The Venezuela Building: A Peek into the Impacts of Economic Imperialism

Oil, gold, sugar, and salt. These, among other natural resources, were what the designers of the Pan-American Pavilion at the World’s Fair of 1939 chose to highlight about the country of Venezuela. Sharing in their spirit of simplification, I will focus on Oil in my analysis of the building. Artists created a map of the… Continue reading The Venezuela Building: A Peek into the Impacts of Economic Imperialism

The Dinosaurs that are Academic Historians

The following is a response blog to Michael Peter Edson’s piece in Medium, “Dark Matter.” Hey, History major here. The higher-ups of my field are, honestly, TERRIBLE at promoting themselves, their work, and the past. Their use of outdated formats drive away casual history lovers and reserves the “best” history for an insular group of… Continue reading The Dinosaurs that are Academic Historians

Fate and Human Transience

Today’s post will focus on Paul Manship’s elegant sundial “Time & Fates of Man,” which graced the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Time and again, the Ancient Greeks appear at vital inflection points in the progression (or regression) of Western ideology (Italian Renaissance artwork and Western European Enlightenment texts immediately spring to mind). Their interwoven… Continue reading Fate and Human Transience

Soccer Twitter: The Ugliness of the Beautiful Game

In his first chapter “Exploding the Library,” Milligan highlights a shortcoming of archivist work in preserving small, daily posts by average people. As a history major myself, I understand the importance of this sort of documentation in analyzing social, political, spiritual, and economic trends of the past.  However, I believe it is even more crucial… Continue reading Soccer Twitter: The Ugliness of the Beautiful Game

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