Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. The National Constitution Center‘s blog gives us a good succinct overview of the amendment and a brief history of the suffrage movement that led to it. They also tell the story of the obscure Tennessee legislator who changed his vote at the last moment (thanks to his mother), giving the state the votes it needed and thus providing the amendment the needed number of states for ratification. Huffington Post has a nice collection of “badass images of women winning and exercising the right to vote.” Lastly, Slate dissects “the myth of the 19th amendment,” reminding us that its passage did not end all the various voter suppression measures that still disenfranchised millions of African American women (and men).
I think we all agree that John Lewis is a bonafide American hero and living legend. But did you also know that he is a comic book author? The congressmen has been collaborating on a three part series of comic books that collectively tell the story of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. What a great project!
Here’s more info about the new theories surrounding the so-called Land Bridge. I know many of you teachers are starting off your school year right about now by discussing this topic, so be sure to keep up with this latest news. (I already mentioned it just yesterday on my first day of class).
This summer has been brutal. Let’s cool off with NPR‘s history of ice cream. Looks like we have Jefferson to thank for helping to popularize ice cream in America.
Oh boy: The new season of Drunk History starts next month, and Comedy Central has just released a new trailer. Looks like it is going to be a star-packed season of fun. (I wonder if historians will ever start trying to be on this show. Sign me up.)