History of women & suits; Huckabee & Lincoln; visiting Emmett Till sites; Trump’s predecessor; Ken Burns’ Civil War & its impact


Many women today are not fans of wearing suits, but for much of recent history they’ve been a means of expressing freedom, power, and independence. They’ve also caused controversy. It is not often that you find history in Allure magazine, but here’s “the history of women wearing suits.”

Did you see Mike Huckabee’s ridiculous comparison of Kim Davis (that crazy county clerk in Kentucky) with Lincoln? Of course the assertion is a product of pure ignorance, but here Kevin Levin effectively demolishes it.

The Washington Post has a good story about a group of Emmett Till relatives that recently visited the sites associated with his brutal murder. Meanwhile, a Kickstarter campaign is nearing its goal for the funds to begin developing a new movie about the event that many see as having given birth to the Civil Rights era.

Think the Donald Trump phenomenon is unprecedented? It isn’t. For example, check out this interesting story from the 1856 presidential election about an entrepreneur named George Law. (Just ignore the misuse of the word “doppelgänger.” Ugh. Pet Peeve.)

With the recent popularity of Hamilton, here’s another review of his life story and a call to leave him alone on the $10. He’s earned his place.

Think you know a lot about the Civil War? I’m sure you do, but I guarantee that you’ll learn something new and interesting if you check out this list. Good stuff.

This week PBS is running a remastered in HD version of Ken Burns’ Civil War for its 25th anniversary. Here’s an interesting interview with Burns, in which he reveals that he will be making a series on Reconstruction (yes!). Personally, while I’ve always enjoyed the series, and watched with interest when it originally aired, it never had the appeal for me that it did for many others (I was always irked by much of its recognized weaknesses, from specific battle details to its reconciliationist ending). Undeniably, however, it was a pop cultural phenomenon that created a public thirst for Civil War history, causing National Park Service visitation to explode, for example. It also had an impact on many young and budding historians. Over on Civil War pop, Christian McWhirter provides a very personal account of how it led him down a path to becoming an historian.


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