Historiann http://www.historiann.com History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:05:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 “Steamboat Willie” is completely whack, shows potential in the classroom. http://www.historiann.com/2014/09/02/steamboat-willie-is-completely-whack-shows-potential-in-the-classroom/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/09/02/steamboat-willie-is-completely-whack-shows-potential-in-the-classroom/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:05:58 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23180 Inspired by a recent viewing of Spongebob Squarepants that featured a fake “early Spongebob” cartoon that was clearly a reference to “Steamboat Willie,” I dialed up “Steamboat Willie” on the YouTube and discovered that this cartoon is completely insane and loaded with animal cruelty.  Now, I am not one to get all up in your grill about cruelty to animated creatures, but seriously–this thing is whack:


Dig that scene (@5:45) in which Willie/Mickey gets the suckling piglets to squeal to the tune of “Turkey in the Straw” by pulling on their tails, and then yanks them off of the mother hog and goes to town on her teats to continue the tune!  You have to just see it to believe it, friends.  A young companion who watched this video with me turned to me very concerned and said, “I don’t like this!”  It wasn’t as challenging as the “Dealing with Ma’s Racism in Little House on the Prairie” moment but it was more challenging than, say, the “using Wonder Woman the TV show from the 1970s to teach about Nazism” lesson.  (It was more like “Worker and Parasite,” the Soviet substitute for Itchy and Scratchy one day on Crusty’s show:  What the hell was that???)

“Steamboat Willie” is a freakin’ nightmare!  And who knew, because (for good reason, it turns out) the only samples we ever see of “Steamboat Willie” involve Mickey standing at the steamboat wheel whistling away?  It’s such a popular film to reference in animation–I seem to remember a “Steamboat Itchy” cartoon on The Simpsons back in the day, as well as other brief quotations by animators in other films and shorts.  I get it why “SW” was so important and influential–you can see how the future animators of Fantasia were clearly inspired by it, for example.

But because of my “WTF” moment, it occured to me that “Steamboat Willie” has the potential to be a terrific tool for teaching students about the strangeness of the past, and how we should use primary sources to appreciate that strangeness and seek to understand it rather than to seek familiarity with the past.  You modern historians can do better with this than I can, but I think one could use this (for example) to 1) get students to think about the use of barnyard creatures in this short film at a time when most Americans had until recently lived in rural rather than urban places, 2) encourage them to think about the fact that this film would have been an urban entertainment, and 3) what does it say about gender relations to have Minnie Mouse winched into the steamboat?  (Just kidding, kind of, with that last question.)

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Happy Labor Day! http://www.historiann.com/2014/09/01/happy-labor-day/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/09/01/happy-labor-day/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:12:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23173 labordayvintageposter

After driving all over L.A. and Orange Counties yesterday to visit friends, I’m taking it easy today.  Here’s a cool Labor Day poster, especially for those of us who work for government.  Enough of the attacks on public sector employees and the small subset of us who are still unionized!  Solidarity forever.

Here’s something I heard while driving around what Southern Californians apparently call “the Southland.”  (Maybe it’s just because I’m an American historian and a professional Yankee by birth, inclination, and residence, but I’d never call anyplace I live “the Southland.”  Just sayin’.): a hilarous segment from Latino USA:  “The Worst Latino.”  Well worth a hearing for anyone who’s ever felt like an inferior member of an ethnic group, political movement, religion, or whatever.  It’s all about interest group boundaries, and how they define us and bring us together as well as potentially alienate us.

What are you “the worst” at?  We can talk and laugh about this stuff, but remember:  united we bargain, divided we beg.  (Feeling nostalgic?  Check out these Labor Day posters I’ve scared up for previous Labor Days and May Days.)

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This just in: Men favored over women in employee evaluations and tenure review letters http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/30/this-just-in-men-favored-over-women-in-employee-evaluations-and-tenure-review-letters/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/30/this-just-in-men-favored-over-women-in-employee-evaluations-and-tenure-review-letters/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:35:19 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23161 cowgirlcomingrightupWell, burn my bacon!  Via Amanda Marcotte at Slate, we read of an informal study of managerial performance reviews in the tech industry by Kieran Snyder at Fortune that concludes that of the participants who volunteered copies of their performance reviews, women receive far more critical feedback:

The first thing I wanted to understand is how many reviews included critical wording in the first place. These were almost exclusively strong reviews, so I wasn’t sure. My own reviews have all contained critical feedback, both those I’ve received and those I’ve given. But I wasn’t sure what to expect.

