A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news
- The shady history of big sugar.
- The unusual origins of pink lemonade.
- Finding the humanity in vintage mugshots.
- Catching a disease through an electric wire.
- How much do we really know about pirates?
- Vintage science ads from the 1950s and 60s.
- The 1880s version of Cards Against Humanity.
- See the real people of Little House on the Prairie.
- Architecture, planning, and the Black Power Movement.
- How Little House on the Prairie built modern conservatism.
- What could Clinton’s pneumonia mean for the public’s health?
- A humble skirt worn by an enslaved child finds a place in history.
- White male lineup at medical conference leads to “public shaming.”
FYI, it looks like the Politico article on the Little House books by Christine Woodside is highly derivative of the work on this by Anita Clair Fellman, author of Little House, Long Shadow: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Impact on American Culture (2008) and Pamela Smith Hill’s recent publication of Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography (2014). I’d recommend that scholars start with those books, but as some of you may know, Fellman’s book is highly readable, and Hill’s annotated autobiography was a surprise smash hit for its publisher, the South Dakota Historical Society Press, which was having a hard time keeping books in print it was in such demand!