What We’re Reading: November 26, 2009 Edition

Historiann Thanksgiving postHappy Thanksgiving! In honor of this delicious holiday, we start off this week’s What We’re Reading with Thanksgiving and food related posts.  Then, check out images from the Library of Congress’s Flickr page, Yuri Dojc’s “Last Folio” exhibit, and a forgotten file at the Denver Post.  Finally listen to an NPR story on “An Unlikely African-American Music Historian,” take a look at “Mr. Wilson’s University,” and check out Jeffrey Herf’s “Hate Radio” along with Richard Wolin’s response, ”Herf’s Misuses of History.”

Thanksgiving and Food Related Posts

Images

What Else We’re Reading

  • An Unlikely African American Music Historian
    NPR tells the story of Polk Miller, a former Confederate soldier, who grew up listening to African American music on his family’s Virginia plantation and learned how to play banjo from his father’s slaves. He and his quartet recorded some of the first interracial music; however, "He glorified black music, while at the same wearing the stars and bars, standing up for the legacy of the Confederacy."
  • Woodrow Wilson and Princeton, Then and Now
    Last month scholars James Axtell, John Milton Cooper, Stan Katz and others met at a Princeton conference to consider "The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson." His legacy, it turns out, is pretty much in decline.
  • Hate Radio
    Jeffrey Herf, professor of modern European and German history at the University of Maryland at College Park, explores “Nazi propaganda in the Arab world.” And Richard Wolin, teacher of history and political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, responds with “Herf’s Misuses of History.”

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Jessica Pritchard

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