The Wilson “puzzlement”; Boston’s slave history; T. Coates in the classroom?; fake women’s history?; new Emmett Till archive; sacking Rome

Why has Woodrow Wilson always been so highly praised by historians? Here Dr. Sheldon M. Stern ponders this question for the History News Network, concluding that Woodrow Wilson’s consistently high rating by historians “is a puzzlement.” I wholeheartedly concur.

On Sunday, Boston held a ceremony at Faneuil Hall to recognize the city’s history of involvement with the African slave trade. Nice to see an event like this in a city that typically only recognizes its Revolutionary and (to a lesser degree) abolitionists past.

Speaking of painful history, here an inner city teacher makes a plea for incorporating elements of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book in the classroom.

So here is a Stanford historian that claims that 15th-18th century historians of the medieval age helped create feminism, doing so by inventing the history they wanted, but that did not actually exist. During the Renaissance, she says, “people [were] increasingly concerned with documenting the history that was. They’re interested in the history that might have been. And then they’re also interested in the history that should have been. And those are three different approaches to history.”

Florida State University now houses a rather extensive archive on Emmett Till. Here’s an interesting interview with the man who put together the collection that includes about 80 to 90 hours of raw footage of interviews and archival footage.

Well, after killing a legendary archeologist/historian the other day, ISIS has followed it up by blowing up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

And while we are on ancient plundering, today is the anniversary of the Visigoth’s sacking of Rome. So how about a list of 5 other times that Rome got pillaged?

And finally, have you ever wondered how 18th century women got those sky-high hairdos? Well, here ya go.


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