As a frequent Amazon customer, I get regular recommendations for books on subjects they think I might be interested in. Here’s the recommendation list I got last week:
I really cannot deny that those topics are of interest to me. Also this week I got a statement from the publisher on the steamboat book, that it’s crossed the threshold for generating royalties. Given the very narrow subject matter, I’m glad it’s officially in the black.
I also have three more speaking engagements lined up for the next few months, on Buffalo Bayou steamboats in Galveston on June 23 and in Liberty on July 15, and at the Brazoria County Historical Museum on October 17 for Texas Archaeology Month. Scheduling details to follow soon.
In other news, some of it CW-related and some not:
- Al Mackey has been doing a bang-up job at his blog, systematically knocking down cherished Southron myths about Fort Sumter. He’s cheating, of course, by using the contemporaneous words and actions of the participants themselves; he hasn’t cited Tom DiLorenzo once.
- Confirmed: Written accounts of cannibalism at Jamestown during the “starving winter” of 1609-10, thought by some modern scholars to be exaggerations, are now supported by archaeological evidence.
- David Rumsey is probably the world’s foremost private collector of historic maps. More important, he’s long been committed to sharing those with a wider audience through the Internet. A few of them can even be viewed here, overlaid in Google Maps. Even more gooder, Rumsey recently added more than 38,000 (!) items from his collection to the new Digital Public Library of America. There goes your afternoon.
- Along those same lines, blogger Brian Schrock hosts the Google Earth Time Machine, using that application’s historical imagery to track changes in human and natural geography over time. Schrock is originally from Houston, so Texas locations feature prominently in his posts.
- Corey Meyer continues to highlight the Southern nationalist movement’s recent infatuation with stickers. My own observation is that the compulsion to cover every flat surface with stickers is transitory, peaking at about age four or five. So maybe Cushman will start posting about his Barbies® soon. That’ll be fun.
- Art conservators at the Vatican believe they’ve discovered the oldest European depiction of Native Americans, dating to 1494. That’s cool.
- Over at Defending the Heritage, Robert Mestas takes the case of two Union sailors killed aboard U.S.S. Hatteras to argue that the men, both immigrants, “probably had no idea who they were fighting or what they were fighting for.” Neither Mestas nor anyone else has any idea what these individuals thought or believed, of course, but then consider the source — Mestas makes up fake quotes from Confederate veterans, too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad he follows my blog, I just wish he were a little more candid with his own readers about his sources when his lifts pictures from from it.
- A relatively new blog, The Freedmen’s Patrol, has been digging down into the weeds of secession and slavery since it debuted a few months back. I’ll have more to say later, but there’s some real education happening over there, and the blog deserves more attention. For now, check out the posts on some Americans’ fixation on taking over Cuba as an annexed slave territory, as outlined here, here and here. American designs on Cuba didn’t start when the battleship Maine went boom.
- Harper Lee, arguably the greatest living Southern writer, is suing the son-in-law of her former agent to recover the copyright to her 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Got any more? Put ’em in the comments below.