‘#Reading is #resistance’: #students and parents take on DeSantis’s #bookbans
#Florida governor’s constant attacks on the #education system have led to an increasing #backlash from a wide range of people https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/23/florida-desantis-book-ban-school-student-parent
After #Florida restricts #Blackhistory, churches step up to teach it https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2023/09/24/florida-black-history-churches-teaching/ #history #americanhistory
"#white people go around, it seems to me, with a very carefully suppressed terror of #Black people, tremendous uneasiness...they don't know what the Black face hides; they're sure it's hiding something. What it's hiding is #AmericanHistory...what it's hiding is what white people *know* they have done and are doing." – #JamesBaldwin
Ignore the clickbait title of this video and focus on his words and meaning:
“The goal of the conspiracist is not to claim the middle and seize power; it is, instead, to operate a guerilla war from the margins. The goal is not to effect change but to resist it; to keep America in a state of un-advancement, where social goals and progressive policies cannot be implemented.”
Great reading from
@colindickey’s book “Under the Eye of Power — How fear of secrecy societies shapes American Democracy”.
A new General Knowledge Quiz has just been posted on our website!
#OnThisDay, 10 Sept 1972, American Doreen Wilber wins Olympic gold in women's archery. It was the first time archery has been included in the Games since 1920.
Wilber took up the sport after her husband was given an archery set. For a decade, she never lost a competition at State level, and set national or world records 18 times.
#OnThisDay, 9 Sept 1966, Constance Baker Motley became the first Black woman to be a US federal judge when she was sworn in.
She had been the first Black female lawyer to argue a case at the Supreme Court in 1962. And she’d been the first woman to be president of the borough of Manhattan in 1965.
Really enjoying this. It's both an impressively erudite and remarkably accessible retelling of #USHistory that centers #Indigenous peoples and obliterates a number of national myths. Highly recommended and worth imitating for historians (like me!) working in other national contexts. #history #AmericanHistory #histodons @histodons
A great documentary on Eugene V. Debs.
"My subjects don't have the same language of #trauma that we use today, but they are articulating being completely changed by what happened to them in these attacks."
#KidadaEWilliams talks about writing and teaching #BlackHistory, and about her new book #ISawDeathComing: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against #Reconstruction
Read Heather Cox Richardson, if you don’t already: https://open.substack.com/pub/heathercoxrichardson/p/september-1-2023
#OnThisDay, 1 Sept 1773, Phillis Wheatley's collection of poetry is published in London: the first known collection by an African-American poet.
Read more about her life, and selected poems at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/phillis-wheatley (CW: contains descriptions of enslavement)
The rebellion led by an enslaved individual named Gabriel began in Virginia #OTD in 1800. Learn more about Gabriel's Rebellion by listening to ep. 2.21. #history #americanhistory #ushistory https://www.presidenciespodcast.com/221-i-am-gabriel-that-stands-in-the-presence-of-god/
#OnThisDay, 28 Aug 1917, ten of the Silent Sentinels are arrested outside the US White House.
The sentinels were campaigning for women's suffrage, and picketed the White House in silence for two and a half years. Many were assaulted, arrested or jailed during their protest.
The disabled Founding Father who put the ‘United’ in ‘United States’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2023/07/30/we-the-people-constitution-gouverneur-morris-disability-pride-month/ #AmericanHistory
#OnThisDay, 24 Aug 1950, lawyer Edith Sampson becomes the first African-American delegate to the United Nations.
Sampson had been a social worker before becoming a lawyer. She went on to be the first Black woman to be elected as a judge in Illinois.
Born enslaved, craftsman Henry Boyd purchased his freedom and built a successful furniture factory in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Born into slavery in Kentucky, craftsman and entrepreneur Henry Boyd (1802–1886) became one of the most successful African American businessmen of the 19th century.
SOURCE: searchable museum
#OnThisDay, 23 Aug 1941, American Virginia Hall arrives in France to work for the British Special Operations Executive for 15 months. The SOE supported the French Resistance to Nazi occupation.
