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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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Indians Owned Africans: How Do You Teach This History?

“You never saw such a people in your life. Their manners and action are wild in the extreme. They are in a perfect state of nature and would be a curiosity to any civilized man.” “At that time the Indians did not have anything but small farms, and of course the freedmen were reared among […]

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History Legislation Update

The State budget has been passed. There is light at the end of tunnel. The world is opening up. What better time to look at history-related legislation and see what has happened during the lost year! Below lower are various bills identified by their Senate number and a description. The major new one concerns the […]

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We the People Will Tell the Story Funding Act

We are a story-telling species. But what story should We the People tell? To create a national narrative for the 21st century is an awesome challenge, perhaps an impossible one given our divisions today. While few countries in the world have had one continuous form of government for 250 years, we are at a point […]

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The 250th Anniversary: A Commonwealth of Virginia Case Study

On January 30, 2021, the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists held their seventh annual conference. I had never attended one before. I do receive the notices of the event and other history-related conferences in Virginia. While many of them seem interesting there is a cost factor in time and money given the other conferences I […]

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Biden Becomes America’s Second Indigenous President: Who Knew?

Joe Biden has become America’s second Indigenous President. John Kennedy was the first. Who knew? It turns out based on the definition of “Indigenous” as an academic construct both the Irish and the Jews are Indigenous. No general, internationally accepted definition of indigenous peoples exists. It is typical of indigenous populations that they do not […]

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“Indigenous” versus “Indian”: What Word Should Be Used?

This blog is a continuation of a study deriving from an “Exchange” in the journal of the American Historical Association. The title of the Exchange is “Living with the Past: Thoughts on Community Collaboration and Difficult History in Native American and Indigenous Studies.” It consisted of a review of two books on King Philips War […]

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