What We’re Reading: March 26, 2009 Edition

Lincoln's Watch mysteryIn case you missed it, learn of AHA members who were recently awarded fellowships from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Then, check out the 2009 list of most endangered battlefields, learn of another press abandoning print, hear Eric Foner’s talk on “Who Owns History?”, and ask yourself, “are you a luddite?” We also link to Internet Archive news, videos for the study of American history, and a discussion from the Journal of American History. Finally, read about two mysteries (Lincoln’s watch and Geronimo’s skull), and more.

    • Neil Cogan (Whittier Law School)
    • Caroline Cox (University of the Pacific)
    • Charles R. Foy (Eastern Illinois University)
    • John B. Hench (Independent Scholar)
    • Rhonda Jones (North Carolina Central University)
    • Yael A. Sternhell (Tel-Aviv University)
    Doctoral Candidates

    • Christopher Cameron (University of North Carolina)
    • Theodore Cohen (University of Maryland—College Park)
    • Hidetaka Hirota (Boston College)
    • Stephanie A.T. Jacobe (American University)
    • Jessica Marie Johnson (University of Maryland—College Park)
    • Lorraine C. McConaghy (Museum of History & Industry)
    • Michael Todd Landis (George Washington University)
    • Kathryn Shively Meier (University of Virginia)
    • Jonathan Nash (University at Albany, SUNY)
    • Jessica Parr (University of New Hampshire)
    • Jared Peatman (Texas A&M University)
    • Katherine Sedgwick (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Civil War Preservation Trust Issues 2009 “Most Endangered Battlefields” List
    The National Coalition for History describes the Civil War Preservation Trust’s announcement of the “Most Endangered Battlefields” for 2009.
  • Farewell to the Printed Monograph
    University of Michigan Press has announced that within the next two years the 50-60 books that it publishes annually will only be released in digital editions.  Print on demand copies of the books will remain available for purchase. Significantly, the press says that it hopes to expand the number of titles it publishes each year, send them to a broader audience, and not have to worry about publishing titles that might be "worthy from a scholarly perspective, but viewed as unable to sell."
  • Eric Foner: 2009: Who Owns History?
    Hear the audio from Eric Foner’s talk on “Who Owns History” given at the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar. The text accompanying this audio explains that “Foner explores the social and political implications of historical inquiry, and the role of the imagination in the historian’s work. Drawing on sources as diverse as Jane Austen, Friedrich Nietszche, Newt Gingrich, and Diane Feinstein.”
  • Meanings and Metrics
    David Scobey of Inside Higher Ed looks at assessing the humanities, and makes the claim that those in humanities are assessment “luddites.”
  • Internet Archive Upgrades Wayback Machine
    News that the Internet Archive is moving data centers and ramping its storage capacity up to two petabytes. Hat tip.
  • American History in Video
    This collection of over 2,000 hours of video in American history can be accessed for free now till April 30th.
  • Interchange: The Promise of Digital History
    An online discussion on digital history put on by the Journal of American History. Participants included Daniel J. Cohen, Michael Frisch, Patrick Gallagher, Steven Mintz, Kirsten Sword, Amy Murrell Taylor, William G. Thomas III, and William J. Turkel. Hat tip.
  • There Are No Small Parts in This American History Lesson
    Edward Rothstein reviews the new big exhibit at the National Archives, which opened recently (and which we mentioned in the March 12th What We’re Reading). He says that the artifacts are big in size, length, implication, accomplishment, significance, and insignificance.
  • Lost Images of New York in the ’20s
    Ruth Jacobi, the great-granddaughter of Louis Daguerre (whose claim to fame was the Daguerreotype process), captured life in early 20th-century New York City—the Lower East Side, to be exact—through her photographic lens.
  • Series on Ted Kennedy
    Boston Globe has created a sort of “cyberbook” that allows you to read biographical information, peruse photographs, and watch videos on Senator Ted Kennedy.
  • A Mystery Revealed Inside Lincoln’s Watch
    Jonathan Dillon, a watchmaker, was commissioned to fix President Lincoln’s pocket watch shortly after he was elected into office and was actually working on the watch while the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter. As a staunch Unionist, Dillon secretly and discretely inscribed a message in the legendary president’s watch commemorating April 13, 1861.
  • Mystery Of The Bones: Geronimo’s Missing Skull
    Is Geronimo’s skull still safe and sound in its original resting place, the Apache lands of southwestern New Mexico? Was it stolen by the Order of Skull and Bones (a secret society branching from Yale University) and stored in a tomb in New Haven, Connecticut? ‘Tis a true mystery.

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend.

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