Hall was on the “most wanted” list as 'the limping lady', as she had a false leg due to a shooting accident before the war. She escaped over the Pyrenees to Spain. She then returned to France with the American Office of Strategic Services.
The American Antiquarian Society offers visiting fellowships for creative and performing #artists, #writers, #filmmakers, #journalists, and other people producing imaginative works dealing with pre-20th-century #AmericanHistory, #literature, and #culture. The fellowships will provide recipients a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. The application deadline is October 5. https://american-antiquarian-society.breezy.hr/p/e4eb6c24daed
The Man Who Made the Suburbs White
J.C. Nichols pioneered racial covenants in Kansas City’s surrounding enclaves. The country is still grappling with them.
Listening to the audiobook version of "A Fever in the Heartland" by Timothy Egan, which focuses on the rise and (almost) fall of the KKK. On the one hand, the author is drawing intentional parallels to the American political and social turmoil of the last decade. On the other, those parallels certainly exist, and some of them are horrifically stark. I keep grimly muttering, "nothing new under the sun."
Mary Edwards Walker worked as a surgeon for the Union Army during the Civil War. She was captured by Confederates after crossing enemy lines to treat wounded civilians & arrested as a spy. She's the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor - pictured here, wearing it.
Learn about this remarkably rare painting and the boy who was once erased | Art History | TikTok
> Learn about this remarkably rare painting and the boy who was once erased from it. It’s called ‘Bélizaire and the Frey Children’ and has been attributed to Jacques Amans. It will be on display at @the Metropolitan Museum of Art this autumn! #belizaire #belizareandthefreychildren #arthistory #arthistorytiktok #americanart #americanhistory #blackhistory
This is an excellent program, and this was an excellent experience.
#OnThisDay, 17 July 1972, Susan Roley and Joanne Pierce become the first women to be FBI special agents since the 1920s.
Watch an interview https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N_2yu0sVicw&feature=youtu.be
"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
#OnThisDay, 12 July 1972, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first Black US Presidential candidate, winning 152 votes in the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention.
Yankee | noun | 1a: a native or inhabitant of New England (Merriam-Webster)
Though not native, I grew up and continue to live in New England — “the hard, impenetrable core of the United States” as described by the late British journalist Patrick O’Donovan.
Married with two children, I am an Eagle Scout, a career Civil Engineer, and member of the United Church of Christ. My interests include American history (particularly the colonial and Revolutionary periods), transportation infrastructure, home improvement (electrical and HVAC), model railroading, Rock & Roll, art, science, moderate politics, and Christian Universalism.
#OnThisDay, 7 July 1948, the first six women are sworn into the regular US Navy. One, Edna Young, goes on to be the first Black woman to be an officer.
They were: Wilma Marchal, Edna Young, Ruth Flora, Kay Langen, Frances Devaney, Doris Robertson.
You've seen lots of people post & boost this already. Everyone should read this. Yes, it's long, but it is worth it. Read it. Be uncomfortable.
➡️ **What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?**
Read the full text of Frederick Douglass' iconic speech.
#introduction Hi I'm Carl!
Connecticut born, Illinois raised with a few other places in between (I'm a Navy brat)
#duolingo addict. I have a nearly 2000 day streak and I alternate between French, German, and Spanish
If you want to know more, just ask!
#OnThisDay, 27 Jun 1833, Prudence Crandall stands trial for running a school for African-American girls in Canterbury, Connecticut. She spends the night in County Jail until bail is posted, and pursues her case as far as the Supreme Court. https://www.cwhf.org/inductees/education-preservation/prudence-crandall?platform=hootsuite
Do you know cursive? If so, the
National Archives needs YOU to help transcribe pension records from the #AmericanRevolution! These are transcripts of oral histories given by the #veterans themselves (or their surviving family members) and offer absolutely fascinating insights into the realities of the time. https://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/missions/revolutionary-war-pension-files
#OnThisDay, 23 June 1972, US President Nixon signs into law Title IX, prohibiting sexual discrimination in federally funded education programs/activities.
The image is from 1979, as obviously women still had to fit to get organisations to follow the rules.