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hamletrash:

HEY GUYS THE POINT OF BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON WAS THAT JACKSON  BECAME WILDLY POPULAR BECAUSE OF HIS POPULIST ROCKSTAR IMAGE BUT ACTUALLY HAD TERRIBLE POLITICAL IDEAS AND COMMITTED ATROCITIES AND KIND OF FUCKED UP AMERICAN POLITICS FOR ALL TIME

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW GREAT HE WAS

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW GREAT HE WAS

IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW GREAT HE WAS

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You know what pisses me off about discussing history on this site?

When I find something genuinely amusing about a historical person and post about it like “HAH! Weren’t history people funny and interesting?” and tumblr people feel the need to reblog it like “Oh, remember that one horrible thing they did? Remember those questionable or socially reprehensible things they participated in? How dare you find them amusing! How dare you like or admire a fallible human being!” 

As if I don’t know what they did or what was said about them. As if one aspect of their lives is the only way to look at them. As if some historical people are nothing more than their mistakes or bad choices.

MY GOSH CAN I NOT ENJOY ANYTHING IN THIS SUBJECT

Yeah, I sort of see a lot of it as overcorrecting after learning waterdowned, “good man,” K-12 history, where anything that rebukes said history is good (not to say there aren’t legitimate arguments). It just takes a bit more historical study to even it out.

Let’s face it, if the most recent thing they learned about Andrew Jackson was the Trail of Tears, that’s gonna be the most, or only, significant thing about him to them. Which is why I appreciated deadpresidents’ ranking summary of Jackson - clear opinion but balanced (I think).

(I’m assuming this is Jackson liked to steal outhouse covers related ‘cause it’s Jackson.)

Agreed. A large portion of the people on tumblr who reblog history posts but aren’t in the history “fandom” per se have a very simplified view of history that is very black and white. Much in the same way they view everything else, really; I mean, how often have you seen “reasons why Celebrity X is a raging douche” vs “reasons why Celebrity X is a goddess” sort of posts battling each other? The debates over JLaw and KStew? I find it sickening how much people flip-flop their extremist opinions about real people with complex personalities and issues each time they learn something new about the person. And I’m a goddamn Red Sox fan. I know about flip-flopping.

There is a sad lack of seeing the humanity in historical figures as well as a lack of appreciation for humor, even in the face of uncomfortable topics. In my opinion, if you can’t even acknowledge someone’s layers of personality, then you’re better off ignoring them altogether. Same goes for making fun of them. That’s why Hitler jokes are great; you’re ridiculing a person who desperately needs to be ridiculed. Was Monty Python guilty of being politically uneducated for making a sketch about Hitler invading a small English tourist town without mentioning mass genocide? No, because the mass genocide is common knowledge and it is not funny. The Trail of Tears is not funny. Tipping outhouses is. And if people can’t acknowledge that both acts came from one person then they clearly have never left their house before.

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publius-esquire:

What if James Madison wasn’t a late bloomer, but just asexual?

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ladyhistory:

YOU ARE A BAD INFLUENCE, JAMES MADISON

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publius-esquire:

Some quick Papa Washington and Tsundere Hamilton

publius-esquire:

Some quick Papa Washington and Tsundere Hamilton

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publius-esquire:

Based off an earlier text post. John Laurens had proposed to Governor John Rutledge and the South Carolina legislature to recruit and arm black slaves to fight against the British in the southern campaign in return for emancipation. South Carolina’s response was to try and surrender to Great Britain; John Laurens refused to carry the surrender terms.
Laurens remains one of the better bitch ass white boys to come from the Palmetto State.

publius-esquire:

Based off an earlier text post. John Laurens had proposed to Governor John Rutledge and the South Carolina legislature to recruit and arm black slaves to fight against the British in the southern campaign in return for emancipation. South Carolina’s response was to try and surrender to Great Britain; John Laurens refused to carry the surrender terms.

Laurens remains one of the better bitch ass white boys to come from the Palmetto State.

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john-laurens:

I found a list of slave names in one of the volumes of The Papers of Henry Laurens.  I know quite a few of these are Henry’s own slaves, but I think some of them are the names of his friends’ slaves.  So in case anyone is interested -

Abraham, Achilles, Adam, Alatamaha, Alegoy, Amy, August, Berom, Cain, Chloe, Cuffee, David, Dick, Dublin, Duke, Ebony, Friday, George, Hagar, Harry, Isabel, Jack (four different Jacks listed), Jemmy, Leverpoole, Liberty, Mathias, Mercutio, Mingo, Nanny, Natt, Peter, Pino, Prince, Rose, Sam (two different Sams listed - one described as “Mulatto Sam”), Sampson, Sarah, Scaramouch, Shrewsberry, Stepny, Timothy, Tony, and Topaz

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fun French Revolution themed pranks

magicalgirlrobespierre:

march to Versailles and kidnap the royal family

have your brother wage war on your husband’s kingdom

stab the influential head of a media organisation while he’s taking a bath

create a new calendar

create a new religion

send your best friend to the guillotine

withdraw from public life for a month

accuse all of your colleagues of plotting against you

take advantage of the chaos around you and rise to become emperor of France

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Was Founding Father Alexander Hamilton Bisexual? His Letters Suggest So.

publius-esquire:

Most people think of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton as the face on the $10 bill. Either that or the primary author of the Federalist Papers who was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr in 1804. But few people are aware that the celebrated Revolutionary War veteran may have been bisexual.

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And they actually used the b-word.

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deadbishop:

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We are gathered here today because SOMEBODY *glares at coffin* couldn’t stay alive.

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deadbishop:

"lol these historical men acted like teenage girls sometimes"

don’t you dare to drag teenage girls into this, they’re too good for this shit

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