105 men submitted 141 reviews, and 75 women submitted 107 reviews. Of the full set of 248 reviews, 177—about 71%—contained critical feedback. However, critical feedback was not distributed evenly by gender.

When breaking the reviews down by gender of the person evaluated, 58.9% of the reviews received by men contained critical feedback. 87.9% of the reviews received by women did.

Next, the study demonstrated that the critical feedback women and men received was very different in kind.  Women were overwhelmingly the recipients of negative feedback focused on their personality and their willingness to take credit for their work:

Men are given constructive suggestions. Women are given constructive suggestions – and told to pipe down.

. . . . In the 177 reviews where people receive critical feedback, men and women receive different kinds. The critical feedback men receive is heavily geared towards suggestions for additional skills to develop. A few examples:

“Constructive feedback on your performance as a feature crew tester can be summed up by saying that you still have some skills to continue to develop.”

“Hone your strategies for guiding your team and developing their skills. It is important to set proper guidance around priorities and to help as needed in designs and product decisions.”

“There were a few cases where it would have been extremely helpful if you had gone deeper into the details to help move an area forward.”

“Take time to slow down and listen. You would achieve even more.”

Women receive this kind of constructive feedback too. But the women’s reviews include another, sharper element that is absent from the men’s:

“You can come across as abrasive sometimes. I know you don’t mean to, but you need to pay attention to your tone.”

“Your peers sometimes feel that you don’t leave them enough room. Sometimes you need to step back to let others shine.”

“The presentation ultimately went well. But along the way, we discovered many areas for improvement. You would have had an easier time if you had been less judgmental about R—‘s contributions from the beginning.”

This kind of negative personality criticism—watch your tone! step back! stop being so judgmental!—shows up twice in the 83 critical reviews received by men. It shows up in 71 of the 94 critical reviews received by women.

That’s right:  negative personality criticism appeared in 75% of all of the women’s evaluations.  It appeared in 2.5% of the men’s evaluations.  Also sadly unsurprising:  the sex of the reviewer made no difference–women, like men, were much likelier to aim sharp criticism at women, and to offer mostly constructive criticism of male employees.  Snyder’s results track with what trans people report, both F-to-M and M-to-F, as explored in this excellent article by Jessica Nordell at The New Republic:  as men, their ideas and opinions were taken more seriously, and their expertise was assumed rather than questioned.

Marcotte’s blog post and Snyder’s study are careful to localize these results to the tech industry, but I think they’d find these results neatly replicated across all professional workplaces.  Having served on my college’s tenure review committee, I have seen almost the same differences in men’s vs. women’s tenure review letters.  These letters are different instruments than the performance evaluations Snyder discusses, so the comparison is not exact.  (I wish now that I had taken notes, or at least kept count of the different kinds of tenure review letters in men’s vs. women’s files, but I’m not a sociologist, I’m a historian.)

However, in the four years I served on that committee, I observed that even in positive reviews recommending tenure, women’s research portfolios would still be picked apart, and reviewers took the time and trouble to rate and rank each and every article and book for its rigor, its creativity, and its impact.  Men’s dossiers rarely received little of the same article-by-article, book-by-book scrutiny.  When in fact a male candidate had some evident weaknesses in his record, such as having no single-authored articles and having only his Ph.D. advisor as his co-author!–reviewers would go out of their way to explain why this obvious weakness was in fact evidence of his awesomeness.  And yes, it was female as well as male reviewers who were hard on women candidates and excused weaknesses in men candidates for tenure.

It wasn’t every man’s file vs. every women’s file that I could see these differences, but there was clearly a pattern:  even in letters that were overwhelmingly positive, letters for women just had to have some comments criticizing the quality or quantity of their work, and letters for men whose records in my view had clear weaknesses either in the quantity or quality (or both), reviewers went out of their way to explain away or excuse them.

Something else I observed is that in my years on the committee, only women candidates had letters in their files that were by professors who were professionally envious and/or had other axes to grind.  (I’ve seen at least one letter like this in a man’s file in my department, so this may just be the luck of the draw; however, it may be a side-effect of the kind of skepticism and scrutiny that I observed in the letters on behalf of women candidates.)

