“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.”



Images of the Past

On March 21, 1960, Ian Berry photographed a massacre perpetrated by the South African police force against people in Sharpeville.  His photos brought forth a reality that couldn’t be captured in words alone and caught the attention of the international community.  This article really emphasizes the importance that photos  have in preserving history, especially the reality of it.

A Short History of Politics in the Movies

This is a short piece by NPR discussing the history of how politics has been represented in film. It focuses particularly on the 1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as a starting point and goes into the 1960’s representations of politics.

Read the piece here: http://www.npr.org/2017/09/10/549865779/when-hollywood-went-to-washington-the-history-of-politics-in-movies


Discovering a Dark Past

Filmmaker Andres Lubbert searched for the source of pain his father felt, and ended up discovering the horrors his father experienced in being recruited by Augusto Pinochet’s secret police in Chile.

Read the article here: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/09/chile-forced-work-pinochet-170910060030125.html

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





Milwaukee remembers 9/11 attacks 16 years later

This article  discusses the memories attached to the 9/11 attack and how it impacted the Milwaukee area. I thought it was particularly interesting the way it talked about how one person remembered the country unifying and the way that made them feel. I also found it interesting but not surprising how prevalent patriotism was as it seems like 9/11 always garners a similar response.