The Rest Is History

Statues, maps of poverty, and the biodiversity of the Amazon.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, June 26, 2020

Amazon Region Series, by Peter Minchell, 1974. Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of Robert and Joan Doty, 1992.

• “A New Archive Digitizes More Than a Century of Black American Funeral Programs.” (Atlas Obscura)

• “A ring of large shafts discovered near Stonehenge form the largest prehistoric monument ever discovered in Britain, archaeologists believe.” (BBC News)

• On a battle over democracy statues in Thailand. (Vice)

• A racist statue of Theodore Roosevelt in New York City is scheduled to come down. (

• “Why This Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth.” (Texas Monthly)

• “Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study shows.” (University of Exeter)

• The power of names. (New York Times)

• On American fascism. (NYR Daily)

The Age of Innocence on its centennial. (Jezebel)

• Meet Superbarrio. (JSTOR Daily)

• “This Rocket Scientist Is Tracing Black Ingenuity Through Barbecue.” (Bon Appétit)

• On Charles​ Booth’s survey of London poverty. (London Review of Books)

• “The Black Female Battalion That Stood Up to a White Male Army.” (New York Times)

• This week in obituaries: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Joel Schumacher, Felicity Bryan, Ian Holm, Eula Bingham, Robert D. Richardson, Diane Tammes, Robert Laughlin, Shirley Siegel, Charles Webb, Michael Hawley, and Kirk R. Smith.