i’m watching this documentary about halloween and there’s a part where they’re explaining that ghost stories got really popular around the civil war no one could really deal with how many people went off and died and
the narrator just said
"the first ghost stories were really about coming home"
IIRC, the Civil War also played a huge part in forming the modern American conception of heaven as this nice, domestic place where you’re reunited with your loved ones. People (particularly mothers) responded to the trauma of brother-killing-brother by imagining an afterlife in which families would once again be happy together.
(also not doing this in the correct tag-style, because I wanna KNOW— )What documentary is this? Or is there more than one? Any books on the subject? THIS IS FASCINATING.
cool (ghost) story, bro.
reblogging because, as a us history phd student, i want to say YAY for how much of this is totally on point. i also want to rec the book where a lot of this is covered very, very well, which is Drew Gilpin Faust’s “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.”
a lot of books on the Civil War are deadly dull because they’re about battles and shit, but as a transformative moment in mindset and ideology, it becomes *fascinating*
the other book I’d even more highly rec is David W. Blight’s “Race and Reunion,” which is about how the “(white) brother against (white) brother” image of the war was invented and how throwing African Americans to the merciless viciousness of post-Reconstruction racist whites was part of constructing this “oh everybody was white men and everybody was noble let’s celebrate them all” approach to Civil War remembrance
very good stuff
Thank you! This looks like exactly the sort of reading I’m after! *adds to wish list*
PBS did a documentary based on the Faust book as part of their American Experience series. The company I used to work for worked on it, and it was completely fascinating to watch.
Making a note of the Blight book, because that’s something I’ve always wondered about, but never really seen addressed.
"But the real reason I had to chime in was that Steve Rogers is my favorite superhero. Why? Because unlike other patriotism-themed characters, Steve Rogers doesn’t represent a genericized America but rather a very specific time and place – 1930’s New York City. We know he was born July 4, 1920 (not kidding about the 4th of July) to a working-class family of Irish Catholic immigrants who lived in New York’s Lower East Side. This biographical detail has political meaning: given the era he was born in and his class and religious/ethnic background, there is no way in hell Steve Rogers didn’t grow up as a Democrat, and a New Deal Democrat at that, complete with a picture of FDR on the wall.
Steve Rogers grew up poor in the Great Depression, the son of a single mother who insisted he stayed in school despite the trend of the time (his father died when he was a child; in some versions, his father is a brave WWI veteran, in others an alcoholic, either or both of which would be appropriate given what happened to WWI veterans in the Great Depression) and then orphaned in his late teens when his mother died of TB. And he came of age in New York City at a time when the New Deal was in full swing, Fiorello LaGuardia was mayor, the American Labor Party was a major force in city politics, labor unions were on the move, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade was organizing to fight fascism in Spain in the name of the Popular Front, and a militant anti-racist movement was growing that equated segregation at home with Nazism abroad that will eventually feed into the “Double V” campaign.
Then he became a fine arts student. To be an artist in New York City in the 1930s was to be surrounded by the “Cultural Front.” We’re talking the WPA Arts and Theater Projects, Diego Rivera painting socialist murals in Rockefeller Center, Orson Welles turning Julius Caesar into an anti-fascist play and running an all-black Macbeth and “The Cradle Will Rock,” Paul Robeson was a major star, and so on. You couldn’t really be an artist and have escaped left-wing politics. And if a poor kid like Steve Rogers was going to college as a fine arts student, odds are very good that he was going to the City College of New York at a time when an 80% Jewish student body is organizing student trade unions, anti-fascist rallies, and the “New York Intellectuals” were busily debating Trotskyism vs. Stalinism vs. Norman Thomas Socialism vs. the New Deal in the dining halls and study carrels.”
john quincy adams was the first US president to grant a personal interview to a female reporter, and the only reason he allowed it was because the reporter (anne royall) caught him skinny dipping in the potomac, sat on his clothes, and refused to let him get dressed until he answered her questions and if you dont think that’s one of the coolest stories of early US society then idk what to tell you
Ancient Egypt was PITCHED BLACK until the 7th century AD, when Indo Aryans called Arabs invaded from Central Asia.
For 99 percent of Egyptian history, Egypt was as BLACK as Nigeria, as BLACK as Congo, and as BLACK as Senegal.
King Tut was a dark skinned black man, Queen Tiye was a beautiful and EXTREMELY dark skinned woman. Hatshepsut was also very very very dark skinned.
Even during the Ptolemaic period of Kemet, the Egyptians were primarily African.
The fact that the most advanced civilization of human history was composed primarily of Black People is the most annoying and frustrating thing to white supremacist historians today.
except for the fact ancient Egypt was in fact a mixed society at some point
okay children let’s gather around the campfire because former Classics major Jocelyn is going to tell you the very basics of race in Egypt
imma keep it brief
so there were a few different periods of Egyptian time periods (the Early Dynastic Period, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, the Late Period and a few intermediate periods before Alexander the Great (who was Greek) began his campaign his and basically took over the majority of the world and started the Ptolemaic period in Egypt but this wasn’t until like 332 BC and the Early Dynastic Period started in 3100 BC just so y’all can get some perspective.
