After looking up Thanksgiving recipes in The Erie Cook Book, published in 1881 by Laura C. Sterrett, I’m struck by just how much our dinner tables have changed over the past century and our grocery store protein offerings have been simplified. #culinary #history #twitterstorians Image
Also, how much of the animal goes to waste nowadays. My grandmother enjoyed liver and was the reason I first tried it. It’s good. I don’t know why I don’t buy it more often.

Tongue sandwiches and baked heart might be a harder sell. But they’re tasty too. ImageImageImageImage
Ham balls were a legendary staple of my grandmother’s also. Image
Jugged pigeons, roasted pigeons, pigeon pie. Image
Clearly, I’m fascinated with this cook book because I’ve written about it twice. Once highlighting its pickle recipes and another time in general:…
Oh, and here’s the Thanksgiving feast menu, as tweeted elsewhere:

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4 Oct 20
Since The Good Lord Bird premieres tonight, it’s probably a good day for a John Brown thread. First, this will likely be an enjoyable, well-done show and I’m glad Brown is getting some mainstream attention — but the real John Brown was not an impulsive, raving, crazy person.
I enjoyed the book, but it is historical fiction. The main character of Little Onion is fictional & the story is satirical in nature. It’s portrayal of Brown is not meant to be historically accurate (and almost certainly is influenced by the Lost Cause caricature of John Brown).
John Brown was a deeply serious and committed abolitionist who made the abolition of slavery he and his family’s personal crusade. He made calculated, rather than impulsive decisions. Of course, he sometimes miscalculated.
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7 Sep 20
Here is my annual Labor Day reminder that you should by this book, whether you live in #EriePA or simply want a comprehensive and engaging look at rustbelt labor history. ImageImage
A few other recommendations: The Story of the California Grape Strike, which focuses on the organizing of Dolores Huerta and Caesar Chavez in 1965. #LaborHistory Image
This masterwork by @ErikLoomis is also required reading (and one you should pass on). #LaborHistory Image
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30 Aug 20
Local candidate Greg Hayes is fear-mongering & fueling paranoia over a locally-organized peaceful march set for 1pm in Edinboro. He’s liking comments about people saying they’ll show up with guns, while others are saying NRA members need deputized. This is extremely irresposible. ImageImageImageImage
There’s no reason to believe this afternoon march won’t be peaceful. Other than what happened at night after the peaceful protest downtown on 5/30, dozens of peaceful local demonstrations have happened. Meanwhile, a guy with this profile pic is provoking freely on Hayes’s post. ImageImageImage
People are spreading fear about “busing people in” (some claiming without evidence that it happened in the middle of the night last) and not only does Hayes not push back on the claim, he responds, “we will not put up with this!” Image
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31 May 20
Things are escalating significantly in downtown #EriePA.
I left before it escalated to this. This is from a current livestream in downtown #EriePA at Perry Square.

#GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydProtests ImageImageImage
Raw footage of the chaos in downtown #EriePA earlier tonight from a livestream:

#GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydProtests #Erie #protests
Read 5 tweets
21 May 20
My latest in the @ErieReader tells a story that took place 55 years ago in #EriePA. In 1965, just a day after Dr. King was arrested for the first time in Selma, Hammermill executives stood alongside Gov. Wallace announcing the opening of a new plant.…
This led for calls for a boycott of Hammermill products by @repjohnlewis and @snccdigital and led to two days of protests at the Erie headquarters, organized by SNCC, the @NationalSCLC, @NAACP, and students from @oberlincollege & @penn_state.

(@civilrightsorg @NCRMuseum)
Dozens of activists were arrested during the protests outside of Hammermill. Many were college students from @ObieLib and @penn_state. Image
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13 May 20
I mean, sure, I have issues with the portrayal of Brown here (the book is good, but historical fiction — and it should be noted that Brown was taken seriously and even respected by his adversaries), but I’m just excited that John Brown is about to get some serious attention.
Also, while I know that I’ll enjoy this, this isn’t at all the character in or tone of my dream John Brown project.

So with that said, since Daniel Day-Lewis probably won’t come out of retirement, give me a call, Michael Shannon.
Frederick Douglass on Brown during his trial: “One of the most painful incidents connected with the name of this old hero is the attempt to prove him insane ... which seeks to rob him of his true character and dim the glory of his deeds...“…
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