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I’m seeing way too many white people critiquing Native American intellectuals for their continued calls for @ewarren to do better. You are extremely in the wrong on this issue and here’s why. A thread.
Yes, Warren has issued some soft apologies for claiming Native identity and then trying to prove it with a DNA test. But the harmful “evidence” and defenses are still up on her website.
And once she takes that down, her apologies need to be the start of a conversation — not the end of one. And this is not “just a Native issue.” White feminists striving for intersectionality should be paying attention here too.
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With #AHA19 out of the way, the new year has begun for #twitterstorians. If one of your resolutions is to do research more effectively, here are my methods videos from 2018. In this thread, I'll break down the videos w/ separate links for each section
Using the library. This also introduces the color-coding scheme that undergirds keeping my entire approach to organizing research materials.
Keeping up on books in your field.
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I'm running late and missed the first presentation, but I'm now at: Campaigning for the Lord's Kingdom: Evangelical Political Loyalties and Legacies in Late 20th-Century America #AHA19
Allison Vander Broek, from Boston College: I want to explain how right-to-life movement recruited evangelicals. 1 worked to resolve tensions with Catholics. 2 made movement broad, welcoming to all faiths. 3 acted on belief evangelicals were allies, just didn't realize it #AHA19
.@AlliVanderBroek: Right to life movement worried that opposition could marginalize them as "just for Catholics." Inside movement, concern Protestants were just a "front" for basically Catholic movement #AHA19
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I've already seen the "African American Designers in Chicago" exhibit at the @ChiCulturCenter, but I can't miss a lecture + guided tour. #s198 #AHA19
The theme of this session is "The archive, the gallery, and the practice of public history." Davarian L. Baldwin describes public history as a practice of visual history and culture where the interpretation is not in our hands, but in the hands of the public. #s198 #AHA19
Baldwin: American and British advertisement has its roots in using racist imagery to sell products. Thus, African American involvement in design is important. Black people turned to the commercial marketplace to produce ideas and histories. #s198 #AHA19
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Next up: #AHA19
.@MalcolmBFoley: Race is fraught in the tradition called evangelicalism. By that I mean, people don't like seriously talking about. #AHA19
.@MalcolmBFoley: In the book Rope and Faggot, Walter White wrote that it is inconceivable the reign of lynching could have happened under any other religion than Christianity. Is it true? Are they linked in an important way? #AHA19
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historians who work on indigenous history have come together to respond to & contextualize the elizabeth warren DNA controversy. i'll be live-tweeting their panel later today. be on the lookout! #aha19 #elizabethwarren
here is additional info:…
here is the lineup:
Deborah Miranda,Washington & Lee Univ
Jean M. O'Brien-Kehoe,Univ of MN Twin Cities
Julie L. Reed,Penn State Univ
Doug Kiel,Northwestern Univ
Malinda Maynor Lowery,Center for the Study of the American South,UNC Chapel Hill
Alyssa Mt.Pleasant, Univ at Buffalo
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Now @ @chelseastieber presenting the afternoon session here at #MLA19 #AHA19 #Haiti #HHaiti w/ @wwJJDdo, Michael Reyes & Shanna Jean-Baptiste
@wwJJDdo starts w/ "Reading the Black Spartacus: Literature as Politics in the Haitian Revolution" takes us back to the mid-18th Century & Spartacus, tragédie by M. Saurin staged regularly in the 1790s #Haiti #HHaiti #AHA19 #MLA19
Voltaire's assessment of Spartacus's war, as an enslaved Roman, was seen as "la guerre la plus juste" –– lending the Spartacus in Abbé Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes a character apt for the West Indian anti-slavery cause #Haiti #HHaiti #MLA19 #AHA19
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Now at #AHA19 #s115 #HHaiti on "Saint-Domingue and Disciplinary (Dis)Loyalties: Literature and History" with @Soccerpolitics, @JohnGarrigus, Julia Prest, Yvonne Fabella, and Logan Connors. Here's the theater database @soccerpolitics just mentioned:
#AHA19 #s115 #HHaiti

@Soccerpolitics starts with a broad question, "What is it that we know about Saint-Domingue? What do we still need to know?"

