women’s right to vote

This evening I decided to work on a post about British suffragettes that I started a long time ago and abandoned, only to discover that it was 85 years ago today that the 19th amendment of the Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

While I work on the suffragettes some more, here’s some links on the suffrage movement in the U.S.:

  • “Votes for Women” suffrage pictures from the Library of Congress
  • “Votes for Women” selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Collection, also from the LoC
  • A timeline of the women’s suffrage movement (from the above site)
  • A speech from Susan B. Anthony
  • The 19th Amendment in the context of World War I
  • concatenation: 1.b. An instance of chaining or linking together (OED)

    Just another concatenation of links for you.

    The American School of Oriental Researches list o’ links to museums, journals, and archaeological excavations. Be sure to check out Ashkelon (there’s more content in the National Geographic article) and Bethsaida–I’ve dug at both, and have the T-shirts to prove it. I might have been at the site of Tell Atchana (ancient Alalakh) in the Amuq Valley in Turkey, had things been different; and might find myself there yet some time. Alas, no new dig shirt for me this year.

    Unpleasant anniversary

    If you can tolerate yet another WW2 link, here’s a moving piece about Hiroshima and its place in Japanese cultural memory.

    The way the world ends

    The Second World War has always been a topic of interest to me, but it’s been especially on my mind as the 60th anniversary of the war’s end approaches. Today I started reading Max Hasting’s Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, which sets out to tell the tale of the bloody, drawn-out, and surprisingly difficult defeat of Germany after D-Day.

    Armageddon asks a simple question: why did it take the Allies so long to defeat Germany after D-Day?

    I first took note of Hasting’s book when Christianity Today flagged it as one of 2004’s top 10 books. This interview with the author several months ago cemented my interest. Hastings, from the interview:

    I have always had a nagging fascination with what happened [after D-Day], in particular with why the Allies didn’t win in 1944. At the beginning of September 1944, most of the Allied leadership, with the notable exception of Winston Churchill, was completely convinced that the war was going to be over by the end of the year. In the West, the Germans seemed completely beaten. The Western Allies had overwhelming superiority in tanks, aircraft, everything—you name it. So I wanted to look at this question of why we didn’t end the war in 1944. Secondly, and almost as important, virtually all the books that have been written about this period look at either the Eastern or the Western front—not both. And I wanted to set the two in context: to see what happened to the Western Allies in the context of what happened with the Soviets.

    I’ll report back again when I’ve finished the book.

    Thanks, Mom

    My Mom sent me this link about preserving the original Declaration of Independence. It’s interesting!

    lazy, hazy, crazy history

    August is no time for serious reading and research. Hence, in place of a serious post, here is a fun quote followed by some Egyptian eye candy to peruse while you’re waiting to head out to the beach.

    History is not in the sources. The sources are nothing but the universe in which the historian’s hypotheses are tested. The sources are the remnants and relics of the historical processes that the historian wants to reconstruct. The sources challenge the historian’s creativity by being the most painful obstacle in his path: there are always too few, or too many, or both, and taken together, they never square…The sources are the scattered remnants of a past world that is irretrievably lost, because it is past. Although we have only the sources to reconstruct that lost world in our imagination, the sources are nothing if they are not used by our imagination. A house is more than a number of bricks, and a picture more than seven ounces of paint.

    -Knauf, Ernst Axel. 1992. The Cultural Impact of Secondary State Formation: The Cases of the Edomites and Moabites. In Early Edom and Moab: The Beginning of the Iron Age in Southern Jordan, ed. Piotr Bienkowski. Sheffield Archaeological Monographs 7. J.R. Collis Publications, p. 47

    Let’s play Stump the Grad Student. After six years of studying this stuff, I knew numbers 1, 2, 5, 9, 12. So often I hear myself saying this, but I hope my profs at the U of C never hear of this.

    There are many pictures of Egyptian artifacts on the internet, but I feel they look their best at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there’s more than the usual mummies.

    If you feel you need more words with your pretty pictures, here are some, and some more.

    The atomic decision, 60 years later

    On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, newly-uncovered information provides fresh perspectives on Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb.


    My apologies for the long period of silence here–other duties have been taking priority lately. Now that Real Life is calming down a bit, I will be posting more frequently again.