Monthly Archives: June 2015

A New Face For #TheNewTen: The Case For Lucretia Mott

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently announced a major change to US currency: in 2020, Alexander Hamilton will vacate his spot on the $10 note to make way for a woman. It’s usually the Bureau of Engraving and Printing that comes up with recommendations and designs. In the Twitter Era, however, if it can be hashtagged, it can be turned into a social media campaign. #TheNew10 wants to know what you think. The only criteria are that the woman be “iconic,” […]

Waterloo at 200: Peace for Friedrich Brandt

Two hundred years ago, a young soldier fell on the battlefield at Waterloo and lay undisturbed for the next 197 years. In June of 2012, he was unearthed during a project to create an overflow car park in preparation for this year’s observance of the bicentennial, the musket ball that killed him still embedded in his ribcage. Even then, he was a curiosity: the only intact skeleton yet found on the battlefield. While more than 28,000 soldiers were killed at Waterloo, […]

This Unearthly Music: The Rebel Yell In Twilight

The tactile experience of combat is the first thing to fade. Even when they wanted to, veterans could never recapture the sound and texture and chaos of the Civil War. No matter how eloquent or honest they tried to be, no matter how vivid their words, they could never quite bring the immediacy of it home to those who had not lived it.

‘Negative History:’ Korea and Japan Clash Over World Heritage Status For WWII Slave Labor Sites

Update, 22 June: Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se have announced that Korea will withdraw its opposition to World Heritage status for the Meiji-era sites. Under the agreement, Japan will clearly mark sites where Korean slave labor was used during World War II. It will also support  Korea’s bid for World Heritage status for its Baekje historic area.  (Source: Yomiuri Shimbun )   Hashima lays nine miles off Nagasaki in the East China […]

“Isn’t It Beautiful?” Robert Lincoln and the Dedication of the Lincoln Memorial

Early in May, 1922, Chief Justice William Howard Taft wrote a letter to his good friend Robert T. Lincoln to formally invite him and his wife as “guests of honor” at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial on May 30. “We of course shall attend, but only on par with the general audience,” Abraham Lincoln’s son replied. “We prefer that no notice whatever be taken of us.” Notice, however, was inevitable. Not only was he the President’s only surviving son, […]