Of Course Death Discriminates

The following post contains a discussion of a student death and trans lives. It may be upsetting to readers, so please practice self-care in deciding when and how to read it.


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Democratizing Pedagogy: The Just Teach One Project

Last week when the Junto hosted the History Carnival we noted the creation of the “Just Teach One” project, co-sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and Common-place. Today we’d like to take a closer look at what promises to be an exciting addition to thinking about how to teach early American studies (for both literary scholars and historians).

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History Carnival 121

hlogoThe Junto is excited to be this month’s host of the 121st History CarnivalFor those unfamiliar with History Carnival, it is guest-hosted by a different history blog on the 1st of each month and gathers up links to some of the best history blog-writing on the web. Think of it as The Junto‘s “The Week in Early American History” but for a whole month and not limited to early American history.

Let me begin by saying that the process of hosting History Carnival has been quite an enlightening experience. I realize now that I had little perception of just how much history blogging is going on outside of my own field and sub-fields, and, especially, how much high-quality history blogging is being done. Now on to the links…

Reading and Writing the Early American City described its taking part in the exciting new “Just Teach One” project, which gets faculty to agree to teach one of the project’s documents and keep a record of how they used it.

Digesting the Medical Past explored the Victorian obsession with digestion and stomachs, in particular.

Randall Stephen gave tips on turning a dissertation into a book at Religion in American History.

American Orchard tackled the relationship between apples and Puritans.

Over at Chronikos, Greg Rogers looked at the diary and story of Capt. William Rice in “Constraints on Projecting Imperial Power: The Ordeal of William Rice.”

At The Appendix, Carolyn Arena discussed a valuable priest’s diary for sources about women in “Bellette and Yarico: Working Women in the Colonial West Indies.”

Not Even Past has two entries in this month’s History Carnival. The first one looked at both a Muslim slave in North Carolina and the Constitution. The second is actually two itself . . . “Digital History: A Primer (Parts 1 & 2).”

At the VAHS, Jon Weier looks at how World War I affected the YMCA.

While, at Think Shop, Paul Doolan looks at the broader importance of a television interview by a Dutch soldier who fought in Indonesia in which he revealed Dutch atrocities.

The London Sound Survey examines the ties between “street noise” and “the taming of Victorian London.”

Discover Historical Travel does a great job bringing to life the nation’s “worst tornado disaster” in “The Great Tri-State Tornado of March 1925.”

By now, most American historians are familiar with the work of David Barton, a conservative activist who promotes the idea that the United States was founded by (more or less) evangelical Christians as a Christian nation. This month, Robert Tracy McKenzie, chair of the history department at Wheaton College, looked at Barton’s historiographic forebears, discussing Peter Marshall Jr.’s and David Manuel’s highly influential 1977 book, The Light and the Glory.

At In the Service of Clio, Nick Sarantakes expands on a recent Perspectives essay, proposing a clearer distinction between “public history” and “applied history” as forms of engagement with the concerns of people in various walks of life.

In “Globalizing the Nineteenth Century,” Joseph L. Yannielli discusses what “moral maps” reveal about Americans’ and Europeans’ understanding of themselves as part of the world.

Will the history of the Holocaust have to change as the last generation of survivors passes away? And how might that process illuminate the histories of other horrors? At Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin reflects on an editorial by Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, provoking a lively discussion in the comments.

In April, dozens of bloggers celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, a landmark of digital history scholarship.

At Early Modern Notes, Sharon Howard reflects on some of the project’s useful, and unexpected, implications for scholars.

At medievalfragments, Erik Kwakkel discusses the business of bookselling in medieval Europe, which was more like the modern trade than one might expect.

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted nominations. Next month’s History Carnival will be hosted by Performing Humanity on June 1.

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