The Rest Is History

Maize, ancient curve flattening, and gold rush garbage.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, June 12, 2020

Inca vessel, c. 1470. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund.

• “One Hundred Years Ago, a Lynch Mob Killed Three Men in Minnesota.” (

• “Gold Rush Garbage Mined to Unearth History of Chinese Miners.” (CBC News)

• Remember Amy Ashwood Garvey and Mittie Maude Lena Gordon. (The Atlantic)

• “All ten emperors who ruled over the first two centuries of the Han dynasty were ‘openly bisexual’…They each had a ‘male favorite’ who is listed in the Records of the Grand Historian (the ‘Shiji’) and the Book of Han (the ‘Hanshu’).” (JSTOR Daily)

• A graphic essay depicting what life was like during the 1918 flu epidemic. (Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era)

• The story of the Midwestern migration of Japanese Americans forced by the government’s World War II incarceration policy. (Zócalo Public Square)

• A history of organizing around abolishing the police. (Boston Review)

• An ancient example of flattening the curve. (Narratively)

• On medieval bodies. (

• Researchers study the first uses of maize in Mesoamerica: “We hypothesize that maize stalk juice just may have been the original use of early domesticated maize plants, at a time when the cobs and seeds were essentially too small to be of much dietary significance. Humans are good at fermenting sugary liquids into alcoholic drinks.” (University of New Mexico)

• “The lost history of communism below the Mason-Dixon line.” (The Nation)

• On Charles Dickens’ evolving opinion of the police. (CrimeReads)

• This week in obituaries: Bonnie Pointer, Pierre Nkurunziza, Simon Forbes, Claudell Washington, Grace Edwards, Grace Bassett, Robert Ford Jr., Rita Stephen, Lennie Niehaus, Rupert Hine, Jennie Erdal, and Roberta Cowell.