My service on this committee is a good example that committee work can be useful and important to you and to your institution.  Yes, there were other things I probably wished I were doing in the moment besides reading the tenure files of people outside my department, but I learned a great deal about the climate that we all work in, and I’ve worked to counter the negative reviews in women’s files.

The experience also has taught me how to write an effective tenure review letter.  If I’m going to say that someone’s work is good in the hopes that they get tenure, then it’s not really my business to give a down-and-dirty, blow-by-blow critique of their published work because it’s too late for anyone to do anything about it.  Tenure review letters are not reviews for draft articles or manuscripts solicited by a press; they in fact the instruments that help decide who gets tenure and who instead gets fired.  Why would a department or college want to know that you were underwhelmed by a few articles if they want to tenure their colleague?  Yes, we all have our opinions, but you have to think about how that opinion might be used up the line, don’t you?

My work on the college T&P committee also taught me that I only want to review the dossiers of people I think should be tenured.  I don’t want everyone tenured, but I’m also not going to shank someone.  There’s plenty of bitterness and discontent in academia.  In fact, someone is sharpening a toothbrush handle right now.

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We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014 http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/29/we-u-s-americans-are-now-beyond-parody-guns-race-gender-and-parenthood-ca-2014/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:33:39 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23140 9-youzi


Jesus Mary and Joseph.

As I’m sure all of you know already, a nine-year old killed the man who was instructing her in the use of an Uzi submachine gun this week at a shooting gallery in Arizona.  The  juxtaposition of this story with a story from earlier this summer, in which a mother spent more than two weeks in jail for letting her 9-year old girl play in a park by herself while she did her shift at McDonald’s, says it all:  “In America Today, a 9-Year Old Girl Can’t Play Alone in a Park But She Can Play With an Uzi.”

Andy Borowitz satirized the current conversation about parenting and guns yesterday in “Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons,” but then I open the L.A. Times this morning to find exactly this kind of “experts say. . . “/”others argue that. . . ” debate as to the best way to teach children to use guns in the pages of one of America’s great newspapers.  As though the use of semiautomatic weapons by children is a debatable issue!  Where were the voices of public heath experts, family practice doctors, and pediatricians?  Where were the voices of parents in Chicago, whose neighborhoods are routinely interrupted by gun violence and who fear for the safety of their children just walking to and from school?

Let’s not overlook the enormous role that race and gender play in both of these stories.  First, let’s talk about race:  the McDonald’s employee, Debra Harrell, and her daughter are African American.  The Arizona child whose parents permitted her to fire an Uzi appears to be white.  Why do we know Debra Harrell’s name, but not the name of the (presumably white) parents from New Jersey whose daughter killed her shooting instructor?  Shockingly, there are no laws that would permit their arrest and thus their entry into the public record.  Why isn’t their judgment being publicly debated?  Why doesn’t New Jersey (their home state) social services take this 9-year old out of their custody because their poor judgment endangered her life and has led their daughter to do something that will haunt her the rest of her life?

Secondly, gender:  I can’t help but notice the way that teevee and radio news people emphasize the fact that the shooter in Arizona was not just a 9-year old, but a 9-year old girl, as though her offense is particularly perverse (and as though a 9-year old boy’s involvement with an Uzi wouldn’t be just as shocking.)  This interest in her sex indicates that even now, we assume that gun ownership and use are typically male activities.  Gender is also at play here when we think about the ways these public conversations about parental culpability have played out:  Harrell’s judgment as an African American woman and mother was criminalized as matter of course, but the judgment of the presumably white parents, and in particular the judgment of the Arizona 9-year old’s father, the person who according to our cultural assumptions would be in charge of gun ownership and education, is perforce above particular scrutiny.

I really should be taking notes on the book I’ll need to write 30-40 years from now about the dangerous radicalism of the NRA and gun manufacturers, the poison they injected into the American body politic, the ideological fanaticism of many American gun owners, and the distortions of common sense in our civic life that resulted.  This madness will pass, eventually, and your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will marvel at the shocking irresponsibility of adults in the early twenty-first century.

I either need to start taking notes for this book, or explore Canadian citizenship.  My husband used to be Canadian, so I think there’s a way that all of us in our family can get over the border with new passports.

