Friday, July 24, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #45

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help. This is a damn fine article.

Which Famous Artist Were You In Your Past Life? at BuzzFeed
"You got: Vincent van Gogh. You probably drank too much and ruined all of your friendships with your alienating personality." accurate




It's Newport Folk Fest time y'all. Fifty years ago this week, a sea of fans gathered for Bob Dylan’s performance at the Newport, Rhode Island Folk Festival. The audience expected the singer-songwriter to play his usual selection of stripped-down acoustic tunes, and many were stunned when he instead took the stage with a full backup band and an electric guitar. The chaotic set that followed provoked boos from the crowd and criticism from the folk music establishment, but it also signaled Dylan’s emergence as a rock ’n’ roll icon.

The “Tomb of Philip” in the northern Greek town of Vergina does not belong to King Philip II of Macedon, says new research which fuels the long-standing dispute over the final resting place of Alexander the Great’s father.




Historical Reality Shows: our pick of the best at History Extra
People around the world are taking to Twitter to put a historical spin on popular reality television shows.

They have survived thousands of years since their birth in ancient Rome, but Roman numerals are finally to be phased out after they were deemed too complicated for the modern-day capital.



Groening, who's in his 90s, was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

Fragments of what could be the world’s oldest Koran have been found in an English library after laying unrecognized for nearly a century.


More than 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the massive sculpture of the revolutionary’s head is to be exhumed from the obscure sandpit where it was buried after the fall of communism and restored to the city. The head once formed part of a giant 62-foot tall statue of Lenin that stood over East Berlin.

Though scientists had long known that the Franklin expedition shipmen likely resorted to cannibalism to survive, the new study reveals the true extremes the crew went to. Not only did the starving explorers cut flesh off the bones of their fallen comrades, they also cracked open the bones to suck out the marrow.

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