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Afghan Women: Then and Now

Since iconic pictures are in the news, I thought I would resurrect two Afghan pictures that have not been featured lately. AFGHAN GIRL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC The picture of this green-eyed Afghan girl took the world by storm when it appeared back in 1985. The world was different then. The United States remained locked in a […]

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What Are You Doing for the Indian Citizenship Act (1924) Centennial?

The 2020’s is a decade of many historical anniversaries. One that has received little attention so far as best I can determine is the Indian Citizenship Act signed into law on June 2, 1924, by President Calvin Coolidge. As the very title of the legislation states, the act made all Indians in the United States […]

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Governor Hochul and the New York State History Community

The change in governors marks a change for the New York State history community as well. While the outgoing Governor was not hostile to history he was no friend to history either. Besides specific groups or events which piqued his interest or had a connection to him, he did not display much in interest in […]

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Historian Annette Gordon-Reed: The Culture Wars, Juneteenth, and 1/6

Nationally renowned American historian Annette Gordon-Reed has been everywhere this past year speaking out on history and the culture wars. Actually she has not been anywhere except for her home in New York City.  It just seems that way because during the COVID pandemic she has been everywhere virtually without having to leave home. That […]

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FOXHUB SUED FOR $1 TRILLION OVER ANTI-COVID VACCINATION MESSAGE

DID AN UNVACCINATED LOVE ONE OF YOURS DIE FROM COVID? WERE YOU OR AN UNVACCINATED LOVE ONE HOSPITALIZED FOR COVID? ARE YOU PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH THE LIFE ON A CHILD? DO YOU LIVE IN MISSOURI? DO YOU WATCH FOXHUB? THEN YOU COULD BE ENTITLED TO FINANCIAL COMPENSATION If you listen to Tucker, Laura, and […]

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July 12, 2021: Happy Emancipation Day New York – Did You Forget?

Juneteenth and 1619 have been in the news a lot lately. What both dates have in common is that neither one directly affected New York. Neither New York nor New Amsterdam even existed in 1619. The famous purchase of the land from the Lenape did not occur until 1624. Slavery began in 1626. Similarly at […]

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Guidelines Issued for the American Revolution 250th (July 1, 2021)

On July 1, the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) issued guidelines for the Semiquincentennial. These guidelines are not an official document as AASLH is not a government entity. However it does work closely with the Federal Commission. Also it is a national organization so it has its finger on the pulse of […]

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Local Slavery: What Some History Organizations Are Doing

While the myth of no slavery in the North dies a slow and deserved death, many historical organizations are working to make their local story of the past more complete. This blog presents some current actions underway. It is not a complete survey. It includes items which I became aware of through newsletters, blogs, and […]

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The NYS American Revolution 250th Commission: A Big Step Forward

The New York State American Revolution 250th Commission took a big step forward on June 8, 2021. The New York State Assembly and Senate unanimously passed A4742B/S04410-C the “New York State Two Hundred Fiftieth Commemoration Act.” The bill now goes to the Governor for signing along with a slew of other such bills typically passed […]

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AMERICAN REVOLUTION 250th

The countdown for the 250th anniversary of the birth of the country continues. The work may have been suspended this past year but the clock did not stop ticking. As we transition from online to in-person meetings, the effort will shift as well. Online meetings probably will continue. They provide a logistically routine and cheap […]

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