The three great pyramids, Narmer who united Upper and Lower Egypt and King Tut etc. all came before the Ptolemaic period and therefore were African it’s not up for debate these are facts.
BUT, Egypt, Greece, Rome. Persia and pretty much all of the ancient world including ancient Egypt was never 100% black or white etc. These were all mixed. All these places traded and interacted with each other and at certain points some places conquered other places. And it wasn’t a black/white thing it was a “I’m a Nubian, I’ an Egyptian, I’m Greek..” thing.
Just like y’all will fight tooth and nail to prove there were black people in Ancient Rome and Greece that played important roles in those societies (which is a fact and which is something you should try to teach others about that) but y’all can’t just rewrite history to better suit pro-black propaganda. The history of black people in ancient mediterranean is a proud one and we have no reason to lie. You ain’t gotta lie craig. Terence and Septimius Severus was outchea holding it down for us.
Furthermore color prejudice wasn’t that big during ancient times. I’m not 100% it even existed tbh. I wasn’t there so I can’t tell you but I can tell you it didn’t really hold people back from doing. Obviously when archeological research was being done in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s white people were trying to downplay Africa’s involvement in anything that was contrary to popular belief that black people did not exist until 1620. But we’re not going to disprove lies by spreading more lies when we have this fascinating history to be uncovered. So enough with the bullshit
On this “the Egyptians were very very very dark.” Um no. You can go to Nigeria right now and see people 100% Africa and their skintones range from dark as the night sky to deep mahogany. My grandmother was biracial and I’m often mistaken for being 100% African, Black people have variation in their skin colors. Some were dark and some were light and if you look at art from any of the time periods you can see an array of skintones
And while I have your attention can we please stop sleeping on the kingdoms of West Africa in favor of Egyptians. Like most African Americans come from West Africa and we have a history that is pretty much ignored. The richest person of all time was the King of Mali. Musa I with a net worth of 400 billion. And he acquired this wealth during Europe’s dark ages but no let’s sit here and argue about Cleopatra VII’s nose for the 40 time
It’s a simple question — perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution? Authors often reveal the age of a particular soldier, politician or other main character in books about the Revolution, but I routinely find myself wondering about their peers at the same time. As [&]
For my 1000th post, some interesting American Revolution ages! First one there cracked me up for some reason.
Tangentially related historical note: John Ruskin, the 19th century british painter, had never seen a woman naked before he married, only classical nude statues, so he assumed real women were just as smooth and hairless as the statues showed. He refused to touch his wife when she disrobed on their wedding night, saying she was revolting. She was understandably like ‘wtf is wrong with you brb filing for annulment’ and went on to marry his (former) bff and have a long happy marriage with 8 kids. Ruskin died alone and probably still never having gotten over the whole ‘women have hAIR’ thing.
THE MORAL HERE is that you shouldn’t be like John Ruskin b/c he was a tool and also that media has been delivering unrealistic images of female body hair for a depressingly long time. And that Stoya is absolutely right.
I was looking for stuff about Napoleon in Russia and I found this painting and
oh my god
28 November 1812
Under flag of truce I passed the French lines and had conference with the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. He received me very coldly, and in answer to my message retorted MMMPH MMRHRHHMM FMMMPH FHFFFHRM, to which I could only stammer a few words of courtesy commanded me by the Tsar. With a final FRRMRMRNRNRRRM, the Emperor dismissed me and appointed one of his carabiniers to escort me out of the camp.
Sorry for beeing impolite and I do not even know, if you got the information yet. But the bull on the "time-table" you reblogged is a symbol for the finance market which says, the market is strong. Hope I could help, have a nice day!
Hi there! This isn’t impolite at all, but I actually have no idea what time-table you’re talking about!
Being a member of the Les Mis fandom, I’ve encountered a startling amount of sentiment that there were no people of color in nineteenth century France, that it’s unrealistic to racebend or headcanon characters as people of color and that they can only be written as such in modern alternate universe fic. Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for historical veracity and become slightly miffed at colorblind attempts to integrate people of color without considering the racial implications of their involvement in the narrative, but the idea that they didn’t exist in historical Europe is bullshit. People of color are part of the world and have always been part of it, and attempts to ignore that do not come from historical accuracy, but Eurocentrism, erasure, and a flagrant absenceof research.
So what people of color existed in nineteenth century France then? I’ve researched historical minority communities and am posting about them in parts, one post per community. This post will focus on the African French diaspora. It is part one of a series on ethnic minorities in nineteenth century France. This does not include the African American diaspora and African American immigration to France or North African and Moorish communities already settled in France and the French Mediterranean, which will be the subjects of separate posts.
Below the cut are facts relevant to the African French community, which ideally will assist fandom in producing art, fan fiction, and meta incorporative of people of color.