What We’re Reading: February 28, 2013

In Today’s What We’re Reading we feature history at the Oscars, podcasts on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and more.

History in the News
Civil Rights Exhibit Highlights Successes, Work Left To Be Done
NPR covers an exhibit at Emory University that resulted from three years of work cataloging 1,000 boxes pertaining to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The New York Times on History at the Oscars
Maureen Dowd on “The Oscar for Best Fabrication,” Corey Franklin on “History According to Hollywood,” Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott on “Confronting the Fact of Fiction and the Fiction of Fact.”

Bodies on Display, Then and Now
At Nursing Clio, Rachel Epp Buller historicizes gender in art history and finds that the display of women’s bodies in the history of art is not so different from what we see today in popular culture.

Podcasts
We are quite excited here about the many 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage events in Washington, DC, this weekend, and to get ready for this historic commemoration we’ve been listening to the stories of women’s lives and achievements.

In our recent AHA Member Spotlight,  Waitman W. Beorn reminded us about the excellent In Our Time podcast series put out by the BBC, and we went right to the episode on Octavia Hill, late 19th-century social and housing activist, to get started. Over at New Books in History, also a recommendation, we find several authors talking about new scholarship in women’s history, including Sally McMillen discussing her book, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement, and AHA members Kimberly Jensenon on Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War and Jennifer Guglielmo on Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City. Our roundup wouldn’t be complete without a visit to BackStory, where “The Good Mother: A History of American Motherhood” features former AHA President Linda Kerber on the “founding mothers.”

Fun and Off-beat
Movie Scenes of the Past in Real Life New York
The Atlantic Cities profiles writer Christopher Moloney, who has earned notoriety for his photo composites of archival movie stills against real-life New York streetscapes.

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