More on Nat Turner: As I noted a few days ago, there are efforts underway (although they are moving painfully slow) to help tourists locate and interpret sites associated with the 1831 slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia. Over on Daily Beast, Kevin Levin digs into the racial divide and politics involved with the project, which should come as no surprise considering the moral complexities of the event. (Sadly, Nate Parker’s film glossed over those complexities).
Speaking of roadside history tourism: Did you see the story over the weekend about the fact that a historical marker/sign at the site where Emmet Till’s body was found has been riddled with gun shots? Disgusting. But it is nothing new, the sign has been repeatedly vandalized since it went up in 2007. One has to wonder what might happen to the new Nat Turner markers once they go up.
So Trump was campaigning in Gettysburg and in Virginia over the weekend, and it seems he got a little Civil War history in both places. Thankfully, his lesson in Gettysburg came from an NPS ranger. Unfortunately, in Virginia it came from State Senator Frank Wagner, who tried to make a connection between Trump’s campaign and the odds facing Robert E. Lee at the Battle of the Wilderness. Strange choice.
The other day I complained about the fact that after the last debate, the media did not put Trump’s comments about a rigged election into solid historical context. Instead, they climbed all over themselves to be outraged by what they described as an unprecedented challenge to the democratic election process. Journalists and all those talking heads need more historical knowledge before they prattle on about much of what they talk about, and this was a perfect example. Anyway, History News Network has an article up today in which Professor Matthew E. Stanley puts Trump, his supporters, and right-wing extremist organizations into historical context by examining the presidential election of 1876.
Well, we already know one thing for sure about the World Series before it even begins: It’ll make history.
And for my Halloween season posting for today: the folks at Livescience have put together a photo essay on 25 archeological discoveries “that give us the creeps.” Its a freaky list, and includes vampire burials, a pit with various severed body parts from men, women, and children tossed together, witches, a mummified lung, shackled corpses, evidence of cannibalism in the Canadian arctic, and various other macabre.