What We’re Reading: February 21, 2013

In today’s What We’re Reading, we link to the firestorm at Emory regarding the three-fifths clause, a blog series focused on public history curriculum standards, a new Tumblr for reading lovers, and more.

History in the News
Why Tarantino is Better than Spielberg at Portraying Slavery
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday on the historical truths of Django Unchained and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Compromised Position
Scott Jaschik at Inside Higher Ed reports on the uproar over Emory University President James Wagner’s comments regarding the “three-fifths compromise,” including reaction from historians.

Can You Trust Jared Diamond?
Bryn Williams, writing for Slate, challenges Jared Diamond’s evasion of citations, arguing “Citations assure the reader that you have engaged with the strongest counterarguments and facts. It’s harder to cheat when you have to explicate the steps you took to reach an answer.”

The Last Time a Pope Resigned, Mass Media Was Called … Mass
Two AHA members (Donald Prudlo and Christopher Bellitto) were interviewed in the Atlantic about the history of papal abdication.

What Employers Seek in Public History Graduates
The National Council on Public History’s Public History Commons has published a series of blog posts, the latest one found here, on what employers seek in public history graduates based on a survey of potential employers. In a separate but related topic in the Public History Commons, Randy Bergstrom for History @ Work invites readers to help define the core “threshold concepts” of public history.

Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities
The Chronicle covers the Open Library of Humanities, a “brand-spanking-new” effort to do for the humanities what the Public Library of Science did for scientific journal publishing.

Computer History Museum Shares Original Photoshop Code
Source code as a historical document: Adobe released Photoshop 1.0.1 for the Macintosh in 1990. Now, historians of computing can review the 179 files, with 128,000 lines of code that made the revolutionary application tick.

Fun and Off-beat
Rare Historical Photos with Descriptions
A digital album of 45 rare and fascinating photos with captions that can easily capture your attention for the afternoon.

The Universal History of Music In One Awesome Timelapse Drawing
Gizmodo links to a seven-minute video with Spanish text and a universal soundtrack.

Awesome People Reading
Looking for a new Tumblr to obsess over? Awesome People Reading features pictures of famous actors, writers, comics, and notable historical figures reading.

Skiing Old Trails of the New Deal
The New York Times reveals how the Civilian Conservation Corps “helped catalyze the nascent ski industry” in the United States, and how backcountry skiers use trails cut by the CCC today.

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