1. Pressed to pick out a celebrity who might typify the Madewell girl, Mau chose Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. This does not entirely jibe with my mental picture of my tough immigrant great-grandfather selling stiff denim overalls to New England dockworkers.
  2. Better, Less Offensive History | Olivia Waite

    romancecanon:

    Historical accuracy does of course matter.  Misrepresenting the past does a disservice to truth. But often, a too-perfect representation of the past risks recreating the same violence and harm. Consider how romances set in the American antebellum south so often dehumanize black charactersas a matter of course. (Shout-out to Beverly Jenkins’Indigo for doing pretty much the opposite of that.) Consider the ways that aristocratic systems are ennobled (ha! see what I did there), romanticized, and democratized in historical romance. Every duke deserves his rank by merit of character/leadership as well as by birth. Every duke is also kind to his servants.

    What matters, I think, are not so much the mistakes, but the mistakes we insist upon repeating. Repetition creates a space for its subject, like water drops wearing away a stone; accumulation becomes important.

    Another great read that points out that it matters what stories keep getting told again and again.

    (PS those murals she posted pics of do look like something out of Pawnee)

    Reblogged from: romancecanon
  3. usnatarchives:

"Jenny on the Job" was a series of posters issued by the Public Health Services in 1943 created by artist Kula Robbins. This specific poster is titled "Jenny on the Job - Wears styles designed for victory", depicting what women working in the factories and around machines were expected to wear. In today’s Pieces of History post, you can read more about how women’s pivotal role in the workforce during WWII greatly influence the fashion trends of the decade. National Archives Identifier: 514684.

    usnatarchives:

    "Jenny on the Job" was a series of posters issued by the Public Health Services in 1943 created by artist Kula Robbins. This specific poster is titled "Jenny on the Job - Wears styles designed for victory", depicting what women working in the factories and around machines were expected to wear. In today’s Pieces of History post, you can read more about how women’s pivotal role in the workforce during WWII greatly influence the fashion trends of the decade. National Archives Identifier: 514684.

    Reblogged from: usnatarchives
  4. How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia : Code Switch : NPR

  5. As if I needed an excuse to detest Al Jolson: according to the Stanwyck bio I’m reading*, he attacked the actress when she was a young dancing girl.

*A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True, 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson

    As if I needed an excuse to detest Al Jolson: according to the Stanwyck bio I’m reading*, he attacked the actress when she was a young dancing girl.

    *A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True, 1907-1940 by Victoria Wilson

  6. thebegats:

Death certificate for my mother’s first cousin, age 17, in 1947, pre-Roe v. Wade. Note causes and “manner or means” of death. cc: derasso

    thebegats:

    Death certificate for my mother’s first cousin, age 17, in 1947, pre-Roe v. Wade. Note causes and “manner or means” of death. cc: derasso

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  7. ourpresidents:

Lauren Bacall
September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014
Today, we honor the singular Lauren Bacall, who died yesterday at the age of 89.  She was involved in one of the most infamous incidents of Harry S. Truman’s Vice-Presidency.
On February 10, 1945, Mr. Truman attended a stage show for servicemen at the Washington Press Club canteen, and sat down to play the piano. During his performance, someone boosted Ms. Bacall onto the top of the piano, and she sat there seductively while Mr. Truman played and photographers snapped away. Mrs. Truman was not amused.
-from the Truman Library 

    ourpresidents:

    Lauren Bacall

    September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014

    Today, we honor the singular Lauren Bacall, who died yesterday at the age of 89.  She was involved in one of the most infamous incidents of Harry S. Truman’s Vice-Presidency.

    On February 10, 1945, Mr. Truman attended a stage show for servicemen at the Washington Press Club canteen, and sat down to play the piano. During his performance, someone boosted Ms. Bacall onto the top of the piano, and she sat there seductively while Mr. Truman played and photographers snapped away. Mrs. Truman was not amused.

    -from the Truman Library 

    Reblogged from: ourpresidents
  8. It took her an hour to write “Mississippi Goddam.” A freewheeling cri de coeur based on the place names of oppression, the song has a jaunty tune that makes an ironic contrast with words—“Alabama’s got me so upset, Tennessee made me lose my rest”—that arose from injustices so familiar they hardly needed to be stated: “And everybody knows about Mississippi, goddam!” Still, Simone spelled them out. She mocked stereotypical insults (“Too damn lazy!”), government promises (“Desegregation / Mass participation”), and, above all, the continuing admonition of public leaders to “Go slow,” a line that prompted her backup musicians to call out repeatedly, as punctuation, “Too slow!” It wasn’t “We Shall Overcome” or “Blowin’ in the Wind”: Simone had little feeling for the Biblically inflected uplift that defined the anthems of the era. It’s a song about a movement nearly out of patience by a woman who never had very much to begin with, and who had little hope for the American future: “Oh but this whole country is full of lies,” she sang. “You’re all gonna die and die like flies.”
  9. rauchbros:

    Fourty-nine years ago today, the Voting Rights Act was passed. Right now, we’re happy to be working on a new StoryCorps short about one woman’s struggle to get the right to vote.

    Look for it next year. Meanwhile, storyboard by Tim and Rafael Rosado above.

    Reblogged from: rauchbros
  10. lbjlibrary:

    Sept. 28, 1967. Accompanied by Texas Governor John Connally, LBJ heads to the US-Mexico border, recently stricken by severe flooding from Hurricane Beulah (map of region here). The slow-moving storm has cut a broad swath of destruction. A 14-foot surge swept across South Padre Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, and the overflowing Rio Grande flooded houses to the rooftops in Harlingen, TX. 

    Both sides of the border have been devastated, and volunteers, especially medical personnel, have responded with an outpouring of assistance. The US Army has even dispatched aid helicopters to remote areas of Mexico like Comales (map). 

    LBJ is on his way to visit a high school-turned-emergency hospital in Rio Grande City that (according to the President’s Daily Diary) houses 1,500 to 2,000 people, 99% of them Mexican nationals. 

    LBJ photo via LBJ Library, #A4871-24, public domain. Other photos via The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Lots more in their digital archives here. More on Beulah via NOAA.

    Reblogged from: lbjlibrary
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