Episode #56 This Week in History Twitter July 14, 2019

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I really enjoyed piecing this episode together, primarily because it got me thinking about the founding ideals of this country during a time when a lot of people are questioning the framers’ intentions. I’m always happy to broaden the conversation on the Interwebs…much like I do in my own classes, provided of course, people understand that there are all kinds of issues in play and that perspective is everything.

As you all know…I often make a point to review the threads and individual Tweets of particular historians - aka #twitterstorians - Annette Gordon-Reed is a standard go to. Her insightful commentary on history and modern politics never disappoints. Her Tweets on Independence Day, Frederick Douglass, and Thomas Jefferson especially resonated with me this week. And…it seems that David McCullough is back in the Twitters too (the guy can’t catch a break) and this time it’s over the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. Finally…let’s just say that New Yorkers came though this week and restored my faith in humanity. Listen to the show and you will see (hear) what I mean. You can reference all the Tweets mentioned this week below.

Annette Gordon-Reed’s Tweet linked to Douglass’s 1852 Fourth of July speech

And…her thread about Douglass, the Declaration, and Thomas Jefferson

Jeff Ostler’s thread on David McCullough’s take on the Northwest Ordinance of 1787

MJ Franklin’s thread featuring clips from NYC’s blackout performances (def check out)

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An important note: I unequivocally reject the Twitter mobocracy and call-out culture. If I mention someone by name it is because they - in some way - publicly initiated or contributed to an intriguing historical inquiry or debate on Twitter - for better or worse. I am not interested in ad hominem attacks, shaming, doxing, ideologue rage, or in any way harassing people on the Internet. I am interested in ideas and discussion...left, right, and center. That is it. Further, I am highly suspect of those who use history to promote a political agenda. It goes against everything I believe as a historian and an educator. I believe in objectivity and evidence. Thank you for understanding.