DiCaprio wants to tell some history; How accurate is the movie “Loving?”; Texas’s new African American history monument; G.Washington’s lost sash resurfaces; America’s war against pinball

It looks the History channel is going to continue its recent trend of doing some actual history programming for a change. It has been announced that a Leonardo DiCaprio produced 8 part “docudrama” about America’s most legendary frontiersmen has been picked up by the channel. I respect DiCaprio, but given the problematic nature of some of these efforts from History lately, I am skeptical. As with their Sons of Liberty, and the remake of Roots, I am worried the show will try too hard to make comic book-like superheroes out of its subjects (which will include Andrew Jackson. Oh no.) But on the other hand, if they stick to the facts, the true history of guys like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Lewis and Clark, and Tecumseh should pay off the way they want. And with Leo involved, the production values should be top notch. No release date is set, but lets keep an eye out for this one.

I am looking forward to seeing the movie about Richard and Mildred Loving, but I can’t say that I am very qualified to separate fact from fiction in the film. Good thing the History News Network has got it covered.

Here’s some good news out of the Lone Star State: Texas is set to unveil a monument celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the state’s history. It will be in Austin, and has been 20 years in the making. Originally conceived as a Juneteenth memorial, it has become much larger and tells a bigger story. Now if Texas could just get its textbook situation fixed.

There’s more news about the awesome collection that Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution is putting together (it opens in March). Check out this story from Smithsonian about a lost relic that will surface at last: George Washington’s sash.

Here’s an interesting little read: Did you know that pinball machines once had such a bad reputation that many cities outlawed them in the 1940s-early 70s? It is true, and there were many different types of groups (from law enforcement to churches) that led the way in an American war on pinball machines.

And just when you thought I would get away today without a Trump story: Remember that history prof that used a history-based prediction model to predict Trump would win despite the polls? Well, the dude is getting attention by making another prediction. Trump will be impeached, he argues.

Oh, and then there is this.


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