Weekend Reading

This week: the “Nones” of the 18th century, remembering the Night of Shattered Glass, the forgotten story of some 20th century martyrs, Geronimo meets TR, Pancho Villa goes Hollywood, the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, and what denying women the vote had to do with cleaning advice.

• Hints that the Roanoke Colony might not be so lost after all.

• Why our current political situation is similar to that of the Gilded Age.

San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake
San Francisco in the wake of the 1906 earthquake – U.S. National Archives

• The years of captivity for the Apache leader known as Geronimo — including a dismaying encounter with Pres. Teddy Roosevelt.

• Why San Francisco — on the eve of the devastating earthquake of 1906 — might have been the “perfect example of Progressive Era America.”

• And if you’re interested in that earthquake… Check out these composite photos that blend historical images of the ravaged city with the same locations in the present day.

• From a 1910 anti-suffragist pamphlet… Some reasons for not letting women vote included that it would risk the government being placed “under petticoat rule” and that “90% of the women either do not want [the vote], or do not care.” All that, and household cleaning hints!

Pancho Villa, movie star!

• The director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies on remembering Kristallnacht, the November 1938 pogrom that “was a precondition for Auschwitz.”

• Historian Philip Jenkins on the hundreds of Asian Christians martyred under Japanese occupation during the Second World War.

• What it’s like to be asked to dinner with the President of the United States? David M. Kennedy, Robert Dallek, Douglas Brinkley, Robert Caro, and H.W. Brands share what Barack Obama asked them at a series of meals during his first term in office.

• In light of recent reports on the rise in religious “Nones” (those unaffiliated with any religion), church historian Martin Marty reminds us that church participation at this country’s founding was even lower.


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