Another Nazi goes to jail; the simulation of African slave trade; Peru’s mysterious geoglyphs; literary mysteries solved; a good idea for Stone Mtn.

Well, today another Nazi was sentenced to pay for his crimes, hopefully he will actually have to serve the time.

This is a pretty impressive interactive map program that depicts 315 years of the African slave trade in two minutes. Check it out. I will likely be using this in my class this fall.

Down in Peru, scientists have discovered some previously unknown geoglyphs of animals ranging from around 16 feet to 66 feet tall. The images are estimated to date back to 400 B.C. to 200 B.C. Better call this guy.

There has been a lot of talk lately about creating new National Park Service sites to interpret Reconstruction. I am on record as arguing that we don’t need new sites, that pretty much every Civil War site or any site that is at all related to the story of slavery is already a good place for Reconstruction interpretation. The Richmond National Battlefield park, for example, has a program this Saturday on the Freedmen’s Bureau and the freed people who occupied Chimborazo Hospital in the aftermath of the Civil War. Bravo!

Whoah! This is big news in the literary world. Charles Dickens appears to have left behind a bound volume that helps to solve some literary mysteries. Check this cool story out.

Alabama’s football coach, Nick Saban, is a pretty high profile sports figure, especially down here in the deep south and in my state where he is the biggest public figure (full disclosure: ever since I was placed in a cradle I’ve been a Bama fan). Today he added his name to the list of people that understand the history of the Confederacy and the Rebel flag. I wonder how this will go over with all the good ol’ boys that make up such a large portion of the Tide’s fan base.

Personally, I think this is the perfect solution for the question of what should be done with Georgia’s Stone Mountain. Enjoy.

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