Welcome to History Carnival #53. I hope you enjoy your visit to the American Presidents Blog. My thanks to the dozens of people who have made over forty submissions. I have not included everything due to multiple post nominations for the same blogs, multiple nominations for the same posts, and some submissions I did not feel were appropriate for the carnival. Note to future hosts: Since the History Carnival is now monthly; there will be a lot of submissions. Start early!
As a librarian, I feel compelled to put all of these in categories. However, I only got a B in cataloging in library school so forgive me if some of the categories are a bit off.
Danny Loss in The failings of narrative history argues that history should not necessarily be taught as a chronological narrative that goes either forward or in reverse. Frumteacher talks about making history interesting in History and irony.
Eric argues that teaching about human sacrifice can help get the attention of teens in Human Sacrifice in Hunter/Gather Europe?
Ashok in The Relevance of Thucydides: History as Personal examines personal history, Athenian Imperialism, and Thucydides. Magistra in Haircuts and virtue politics looks at virtue politics from ancient Rome to John Edwards.
Mary Beard is No Fan of Hannibal. Hey, neither were the Romans but maybe they did help to build up his historical image…
Nouri posted about the pre-Islamic Middle East in Observations on the Arabs and the Superpowers.
Elder of Ziyon, using Time Magazine looks back in Jerusalem, 1952 to how Jerusalem was when it was divided back then.
Ian Welsh looks at what he considers a critical historical flaw in American foreign policy in A Mile in My Enemy's Shoes.
M notes in A Corpse of Course the story of Dr. Semmelweis (the man who discovered the importance of washing one's hands before anyone knew about germs) and about the Semmelweis Museum in Budapest.
Kristan Tetens in Who Are You Calling Nellie? looks at what John Major and Melba have in common.
DoDo in An Empire Past in Color presents beautiful color photos of Czarist Russia from 1910. Lynne Viola in The Unknown Gulag, Part I: Looking for the Kulaks examines the penal institutions for the roughly two million peasants who were labeled kulaks and forcibly expropriated and deported to the most far-flung and forbidding hinterlands of the Soviet Union.
Henry Farrell in Napoleons of Crime asks whether the Mafia in Italy was a result of a weak state, something that pre-dates the Italian state, or something else.
Tim Abbott writes about the first capture and destruction of an enemy war vessel by the Americans in war "A Bright, Smart and Successful Affair": The Battle of Chelsea Creek and the Taking of the Schooner DIANA.
Rob MacDougall has a fun post about Charles Adiel Lewis Totten in Dungeon Master Zero who may have been the first Dungeon Master as well as being a proponent of Anglo-Israelism.
Miland Brown in James Henderson Blount - American Rebel Separatist examines the life of the man who authored a report which may have led President Cleveland astray on Hawaii in 1893. Jennie Weber from right here at the APB has a nice story about Theodore Roosevelt in Tallmadge, Ohio.
Epppie in About Louis Armstrong has a piece on the place of Louis Armstrong and black music in American cultural history. Kainah has a Seven-Part Series on Kent State which the submitter wrote, "I'm nominating the whole series for its brilliance."
As the world mourns the passing of Jerry Farwell, Ahistoricality gives us something from the old Moral Majority in Jerry Falwell's Dead. Actually, the presented list has a few good points on it…
Elementaryhistoryteacher wrote about 13 Great Homes from Natchez, Mississippi.
Natalie Bennett in Looking at hedges with new eyes looks at, well, hedges. Let me add that the hedge post got submitted three times so it must be good. Gillian Polack in Coleslaw looks at a history of coleslaw.
Larry Lehmer in Remembering the places where memories were made has a discussion of personal and family history.
Penny L. Richards in In Search of....the first TAB does some sleuthing as to the origins of the term "Temporarily Able-Bodied."
Konrad Larson rightly criticizes the many out there that are making Copyright Claims on US Government Documents. These are all in the public domain so how are people copyrighting them?
Rebecca Goetz at Historianess will host the next History Carnival on July 1st. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival if you have suggestion for inclusion.
Thanks for visiting!