More on protests, fake news & history teachers; Why Trump’s Taiwan call is a big deal; Exploring sunken Japanese subs at Pearl Harbor

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More on the power of political protests/activism: On Smithsonian.com today, Christopher Wilson, one of the directors of the new African American history museum in DC, considers today’s election protests in the context of similar actions during the Civil Rights movement. Are they worthless and ill-timed? Well, it all depends on where they go from here, and what they may spawn.

More on the importance of history teachers in a world filled with fake news: Kevin Levin has a great essay today for Smithsonian.com in which he draws on his own classroom experiences and his war against the “black Confederate” myth. He offers up some sound suggestions on how to help students (or anyone) distinguish between legit websites and those that spread dangerous nonsense.

As you know, I love when Nick Sacco posts on his blog about his experiences out on the frontlines of public history. Today he has a piece on how he deals with confrontational visitors, but honestly, I think his advice is sound in pretty much any setting (classroom dinner table, bar, etc.) in which we encounter people with different opinions about history (or anything else for that matter).

The UNC Press blog today has a posting from Professor Gregg A. Brazinsky, in which he gives a succinct overview of US/China relations since the end of WWII, and why Trump’s phone call with Taiwan is such a big (and dangerous) deal.

I’m sure that tomorrow’s history news will be dominated by Pearl Harbor related content, but here’s one you’ll need a “heads up” on. At 11:30 AM (EST) tomorrow, you can watch a live video stream of a marine archeology investigation of two sunken Japanese “mini” submarines that took part in the attack 75 years ago.

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