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An audio and text update! #GreyDawn is going to be an #audiobook, cooking streams are within reach, physical rewards are coming, and more, and I need your help to do it. Find out how: #writerslift #twitterstorians #NorthStarForever
Thank you for the signal boost, @Squeak_11!
Thank you so much to our intrepid captain @PsychicRefugee for the signal boost!
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#twitterstorians this is a call to arms. The Atlanta City Council is planning to destroy the historic site of the Atlanta Prison Farm and build a LEO training facility.
They are offering lip service to an indoor museum - but are going to destroy the site and ruins. #StopCopCity
PLEASE take a moment and read these threads.
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1/5The enemies of history are catching on that in the North, the War was often told accurately (they say from the southern perspective). The reason for this is the fact that the North was wrong & the world's leading historians proved it.
2/5Northern editorials, especially, prior to Sumter, often pointed out the legality of secession & negative comments about free Blacks. Here is the Albany Atlas & Argus from 3/5/1861 as an example. Did this sentiment magically disappear after the war?
3/5One of the very first war monuments to the Union was in Indiana (1862).Bohan argues Confederates whitewashed history but notice Union monuments (which preceded Southern ones) don't mention slavery at all! It wasn't hard to convince the North this wasn't what the war was about!
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Thanks to everyone for sharing your favourite open access digital archives. I thought I'd begin to collate your responses here in a thread to make it easier to (re)share. I'll have to do several threads cos you've all suggested so much! So stay tuned for more! #twitterstorians
For anyone interested in French criminal justice history you obviously cannot go past the amazing free archival resource of @Criminocorpus.
The archive of the Dutch East India Company, digitised by the Indonesian National Archive (@ArsipNasionalRI
) in collaboration with the Corts Foundation in the Netherlands Thanks @infiniteteeth
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Ensino remoto tá puxado pra todo mundo, né?
Tenho tentado otimizar o fluxo de trabalho com alguns aplicativos de código aberto.
Aqui vai uma lista de 10 apps que podem interessar docentes e discentes.
Segue o fio 🧶
1. Zotero: gerenciador de referências e muito mais. Nem tenho mais o que falar sobre a importância dele para pesquisa, escrita e ensino.
2.SimpleScreenRecorder: programa simples e leve para gravar a tela do computador. Uso para criar vídeos curtos, mini tutoriais, etc.…
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As my hometown of #Charlottesville completes a weekend of overdue statue removals w/UVa’s Clark statue this morning, wanted to make this week’s #ScholarSunday thread a bit different: pieces & voices to help contextualize this moment! #twitterstorians
Gotta preface the thread by shouting out the amazing young scholar & activist (and fellow Charlottesville High School alum) most responsible for getting us to this moment, @ZyahnaB (& all those @TakeEmDownCVL):
First, a handful of the many scholars who’ve been doing the work for years. @HilaryGreen77 has created an excellent database of statue & monument histories & removals:…
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Today I learned that there's a John Birch Memorial Dr. in Townsend, MA. And just to be sure there was no confusion as to intent, the dead end streets that lead off of it are Victory Ln, American Way, and Christian Cir.
In case you don't believe me.…
I was led to google "John Birch Memorial Townsend" by this thing I just stumbled upon. As far as I can tell, there is no actual memorial there.
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A big hello and welcome to my new followers this week. With the current flurry around #THEGenealogyShow2021 it's been a busy time.

One of my favourite resources to use in #genealogy research is MAPS. So here's a little thread of #maps to get your weekend off to a good start... Extract from the first ordnance survey map in 1801, showing
The previous map (& here) is taken from the first ever Ordnance Survey (OS) map, produced in 1801 for the Kent.

And why Kent? The clue's in the name: ORDNANCE refers to artillery or weaponry; these maps were made with military defence in mind, just prior to the Napoleonic Wars. 1801 map extract showing Greenwich, at that time in Kent
Of course OS #maps are but a relatively recent development in the long history of mapping. Here's a copy of Morgan's famous 1682 map of London.
Beautiful - but not without its biases: prisons, WHs and signs of poverty were "judiciously" omitted from the final version... Morgan map of London from 1682
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“Where Have All the Books Gone? Research and Writing Without Physical Library Access”

