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Twelve Years a Slave – What about the Other Years?

Solomon Northup, born 1808, died around 1863, was a slave for 12 years from 1841 to 1853.  What about the rest of his life? What about his life as a free person for the first 32/3 years of his life? What about his life for the last ten or so years of life? In the […]

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Undoing the Whitewashing of Black History in New York

In this post, I continue an issue I first wrote about on June 16, 2016, Forgetting July 4, 1827.  The post addressed some of the ways the first two centuries of black history in New York from slavery to emancipation had been forgotten or downplayed over the years. The post included some examples of people, […]

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Signs of the Times: The $14 Million I Love NY Signs

The I Love NY Interstate Highway signs are back in the news and for all the wrong reasons. I first reported on the construction of these illegal signs back on December 5, 2016 in the post Signs of the Times: Follow the Money and Not the Cuomo versus Federal Government Showdown The subject were the […]

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Create the New York Association for State and Local History (NYASLH)

The time has come to create the New York Association for State and Local History (NYASLH). There is a void, an absence of leadership in the state history community. There is no one to speak on behalf of the community at the statewide level. Many people work quite hard and often for no money on […]

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Sharing the Good News: Some County-Level Programs

If a tree falls in the woods and it’s not on YouTube, has anything happened? Shouldn’t everyone have to reinvent the wheel? These questions raise the issue of how should the history community disseminate information on good practices? How should we share the news of what people have done? I am not referring to a […]

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The Battle over New York State and Local History Gets Ugly

The new legislative season is upon us. That means it is time to start lobbying. What are the history community “asks”? What is it the history community would like to see happen? For the museums the answer is clear. There is a Museum Education Act. Erika Sanger, Executive Director of the Museum Association of New […]

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The Confederacy Trumps New York on Civil Rights Tourism

The South shall rise again. What can dysfunctional New York learn from the South on Civil Rights tourism? By coincidence just prior to the awarding of the grants for 2017, a problem with the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) funding process was exposed in an article in the Travel Section of the Sunday New York […]

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Bring the Yorkers Back to New York

In a recent post about the absence of any institutional or organizational leadership in the New York State history community, I used the image of the Yorkers without any explanation of what a Yorker was. Two readers submitted comments about the Yorkers to an even earlier post on the subject of the NYSHA even before […]

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Impeachment: The Elitist Democrat Holy Grail

Impeachment is the elitist Democrat Holy Grail. Through the forcible removal from political office of the one who never should have become president in the first place, cosmic order will be restored and all will be right with the world. Once the traumatic shock of the election night was over, the therapy for the post […]

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Save the History Community: Clone Erika Sanger

In recent posts, I have reported on the absence of any private state-wide organization advocating on behalf of the history community. History Professors Protest for Local and State History NYSHA Responds to Advocacy for Local and State History Post The NYSHA Saga Continues: Gone but Not Forgotten The former New York State History Association (NYSHA) […]

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