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Historian of sci, tech, and American politics. Author of *Coal & Empire* w/@JHUPress. Associate Professor of History @CWRU. Edits @HistOpinion. I ❤️ Archives.
Sep 5, 2018 13 tweets 2 min read
🚨🚨THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS 🚨🚨

If you are a top official in the White House, you don't get plaudits for privately saving the republic from an unfit president. THIS IS NOT AN OPTION.

YOU ARE EXPECTED TO TELL CONGRESS OR INVOKE THE 25TH AMENDMENT. "The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making."

Dear lord.
Aug 9, 2018 30 tweets 16 min read
LI's overt racism and xenophobia has been well & rightly critiqued, and @KevinMKruse and @studentactivism (I'm sure among others) have noted the dark historical parallels here. But I was struck by another part of her comments, the "none of us ever voted for" part. @KevinMKruse @studentactivism Well, LI is not a member of Congress. And Congress has indeed voted on immigration law, the modern foundation of which dates to 1965. The crowd that is always crowing about "WE'RE A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC NOT A DEMOCRACY" should know they don't get a vote on everything.
Jul 31, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Obviously, no contemporary American history textbook fails to point out Jim Crow was a product of the Democratic south. More importantly, D’Souza (mis)uses the work of James Whitman to distort American-Nazi legal relations, as anyone who’s read the book would recognize. As reported in the article D’Souza himself links to, he claims to draw from Whitman the influence of American racial law on Nazi Germany, the subject of Whitman’s much-praised Hitler’s American Model.
Apr 12, 2018 25 tweets 6 min read
This @nytimes story is going around and it's a chilling reminder how little Americans (and of course, not only Americans) learn about history, including history that is not at all that ancient. nytimes.com/2018/04/12/us/… HOWEVER.

It's presented as if memories of the Holocaust are getting worse, but without actually citing any (any!) evidence that this might be the case.
Mar 1, 2018 16 tweets 6 min read
Today begins Women's History Month, and @eiwhalen threw down a challenge to #twitterstorians to tweet daily about a woman who made history.

So here begins my thread for the month -- others, please join in! 3/1: In class today I taught Charles Payne's extraordinary _I've Got the Light of Freedom_ so I'll start with ELLA BAKER, the grassroots community organizer with the NAACP, SCLC, & SNCC, who fought the freedom struggle by tirelessly teaching participatory democracy.
Feb 4, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
I will wade in here not to take a position on GG but as an historian. I’ve said this before, but saying mean things on Twitter and alleging Russia connections does not equal the new McCarthyism, and in fact, perpetuates a massive misperception of what the Red Scare was. The fact that GG is employed and has a prominent public voice should be enough of a clue that something is different.
Sep 24, 2017 17 tweets 5 min read
This isn't from the 1924 DNC. This is literally a photo of Klan members marching in honor of a slain police officer wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/… Here @DineshDSouza is trying to tie the 1920s Klan to Democrats and the real photo literally ties them to racist police.