Historical Convention Merch

After the most recent OAH a friend a col­league, Adam Roth­man, sug­gested a line of T-shirts. We came up with a few ideas. Feel free to add your own.

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Blogging and the return of the repressed

Ear­lier today I was at an OAH round­table on blog­ging as schol­ar­ship. There were a num­ber of dis­tin­guished blog­gers there (Anne Lit­tle;  Ken­neth Owen; Ben­jamin Alpers; John Fea), all of whom blog in very dif­fer­ent styles. The audi­ence was great. I thought I’d post some of my argu­ment about why blog­ging is valu­able as schol­ar­ship: it […]


What do we mean by “racist?”

The term gets used all the time. Ed Kil­gore, at Talk­ing Points Memo, says “you don’t have to be a racist to prac­tice racism.” This makes zero sense to me. What is racism? How is it dif­fer­ent from prej­u­dice or big­otry? My answer is pretty sim­ple: a racist is a per­son who believes in the […]


It was misrepresented

Last week I made a post about the UNC stu­dent who allegedly received an A– for a 146 word pla­gia­rized para­graph on Rosa Parks. I thought it smelled funny. Yes ath­letes are allowed to dodge hard col­lege work–who doesn’t believe that? But this just smelled “off,” for the rea­sons explained. Well it turns out it […]


This is a fake

So recently ESPN  did a story about big time col­lege ath­letes and aca­d­e­mics. Exhibit A was a “paper” allegedly turned in by an ath­lete at UNC. The para­graph, on Rosa Parks, allegedly received an A– Here it is: The inter­net agrees: this is an out­rage. I agree too. This is an F in a class of […]


Corporate Hobbies

The Supreme Court seems poised to rad­i­cally revise Amer­i­can cor­po­rate law, by enter­tain­ing the idea that a cor­po­ra­tion can have reli­gious beliefs. (Thea­poretic is not a cor­po­rate lawyer, so if any reader has more accu­rate knowl­edge he wel­comes the cor­rec­tion to what fol­lows). Hobby Lobby, a pri­vately held cor­po­ra­tion, objects to the fact that Obamacare […]


So are there any good historical movies?

Mr smarty pants critic, thea­poretic, thinks Twelve Years a Slave is a bad movie, and thinks he proved why, with­out hav­ing actu­ally seen the movie, quite an absurd posi­tion indeed. Crit­i­cism is easy–are there any good his­tor­i­cal movies? Thea­poretic, hav­ing a nine year old child, does not go to the movies much because babysit­ting. But […]


More on 12 years a slave

There were lots of sto­ries of slav­ery and escape from slav­ery writ­ten by the slaves them­selves;  a whole genre of North Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture. You can find all the pub­lished North Amer­i­can slave nar­ra­tives col­lected here, free and in dig­i­tal form. It’s fan­tas­tic resource. Some of the nar­ra­tives were world renowned in their day, some were […]


Why I Probably Won’t Ever Watch Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave is based on the mem­oir of Solomon Northup, who was born in com­fort­able free­dom and kid­napped into slav­ery. Right there is the prob­lem. The movie is pre­sented as an indict­ment of the insti­tu­tion of slav­ery, and beyond that as a par­tic­u­larly vivid and real­is­tic account of the awful­ness of slav­ery. But […]


What Bitcoin is and isn’t

After the last post on Bit­coin, I’ve been hav­ing some inter­est­ing dis­cus­sion with a reader, Jonathon Duerig, about Bit­coin and money. This is the first of a two parter on money and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy Bit­coin resem­bles the tra­di­tional gold stan­dard, in that it’s a form of money imag­ined as out­side gov­ern­ment inter­fer­ence that can’t be […]