Check this out: Germany has come up with a rather interesting place to start housing the refugees that are flooding into their country. In a move that would have really pissed off Hitler, they are going to house many of them at an estate that was used by the Nazis to indoctrinate and train their leaders. Awesome. (Hmmm, perhaps here in the US we should consider housing refugees in Antebellum planation homes).
Meanwhile, over in Georgia, a state representative has proposed a constitutional amendment that would guarantee that Stone Mtn will forever be a Confederate memorial. In doing so, he said that slavery was not the cause of the Civil War, was critical of Africans that sold slaves into the American slave trade, and praised the KKK because they “Kind of made people straighten up.” Further, we are all apparently being misled by “northern history.” Perhaps the most frightening (yet not surprising) thing of all is that this dude taught history in Georgia public schools for 30 years.
I bet he won’t be watching the new movie soon to be coming out about Nat Turner’s Revolt! The film’s buzz is now going through the roof after its splash at Sundance. Here’s an interview with director Steve McQueen, in which he expresses the hope that the film will spark ” healing through honest confrontation” with our past. Also, Entertainment Weekly provides readers with a little film history lesson to explain why the movie’s title, Birth of a Nation, matters.
Researchers have discovered that ancient Babylonians were using a rudimentary principle of calculus to chart the path of Jupiter. What’s the big deal? Previously, it was believed that this principle was not developed until medieval Europeans did so. Uh oh, better call this guy.
I’m honored to see my book on another list of books that are recommended for enhancing your viewing of Mercy Street, especially because its a good list and comes from an NPR affiliate.