The Rest Is History

Speed limits, to-go containers, and very old moving pictures.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, May 13, 2022

Speed limit being changed in Washington, DC, 1942. Photograph by Albert Freeman. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• Why the trucker protest anthem “Convoy” exists—and what it has to do with gas shortages and attempts to lower the speed limit at the federal level. (Decoder Ring)

• The history of humans being obsessed with their ancestry. (The New Yorker)

• On Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion: “Perhaps more alarming than the opinion’s flawed method of historical interpretation, however, is its frightening attitude toward history and tradition. Both are treated as invariably positive things.” (The New York Review of Books)

• “An Interior Department report released on Wednesday highlighted the abuse of many of the children at the government-run schools, with instances of beatings, withholding of food, and solitary confinement. It also identified burial sites at more than fifty of the former schools, and said that ‘approximately nineteen federal Indian boarding schools accounted for over five hundred American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian child deaths.’ The number of recorded deaths is expected to grow, the report said.” (New York Times)

• Prehistoric people in France may have tried to animate engravings of animals with firelight. (Science News)

• On Texas’ 1836 Project. (The Texas Observer)

• The history of to-go container art. (Atlas Obscura)

• Eyal Press and Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss the work of Tony Judt. (Public Books)

• This week in obituaries: Shireen Abu Akleh, Alfred Baldwin, Leonid Kravchuk, Ann Davies, Bob Lanier, Mickey Gilley, Midge Decter, Edward J. Bronson, Gloria Parker, George Pérez, Meda Mladkova, Bruce MacVittie, Peter Moore, Yuri Averbakh, Susan Jacks, and Donald Baechler.