@JohnGarrigus comments on how much MORE there is at the AHA on Saint-Domingue / Haitian Revolution than in the 1980s.
#AHA19 #s115 #HHaiti

@JohnGarrigus - more people are recognizing the importance of Saint-Domingue, the plantation machine. (PS, Garrigus and Trevor Burnard co-wrote a book by that name comparing Saint-Domingue and Jamaica.)
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THREAD: What does a job interview and an animal shelter have in common? Read on…

#AHA2019 #Twitterstorians (to @kevinbaker...since you mentioned it...and also, (@Historiann @GordinMichael @elmilam @TheTattooedProf @STS_News who might enjoy it as well)
Around 2002, I made the short list for a history of science position for a major school which has an amphibian for a mascot. It was a good job. I knew the chair of the search committee and viewed them as a mentor.
But....his mentor had never advised students.
And it was my first real interview.
I had no clue.
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Time for the next #HHaiti panel! First up is N. Frédéric Pierre, " Haitian Statesmen and the African Presence in Jean-Jacques Dessalines' Empire" exploring questions of Black statecraft #AHA19 #Haiti
Pierre looking at some of the intellectual/historiographical background, showing that the Atlantic turn on the French Revolution started in the 1930s, not the corps. French scholars chose to ignore Cooper's work. #HHaiti #AHA19
Herskovitz' Life in a Haitian Valley (1937), emphasized Haitian Africanness, doubled-down on by Jean-Price Mars. #AHA19 #HHaiti #Haiti
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I appreciate @NathanHDize for covering the live tweeting for #AHA19 #s71 #HHaiti

My slides are available to view at:…
#AHA19 #s71 #HHaiti

Next up is @DrEricaJohnson, working on the work of priests and other religious figures as intermediaries during the Haitian Revolution — go betweens keeping communication open between the colonial state and insurgents.
#AHA19 #s71 #HHaiti

@DrEricaJohnson is assistant professor of History at Francis Marion University. Her book Philanthropy and Race in the Haitian Revolution is here — if you have a university library, ask them to order!…
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On this eve before I depart for #AHA19, it's time for another (short) Swashbucklin' Story Time featuring the "notorious" Captain Kidd. Despite being a huge figure in piracy, turns out he was pretty bad at it and was REALLY unlucky. 1/
Kidd's background is rather convoluted. He made a name for himself as a skilled sailor while acting as a privateer during the Nine Years' War. He must have done all right as he made friends in high places, including Richard Coote. 2/
Coote was appointed governor of NY with the task of eradicating piracy in the area. In 1695, given Kidd's reputation as a privateer, Coote thought Kidd would be perfect to fulfill his grand plan. And Kidd still had a privateering commission to sack enemy French ships. Win-win! 3/
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For those headed to #AHA2019 for job interviews. Some common questions to help you prep (based on a workshop I attended years ago). Add your own!
The classic: How did you develop your dissertation topic? How did you become interested in it? Tell us about your diss. Explain to us how your writing sample fits into the rest of your diss.
What can scholars not in your field learn from your dissertation? Or explain your work as you would to an undergraduate. In other words: So what? What's the significance?
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Listen up, job candidates at #aha19 and #mla19: I have been thinking about a tweet in which someone said some version of: "I don't know anyone who has ever had a good experience at an @AHAhistorians interview." I have interviewed, and been interviewed, and here is what I know.
I always get charged up for interviews. I am hugely competitive, and so I always see them as an opportunity, not a hurdle. And one crucial thought is: you will fail at most interviews, but you have a *chance* to succeed at every one.
I am not sure a conference job interview is ever a comfortable space, because each interview is a challenge. By definition, a challenge *is* uncomfortable, because you are doing something you cannot prepare well enough for. This is often harder for a good student, like you.
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Everybody getting ready for #AHA19? This is your @AHAhistorians program chair speaking, with some hints for how to have the best meeting ever. Some of you are old hands – for others this is your first meeting! Let’s get started.
First, we are going to Chicago, people: it’s going to be cold, but not legendary Chicago cold: mid 30s to low 40s, and I am seeing no precipitation until Tuesday. This is good news: no need for boots or extra layers. Put boots in your car in case there is snow when you return.
I am seeing some fashion anxiety on line. Anyone who knows me also knows I cannot help you with that. BUT: #1 rule, whether you are interviewing or not, is be as comfortable in your skin as you possibly can be. Because this is about yr. mind, not yr. appearance.
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