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The Native American & Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) annual meeting needs early Americanists! http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/26/the-native-american-indigenous-studies-association-naisa-annual-meeting-needs-early-americanists/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/26/the-native-american-indigenous-studies-association-naisa-annual-meeting-needs-early-americanists/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:11:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23116 Dear Readers,

Historiann here.  Today’s post is from a comment from Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, who teaches in the Department of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo.  We clashed a bit around my post criticizing this year’s Omohundro Conference, as she thought that my post overlooked her panel (and it did), but in the end I believe we agreed that we’re both rowing in the same direction when it comes to diversifying early American studies.  

We emailed a bit over the following month, and she graciously agreed to permit me to publish a modified version of one of her comments on the Omohundro post to help advertise the 2015 Native American & Indigenous Studies Association conference.  Alyssa is concerned that very few early Americanists, so far, are involved in NAISA.  So if you are an early Americanist, or anyone working on Native American or Indigenous Studies, read on and consider putting together a proposal for the seventh Annual Meeting of NAISA, which will meet in Washington, D.C. on June 1-6, 2015.  Take it away, Alyssa!

It’s been a few weeks since I jumped into the fray here, and I wanted to follow up with some comments that developed out of a very productive email exchange with Historiann.

I want to make clear that I am invested in opening up lines of communication regarding scholarship among and between those working in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and those whose work focuses on the early Americanist period. From what I’ve seen over the past seven years since the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) was founded, there are very few early Americanists who regularly attend NAISA meetings. I’m interested in working to change that and toward that end I helped Coll Thrush organize two sessions around the theme of “Indigenizing Early Modern and Early American Studies” at the 2014 annual meeting of NAISA in Austin. The standing room-only crowds (over 100 people) that attended the linked panel and roundtable seemed to signal that there is a significant scholarly audience for this work and this discussion.

Building on the positive reception of the sessions at NAISA, as well as the successful panels that NAIS scholars based in New England organized for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture meeting in Halifax, I am encouraging colleagues to continue the conversations in whatever ways they see fit at the 2015 meetings of both organizations. Personally, I am involved in organizing several research and methodology panels for both meetings.

If you haven’t been to NAISA yet, I hope you’ll consider attending the 2015 meeting in Washington, DC. Everyone who attends NAISA meetings leaves enthusiastic about the dynamic work undertaken by Native and non-Native scholars who are dedicated to realizing the organization’s vision that it is “the premiere international and interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.”

As is clear from this statement, NAISA is dedicated to supporting scholars and scholarship about Native American and Indigenous Studies. It is not now, nor has it ever been, focused on identity politics. Although I am deeply concerned about the very small number of Native American and Indigenous historians (less than ten) whose scholarship focuses on the early Americanist period, these sociological issues are not part of the mission of NAISA. I think this focus on scholarship (rather than demographics) is borne out in attendance patterns: the reason hundreds of people submit proposals for well over the 160 sessions that appear on the program, and 800 scholars spend scarce conference funds attending NAISA every year, is that participants are doing smart work, not that they’re Native.

If you want to learn more about NAISA, please visit the association’s website: http://www.naisa.org.  In case you haven’t seen it, the 2015 NAISA CFP can be found here.  And if you’re interested in seeing the program for the 2014 NAISA meeting in Austin, it can be found here.

I hope to see you in Chicago (at the 2015 Omohundro Institute-Society for Early Americanists joint conference, June 18-21), and also in Washington!

Thanks so much, Alyssa.  Clearly, there is a large and appreciative audience at NAISA for early American studies.  The Omohundro-SEA conference web site is now open for proposals, which are due by September 15.  The NAISA conference website will open September 1, with a deadline for proposals of November 3.  (Please note that this is an earlier deadline than NAISA has used in the past!)

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Bicentennial of the invasion and burning of Washington http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/24/bicentennial-of-the-invasion-and-burning-of-washington/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/24/bicentennial-of-the-invasion-and-burning-of-washington/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:51:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23127 washington1814

“The Taking of the City of Washington in America,” depicting the burning of the city on August 24, 1814

Joel Achenbach offers a lively narrative review of the War of 1812 and the invasion and burning of Washington, D.C. in the Washington Post today, the two-hundredth anniversary of the attack.  He spends an unaccountable number of column inches on the Battle of Bladensburg (?), but has some funny and touching stories towards the end about President James and First Lady Dolly Madison wandering around separately in nearby Virginia and Maryland for the first few days after the invasion and destruction of the President’s House, hoping to find some sympathetic locals to take them in.

