Welcome to another The Week in Early American History! Baltimore continues to feature heavily, but we’ve also got some Founding Fathers’ poetry and ridiculous styles of conference questions for your amusement. And now, the links!
In Baltimore news, the AAIHS’s Noelle Trent shares her thoughts on integrating the Baltimore unrest into a Civil War class. You can read about the nine times in American history when riots changed the course of politics more broadly. Also from the AAIHS, a dissection of why race riots happen. For all you baseball fans, Seth Tannenbaum writes about an empty Camden Yards and the state of affairs in Baltimore. Finally, Baltimore’s City Paper reports that the a National Archives this week removed historical documents from the Maryland Historical Society–including a manuscript copy of the Star-Spangled Banner–because of fears about the unrest in the city.
Over on the African American Intellectual History Society’s blog, Patrick Rael explores the nature of Nat Turner’s confession. The National Trust for Historic Preservation profiles historic sites that offer new interpretations of slavery. Author Betsy Philips discusses Isaac Franklin as the “forgotten super villain of Antebellum Tennessee.” Viola Davis will produce and star in an HBO biopic about Harriet Tubman that is based on historian Kate Clifford Larson’s book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero. A&E has announced plans for a remake of “Roots,” to air in 2016.
Gregory Smithers provides some historical perspective on the recently-delayed case to federally recognize the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia, arguing that “it exposes how the burdens of colonialism, racism and the history of Native American dispossession remain part of Virginia (indeed, American) life in the 21st century.” Over on Indian Country Today, the Apache cultural consultant speaks out on why he walked off the set of professional wazzack Adam Sandler’s latest film, Ridiculous Six.
On the lighter side, The Toast has a description of every type of question asked at Q&A sessions. Two poems written by a teenaged George Washington, who was apparently suffering from an unrequited crush. Slate unpacks the reading habits of pre-Revolutionary Virginians. Finally, read on to see why historians need a stronger voice.