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LGM Film Club, Part 79: Dog Factory

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On September 27, 2020
Edwin S. Porter’s 1904 classic Dog Factory is a must watch film for all. Well, except maybe your dog loving children. This film is also featured at the National Film Preservation Foundation website, with an interesting explanation about why so many very early films survive compared with those in the middle years of the silent […]

Power Matters

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On September 27, 2020

Democratic charges of hypocrisy on Republicans confirming Scalia Jr to the bench are the weakest of all beers. True, yes. But also weak. No one cares. Power is all that matters and it is all that will

Slogan v. Policy

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On September 27, 2020

That the police are nightmarish in this nation is a huge understatement. We hardly need to explain it at this point. Calls to defund or abolish the policy are morally correct. But they are also probab

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I don’t think this is the first time I’ve linked to an article about just how horribly Ken Burns’ The Civil War has aged, since he chose to make good ol’ Shelby “Nathan Bedford Forrest is my hero” Foote the star of the series. But it’s good to revisit this when we can. One of […]
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This 1928 travelogue by Isaac Upham doesn’t feel like a journey into 92 years ago. It feels like 200 years ago. Obviously the 20th century has reached China–the European style buildings in Shanghai, the electric wires, of course the fact that it is all being filmed. But China has changed so dramatically that it feels […]
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Historians Speaking Back

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On September 25, 2020
It’s not as if anyone listens to historians. But nonetheless, historians are very angry at Trump’s neofascist history project presented last week, a direct attack against us teaching the complexities of American history. Both the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association have had statements. The OAH: In his September 17, 2020, speech […]
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