“History” isn’t a dry academic study, but you’d never know from most popular culture, where the study of the past is limited to its geeky adherents, walled off from more normal society and called upon only when it becomes directly relevant to whatever story is being told. But everyone lives with some level of personal history, and that personal history is often associated with quite public history.
This past Black History Month, millions of students were told the story of how America abolished slavery 150 years ago with ratification of the 13th Amendment. The story draws an upward trajectory of racial equality in America from ... Read Post
I'm hoping that there will be a tipping point whereby our society becomes bored with the tasteless, the lowbrow, the common vulgarities that have seeped into our popular culture. Read Post