Tubman’s gaze, the BBC & the Civil War, feminist action heroes with prosthetics, Earhart’s last images

Some of my favorite blog sites have great stuff today:

Over on We’re History (they always seem to have great stuff), they’ve posted an essay by Joshua Rothman that advocates Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. I couldn’t agree more with everything he says here, and particularly like his final analysis. Putting her on the bill would “allow her penetrating gaze to remind us every day of our nation’s sins and its promise alike.”

Over on Civil War Pop, Christian McWhirter has high praise for a BBC program on Civil War music. Sounds like we need to check it out.

Meanwhile, over on Historista, kick ass historian Megan Kate Nelson makes a connection between Mad Max, the Civil War, and feminist action heroes. Yep, and it all works.

The New York Times Disunion series continues its wind down, with a Q&A with several notable historians. (I can’t agree with Blight’s assessment that one of Jefferson Davis’s biggest mistakes was the publication of his memoirs, because it accomplished exactly what he intended. I also hate to see that Blight mentions Antietam as the military event most connected with emancipation. If you’ve read my book you know how I feel about that. Still, I love Malanowski’s attempt to rebuild Winfield Scott’s reputation, and there are several other good comments in here.)

New film footage has been discovered and released which features Amelia Earhart posing for photographers just before her doomed flight. It doesn’t offer any new clues about what happened to her, but coupled with the on-going investigation that seems near finding her crash site, this is fascinating stuff.

And lastly, over on Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin has posted a video interview he found with a couple of the Washington and Lee students who successfully started the movement that got the Confederate flags removed from the Lee Chapel.


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