The Woman in the Lincoln Assassination, Mary Surrat

18 Mar

Mary Surrat, if it were not for the Lincoln Assassination, would not be in any history book whatsoever.  She was a typical middle-class Southern sympathizer woman…”




History Crushes

11 Mar

Found a new history-centered internet location today while researching: Fuck Yeah History Crushes.  It’s not just ladies but it does have some good information on quite a few, plus dorkiness and pictures.

Since I can’t seem to get my act together, go show ’em some love.

Another (Women’s) History Month, Dammit

6 Mar

It’s another month aimed at celebrating obscured histories – and basically the patron month of this blog – but I, as is usual these days, am ill-prepared for it.

Oh, I have a ton of stuff waiting in the wings for the few moments when I have the time to get around to it.

But working and job hunting and keeping myself sane in the process unfortunately leave very little time for me to get around to it, so I’m just going to have to inaugurate this month with a link to someone else who can recommend you some offline material to read.

I hope my sisters can forgive me.

Daisy Bates, Civil Rights Activist

16 Jan

You know the story of Martin Luther King Jr. Today is the day we celebrate his incredible legacy.

But do you know the story of Daisy Bates? She is, arguably, just as important as Martin Luther King Jr. in the fight for Civil Rights, but not many people know of her. A child of tragic circumstances, she was to become “more recognizable than Martin Luther King Jr. locally”.  Besides being an activist, she was also a writer, a wife, and, briefly, the local NAACP President.

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African-American Slaves In Their Own Words

5 Jan

In the words of the women and men who experienced it, famous African-American actors tell about slavery in the American South. It’s split in a weird place, so you basically have to watch them in order if you want to get the whole story that Oprah recites.

Be careful if you’re sensitive to liberal use of the n-word and/or descriptions of rape.

Nora Guthrie Talks About Her Father

31 Dec

It’s a bit of a big thing in my town right now that the Woody Guthrie Archives are finally going to find a permanent home in Oklahoma.  So even though this isn’t history about a woman, I thought the blog could handle a little Nora Guthrie talking about her famous father.

The Evolution of Four Sisters

16 Dec

Sometimes I feel like women in our society are supposed to be timeless. Pop culture, media, society – whoever you want to blame, we rarely see images of women old or aging. Somehow, we are supposed to pretend that there is no clock ticking off the minutes of our lives, no forces of physical entropy re-sculpting our bodies every minute in tiny little ways. We are portrayed most of the time as young, and the young women we see are never allowed to grow old before our eyes.

So it’s great to see a collection like this that follows women through their lifetime.  (I’m not even going to put a picture from it here, because you should go look at the whole thing.)  We get to see 25 years of age and experience etch themselves beautifully into each woman’s face.

You Belong To Me

2 Dec

Shortly after World War II, a young woman wrote a song called “Hurry Home to Me”, asking an imaginary boyfriend to not be distracted by his adventures abroad from the women he had left at home.  Since the war was over, the song was changed to “You Belong to Me“.  That young woman was Chilton Price, a music radio historian who wrote songs for fun.

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Vintage Best Friends

2 Nov

Exiled Mothers Visited Their Children

2 Oct

I think I’ve mentioned before how much I adore archaeology for telling the story of people that history often forgets.  An article that I came across today really exemplifies that: A Human Face To the Convict Past of Australia.

Female criminals are rarely talked about in history, probably at least in part because of the idea that women can’t be criminals, that crime is the province of men.  (That’s why we’re all so shocked when women do horribly criminal things, isn’t it?) But women have been criminals, and an important question to ask when any sort of social punishment is involved is: what then happens to their children? Continue reading