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29 December 2009
by andrew
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no donuts, though

I wonder how many Americans experience their ethnicity most clearly through food. Ok, I’m not sure what it means to say that one is experiencing ethnicity, or what it means for that experience to be clearer, but in a social … Continue reading

29 December 2009
by andrew
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let us all, or maybe each, cultivate our own legislations

I was a bit surprised to see this somewhat panglossian take on how bills get passed in Mark Schmitt’s recent piece on the Senate health care bill: The bill is flawed, but only by comparison to some hypothetical piece of … Continue reading

23 December 2009
by andrew
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the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in storage

If you read this post and were wondering what I was writing about the Declaration of Independence, you can now read it here at the Edge of the American West.

18 December 2009
by andrew
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points of origins

You know those stories about immigrants having their names changed, not by their own choice, upon arrival at Ellis Island or other points of entry? I hadn’t given them much thought, but it turns out that most of the stories, … Continue reading

18 December 2009
by andrew
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merely synthetic

Years ago, ex-blogger (and current twitterer) Caleb McDaniel wrote a post about academic plagiarism called “Good Fear and Bad.” The good fear was the fear of committing plagiarism that keeps academics vigilant, guarding against carelessness and error in their own … Continue reading

6 December 2009
by andrew
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off file

I saw this last year over on Crooked Timber, but I was reminded of it recently and it’s still good, so I’m posting it here. This was one of four short films made using archival content from Getty Images’ Hulton … Continue reading

3 December 2009
by andrew
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historians and their fact-finding

I’ve been browsing through studies of archival users over the past few days and have been finding them fascinating. (This probably says something about me.) There seems to have been a huge upsurge in interest in studying users within the … Continue reading