Categoriearchief: New Deal & WWII

FDR as a Public Historian

Public history is a phrase that came up in the 1970s, to refer to the work of historians outside of academia – in museums, archives, the government, the media etc. Presenting history to the public, and perhaps even more prominently, … Lees verder

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FDR American Badass, the Final Showdown

A while ago I blogged a couple of times about FDR American Badass! (here, here and here for instance) because I was thinking about it a great deal. Following those blogposts, I’ve presented my thoughts about it in various contexts … Lees verder

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“Does my cock still work?” – the Masculinity of a Disabled President

Upon hearing his diagnosis with polio, Franklin Roosevelt in FDR American Badass! is uninterested in the fact that his legs are paralyzed. He has only one urgent question [0:20 in the trailer]. The answer is yes – “Nurse has run … Lees verder

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Jay Winter and the Definition of Collective Remembrance

One of the most important memory scholars – and, I believe, the man who coined the phrase “Memory Boom”, to refer to the massive increase in popular cultural and academic interest in memory (rather than or alongside history), is Jay … Lees verder

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My week, and an ode to social media

Unlike FDR, I’m not quick to pick up on media trends. I’m neither good at passively inferring things from the media (can’t concentrate very well on tv programs, even when genuinely interested), nor at actively using them (leaving a short-and-to-the-point … Lees verder

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Memory Studies, continued

This illustration is a bit of a sham. It has nothing to do with memory studies, except that it is the memory game that my nearly-two-year-old currently loves (obviously without being able to play according to the proper rules, but … Lees verder

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Almost Memory Day…

Yesterday and today I attended a conference Memory with(out) Borders organized among others by Ann Rigney (Utrecht University) in the context of the new international initiative NITMES (Network in Transnational Memory Studies). The point of the network, if I understand … Lees verder

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FDR American Badass!

In the context of my current investigation of how the Second World War – and Roosevelt in relation to the war – have acquired their iconic status in American memory and popular culture, I try to watch all war movies … Lees verder

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Are Visual (or Cinematic?) Representations Likelier to Be Celebratory?

As we have seen in the previous two posts, a novel that makes conjectures about what would have happened if Roosevelt had not been president during the Second World War, easily sparks discussion. What is the underlying point such a … Lees verder

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My week & guest posting Isabelle Ley

    My friend, dr. Isabelle Ley, wrote to me in response to my previous post: Dear Sara, just reading your thoughts on the “relativity of history” I agree and disagree: I also think (as a laywoman) that history is … Lees verder

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