Dr. Erin Spinney, University of Lethbridge
Historian and Sessional Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences
#PandemicMethodologies #twitterstorians #histmed #histnursing Title slide with same information as this tweet, displayed o
The significant impact of the #Covid19 pandemic on academic research & publishing has been well documented. Watchorn and Smith found that 5 factors impacted the ability of researchers in the arts and humanities to publish their work.… #PandemicMethodologies
This survey does a good job to show the devastation that a lack of archival and library access can have to humanities research “55% of these scholars cannot get access to the essential libraries, archives, collections, and museums they need to continue.” #PandemicMethodologies Slide showing the 5 factors from the Watchorn and Smith surv
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Since Batman and his sex life blew up Twitter yesterday, I suppose I would a bad comics historian if I didn't give you a THREAD on sex and comics. So here we go! (Cover your eyes, kids 👀) #twitterstorians Image
If you weren't paying attention yesterday, Batman trended for most of the day because of a Variety article that mentioned (as an aside) that DC wouldn't allow Batman to perform oral sex in their "Harley Quinn" animated series. Here's the article:…
Here's the part that really blew up the Twitters: "Superheroes don't do that." Image
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🚨 What are the political consequences of pandemics? 🚨

D. Gingerich & I analyze history’s deadliest #pandemic in a brand new @World_Pol article: “Pandemics & Political Development: The Electoral Legacy of the #BlackDeath in Germany”…

#polisciresearch 🧵 Image
Brief summary (#TLDR): The Black Death (BD) had a significant long-term impact on Germany’s political development. Hard-hit areas introduced proto-democratic institutions; sustained experiences with participative government later helped reject antidemocratic & illiberal parties. Image
Long overview (starting here): In 1347, Europe was hit by a pandemic that killed 30–60% of its population: the BD. It had a major impact on medieval society which was based on feudalism/serfdom. Yet the BD’s impact varied greatly across space, leading to divergence in its impact. Image
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A 🧵on "sympathy for the devils."

I read @EvansRyan202's excellent thread on Afghanistan this week as I was writing an essay on the end of America's war in Vietnam. Revisiting the My Lai massacre after this and @dtaberski's "The Line," I was struck by some rough comparisons. Image
Particularly, the level of support Eddie Gallagher & William Calley, Jr. received from (far, far too many) Americans who supported both once learning of their war crimes. After Calley's guilty verdict, Sen. Adlai Stevenson's office was receiving mail 200-1 in favor of Calley. Image
Gallup polls suggested almost 70% of Americans thought Calley a "scapegoat." A Ga. American Legion Post tried to collect $100k for his defense fund, while the national VFW commander said this was "the first time in our history we have tried a soldier for performing his duty." Image
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I wanted to say a couple things about a historical figure who used to be on my Memory Day Calendar (for his June 1 birthday), why I removed him, & the difference between history & commemoration: Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan. #twitterstorians
For a long time, I knew Harlan only for his inspiring (mostly—hold that thought) dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), & specifically for his striking & influential argument there that the Constitution is “color-blind.”…
Along with Homer Plessy & his lawyer, the thoroughly awesome Albion Tourgée, I thus put Harlan into the category of “inspiring historical figures we can learn from amidst a horrific, exclusionary, white supremacist historical event.”…
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The Decoration Day series continues with Frederick Douglass' amazing & crucial 1871 speech at Arlington National Cemetery! #decorationday #MemorialDay #twitterstorians…
As much as the overt, neo-Confederate Lost Cause narrative and all that came with it became dominant in the post-Civil War US, I would say that another white-centered narrative was & remains just as destructive: that the Civil War was a terrible tragedy.…
That tragedy frame relies on another narrative with which I grew up: recognizing the courage & sacrifice of soldiers on both sides, even if we acknowledge the war's true cause. Douglass takes that on directly in the conclusion of his stunning speech:
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1) As the country finally begins to wake up to the horrors of the #TulsaMassacre, it is worth remembering that pioneering scholars like John Cromwell, Benjamin Brawley & Carter G. Woodson wrote the 1st textbooks that documented vicious anti-Black racial violence a century ago.
2) In A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO (1921), Brawley wrote that racial violence was a vital matter that was "regularly ignored or minimized" by most historians.

Brawley & Woodson (THE NEGRO IN OUR HISTORY, 1922) maintained that racial violence was not an anomaly...
3) but rather a concerted—and recurrent—strategy to enforce the boundaries of the color line by any means necessary. Image
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This claim about historians "lining up behind" that interpretation isn't true. Historians who've addressed that interpretation have almost all disagreed with it, but most of us are good enough readers not to let one paragraph in one essay stand in for a whole collection.
That paragraph isn't critical to the argument of the one essay, either. It could be deleted or edited into oblivion without changing anything at all.
The best response to the paragraph remains that of Leslie Harris, which #twitterstorians widely circulated.…
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Yesterday I discussed China's close relationship with #Israel.

