From James W. Cook, U-M History Department Chair: "First and foremost, I wanted to register my strongest support and compassion for every member of our community. These past months of worry and isolation in the context of COVID-19 have been enormously challenging for all of us. And now, in the wake of these latest national episodes of racist violence and police misconduct, the daily news is hitting us exceptionally hard. For those of us with ties to Minneapolis and other cities currently in turmoil, these events are especially grueling to watch. And for our faculty, student, and staff colleagues of color, these long-running patterns of racialized injustice are much more than disturbing headlines. None of us should ever feel targeted or endangered by a system designed to provide equal protection under the law." You can find more statements from University of Michigan leadership here: publicaffairs.vpcomm.umich.edu/messages-of-outrage-and-hope/ Thank you to U-M Sociology for the image.
"Because racial injustice just seems to be baked into the DNA of this country, periodically and throughout history there come these moments when people just can’t take it anymore." U-M History's Heather Ann Thompson weighs in on the recent protests and their historical precedents. Link to Vox article, "How today's protests compare to 1968, explained by a historian" in our bio.
Looking for a new series to watch this weekend? U-M History graduate Mary Basso recommends "The Great," now streaming on Hulu. While not strictly loyal to Catherine’s history, this dark comedy is a delightful adventure into the Empress’ Russia. "Viewers are sure to enjoy rich and diverse characters, lavish costume and set design, in addition to sharp dialogue that skillfully progresses the plot," Mary says. "But sticklers for accuracy beware!" Read more about the series in this review by Slate--link in our bio. #historyfromhome #history #publichistory #historymajor #thegreat #hulu #slate
"Renaissance musicians readily recognized much broader functions for music. For one, music was treated as a medicine that was able to temper the bodily humors, preserving or restoring a listener’s health." Read more about how people have historically relied on music to ease suffering during pandemic times, and listen to a selection of songs from across the centuries--from the bubonic plague of the 1480s to the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Link to PBS News Hour article, "How people have turned pandemic pain into song across history" in our bio. #historyfromhome #history #publichistory #historymajor #pbsnewshour
"The Magic Eye images were based on principles that stretched as far back as 1828, when English physicist Sir Charles Wheatstone invented a device called the stereoscope that could merge two images together to create the illusion of depth." Creator Tom Baccei used computer graphics for his designs that took off as fad of the 1990's. Did you have a Magic Eye book in your household? Link to article in our bio. #historyfromhome #history #publichistory #historymajor #magiceye
John Smolens of Marquette, Michigan, published "Quarantine" eight years ago--a work of fiction based on a very real epidemic that took place in New England in the 1790s. "Despite the more than two century time difference, many of the characters and incidents in 'Quarantine' sound eerily familiar today. They include people defying authorities’ orders to shelter in place, a mysterious new illness that baffles doctors while killing all ages, and health-care workers risking their lives to treat the sick." Link to article in bio. #historyfromhome #history #historymajor #publichistory #johnsmolens #historicalfiction
"Whereas Mrs Jarvis wanted to celebrate the work done by mothers to improve the lives of others, Anna's perspective was that of a devoted daughter. Her motto for Mother's Day was 'For the Best Mother who Ever Lived—Your Mother.' This was why the apostrophe had to be singular, not plural." Happy Mother's Day to those celebrating today! Learn more about the history of this U.S. holiday from historian Katharine Antolini in this story by the BBC. Link in our bio. #historyfromhome #history #publichistory #historymajor #mothersday #annajarvis
Congratulations, class of 2020! History’s virtual commencement celebrations are now available to view at your leisure. Link in bio. #goblue #mgograd #historymajor #historyfromhome @umichlsa @michiganalumni