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The History Place - Child Labor in America: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine

The History Place - Child Labor in America: Investigative Photos of Lewis Hine | History of popular culture | Scoop.it

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The Hangman's Tale: Archaeologists Dig into History of Execution

The Hangman's Tale: Archaeologists Dig into History of Execution | History of popular culture | Scoop.it

For years, few were interested in unearthing what lay beneath old gallows and scaffolds. But, in Germany, growing interest in "execution site archaeology" is throwing much light on how the executed died and the executors lived.

The skeletons were found near Alkersleben, not far from the eastern German city of Erfurt, where the counts of Kevernburg punished criminals over 700 years ago.


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David Connolly's curator insight, April 13, 2013 3:13 AM

fascinating - if ghoulish.  

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Wilhelm Reich: the man who invented free love

Wilhelm Reich: the man who invented free love | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
JD Salinger, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer were all devotees of the orgone energy accumulator, nicknamed by Woody Allen the 'Orgasmatron'. Its inventor, Wilhelm Reich, claimed that better orgasms could cure society's ills.
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Putting the Smell Back in History

Putting the Smell Back in History | History of popular culture | Scoop.it

“One of the things missing from history is smell,” says Zdatny, who has lived and worked in France intermittently since the 1970s. “Most of the time people don’t think about it historically, but smells are very powerful, and the French consider smells an important part of life."

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If you think you've had a bad holiday...

If you think you've had a bad holiday... | History of popular culture | Scoop.it

Karen Maitland serves up some hilarious tales about the medieval cruise industry.


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Karen Maitland serves up some hilarious tales about the medieval cruise industry.

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Haunted History of Halloween

Haunted History of Halloween | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Halloween was originally called Samhain and marked the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers.

 

This is a good video to show the historical context of the cultural festival known today as Halloween.


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Getting Along? Religious Identities and Confessional Relations in Early Modern England

Getting Along? Religious Identities and Confessional Relations in Early Modern England | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
examines the impact of the English Reformation on social interaction, familial and community harmony, and the unsteady and contested process in which religious identities were formed
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The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England 1780-1914 | Reviews in History

The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England 1780-1914 | Reviews in History | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Magic is difficult to historicize. There are many reasons for this. To begin with, it has long been scorned by both rationalists and the religious, so that people are often reluctant to confess to believing in it.
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Loosen up, it's time to talk about toilets

Loosen up, it's time to talk about toilets | History of popular culture | Scoop.it

Loosen up, it's time to talk about toiletsT. There's nothing exactly natural about our aversion to talking about bodily waste however.

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Will a decline in table manners lead to a rise in murder? No: but it's not (quite) as ridiculous as you might think

Will a decline in table manners lead to a rise in murder? No: but it's not (quite) as ridiculous as you might think | History of popular culture | Scoop.it

But the broader picture is the development of self-control as a social good, of a culture of dignity (the compressed-lips-and-cigarette-in-fireplace) as opposed to a culture of honour (I shall avenge this slight!). This came about, according to Pinker, because of the rise of centralised nation-states, and kings' courts. The best way for a local warlord (or "knight") to get rich was no longer simply being the hardest man in the neighbourhood, but by gaining favour with the king: warriors, in Elias's phrase, turned into courtiers.

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Historical Changes in the Meaning of Death in the Western Tradition

Thus in this chapter we offer only the briefest of sketches, taking into account both the major shifts that have occurred in people’s experience of death and dying and the methodological and interpretive collaborations and disagreements central to this endeavor.
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Sex and the Automobile in the Jazz Age

Sex and the Automobile in the Jazz Age | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Thanks to the richness of the new recording media of film, phonograph, and glossy magazine, the imagery of the 1920s remains deeply etched on the popular memory.
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Poker Alice Tubbs

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The story of Alice Ivers Tubbs, better known as Poker Alice, one of the best gamblers in the Old West, who was rasied in England, educated in borading schools, outlived three husbands, owned a brothel, and shot a man to death.


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Daniel Kevles on the History of Eugenics, In the Name of Eugenics

from Stay Free!, a magazine focussed on American media and consumer culture

"Imagine yourself in the heart of Kansas, at the annual state fair, in 1928. Past the dunking booth and Ferris wheel, the stands selling corn dogs and cotton candy, farmers from around the state have gathered to show off the year's yields. Amid the horses, cattle, and hogs, a blue-eyed blonde family of four is displayed on an elevated platform. Over their heads is a large banner: fitter families contest....."


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Smoking in British popular culture 1800-2000 | Reviews in History

Smoking in British popular culture 1800-2000 | Reviews in History | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Matthew Hilton has produced an extremely well written account of smoking in popular culture.
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Family Secrets by Deborah Cohen – review

Family Secrets by Deborah Cohen – review | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Kathryn Hughes on the important difference between privacy and secrecy
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Cohen argues that for the past 200 years Secrecy has been engaged in a frisky gavotte with its first cousin Privacy. First one leads, then the other takes a turn. And in the 19th century Privacy, that classic constituent of political liberalism, mostly had its best foot forward. What went on in an Englishman's [sic] home remained a family's own business, which meant, paradoxically, that there was nothing much to hide. It was only once the 20th century started to breath down everyone's neck that a retreat into lock-down seemed necessary.

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Regency Social Life: The Public Assembly

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Regency era public balls or public assemblies

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Jane Steen's curator insight, January 11, 2013 7:54 AM

Another great posting from English Historical Fiction Authors. Maria Grace takes us through the etiquette for those dances we always see in Jane Austen adaptations.

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Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Website featuring photographs and descriptions from the book Without Sanctuary by Hilton Als and James Allen, with postcards of lynchings in America.

 

This is a chilling website that documents a horrific part of America's past.  Lynchings were a communal activity that reinforced local identity and maintained structural, institutionalized racism.  Use with caution and judiciousness as it might not be appropriate for all grade levels.  Shown above is the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, on August 7, 1930, in Marion, Indiana.  This is very hard for me to view, but it is harder for me to pretend that it it wasn't a part of American History.  


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Why little boys wore dresses

Why little boys wore dresses | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
“No, they didn’t!” The group of third-grade students exclaimed. “Yes, they did.

 

Just to jog our cultural perceptions and remember that cultural norms (including gender norms) are socially constructed and change over time and space. 


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Parenting in England 1760-1830: Emotion, Identity, and Generation | Reviews in History

Parenting in England 1760-1830: Emotion, Identity, and Generation | Reviews in History | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
This is an outstanding book, which will open up a new area of research for historians of the family.
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Consider the Fork: A History of Invention in the Kitchen by Bee Wilson

Consider the Fork: A History of Invention in the Kitchen by Bee Wilson | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
An absorbing look at the implements we use to prepare food is also a story of human ingenuity, writes Lucy Lethbridge...
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Amanda Vickery on... Men

Isn’t masculinity dead, killed off by half a century of growing sexual equality? Well, no, not according to Amanda Vickery, professor of early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London. Deep within the heart of modern metrosexual man, there still beats the ancestral rhythms of 1,000 years of He-Man behaviour.
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Cultural History - Peter Burke

First issue of Cultural History is out now! Including an article by Peter Burke on its strengths and weaknesses.
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Dead photos – Victorian post-mortem photographs | History and traditions of England

Dead photos – Victorian post-mortem photographs | History and traditions of England | History of popular culture | Scoop.it
Death, in Victorian England, was a grand and complicated business.
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