Roundtable

The Rest Is History

Rudyard Kipling, a witch, and melting shipwrecks.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, August 23, 2019

A Storm (Shipwreck), by Joseph Mallord William Turner, c. 1822. Photograph © Tate (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0).

Rudyard Kipling’s American politics. (The New Republic)

W.E.B. Du Bois vs. Lothrop Stoddard. (The New Yorker)

• “Using econometric tools, Ellora Derenoncourt compared cities that were a common Great Migration destination with the cities that received fewer black migrants from the South. She finds that these cities changed dramatically over the second half of the twentieth century, from being ‘the best places to grow up as a black child in the U.S. historically, to now being among the worst places to do so.’” (The Philadelpha Inquirer)

• This grave could change how we think about the history of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. (Archaeology)

• “Women cannot do many of the things that men can do in this period of time. One thing that they are allowed to do by law, and this is particularly the case in the South, is invest in slavery. And that’s exactly what they do. Not only do they inherit enslaved people, but they also go into slave markets. They buy enslaved people. They’ll hire them out and they’ll collect their wages. Then they use those wages to buy more slaves. They open businesses, and they employ those enslaved people in their businesses, those businesses make a profit, they use those profits to buy more slaves. So they are investing in the institution of slavery in the same ways as white men are.” (Vox)

• Margaret Hamilton almost died while playing the Wicked Witch of the West: “‘Don’t you know who she is? She’s the witch in the Wizard of Oz. Then the kids look disappointed and say, ‘But I thought she melted.’ It’s as though they think maybe I’m going to go back and cause trouble for Dorothy again.” (Narratively)

• On the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. (Literary Hub)

• The Titanic is slowly disintegrating. (Pictorial)

• “I stormed around the place for weeks shouting to myself in full Indiana Jones fashion ‘IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!’” (Forbes)

• The Facial Purity League wants you to take a bath for God. (JSTOR Daily)

• “It’s part of America’s historical legacy that work considered unskilled and primarily done by women and people of color is not recognized as a distinct occupation.” (Vox)

• On the Black Panther Party’s newspaper: “Early in its run, the Black Panther aggregated headline news from across the country, reworking stories about police brutality and social justice for a radical black audience. As its staff grew, the paper ran original reporting and essays, editorials calling for the elimination of the presidency and an end to capitalism, speeches by Eldridge Cleaver, editorial cartoons and art by Emory Douglas, and contributions from Panthers and supporters from across the country.”  (Columbia Journalism Review)

• This week in obituaries: A World War I veteran who helped immigrants move to the U.S., the governor of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, a historianan original Met, a Fondaa musician and producer who helped make “Dick in a Box,” and a novelist.