Achenbach name checks some famous bro-storians, but for my money the funniest and most entertaining account of the torching of what we now call the White House is Kariann Yokota’s account of it in the closing pages of her 2011 book, Unbecoming British:  How Revolutionary America Became a Postcolonial Nation, on pages 226-27 at the beginning of her Conclusion.  She reviews the elegant supper enjoyed by British officers on imported tableware, washed down with wine from cut-glass decanters, just before they piled up the furniture to burn it to cinders.

Read it and laugh, knowing that the Republic will endure.

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A clean, well-lighted place http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/22/a-clean-well-lighted-place/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/22/a-clean-well-lighted-place/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:28:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23120 HuntingtonofficeFriends, I’ve never truly appreciated the wisdom of Ernest Hemingway until this week, after having moved into my own clean, well-lighted office at the Huntington Library.  My office at Baa Ram U. serves mostly as a place to meet students and colleagues, and to shovel out my email in-box–I don’t write there.  Ever.  I did most of the writing and revisions on my first book while reclining on the couch in my office, and wondered if I’d be able to work sitting up at a desk like a fully-functional adult.

But from day 1 here, I’ve been writing!  My book!  And contemplating revisions on an article, too!  I’ve learned that I’ve overlooked too long this marvelous technology one calls a “desk.”  My desk at home is too frequently covered in stuff I’ve been meaning to file or put away, and the cat likes to nap on the desk chair when she’s not sitting on the desk looking out the window at the squirrels and bunnies frolicking under the horse chestnut tree, so I use it as a combination unfile-cabinet and cat bed/lookout perch.  I know:  what a waste of a nice old desk.

I’m sure that part of my productivity is due to the tidiness of an empty office, too.  Perhaps part of it is just that it’s a new space, one in which I’m not burdened by psychic or material reminders of all of the other stuff in my life I to which I really should attend.  In any case, my empty and so far super-productive office here at the Huntington is making me more determined than ever to do a major repainting, reorganizing, and reconfiguration of my home office space.

After all, book #3 isn’t going to write itself without a little spark of inspiration.  What have you done in the past to make your work environment more productive, and/or what do you want to do to your current space?

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History, Judge Lynch, and Walking While Black: thoughts on Ferguson, MO http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/20/history-judge-lynch-and-walking-while-black-thoughts-on-ferguson-mo/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/20/history-judge-lynch-and-walking-while-black-thoughts-on-ferguson-mo/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:51:27 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23108 cowgirlcoffeeStop by and sit for a spell.  Have a cup of coffee, too, while you’re at it!  (It’s fresh, or at least it was this morning.)  As you have probably guessed, I’ve crawled my way out of the wilderness and back to internet-connected civilization.  Although the entrance to The Huntington Library and Gardens is torn up now because of a major construction project, everything indoors and out is pretty much its usual quiet and studied perfection.  As commenter Susan noted in the comments on my last post, the Corpse Flower is about to bloom here, so we’re all on the edge of our seats.  (Follow the progress on Twitter, #CorpseFlower).

I’ll surely be reporting more from my new sabbatical year location, but I’m actually getting lots of writing done this week (!) so I don’t want to let the blog suck too much of my mojo right now.  I’m enjoying the offline company of my fellow nuns and monks here.  It’s a refreshingly cloistered environment, in which people still cultivate the attention spans required for long study and deep reflection rather than the instincts of the blogosphere or Twitterverse.

The Huntington is also culturally and environmentally about 15,000 miles away from Ferguson, Missouri.  Working and strolling through this privileged environment, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the incredible liberties I have even amidst the many botanical, art, manuscript, and bibliographic treasures.  All it takes is a “reader’s card” on a lanyard around my neck, and I have nearly the run of the place.  And who am I?  I haven’t paid a dime for the pleasure–in fact, I’m a huge welfare queen!  I’m getting paid to be here!  What a tragically different experience Mike Brown had of his own neighborhood.

