Other peoples' history, good & bad, Part II (besides "Afro-American History")

    Good exchange of letters in the NYRB in which Sean Wilentz briefly summarizes the most compelling reasons not to regard the United States as founded on white supremacy https://t.co/zz7PRGMgvX pic.twitter.com/HxRwRp1GJV

    — Wesley Yang (@wesyang) October 2, 2021


    U.S. broadcast network TV, 1967 (two years before "Woodstock"), livemusical guest performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour:


    A yellow fever outbreak made Greenwich Village

    @ Ephemeral New York, April 5\6, 2020

    Epidemics can shape the way a city develops. And it was an outbreak of a lethal disease that helped create the Greenwich Village that’s been part of the larger city since the 1820s.

    In the 17th century, the village of Greenwich was a mostly rural suburb of farms and estates (below, Aaron Burr’s home, Richmond Hill) along the Hudson River a few miles from the city center. (Seen here in a 1766 map, use link to zoom in.)

    Periodic outbreaks of yellow fever (among other deadly illnesses) in the lower city—in many spots a filthy place of sewage, stagnant water, and garbage-eating hogs—would cause residents with means to leave, at least for the summer.

    But it was the especially pernicious yellow fever epidemic of 1822 that forced thousands to flee the city center for good and recreate their lives in Greenwich permanently, which only five years earlier had installed water mains and sewers.

    “Many New Yorkers who had not evacuated during the previous epidemics did so during this final rampant pandemic, states a writer at creatingdigitalhistory.

    “As residents moved to Greenwich Village, they built homes and businesses in attempt to replicate their downtown lifestyles. In essence, they created a makeshift city center that has since evolved into the Greenwich Village of today.”

    The hurry to leave the main city was noted by Greenwich residents [....]

    Was De Blasio mayor?

    what those looking to become "free men" in London would find:

    55 years since the Aberfan disaster

    espec. check out the Getty Images B&W photo with the caption Local men and the emergency services formed a line to pass freed children out of Pantglas Junior School. Looks more 1930 than 1966.

    more, including good air photo:

    Vaccination Mandates Are an American Tradition. So Is the Backlash.

    The roots of U.S. vaccine mandates predate both the U.S. and vaccines.

    By Maggie Astor @ NYTimes.com, Sept. 9

    As disease and death reigned around them, some Americans declared that they would never get vaccinated and raged at government efforts to compel them. Anti-vaccination groups spread propaganda about terrible side effects and corrupt doctors. State officials tried to ban mandates, and people made fake vaccination certificates to evade inoculation rules already in place.

    The years were 1898 to 1903, and the disease was smallpox. News articles and health board reports describe crowds of parents marching to schoolhouses to demand that their unvaccinated children be allowed in, said Michael Willrich, a professor of history at Brandeis University, with some even burning their own arms with nitric acid to mimic the characteristic scar left by the smallpox vaccine.

    “People went to some pretty extraordinary lengths not to comply,” said Professor Willrich, who wrote “Pox: An American History,” a book about the civil liberties battles prompted by the epidemic.

    If it all sounds familiar, well, there is nothing new under the sun: not years that feel like centuries, not the wailing and gnashing of teeth over masks, and not vaccine mandates either.


    On Monday, Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, tweeted that vaccine mandates were “un-American.” In reality, they are a time-honored American tradition.

    But to be fair, so is public fury over them.

    “We’re really seeing a lot of echoes of the smallpox era,” said Elena Conis, an associate professor and historian of medicine at the University of California, Berkeley. “Mandates elicit resistance. They always have.”

    The roots of U.S. vaccine mandates predate both the U.S. and vaccines. The colonies sought to prevent disease outbreaks by quarantining ships from Europe and sometimes, in the case of smallpox, requiring inoculations: a crude and much riskier predecessor to vaccinations in which doctors rubbed live smallpox virus into broken skin to induce a relatively mild infection that would guard against severe infection later. They were a source of enormous fear and anger.

    In January 1777, George Washington mandated inoculations for the soldiers under his command in the Continental Army, writing that if smallpox were to break out, “we should have more to dread from it, than from the Sword of the Enemy.” Notably, it was in large part the soldiers’ desires that overcame his resistance to a mandate.

    “They were the ones calling for it,” said Andrew Wehrman, an associate professor of history at Central Michigan University who studies the politics of medicine in the colonial and revolutionary eras. “There’s no record that I have seen — and I’ve looked — of any soldier turning it down, protesting it.”

    Buoyed by the success of the mandate, Washington wrote to his brother in June 1777 that he was upset by a Virginia law restricting inoculations. “I would rather move for a Law to compell the Masters of Families to inoculate every Child born within a certain limitted time under severe Penalties,” he wrote.

    Over the next century, many local governments did exactly that. Professor Wehrman this week tweeted an example of what, in an interview, he said was a “ubiquitous” phenomenon: The health board in Urbana, Ohio, Jordan’s hometown, enacted a requirement in 1867 that in any future epidemic, “the heads of families must see that all the members of their families have been vaccinated.”

