- The Emancipation Proclamation's sesquicentennial has prompted lots of commentary around the web. See, for example, Eric Foner's column in the New York Times; Alan Singer's fascinating post over at History News Network; and Aaron Astor's teaching-focused post at the Historical Society. An especially exciting commemoration of the document is Villanova University's newly-launched website "Memorable Days: The Emilie Davis Diaries." Here's a description of the site:
Emilie Davis was an African-American woman living in Philadelphia during the U.S. Civil War. This website is a transcription of Emilie’s three pocket dairies for the years 1863, 1864, and 1865. In them, she recounts black Philadelphians’ celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, nervous excitement during the battle of Gettysburg, and their collective mourning of President Lincoln. The diary allows readers to experience the war in real time, as events unfolded for Civil War Americans. Emilie’s preferred spelling of most words has been maintained throughout, and judicious and careful annotations fill in some of the details left unexplained in the diary.
- R.I.P. Gerda Lerner, "a scholar and author who helped make the study of women and their lives a legitimate subject for historians and spearheaded the creation of the first graduate program in women’s history in the United States." The rest of the New York Times obituary is here. (Hat-tip: H-Law)
- From the Chronicle of Higher Education: "What Search Committees Wish You Knew."
- Also from the Chronicle: an article on career prospects for history Ph.D.'s.
- R.I.P. Beate Sirota Gordon, "the daughter of Russian Jewish parents who at 22 almost single-handedly wrote women’s rights into the Constitution of modern Japan." Read more from the New York Times here.
- Speaking of the Emancipation Proclamation, HNN has included in its coverage of the annual meeting of the American Historical Association a link to a video of Kate Masur presenting her paper Fugitive Slaves, Military Intelligence, and Civil Rights before the Emancipation Proclamation.