Preserving slave dwellings; indoctrination in the classroom; the times when the world didn’t end; those creepy Pompeii moldings; Alabama’s spooky (& historical) houses


The Slave Dwelling Project is an organization that is working to help interpret slavery by preserving certain Antebellum structures associated with the institution. To draw attention to these sites, they spend the night in them. Here’s an interesting post and pictures from one member about some of those sites and the experience of staying in them. This is a very worthwhile effort, and a really great way to find more ways to get slave interpretation into the realm of public history.

Should historians label what Europeans did to the native populations in the Americas as “genocide?” This of course is a pretty contentious issue, so how should historians handle it when it spills over into the classroom? (Or any contentious issue, for that matter.) Is failing to note major historiographical disagreement over an issue a form of classroom indoctrination?

Many folks were concerned that the recent “blood moon” would be the end of the world. Of course people have been predicting the end of the world since the start of human history. Here, USA Today has a brief history of “all the times the world didn’t end.” The list is focused on just recent history, but I would have liked to have seen a longer one that at least reached back further in U.S history. Antebellum America in particular would have given them some good stuff.

You know those eerie plaster cast moldings of the victims at Pompeii? Well, researchers are now doing CT scans of them and are learning interesting things. Check out the photos.

And as if those pics were not creepy enough, here’s today’s Halloween-season fun posting: my home state of Alabama has some pretty creepy houses, and they are filled with some great history, too.


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