But it wasn't always that way.

From 1955 to the mid-1970s, #China was the only non-Muslim, non-Arab state to condemn #Zionism as #racism.

Why was that? A #thread 🧵on #Sino-#Palestine.

#history #twitterstorians 1/
Shortly after the Communist Revolution of 1949, China condemned Israel in the strongest possible terms. Israel was deemed an “imperial tool for suppressing national-democratic revolution movement of the Arab countries,” and a “Zionist entity,” equating Zionism to racism. 2/
Israel was always denounced as aggressive; any negotiated settlement was a conspiracy and “a betrayal of the interests of the Arab people.” People’s Daily proudly proclaimed “...we have nothing to do with Israel, neither will we have anything to do with it in the future.” 3/
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Tonight's evening seminar, given by Marie Stella Chiaruttini (@univienna) and entitled 'War, Debt and Constitution: Italy's Path to Nation-Building and Central Banking in the Nineteenth Century' is about to begin! #OxfordESH #Twitterstorians #EconHist
...and we are off!
Italian unification had critical north-south dimensions which continues to inform political debate. The Kingdom was born in the north
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Hey academics--about the situation in #Colombia, from historian Lina Britto: "the Colombian state has engaged in multiple human rights abuses and violations since April 28th. We invite you to sign this letter if you agree with its content”—letter is to President Biden. (1)
Looking for professors/scholar signatures only for now. Please RT… (2)
Lina Britto, btw, is not on social but her credentials are here…
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"What this allows her to do, in the guise of practicing history, is attribute to Jesus and Paul what she likes and to everyone else what does not fit her narrative. Blame falls to the Romans and ancient Jews ('Pharisees')." - @JillHicksKeeton…
A lot of historians who are evangelicals or come from evangelical backgrounds frequently slide into doing theology in their historical monographs, sometimes without any textual self-awareness that that's what they're doing. To see a historian push back on that makes me happy
.@JillHicksKeeton, herself from an evangelical background, provides a balanced but necessary critique of Beth Allison Barr's new book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood, in this review…

#Twitterstorians #EmptyThePews
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What should be a fascinating conversation on whistleblowing starting right now between Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, and Amy Goodman, which can be viewed here:… #twitterstorians @UMassHistory @umassph
As a historian of early modern bureaucracy, what fascinates me about this conversation is how & why state servants decide that they have a responsibility that requires them to turn against the state
Snowden states that there is an idea that there's a proper channel of whistleblowing within the government if you find a problem. #EllsbergConference
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The research of historians of @AuschwitzMuseum indicates that the official order of Heinrich Himmler to establish #Auschwitz concentration camp was given at least by the first days of April 1940 - not on April 27, 1940, as it was previously stated. #twitterstorians Image
The documents show that already on April 15, 1940, a binding pledge was made to the camp in Auschwitz in the form of the first tranche of 2,000,000 RM, assigned to cover the costs of adapting the former barracks buildings. Image
This means that a cursory review of the number of the available buildings and their condition must have been compiled earlier, in order to make a preliminary estimate of the cost of the required construction work. It would not be possible without the official order.
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#twitterstorians: any reading recommendations on especially good work that integrates or uses autobiography and family history, please? (academic history proper, experimental critical writing, hybrid work etc)
Carolyn Steedman's Landscape for a Good Woman obviously is a must-read, and I found @JonHistorian's brief use of his family's story to encapsulate change in Britain in Me, Me, Me? The Search for Community in Post-war England really exciting
and Life Writing's 2019 special "History and Autobiography: The Logics of a Convergence" includes some fascinating ideas.

But please do share more recommendations!…
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European history still dominates most of the history departments in the US (in addition to US history of course). At Stanford more than half of our faculty members are historians of Europe. (Modern Eur., Early Modern Eur., Medieval Eur., Eastern Eur., British). #twitterstorians +
In other major history departments at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Berkeley, UCLA... the situation is similar or even worse. This institutional Eurocentrism creates an optic problem. Human experience throughout the world is often seen from the lenses of Europe.+
Even more problematic is that the historians of Asia, Africa, the Pacific World and Global South constantly need to justify their work to their Europeanist colleagues. This shapes fellowships, grants and hires. Institutional Eurocentrism creates epistemological Eurocentrism.+
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