In the last few weeks, the podcast “Stuff You Missed in History Class” has been covering a few things. Like the life and career of Alabama Governor George Wallace. The Palmer Raids. The Dakota War of 1862.
The hosts of Missed in History have always been fairly open about their mission. They cover the things *not covered* by traditional history. They, therefore, cover more women, more people of color. They coverconflicts that the winners have decided to forget. Things the victors would prefer to not discuss. Not exclusively no, of course, but that is their *mission*.
To speak for the skipped, forgotten, erased, and missed.
So it was with interest that I listened to the last few podcasts. Why George Wallace, I thought.
And then I began to chuckle with nigh-malevolent glee.
Detailing the rise and fall of a racist demagogue, without ever directly comparing Wallace to Trump’s Cabinet selections. Explaining how the Palmer Raids went from reasonable actions to a malevolent witch-hunt, without every directly discussing anti-Muslim sentiment in today’s U.S.
I see. Yes.
I, too, have been looking to history for parallels, for answers. I am reading The Age of Reagan: A History. I’m reading about the rise of fascism in the 1930s. I’m also reading about the activist movements of the 1970s. There’s a lot to learn, a lot to take in.
So, thank you, Holly, thank you, Tracy. Thank you for teaching history and making an extremely important point, both at once. I really appreciate it.
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