Episode #41 This Week in History Twitter May 11, 2019

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Good stuff this week y’all!!! There is so much going on these days on the Twitters that it is not so easy to pick just a few to highlight. But I manage :)

The opening of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond this last week inspired a hashtag all its own and a ton of twitter activity. Historians near and far weighed in on how we need such an institution - I included one (of many) who did a nice job of illuminating the service the museum provides to the public. One might be inspired to debate - and if so…then I would say the museum is doing its job. I also noted Chief Executive Officer Christy Coleman’s comments on what the public should expect from the museum.

In addition, I wanted to highlight a history thread that caught my attention - Heather Cox Richardson’s highly instructive series of Tweets on Reconstruction Era politics. I tend to quite like these threads…lots of prominent historians take to Twitter for this very purpose, which suggests the medium is still a great thing

And finally, I took note this week of historian Jackie Beatie’s tweet about the passive voice and writing about the institution of slavery…and one response in particular implying a malicious manifestation of racism. I have a few things to say about this - just listen to the episode and find out what.

For reference:

The American Civil War Museum hashtag - #ACWMGrandOpening

Alison Herring’s TWEET emphasizing the importance of the museum in today’s divisive racial climate.

Christy Coleman’s TWEET Ponting out what one should expect from the museum.

Christy Coleman’s NBC News INTERVIEW from 2017 about reclaiming the narrative of the Civil War.

Heather Cox Richardson’s very informative THREAD on Reconstruction Era politics.

Jackie Beatie’s TWEET on the passive voice and writing about slavery.

Danielle L. McGuire’s RESPONSE to Beatie’s original post.

An important note: I unequivocally reject the Twitter mobocracy and call-out culture. If I mention someone by name it is because they - in some way - publicly initiated or contributed to an intriguing historical inquiry or debate on Twitter - for better or worse. I am not interested in ad hominem attacks, shaming, doxing, ideologue rage, or in any way harassing people on the Internet. I am interested in ideas and discussion...left, right, and center. That is it. Further, I am highly suspect of those who use history to promote a political agenda. It goes against everything I believe as a historian and an educator. I believe in objectivity and evidence. Thank you for understanding.

With compliments,

Keith

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