December 2013

Taking a Holiday

December 24, 2013

For the first time since I started History in the Margins, I’m going to take a planned break from blogging.*  Unless I stumble across something that I feel I absolutely need to tell you RIGHT NOW, I’ll be back on January 3. In the meantime, have a merry/jolly/happy/blessed time as you celebrate the victory of […]

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The Swadeshi Movement: The First Step Toward Indian Independence

December 20, 2013

Beginning in the 1830s, the British East India Company provided Western education to a small number of Indian elites: it was cheaper and more effective than recruiting the entire work force of the empire back home in Britain. In addition to training clerks of all kinds, the East Indian Company created as a by-product what […]

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Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

December 17, 2013

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of History in the Margins–or anyone who browses my office bookshelves–that I am fascinated by maps.   As I’ve mentioned before, history happens in both time and space.  How can you understand an event/culture/war/empire if you don’t have a feel for its geography? As someone interested in […]

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Road Trip Through History: The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

December 14, 2013

More than a month ago I promised you a report on our visit to the LBJ Library. I fully expected to sit down and write it later that week. The fact that I wandered off into other historical by-ways is simply a reflection of how easily I’m distracted, not on the quality of the museum. […]

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Word With a Past: Doing A Land Office Business

December 11, 2013

In 1785, the newly created United States, burdened by debts incurred in its war for independence, passed a Land Ordinance Act authorizing the Treasury Department to sell land in the public domain as a source of revenue.* Acting on the principle of “survey before settlement”, tracts of land were surveyed into townships and plat parcels, […]

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Seed of the Future:Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea

December 8, 2013

Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea is a beautiful book, with gorgeous pictures and heavy paper that made me hesitate to underline and write in the margins.* It is also an excellent work of history. Written by award-winning filmmaker and writer Dayton Duncan in conjunction with the Yosemite […]

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Plane Spotting

December 4, 2013

Like anyone who has spent time hanging around the British or American homefronts of World War II, I am familiar with the concept of plane spotting.* Plane spotters were trained to look at planes on the horizon and  ask “How many?” “Where are they headed?” “Are they ours or the enemy’s?” It never dawned on […]

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