As we know, a lot of colleges across the country have been dealing with monuments and buildings on their campuses that memorialize Confederates and/or slaveholders–from Yale down to Ole Miss. Today we got some updates to a few of those stories. The University of Louisville has decided to move a 120 year old Confederate memorial away from near campus to another location (exactly where has yet to be determined, but presumably to a site where its Lost Cause connections can be better interpreted. Although, while this seems like a good idea, this is a good time to remind ourselves of the argument Ashley Whitehead Luskey made a few months ago about the problems with relocation). It will be interesting to see what if any kind of resistance this sparks in a state that never actually joined the Confederacy (but came to strongly identify with the southern cause especially after emancipation). Meanwhile, Middle Tennessee State University’s president has accepted the recommendation of a task force to rename a building named after Nathan B. Forrest. The issue now goes to their Board of Regents. But my favorite piece today is this one from the Chronicle of Higher Education, which gives three examples of colleges (Clemson, UVA, and William and Mary) that have turned elements of their racist pasts into teaching opportunities.
So yesterday I was pontificating (poorly) on how combatting the Lost Cause requires more slave interpretation at historic sites, but today we have a posting from someone much more qualified than me to discuss that issue, public historian Nick Sacco. After participating in a webinar about interpreting slavery at historic house sites, he shares his thoughts (which are always interesting), and explains a relatively new public history concept called “affective equality.”
The Revolutionary War obviously ended well before photography, but did you know that there are some photos of the war’s veterans? They were all old men by the age of photography, but their images are interesting nevertheless. Check it out.
A construction crew in Spain uncovered 1,300 pounds of ancient Roman coins the other day. Most of them were newly minted before apparently being stored away, show little sign of wear and tear, and are a mix of bronze and silver. Imagine the value of those suckers.
I’ve been talking a lot with my students about the mistake the Republicans made in 1964, and how the party now seems to be heading down the same path. So I appreciated this opinion piece today that offers reasons why we can expect Trump to get obliterated this fall, Goldwater-style. Maybe we should start a new word. Republicans are about to get “Goldwatered.” What do you think? Surely someone has already beaten me to this.