by Unknown | 5/07/2008 02:02:00 PM
End-of-semester stuff, plus illness, has got me down. I'll return to more frequent posting in a few days, and will also be adding several new contributors to the site at that point.

Until then, enjoy this comparison of Pete Seeger and Bill Buckley by William Hogeland and this historically-minded takedown of Hillary Clinton by Ahistoricality.

Big night for Obama last night. Congratulations to his supporters (including me!).

What's on your mind?




Blogger PhDinHistory on 5/07/2008 2:40 PM:

The conventional wisdom is that Obama will win South Dakota in early June. But has there been any discussion of whether the Native Americans of that state will refuse to vote for him since he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which is trying to take all federal funding away Cherokee Nation if they do not reinstate their freedmen as tribal members?


Blogger Ahistoricality on 5/07/2008 4:06 PM:

Thanks for linking.

The Hogeland piece is interesting, but -- and I admit that I may have a bias here -- I don't find his moral equivalence entirely convincing. As one of the commenters point out, Seeger's mistakes were more distant, abstract; Buckley's were closer, more present. Also, though it may not seem so from the present, Buckley's audience was much larger during the time of his most significant errors, his influence greater. There's no evidence that Seeger's advocacy of Stalin's line made all that much difference to anyone.

There's more, but I don't have time for it now.

Hope you feel better soon: it's terrible struggling through the end of the semester without your full faculties.


Blogger Ahistoricality on 5/07/2008 4:39 PM:

You'll love this, by the way: McCain supports League of Nations!

Maybe I'm easily amused.


Blogger idiosynchronic on 5/07/2008 9:36 PM:

So what do you call it when you show up for an essay exam, and your brain says, "You've got to be kidding. I'm still sitting in your comfy chair at home reading Graebner and contemplating the wit of Kubrick in Strangelove. You're on your own with this bullshit between old and new immigration."

If I'm lucky, I just scraped a B out of that class after those miserable two hours.


Blogger PhDinHistory on 5/10/2008 12:24 AM:

It looks like Obama just distanced himself from the position of the Congressional Black Caucus on the Cherokee Freedmen. Obama says Congress should respect the tribe and let the courts handle the issue for now.


Blogger Ahistoricality on 5/10/2008 3:39 PM:

Interesting statement he made. It could easily be read as a kind of dual pander -- making a pro forma statement in favor of tribal sovereignty while still supporting the freedmen position -- but I think it's more fair to read it as a nuanced discussion of the limits of Congressional authority: I'm not sure I've ever seen a statement from a candidate that so clearly and correctly acknowledged tribal sovereignty as a limit on federal action.