Glory is still the best Civil War movie; Grant’s reputation is on the mend; YouTube has newsreels!; Ben Tillman sucked; a new Seuss book!

First and foremost, over on Civil War Pop, Christian McWhirter has a guest blogger today who does a wonderful job analyzing the reasons why Glory (1989) is still the most important and best Civil War movie yet made. Brilliant piece. (Yes, I am being playfully immodest. I wrote it).

On the 130th anniversary of U.S. Grant’s death, here’s a good little piece on him from Huffpo that acts as both history and historiography. He’s reputation seems to be on the mend.

Now this is truly great news: One million minutes of historical footage from the archives of the Associated Press and British Movietone are now available on YouTube!! Excellent, I don’t know about you, but I love watching the old newsreels and I plan to be tapping into this resource very frequently at home and for my classes. To whet our appetites, ABC News has posted 5 clips they’ve watched so far that you have to see.

Speaking of films: Can all these videos of alleged police brutality and racial violence bring about real change? Maybe, but the Civil Rights movement would suggest they can.

This is by far the most intriguing history news today. We all know that the “First Americans” were descended from peoples that crossed the Siberian “ice bridge” to North America during the Ice Age. Right? Well, today the National Geographic has a piece about a new genetic study that suggests that present-day Amazonian peoples in South America can trace at least part of their ancestry to indigenous Australasian populations in New Guinea, Australia, and the Andaman Islands. When and how those people reached South America is unknown. But yet another study isn’t buying it. Good read.

As you may recall, a few days ago Clemson University released a statement admitting that one of their founders, Ben Tillman, was “repugnant.” It was their way of letting the world know that they are considering what to do about his legacy on their campus (a building named after him and etc). But Tillman’s legacy is bigger than Clemson, and saying that he was “repugnant” is in some ways an understatement. Check out this piece on We’re History by the brilliant Stephen Kantrowitz.

On a kindler and gentler note, a previously unknown book by Dr. Seuss has been discovered and will be released next week.

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