As you might imagine, I’ve been following the news of our militarized police state pretty closely.  I don’t have anything particularly profound to say, and besides there are much smarter and more articulate people in the news, on blogs, and on Twitter who are already saying it (like Heather Ann Thompson).  I guess my big reaction is this:  why is anyone surprised that the present looks so much like the past?  It seems like when it comes to race in America, we’re dangerously invested in insisting that the Bad Old Days are long gone.  I get it that that’s a more reassuring story to tell, but it’s a childish one.  Aren’t there any grownups among the grownups these days?

Even if I understand why people insist on pretending history is irrelevant, why must they evoke history in such wildly inappropriate ways?  For example:  Howard Kurtz say that Some liberal outlets [are] creating almost a lynch mob mentality around this,” that is, the insistence that the police officer who killed an unarmed man be arrested and charged with a crime.  Is that what lynch mobs did–they published headlines in news outlets demanding the arrest and trial of men suspected of crimes?  Because that’s what you imply when you compare an online magazine to a lynch mob.  Judge Lynch, as we all should remember, was not at all about insisting on due process for suspected criminals.  That was the whole point of a lynch mob friends–the circumvention of the criminal justice system!  Yegads.  So stupid.  

And that’s before I even take on the offensive racial inversion of lynch mobs and their victims here that Kurtz’s comparison is built around.  Tips for Toads:  Judge Lynch never targeted armed, white, municipal police officers, mostly just African American men and women.  Actually, scratch that tip.  Let’s just make a new rule:  New Rule:  Don’t talk about lynch mobs unless you’re talking about a literal lynch mob.  To do so seems is self-dramatizing and disrespectful of the actual victims of lynching.

Also, was anyone else deeply disturbed by Mike Brown’s alleged initial offense–that he was walking in the street rather than on the sidewalk–which recalls the insistence in the Jim Crow South that all black boys and men get off the sidewalks and avert their eyes in favor of white pedestrians?  So walking in the street is now a capital offense?

It’s almost like it’s a crime to walk like a free man with a black body in 1619 1673 1741 1800 1834 1853 1885 1916 1947 1964 2014.  But what the hell do I know:  I’m only a professional historian.

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California, here I come–eventually. http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/06/california-here-i-come-eventually/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/08/06/california-here-i-come-eventually/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:01:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23088 CaliforniahereicomeWell, friends, the day I’ve been looking forward to for more than six months has finally arrived:  the wagon is packed and ready to roll on out to San Marino, California, where I am the Dana and David Dornsife Fellow at the Huntington Library for 2014-15.  But first, la famille Historiann is taking a little adventure holiday rafting trip in the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.   But unlike Evel Knievel, we’re traveling in the river, not over the canyon.

(Idaho may be one of the last remaining U.S. states I’ve never visited–along with Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alaska.  This is because I’ve never lived in the South, unless Baltimore or Washington, D.C. count as “the South,” which I doubt.)

Because I’m going to be (blissfully) off the grid for the next week or so, and because internet SPAM is becoming increasingly aggressive, I will shut off all of the comments on the blog so that I don’t spend the first week of my time at the Huntington doing janitorial work on my stupid blog.  I’m sorry about the interruption of service–I should be back online on or around August 15, so look for me around the ranch about then:  Historiann, the Way Out West edition.

Until then, happy trails, and don’t fence me in!


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Monday morning comix: keeping Austen weird over at Manfeels Park http://www.historiann.com/2014/07/28/monday-morning-comix-keeping-austen-weird-over-at-manfeels-park/ http://www.historiann.com/2014/07/28/monday-morning-comix-keeping-austen-weird-over-at-manfeels-park/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:37:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=23079 Wentworth

Oh, say it ain’t so, Captain Wentworth!

This cartoon is among the many brilliant creations at my new favorite fun blog, Manfeels Park.  (You Austenites will get that pun immediately, of course.)  All of the highlighted dialogue comes from actual online mansplanations.

Just go there and start clicking through the archives.  And then tell me that feminists have no sense of humor.  (My fave?  So Confused, wherein Mr. Bennett receives a PSA about “what about the menz” and unfriending on social media.)

I found this blog via a link at my other new favorite funny blog, Confused Cats Against Feminism.  (What’s that?  My book?  What about my book?  Oh, yes, the writing is going very well, thank you so much for asking.)

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