    But by the end of the 1800s, opposition was louder and more widespread. Some states, particularly in the West, introduced laws prohibiting vaccine mandates. Others narrowly passed mandates after intense debate.

    The reasons for resistance were myriad: Some Americans opposed mandates on the grounds of personal liberty; some because they believed lawmakers were in cahoots with vaccine makers; and some because of safety concerns that were, to be fair, more grounded in reality than the modern equivalent. Vaccines then were not regulated the way they are now, and there were documented cases of doses contaminated with tetanus.

    The government’s response resembled what, today, are wild conspiracy theories. Contrary to the assertions of some on the far right, the Biden administration has never suggested going door to door to force people to take coronavirus vaccines. But in the 1890s and 1900s, that actually happened: Squads of men would enter people’s homes in the middle of the night, breaking down doors if necessary, to inject people with smallpox vaccines.

    Legally speaking, the Supreme Court resolved the issue of mandatory vaccinations in 1905, ruling 7-2 in Jacobson v. Massachusetts that they were constitutional.

    The Constitution “does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint,” Justice John Marshall Harlan, known for defending civil liberties, wrote. “Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others.”

    Levitate the Pentagon day:

    "settled" is a tough word (after woke Twitter arguments over Columbus and such) - maybe 1-3 years, got their asses handed to them by the natives, then a badass Viking wench named Freydis had one of the crews mass murdered. Newfoundland is an island, so they never touched mainland unless the found some butternuts down around the mouth of the St Lawrence (or further south) where they grow.



    1000 nautical miles (1150 miles) from Vinland to Brattalid (and another 3000 miles from Greenland to Oslo)


    May be an image of text that says 'Vikings? Seriously? Oh, come on...'

    WSJ article on it, gift link with no paywall (thanks to their art market reporter; Kelly's great, a down to earth person!) lots of good pictures:


    — Kelly Crow (@KellyCrowWSJ) October 23, 2021


    Slavery in Brazil From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Includes many things I didn't know...

    I kept thinking "what would Andrew Cuomo do?" while reading, for some reason. Also curious why the Queen didn't have to fight a war that killed 1/5 the population and permanently sidelined large regions of the country.

    lol at your first sentence...

    Out of Savannastan 

    A new book provides convincing evidence that our earliest direct ancestors evolved in Europe, and that they were walking upright as early as six million years ago. But it is overly confident in its challenge to the idea that the genus Homo arose in Africa.

    By Tim Flannery @ NY Review of Books for the Nov. 4 issue (NO PAYWALL on this one)

    Reviewed: Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human by Madelaine Böhme, Rüdiger Braun, and Florian Breier, translated from the German by Jane Billinghurst and with a foreword by David R. Begun; Greystone, 337 pp., $34.95

    War and Memory in France and Algeria

    Sixty years after the end of the Algerian War of Independence, “painful passions” on both sides continue to impede the reconciliation of the French and Algerian people.

    By Alice Kaplan @ NY Review of Books, for the Nov. 18 issue (NO PAYWALL on this one)


    La gangrène et l’oubli: La mémoire de la guerre d’Algérie [Gangrene and Oblivion: Memories of the Algerian War]

    by Benjamin Stora, Paris: La Découverte, 377 pp., €14.00 (paper)

    Les clés retrouvées: Une enfance juive à Constantine [Finding the Keys: A Jewish Childhood in Constantine]

    by Benjamin Stora, Paris: Flammarion, 144 pp., €8.00 (paper)

    France-Algérie: Les passions douloureuses [France-Algeria: Painful Passions]

    by Benjamin Stora, Paris: Albin Michel, 208 pp., €18.90 (paper)

    Ali Boumendjel (1919–1957): Une affaire française. Une histoire algérienne [Ali Boumendjel (1919–1957): A French Affair. An Algerian History]

    by Malika Rahal, Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 295 pp., €29.00 (paper) (to be republished by La Découverte in January)

    I Was a French Muslim: Memories of an Algerian Freedom Fighter

    by Mokhtar Mokhtefi, translated from the French and with an introduction by Elaine Mokhtefi, Other Press, 413 pp., $26.99

    "Battle of Algiers" is a good movie, comes across nearly documentary.

    found retweeted by Dr. Atul Gawande, still my favorite truth investigator of medicine

    Didn't read it yet, but Carter & his Fed chief did the belt tightening that made Reagan's job easy. As usual GOP gives away Dem surpluses or balanced budget or at least brought under control (Carter to Reagan, Clinton to Bush, Obama to Trump) - a lovely doesie-doh.

    Archaeologists have learned that the ancient city of Karakorum, once the capital of the Mongolian Empire, was much larger than previously believed, according to a new studyhttps://t.co/0kRSY6MYZy

    — ARTnews (@artnews) November 5, 2021

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