Concise history of ISIS; Madison rewrote history for political purposes?; Japanese internment is a model?; a “witch girl” unearthed in Italy


Looking for a concise history of ISIS and what led to it? It is a confusing story, but here’s a good place to start.

Are Madison’s notes on the Constitutional Convention trustworthy? New research argues that they are not, because he very purposely altered them for political reasons later on. I have no reason to doubt any of this, so I buy it. This is a very intriguing argument from Mary Sarah Bilder that may dramatically alter our perceptions of exactly what went on at the Convention. However, I am no constitutional scholar, so I will be interested to see how and if they respond to these assertions. A good debate could be coming!

Over on Civil War Pop, Christian McWhirther adds another movie to his ever-expanding library of reviews from an historical perspective. It happens to be an oldie  with Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland that I am fond of, but he correctly points out that it is a historical mess.

So, apparently the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, views the internment of Japanese-Americans as a model for how we should deal with Syrian refugees. I would say I am shocked, but . . .

And speaking of WWII: I am not a big fan of alternate history, so you’ll have to count me out on watching Amazon’s new series about a world in which the United States lost WWII. But I dare some of you will find it fascinating.

As if the thought of the Nazi’s winning the war was not disturbing enough, here is some macabre for today: researchers in Italy have found the remains of a young Medieval girl that was buried in such a way that she was apparently seen as dangerous even in death. An alleged witch?


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