Episode 54 – Presentism

AdiJapan, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

Join us as we kick off An Incomplete History season 3 with a discussion of presentism. This week, we do a deep dive into the divisive debate happening within the field of history as the result of the American Historical Association’s president who wrote an opinion piece regarding our role as historians. The piece received extreme backlash leading to the AHA having to lock their Twitter account and many members canceling their memberships to the association. This week we talk about the concept of presentism, why the accusation was offensive to many historians, and what we could or should be doing to promote respectful debate and an open sharing of ideas in such a politically charged moment.

Links to articles mentioned in the episode –

James Sweet Article

Lynn Hunt Article

Caroline Walker Bynum Article

Episode 31 – The First Africans in America – Black History to 1775

An Abstract of Evidence delivered before a select committee of the House of Commons in 1790 and 1791, reprinted in Phyllis M. Martin and Patrick O’Meara (eds.) (1995). Africa third edition. Indiana University Press and James Currey. ISBN 0253209846 and ISBN 0852552300. Page 119, plate 22. Photo courtesy of the Lilly Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana University.

Join us in the first of a four-part series delving into the complicated and often contentious history of African Americans. In this first part we cover the transition from indentured servitude to slavery. We also cover the emergence of the “Middle Passage” and the creation and eventual hardening of racial divisions in the British colonies, most notably Virginia. We introduce you to Estavanico the Moor, an early explorer in the Southwestern US, Antony Johnson a former slave turned slave owner who is posthumously deprived of the right to own property, and the thousands of Africans who perished in the figurative and literal death of forcibly being transported across the Atlantic in the 18th century.

Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941. The ship is resting level on the bottom. The supporting structure for the gun director tripod mast has collapsed and so the mast has tilted. Wikimedia Commons

Join Hilary and Geoff as they discuss the legacy of Pearl Harbor. Elements of the Japanese Navy attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and FDR delivered one of the most famous speeches in presidential history on the 8th. How should we remember Pearl Harbor? Was is really a surprise or had the US and Japan been involved in a simmering conflict for some time? To learn more join us for this special episode of An Incomplete History.