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Nourishing History by goosecommerce
April 19, 2010, 6:53 pm
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Or, Bacon-Lettuce-History-Tomato

How do you bring history to the masses who hunger for knowledge, and perhaps a sandwich, too? One denizen of my fair city has a solution: write up deli menus with Civil War-related historical facts. I found the following while brunching on bagel and coffee at my local lunch counter.

Everything you need to know about the Election of 1860:

…or lyceums (better than the scanty Wikipedia entry!)?:

And it’s not too soon to order flowers and remember the cultural work of Reconstruction and Redemption:

Historiography while you digest. I like it.

Image cite: im_alex, “Special BLT,” Flickr, CC License

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Bad, Mad, and Sometimes Just Stupid by goosecommerce
April 12, 2010, 10:02 am
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Spoiled Found History

You’ve probably heard all about the Governor of Virginia’s confusing embrace of Neo-Confederacy, but what about the academic libertarian’s embrace of coverture?

I won’t even try to parse all this, but suffice to say, conservatives of all types are having a banner bad history month, my friends.

P.S. If you like your historians enraged and frothing about bad history, you may enjoy Chris Bray’s latest spatter of posts over at Cliopatria.

I didn’t, particularly — but perhaps my objection is just aesthetic. While I don’t think he’s incorrect about the basic facts, the expression of his interpretation launches him rhetorically into the bloggy equivalent of cable news, complete with spittle on the camera lens.

I think snark rather than snarl serves the purpose better, but what do I know? I’m just one of the fools who doesn’t see the need to stockpile ammunition because of a health care law.

Image cite: Kyle Kesselring, “Teller having a bad day,” Flickr, CC License

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