Dark Side of Historical Figures (Reaction) 1

The National Council of Public History contains various job openings listed across the United States from Alamo, Texas to New York and even the U.K. This site offers multiple positions from beginning interns all the way to having a master degree in library science. The purpose of this site is to find Historians part and full time work. There’s even voluntary work for starting historians that allows them to gain experience. Their main goal is to create a network of Historians. This site struggles to find a careers in relative locations where transportation would be doable in my particular region. The listings seem sporadic.

Facing History is an article that speaks about the founder of Spokane, James Clover. Clover greatly expanded Spokane and for people wanting to live in his new town. However, this came at a cost of violating the Indigenous people’s sense of home. This article mentions the Mason Temple which was commissioned in 1920 and shortly decommissioned 4 years later. I had the pleasure of looking at the official document with my own eyes. Another topic that the article mentions was the fire of 1889, which burned down approximately 20-30 city blocks. Then Clover had Kirtland Cutter, who developed a lot of the housing in Spokane, build Clover a new mansion. The dark side of this history is that Clover was not nice to his first wife. Apparently they were not happy together and Clover filed articles of separation, which was a factor that prevented his name being put on the new plaza. Really enjoyed this article in particular.

Larry Cebula’s Northwest History blog describes the failure of mentioning the truth when it comes to interpretation of history. Cebula’s shows a list of distinct problems. To start fire place screens, thought that Americans were shorter during colonial times, a closet tax, and pineapples were thought to show hospitality. These are all strange customs a generic southerner probably would not have. I can see a couple of things being a part of tradition, but a closet tax? Highly doubt that is true. The biggest problem that Cebula’s mentions is the lack of acknowledgment of slavery. After doing some of my own research others have felt the same way as Cebula. The Baron Von Munchusen house heavily relied on slavery. It could be somewhat difficult to tell without an interpretation. However, the truth that slavery happened here is the truth because that’s what white Americans thought was acceptable and necessary ever since arrival of the Americas.

Mickey Mouse History was written by Mike Wallace and he explains how historical items became persevered. It’s unfortunate that some places have been bulldozed. For example, John Hancock’s Mansion was bulldozed to the highest bidder of 120 dollars. See Chapter 1 page 6. Henry Ford was one of the first people to start persevering material items. See page 10. Ford was heavily influenced by the World War 1 and it made him realize that life was sweet without the war. This inspired him to perverse what was left of the good ol’ days. He created the first museum called the “Green House Village.” See page 11.

In Chapter 2 of Mickey Mouse History Wallace’s biggest concern is surprisingly localism see page 43 and 44. The concern is that being a localist can change how you view topics that relate in your field as well as how that person views a state or federal based topic. Sometimes when Historians dive into a history that has an incredible amount of depth, it can be easy to forget how local history plays out on a large scale.

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