The Rest Is History

Random VHS tapes, salmonella, and fairy-tale weddings.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, February 28, 2020

Folding screen with Indian wedding and flying pole, c. 1690. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art Deaccession Fund.

• “Oklahoma’s Education Department is adding the 1921 Tulsa race massacre to its curriculum for the first time, in a move that doubles as a contingency to stop the tragedy’s centennial from devolving into a pile-on of the state’s failure to fully reckon with the tragedy.” (New York Intelligencer)

• Could artifacts found in Canada help explain what happened during a disastrous polar expedition? (CBC)

• “The Quiet Lesbian Biography of Lorraine Hansberry.” (Autostraddle)

• “Farming gave us salmonella, ancient DNA suggests.” (Science)

• On the lynching of Claude Neal. (Code Switch)

• The changeable politics of Normal Rockwell. (Vox)

• “The Case for Reparations Is Nothing New.” (JSTOR Daily)

• On a mass arrest of students at Ole Miss: “This is more than a story that needs to be told. It represents intergenerational trauma and community harm that needs to be repaired.” (

• The Goop of the nineteenth century. (Smithsonian)

• “To understand our current crises and imbalances, we need to know how we got here. To find our way to solid ground, we need to learn where every avenue might lead. The ways that local politics can have a national impact, the power (and failures) of popular protests, the ways in which racism and economic imbalance have led us to the present day: all of these things and more can be gleaned from pairing past and present to understand complex events as we live through them.” (Washington Post)

• The past and present of the fairy-tale wedding. (Pictorial)

• “Archivists Are Uploading Hundreds of Random VHS Tapes to the Internet.” (Vice)

• The moment when the English were introduced to weed. (Public Domain Review)

• This week in obituaries: a NASA mathematician, a food star, the creator of the Konami code, a prolific novelist, a historian, a child silent film stara political leader, and a cartoonist.