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In a time when President Trump and his followers are known for spreading dubious versions of American history, historians are taking to Twitter to set the record straight.
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Historians do lots of things online. Juwan Taylor Jersey They promote their books, discuss pedagogy, and play nerdy word games. (For example: “FILL IN THE BLANK: A pod coque iphone 6 anti chute of whales. coque samsung A murder of crows. A __________ of historians.” Replies included “an huawei ale 21 coque argument,” a “digression,” and “a contingency.”) A historian named Jason Herbert hosts a ritual called Historians at the Movies, in coque iphone 6 rap which Twitterstorians watch a movie and live tweet it, providing context and commentary. “This past week we watched ‘Malcolm X,’ ” Robin Mitchell, an assistant professor at California State University Channel Islands, said at the iphone 5 se coque logo foot ball Sheraton, where she was sipping wine around a standing table with about five colleagues. coque iphone “I posted about it on Twitter, and I think twenty two thousand people liked it,” she said. coque huawei “It’s absurd.”
But Twitterstorians have been preoccupied with more weighty matters in the Trump era, a time when the President and his followers are known for spreading dubious versions of American history. coque samsung Donald Trump recently wrote, of his impeachment hearings, “More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials,” which is not strictly accurate. Many Twitterstorians have taken it upon themselves to correct the record. The crowd at the Sheraton coque iphone 5s street art mentioned the “rock stars” coque iphone 5s eleven paris rihanna of social media: Kevin Kruse, at Princeton; Joanne Freeman, at Yale; Heather Cox Richardson, at Boston College. coque iphone coque huawei They discussed epic Twitter threads. Sean Clifford Jersey In December, Nikki Haley claimed that the Confederate flag was about “service and sacrifice and heritage” until the mass murderer Dylann coque iphone 5 predator Roof “hijacked” it in the name of racial violence. Kevin Levin, a Civil War historian, responded with photographs showing white mobs brandishing the flag during the civil rights era, and an engraving depicting the Fort Pillow massacre, when Confederates murdered black Union soldiers after they’d surrendered. “Dylann Roof didn’t ‘hijack’ the meaning of the Confederate coque iphone 7 plus james harden flag from these men,” he wrote. His latest book, the best selling “Death of a Nation,” compares Trump coque iphone 6 princesses disney to Abraham Lincoln and attempts to link today’s Democratic Party to the Nazi Party coque iphone 7 fc barcelone of the nineteen thirties. Last fall, D’Souza asked his 1.4 million Twitter coque iphone 6s honda followers, “If Frederick Douglass were alive coque iphone 6s nhl today, is there any doubt he’d be a Republican and a Trump supporter” Kruse tweeted in response, “This might well be the stupidest thing you ever said here, and that’s saying a lot. coque samsung Congrats!” The prominent Twitterstorians have all tangled with D’Souza, but Kruse is his best known adversary. coque huawei candidate at the University of Iowa, groaned at the coque iphone 6 avec pompon mention of D’Souza’s name, and said,”Oh, my god, coque iphone 5 pour aller dans leau he’s the worst!”
“What is his thing” Mitchell said. coque iphone candidate at Texas Christian University, noted that Twitter has some advantages as a medium for debate. “What it allows us to do as coque iphone 6 plus couple historians is inject evidence into the universe,” she said. coque samsung “Screenshots of newspapers from different time periods. coque huawei Letters that politicians wrote to each other.”
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Another historian noted that Kruse’s threads coque iphone 5s american horror story are so popular because “he brings the receipts.”
Ochoa, who is from rural Texas, attempted to bring evidence to an cxvwons coque iphone xs max online debate with relatives who supported creating a local Confederate Memorial Day on the grounds that Confederate soldiers were merely defending their “heritage.” She pointed out coque iphone 5c anonymous that slavery was central to the Confederate cause. coque samsung “I was citing evidence from Karen Cox’s book ‘Dixie’s Daughters,’ about how the Daughters of the Confederacy created this Lost Cause narrative and created school curriculums to teach it to us Southerners,” she said. It didn’t go over well. coque samsung “I was called a revisionist and a liberal Commie,” she said. But she was glad that she’d put another narrative out there. coque iphone “We’re in these public spaces and, to quote Liam Neeson coque iphone 6 coque iphone 5 pour ado garcon antoine griezmann in ‘Taken,’ we have a very particular set of skills.” Gannon, whose burly arms are heavily tattooed, has almost seventy thousand followers and has tangled with D’Souza, too. Fabian White Jr. Jersey He has reservations about Twitter as coque iphone bebe groot a teaching forum. coque samsung coque samsung “It’s not a deliberative space,” he said. coque iphone “The real struggle for me is it’s very easy to be angry online all the time. But, if all you’re doing is yelling, there’s nothing of substance there.”
David Trowbridge, an associate professor coque iphone 5 silicone game boy at Marshall University, said, “It’s not us at our best.”
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