The Rest Is History

Thirsty trees, sports with horses, and dads.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, June 15, 2018

Baobab à Mohéli, by Désiré Charnay, 1863. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Purchase, Sam Salz Foundation Gift, 2005.

• On horse diving. (Timeline)

• And on bareback horse racing. (Victory Journal)

• Northern newspapers were “just as complicit” in promoting lynching as those in the South. (The New York Times)

• Baobab trees that have been around for thousands of years are dying in the sweltering heat of the twenty-first century. (

• Soon tourists will be able to access Westminster Abbey’s triforium, currently only accessible via “a narrow wooden spiral staircase.” (Archaeology)

• An absorbing read about the man who reigns as the most obsessive fan of Ulysses—a book already prone to collecting obsessives. (The New York Times Magazine)

• Happy Father’s Day from America’s founding dads. (Topic)

• “Why Trump Could Pardon Jack Johnson When Obama Wouldn’t.” (NYR Daily)

• This week in obituaries: an analyst who helped crack the Enigma cipher at Bletchley Park, a mountain climber, a civil rights leader, and an abolitionist.