Slave ship, Earhart, hurricanes, oral histories, and president vs. goat.

Today’s crop of history news is a particularly good one!

The Smithsonian African American History Museum is set to open next year, and they helped in the discovery of a sunken slave ship off the coast of Africa. The exciting find “represents the culmination of more than a decade of work searching for the remains of a slave ship, any slave ship, that could help tell the story of the 12 million people who were sold into bondage and forcibly moved” from Africa. The museum has also released this short video about the ship wreck discovery and project.

The hunt for Amelia Earhart’s long lost plane is set to resume this month. This story has been an interesting one to follow over the last couple of years, and they seem very close to finally solving this great American mystery.

Out in San Diego, a Civil War soldier is about to be reburied with full military honors.

So David Oyelowo was so good playing MLK in Selma that Spielberg wants him to do it again for another movie.

Colonial Williamsburg has a piece today involving the history of 18th century hurricanes in the region. Did you know that in September 1775 the Revolution was put on hold while the east coast got hammered by a hurricane?

We’re History has an interesting and grim piece on the 1921 Tulsa race riots in which one of the nation’s most successful African-American commercial and residential neighborhoods was all but entirely destroyed.

Here’s some more griping about the History Channel. This one is from a San Antonio paper, listing “10 Things the History Channel’s “Texas Rising” series got wrong about the Alamo.”

And here’s more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Oral History Project.

Speaking of oral history, here’s a piece today about the Library of Congress’s Veteran’s History Project.

So there was that time that President Benjamin Harrison chased a goat around the White House grounds in order to save a small child.

Nick Sacco has a blog post today offering some thoughts on the end of the NY Times Disunion blog, and calling for a “Reunion” blog to cover Reconstruction.

And lastly, is it OK for a historian to be in love with the subject they study?


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