Illustrating the atomic attack on Japan; history of political debates; more black history on TV; Clemson’s struggles with history; saving history from ISIS.

With the 70th anniversary of the atomic attack on Japan, here is a pretty good and visually interesting “illustrated history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings.”

The Republicans have their first debate tonight (it actually should be a pretty interesting show), so here is a history of political debates that goes back to Madison and Monroe.

And speaking of the debates and Madison, here the good folks at Colonial Williamsburg have put together a tavern conversation between Jefferson and Madison about what we should look for in a president. (One quibble: There are some interesting comments here, but while Jefferson’s thoughts about Adams and his own reluctance to stand against him are accurate for what Tom would have said in public, they are not so accurate for what he would have said in private with Madison).

Looks like we are about to see a lot more African American history on our TV screens (some of these projects look really exciting).

No surprise here: far-right conservatives are still not happy with the new AP US history standards.

Clemson University is moving beyond their public acknowledgement that one of their founders was a virulent and particularly disgusting racist (Ben Tillman), and is forming a committee to discuss what else they should do to more productively and honestly present and interpret their history. Perhaps something good will come from this that presents a good model for how we should deal with the monument issue. Maybe?

In order to save their history from possible ISIS destruction, the Baghdad National Library is working hard to digitize their archives.

And speaking of preserving history: is the Shiloh National Battlefield about to expand in size to include three new units?

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