"Because that's what Hermione does. When in doubt, go to the library." - Ron Weasley
Great friends help boost you when you are at your lowest. So great to have so many good people in my life to help dig me out of this rut
„Niemand lebt als Insel, einsam für sich selbst.
Jeder gehört zum Ganzen, ist Teil des Kontinents.
Welcome to one of those posts that is secretly derived from my thesis research. Contains mention of the Holocaust.
shoutout to everyone who liked and commented on my Amsterdam posts! (especially vinedragonheartstring <3) Thanks for reading and letting me know...
I am so proud of this fandom and how we have come together in so many different ways. Between the movie, the comics, and now FFO, we have carried the signal farther than anyone could have anticipated and it hasn’t yet been stopped.
Happy anniversary, Browncoats
I rarely ever get excited about homework assignments, but my Textual Analysis course made me really happy this week. It’s because I unexpectedly got to research a historiography for homework. Sounds boring, right? Except as a history major, I am really happy that my skills/knowledge are relevant outside of history classes. As a German minor, I’m excited that my mandatory Textual Analysis elective (Modern Language and Linguistics requirement) is actually interdisciplinary. I could see this class being useful for History, Media and Communications, English, and Visual Arts majors as well.
My assignment was to come up with an example of the way ideologies have changed our perception of history and share it with my classmates. In the process I got to learn some interesting history-ception courtesy of NPR re: the treatment of the beginning of the Mexican-American War (late 1840s) in US history textbooks. Keep in mind these are all American textbooks covering the exact same events. This is all based on the research of historian Kyle Ward, whose NPR interview is available here.
-1849 blamed the Mexicans for the war; Americans wanted to defend Texas from being reconquered by the Mexicans
-1880 inevitable racial conflict; people who looked and spoke differently (Mexicans) classified as an “inferior race”
-1911 Americans preemptively struck Mexico
-1966 recognition of American opposition to the war
-1995 argument that President Polk deliberately sent General Taylor to spark the war with Mexico in the name of “manifest destiny”
Ideologies: After the 1960/70s - Civil Rights movement, antiwar movement, and Watergate - people closely questioned the “facts” presented in official narratives of U.S. history. Meanwhile in the 1800s, the textbooks were written for young white boys who would go to college or enlist in the military. Historian Kyle Ward claims that the government didn’t think it wise to have young boys questioning their country right before they were sent off to war.
The idea that no one ever questioned U.S. history before the 1960s is not true … but I was still excited to share this in class as a perfect example of ideologies changing the way we write history (historiography).
This has been your daily dose of history and textual analysis for the day.
Now, I should get back to writing my own historiography for my thesis.
So today people chose to notice I wore my Orioles gear. I was in a particularly great mood given the game last night. I got I variety of comments like: “Did you go to the game last night? Are you going to the playoffs?” (Answers: No, I had a meeting … and I just might get playoffs tickets). “Oh, you’re talking about baseball? I don’t follow sports.” (That was a friend of mine … when did I become someone who talks about sports?)
My favorite conversation today ended something like this: “Let me know about tickets to the Folger Shakespeare Theater and the Orioles playoffs!” I’m glad that kind of conversation is possible.