Word to your mother!

Here’s an interview with West Virginia Wesleyan College historian Katharine Lane Antolini, author of the book Memorializing Motherhood, in which she tells the story of the woman who founded and tirelessly promoted Mother’s Day, and explains how dramatically the holiday has changed since it began. Apparently, its founder, Anna Jarvis, hated that the day became commercialized, and even wanted to boycott florists and anyone else that tried to make money off of the day.

The American History Guys give us a radio interview with Historian Linda Kerber discussing the “founding mothers,” who were tasked with instilling future generations with good republican values. In addition, Ann Hulbert, an expert on parenting experts, explains why mothers in the 1920s were instructed not to smother their children with love. And reporter Nate DiMeo tells the tragic story of Anna Jarvis, the “mother” of Mother’s Day.

And here Huffpo takes a stab at the history behind the day with “The shocking history of Mother’s day.”


Dressed like a mother (just kidding!) Jefferson Davis was captured 150 years ago today.

The Economist has a review of Joseph Ellis’s new book, The Quartet. I love the man’s writing style, so I am looking forward to reading this new book that focuses on the nation building efforts of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. However, this review is less-than-favorable, as is the one in the New York Times, calling Ellis out for not understanding that American nationalism existed well before 1787 . . . as well as for his “top-down” historical approach.

Looks like GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson could use a good book on the John Marshall court. He feels the supreme court’s powers “need to be discussed

Salon goes after Glenn Beck’s “paranoid history lesson,” arguing that he is completely wrong (surprise!) in his linking Iran to Nazi Germany.

How often do college students talk to their professors outside of class? Not much. And that is a problem (agreed). Here, Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein pleas for more interaction between students and instructors (amen).


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