiveness, and transcendence, all taking place through the medium of the written word. As we all must do, she is finding her own place in this legacy, hewing out her own sense of what she is and what has transpired in the lives of those closest to her.”

It’s a thoughtful piece about the relationship of history and memory, about family and personal stories, about the importance of preserving “difficult” histories.


“History’s losers” writing the story

Another excellent piece on the removal of Confederate monuments:

(and be sure to read some of the comments!)

“The argument over Confederate monuments . . . is a moment for public education like no other, but with risks. When history’s losers get to define the story, it can create rifts — with allies, with adversaries or even with our fellow citizens. But so can a sudden, emotional rush to rectify it. Historians say the Confederate statues should be removed slowly, with deliberation, not destroyed in the middle of the night.”


A “new Civil War”

ANOTHER post about a “new Civil War.”  This one is definitely worth your time.

The recent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a white-supremacist rally has stoked some Americans’ fears of a new civil war.



“Parallels and analogies are always risky, but we do have weakened institutions and not just polarized parties but parties that are risking disintegration, which is what happened in the eighteen-fifties”  — David Blight