George Washington’s Hair

George Washington’s Hair

How Early Americans Remembered the Founders

hidden from public view, like an embarrassing family secret, scores of putative locks of George Washington’s hair are held, more than two centuries after his death, in the collections of America’s historical societies, public and academic archives, and museums. Excavating the origins of these bodily artifacts, Keith Beutler, PhD ’05 uncovers a forgotten strand of early American memory practices and emerging patriotic identity.
Teaching about race in K-12 education

Teaching about race in K-12 education

Lisa Gilbert, a lecturer in education in Arts & Sciences, shares her perspective on how social studies education has changed over the last 20-30 years, why this has become such a polarizing issue and where schools should go from here.
WashU Expert: There is no end to forever

WashU Expert: There is no end to forever

The swift fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban apparently signals the end of a nearly 20-year conflict. But is it, asks Krister Knapp, a teaching professor of history in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Or is this simply the beginning of the next chapter of U.S/Afghan entanglements?
WashU Expert: Play it again, Uncle Sam

WashU Expert: Play it again, Uncle Sam

Rick and Ilsa, “Casablanca’s” ill-fated lovers, will always have Paris. Uncle Sam will always have Kabul. And Saigon. And Baghdad. In the long-running tragedy of American foreign entanglements, Uncle Sam has become less a hapless romantic idealist and more a cynical “love ’em and leave ’em” serial abuser, says veteran filmmaker Richard Chapman.
Electrifying Mexico

Electrifying Mexico

Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City

Many visitors to Mexico City’s 1886 Electricity Exposition were amazed by their experience of the event, which included magnetic devices, electronic printers, and a banquet of light. It was both technological spectacle and political messaging, for speeches at the event lauded President Porfirio Díaz and bound such progress to his vision of a modern order. […]
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