By James Grossman and Allen Mikaelian
Is it appropriate to reference “Jim Crow” when discussing the rash of new laws and measures further regulating who can vote and under what conditions? Do the rhetorical analogies fit the historical facts? Politifact,
Jonathan Gottschall’s new headline-grabbing book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, didn’t set out to comment on contemporary historical practice. Gottschall barely mentions history in his short, cogently argued volume. But, if he is right about
|A codex-style Mayan jar from the Mirador Basin in southern Campeche, Mexico, now in the Kislak Collection of the Library of Congress. Photo by Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman.
Whatever might be the truth about the apocalyptic eschatology of the Mayan calendar and
George Washington chopped down a cherry tree. Christopher Columbus discovered North America. Abraham Lincoln owned slaves. While these three statements are false, false, and false, they’re myths still perpetuated, often since childhood, through rumor and misunderstanding. Discover
In last week’s What We’re Reading we featured an article from the Boston Globe that considered the possibilities of preserving smells and saving them as historical artifacts. Jumping off from that fascinating idea, we bring you a few more articles