Weekend Reading

Posted on September 1, 2012 by

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This week: political conventions, Labor Day, the KKK, Caligula, astronaut trivia, and industrialization in eleven minutes.

KKK March in Washington, 1928• A classicist asks what the ancient Greeks would make of the modern Olympics.

• Rome’s most legendarily depraved emperor turns 2000.

• Two interesting posts from Smithsonian magazine: the history of yearning for legendary utopias; and the rise and fall of D. C. Stephenson, the leader of the Ku Klux Klan during its resurgence in the 1920s.

• For Labor Day: a brief history of the holiday itself, and then some resources for teaching labor history.

• The death of Neil Armstrong inspired lots of good posts on the history of the space race. Two nuggets: the per diem that Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins received as government employees; and the speech written for Pres. Richard Nixon in the event of a “moon disaster” in July 1969.

• Historian-political columnist Geoffrey Kabaservice on the decline of the American political party convention.

• Should Christian historians worry that much about David Barton? John Fea says yes; Darryl Hart, no.

• And a new installment in the “Crash Course in World History” series of videos covers industrialization in eleven minutes.

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