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History as Judge

In trying to decide what to write about today (writing this blog post a week ahead of schedule), Historians at the Movies (#HATM) from Twitter sprang to mind. (Follow Jason Herbert – @HerbertHistory – on Twitter to learn more.) That led me to thinking about the binge rewatching of The X-Files my husband and I are doing on Amazon Prime. Which led me to wonder if this series has somehow primed American society to see…

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The Covert Power of Fiber Arts

In this week’s post, I continue my discussion of Margaret Renkl’s article “Waking Up to History” in the New York Times. To see where this began, read last Monday’s post. Are Fiber Arts a Way to Subjugate Women? Along with being a public historian, I am a fiber artist and have been since I was a child. I learned some from my mom, who crochets extraordinary afghans, but I was also encouraged in my self-taught…

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Inclusive History Is Hiding in Plain Sight

Waking Up to History An opinion piece by Margaret Renkl in the New York Times caught my attention recently. Called “Waking Up to History,” the piece explores Renkl’s experiences with learning fiber arts from her grandmothers and how she cast those experiences aside by the time she was in college because she “had internalized the message that work traditionally done by men is inherently more valuable than work traditionally done by women.” As a feminist,…

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