Mississippi State U decides to take it down; History of the National Anthem at sports events; Is political history dying?; The role of beef in the 1946 elections

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Mississippi State has decided to join the 21st century, and has thus decided to join the list of other colleges and universities in the state that refuse to fly the Mississippi flag because it contains the Rebel flag in its design. The Lost Cause just continues to take high profile body blows.  “Hail State!”

The Colin Kaepernick silent protest story is still lingering, but here’s a good question: Just exactly when and how did it become tradition to play the national anthem at sporting events? The Washington Post has the answer.

I saw a lot of knee-jerk reactions to a NY Times Op-Ed yesterday in which two professors argued that political history has fallen out of favor and isn’t taught much anymore as a result of the rise of cultural and social history.  I am not crazy enough to publicly weigh in on that debate (this is more loaded, contentious, and political in the world of academia than you may think), so I will just post it without comment.

There were many reasons why the Democrats lost control of Congress in 1946, so I don’t completely buy the premise of this article–but it is insightful and interesting nonetheless. Food historian Emelyn Rude details the role that a lack of beef played in the 1946 elections, insisting that it turned control of Congress over to Republicans after well over a decade Democratic control. Call it the “where’s the beef” election.

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One thought on “Mississippi State U decides to take it down; History of the National Anthem at sports events; Is political history dying?; The role of beef in the 1946 elections

  1. The flag came down at Mississippi University for Women Tuesday, as well. A friend in Mississippi expects the last state school, Delta State, to take it down by the end of the week.

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